SOLD OUT: IN PERSON: Visit to Home of Turkish Ambassador HE Hasan Murat Mercan
Join us at the Ambassador's residence for a presentation and Q&A with the Ambassador, followed by a reception with Turkish beverages and hors d'oeuvres made by the Ambassador's chef.
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022, 6:30 - 8:30pm ET
Location: Residence of the Ambassador, 1606 23rd Street, NW
DO NOT APPEAR AT THE EMBASSY ON MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, NW
The Ambassador of Türkiye, HE Hasan Murat Mercan, welcomes us to his magnificent home. This historic residence, the Edward Hamlin Everett House, is a 1915 Beaux-Arts mansion, and a beautiful example of the style.
About the Ambassador
Ambassador Murat Mercan is both a diplomat and a scholar. He graduated from the Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering of Boğaziçi University in 1981. He received his Master's Degree from the same Department in 1984, and completed his Ph.D studies in 1989 at the Department of Decision and Information Sciences of the University of Florida. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Quantitative Business Analysis of Cleveland State University and at the Department of Management of Bilkent University. He became an Associate Professor in 1995 and continued teaching at Bilkent University.
Ambassador Mercan is a Founding Member of AK Parti (the Justice and Development Party). He worked as a Member of the Party’s Central Decision Making and Administrative Board (2001-2009), and was Deputy for Eskişehir during the 22nd and 23rd terms of the Turkish Parliament. From 2002 until 2007, he was Chairman of the Turkish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Interparliamentary European Defense and Security Assembly, and the Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He served as the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Grand National Assembly during the 23rd term of the Parliament (2007-2011), as Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Türkiye (2012-2014) and as Chairman of the World Energy Council Turkish National Committee (2014-2017). In 2017, he was appointed as Turkish Ambassador to Japan and held this office until he assumed his duties as Ambassador of Türkiye to the U.S. in March of 2021.
About the Residence
The building, Beaux-Arts in style, was built between 1910 and 1915 for Edward Hamlin Everett, a bottling millionaire. The house was designed by George Oakley Totten Jr., a graduate of the Beaux-Arts school in Paris, and one of Washington D.C.'s most prolific and skilled architects in the Gilded Age. The house was built as the winter residence for Everett who sought to enter society in the nation's capital. After Everett's death, his widow approached the Turkish government and offered to rent out the mansion to them. Totten, the architect of the house, had spent a brief period in Türkiye as the official architect for Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II, and the home displays a mix of Ottoman and Art Nouveau styles, each asserting themselves individually while remaining a harmonious whole. The Turkish ambassador moved in during 1934, and several years later the embassy purchased the residence, fully furnished with Everett's antiques, including Sèvres porcelain and Gobelin wall tapestries. In 2007, the house was fully restored to ensure its preservation
Program of Events
6:30 pm Registration (Out of respect for the Embassy staff, please do not enter before 6:20 pm)
6:50 pm Presentation by the Ambassador of Türkiye followed by Q&A
7:30 pm Reception featuring Turkish drinks and cuisine
Registration: This event is limited to Harvard Club members and their guests. Business attire is required.
Fee: Contribution to the Club is $55 per person.
Vaccination/Safety Requirements: All registrants are required to be vaccinated. Please be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on site. If you have recently tested positive or have symptoms, please do not attend this event. If you are ill, please notify us prior to the start of the event, and we will be happy to refund your ticket fees. The Club encourages attendees to wear masks indoors when not eating or drinking, especially when social distance cannot be maintained.
We are indebted to Yigit Canay, Counselor at the Embassy, and to Club Members Barbara and Mike Goldman for their help in arranging this event.
6:30PM - 8:30PM Thu 13 Oct 2022, Eastern timezone
Residence of the Turkish Ambassador
1606 23rd Street, NW
Washington , DC USA
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