The McGhee Center is located in the city of Alanya on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Today Alanya is known primarily for its well-preserved medieval castle and idyllic beaches, its nightlife and its fragrant citrus groves. Yet it is also a place with a rich history – an ideal setting for the study of Turkish and Mediterranean civilization, culture and language.
Alanya and its surroundings bear the traces of many eastern Mediterranean civilizations – Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Crusader, Ottoman, and more. From the time of Alexander the Great, the port of Alanya was a crucial link in Mediterranean commerce with Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, and the Holy Land. Today this long and diverse history intersects with the contemporary landscape of international tourism and with Turkey’s increasing role in the global economy. Alanya’s beaches, ruins, and summer nightlife draw visitors from Western Europe, Britain, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. Its present-day landscape reveals mosques alongside internet cafes, medieval pleasure gardens and Roman ruins amidst orchards cultivated for global markets, and modern shopping malls near the castles and caravanserais of the ancient Silk Road.
The curriculum at the McGhee Center emphasizes the encounters between East and West, past and present that define this complex and beautiful landscape, offering an unparalleled opportunity to experience firsthand the rich tapestry of civilizations and cultures in the eastern Mediterranean.