In January, the Turkish Studies Project at the University of Utah kicked off the new year with the launching of its website and hosting a conference. The Turkish Studies Project is under the direction of Dr. Hakan Yavuz and sponsored by the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA).
The project's  website  showcases its past and current programs, publications, and op-eds. Topics cover a broad range: Memory, Identity, History, and Nationalism: Socio-Economic and Political Origins and Contemporary Challenges of Turkish Peoples in Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia, Including Relations with Modern Turkey ("Origins and Contemporary Challenge of Turkic Peoples"). Further, the project supports the study of Orientalism and the dehumanization of the Turks in the Balkans and the Caucasus with a particular focus on Russia's role. 
The Turkish Studies Project conference entitled  War & Independence: Trauma, Memory, and Modernity in the Young Turkish Republic (1908-1950 )  took place on January 24-25 at the University of Utah, with the co-sponsorship of the Turkish Historical Society and TCA. The two-day event featured distinguished scholars and speakers from the United States, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.