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The McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies was established in 1989 when George Crewes McGhee, a distinguished former Ambassador to Turkey and Germany, donated his Mediterranean villa to Georgetown University. It was Ambassador McGhee’s wish that the villa should become a center of scholarship and learning in the Eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, and modern Turkey. Today the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies continues to realize this vision by offering opportunities for overseas study, teaching, and research as well as space for workshops, meetings, study tours, and alumni events at the McGhee Villa in Alanya, Turkey.

The academic programs offered at the McGhee Center explore the incredible wealth of civilization, history, and culture in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as the changing landscape of contemporary Turkey and the political forces affecting this region today.