UI students' special on Turkey to air on WILL

UI students' special on Turkey to air on WILL

URBANA — To deepen their understanding of Islam and the diversity of Muslim societies, nine University of Illinois journalism students spent a semester learning about Islam and researching the role of Turkey as a bridge between the West and the Middle East.

Then last May, under the guidance of journalism Professor Nancy Benson, the students reported stories from Turkey, a secular Muslim country of 75 million people. They explored a wide variety of issues with the goal of better educating the American public, producing a half-hour television special to air on WILL-TV at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

"Illinois Travels to Turkey" highlights the role of Islam in daily life; the debate among Turkish women over whether to wear a head scarf; the fight for a free press; daily lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents of Turkey; and efforts to help victims of domestic violence in the country.