Travel Lecturer

Serif Yenen is a speaker who gives comprehensive lectures about Turkey. Topics include Anatolian Civilizations, Places of Interest in Turkey, the Ottoman Dynasty, Interesting Facts about Turkey and Turkish Culture, and a wide range of subjects. These lectures are delivered at schools, universities, museums, libraries, cruise ships and tour companies.

He has lectured at the Smithsonian (Washington D.C.) seven times. He has also been a guest speaker for the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, the Boston University, the University of Washington, the American Turkish Societies, the Boston Cultural Festival, Stormont Parliament Building in Belfast, various libraries and many more places.

In his most popular presentations, he first shows his travel film Istanbul Unveiled (either the 30-minute short version or the 60-minute full version), and makes a short presentation on Turkey’s geography, history and unique places, and then answers questions. His film and presentations are very engaging. You may like to arrange a screening and a lecture with him for your own organisation.

Serif’s Upcoming Presentations and Lectures:

Serif will be giving two lectures on Anatolian Civilizations and mysteries and wonders of Istanbul at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.:

Selections from his past lectures

You can click the link above to see more selections from his past lectures. Below are the most recent ones:

belfastBelfast: January 28, 2016 (7:30 p.m.), at Stormont Parliament Building, Long Gallery

edinburg-davetiyev3Edinburgh: January 30, 2016 (3:00 p.m.), Omni Centre, Greenside Place

glasgow-davetiyev1Glasgow: February 1, 2016 (7:00 p.m.), Govan Workspace Ltd. Fairfield, 1048 Govan Road


Serif’s award-winning travel film “Istanbul Unveiled” was screened at the Boston Turkish Film Festival on November 14, 2015. Serif personally made a presentation after the screening.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 7:00 pm
170 Beacon Street, Boston

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istanbul-unveiled-posterWednesday, November 18, 2015
7:30pm – 9:30pm
University of Washington
Thomson Hall, Room 101
Seattle, WA 98195

Organisation by
University of Washington
Ottoman and Turkish Studies Program
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization Department

His most recent lectures at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Serif Yenen delivered two lectures at the Smithsonian Institute on July 23 and 25, 2015. These two lectures were “A Turkish Odyssey” and “In Search of Unique Destinations in Turkey”.

July 23, 2015:
Turkish Delights: In Search of Unique Destinations
Evening Program with Reception
Thursday, July 23, 2015 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
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July 25, 2015:
Anatolia: A Turkish Odyssey
All-Day Program
Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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