Armenian Language Instructor
Harout Marashlian, MA, is a lecturer of Armenian Language and Literature at the American University of Armenia and a researcher at H. Acharyan Language Institute of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Marashlian has taught Armenian to non-Armenian speakers at Şehir University in Istanbul where he undertook a comparative study project on modern Armenian and Turkish literature as part of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme of the Hrant Dink Foundation. In Istanbul he completed his second M.A. program in Cultural Studies at Sabanci University, where he was teaching assistant of the “20th-Century Short Stories” course. In addition to this, Mr. Marashlian participated in developing Western Armenian Language and Literature curriculum for the AGBU Armenian Virtual College for three years. A native of Aleppo and a speaker of Arabic, he has also taught Arabic in Yerevan. His research and teaching interests include modern Western and Eastern Armenian literature, comparative grammar studies and development of literary language terminology.
Turkish Language Instructor
Klaus Liebe-Harkort, PhD, is a retired linguist and turcologist who has over forty years of experience in teaching languages: Turkish to Germans and German to Turkish speakers. Having studied turocology in Tübingen, Marburg, Köln, Hamburg and Istanbul, Dr. Liebe-Harkort defended his PhD thesis on a topic in Ottoman history at the University of Hamburg and commenced a remarkable teaching career at various institutions, above all Bremen University and several branches of the Goethe Institut. His numerous publications include textbooks of Turkish as a foreign language, translations of Turkish prose and poetry, articles on methods and politics of pedagogy and studies on social integration of children of immigrants. Between the year 2006 and 2014 Dr. Liebe-Harkort has been working in the governance of Aziz Nesin Foundation, a charitable organization created by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin dedicated to education of orphans and children of disadvantaged backgrounds.
Persian Language Instructor
Dr. Ehsan Ghabool is a professor of Arabic and Persian languages and comparative literature and the founder of the Center of Teaching Persian Language to Non-Persian Speakers at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. In addition to teaching Persian to non-Persian speakers at Ferdowsi University, Dr. Ghabool has taught Persian at Saint Joseph University, the Lebanese University and the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon. Having over ten years of experience in the field, Dr. Ghabool has authored numerous textbooks, organized methodological workshops dedicated to instruction of Persian and trained other instructors of Persian. His research and teaching interests include connections between Arabic and Persian literary cultures and methods of comparative literature.
Polina Ivanova is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Harvard University. She received her B.A. at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and her M.A. likewise at Harvard. Her research interests include history of Anatolia in the medieval and early modern period, as well as history of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.