Virtual Event in Support of  “UN International Day of Peace, 21 September”

SEPTEMBER 25, 2022

Jointly organized by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, and Turkish-Canadian Society (TCS).

Please join us at 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT, 22:00 TR on ATAA YouTube channel:



Introductions by
Begum Cetin Kabatas
TCS Board Member

Opening remarks by
ATAA President Mazlum Kosma

Keynote Speech by
Ms. Elizabeth May
Member of Parliament, Canada


Dr. Lynn Alden
University of British Columbia
“Combat and Mental Health”

Dr. Serif Onur Bahcecik
Middle East Technical University
“The International Court of Justice – The Hague”

Dr. Ceren Acarturk
Koc University
“Psychological Trauma Among Children Affected By Conflict and War”

Street Interviews on Peace by
Serra Uncu and Ozde Sukan




Ms. Elizabeth May, MP Canada

Elizabeth May is a Member of Parliament in Canada and has served as the leader of the Green Caucus for many years. She was instrumental in starting deliberations on many human rights and environmental issues in the Parliament. “In 2005,Elizabeth May was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her decades of leadership in the Canadian environmental movement. She graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She practiced law in Ottawa with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment (1986-1988). For seventeen years Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada (1989-2006). A proud mother and grandmother, she lives in Sidney, British Columbia, with her husband John Kidder. Elizabeth is the author of eight books, including her most recent book, Who We Are: Reflections on my life and on Canada.”

Dr. Lynn E. Alden, PhD, R. Psych., UBC

Dr. Alden is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on theories and treatments for depression and for the anxiety disorders, in particular post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (SAD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Her work has been published in multiple clinical and health-related journals. She is also a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and maintains a private practice conducting assessments and treatments for individuals with anxiety and depression. Her research and clinical accomplishments have been recognized with multiple awards and distinctions. She is a Fellow of six scientific organizations and was the recipient of both a UBC Killam research award and Killam teaching award.

Dr. Serif Onur Bahcecik, METU

Serif Onur Bahcecik is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. He holds a PhD degree in Political Science from Carleton University, Canada. He previously held a visiting position at Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI) in France. His current research focuses on human rights in global politics, foreign aid and international organizations. He has  previously published articles in journals such as Third World Quarterly, Turkish Studies and Global Policy.  He also has co-edited a volume entitled State, Religion and Muslims (2020).

Dr. Ceren Acarturk, Koc University

Dr.Ceren Acarturk is a faculty member at the Department of Psychology, and an executive council member at Migration Research Center (MiReKoc) in Koç University. In addition, she is also coordinating the Trauma and Stress Research Laboratory. Her research mainly focuses on post-traumatic stress disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, mental health of refugees, and the investigation of the effectiveness of psycho-social interventions.  She coordinated RCTs to test the effectiveness of scalable psychological interventions among refugees in  Turkey. In addition, she is currently involved in a research project to investigate whether online peer supervision can support the well being of mental health workers working for displaced populations. She aims to contribute to the development of strategies to reduce the treatment gap, especially for vulnerable populations who were affected by adverse events.

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