Alev Alatlı İngilizce Biyografisi Forum Alev
Alev Alatlı İngilizce Biyografisi
Born in İzmir, Turkey, in 1944, Alev Alatlı finished high-school at the American School in Japan - Nakameguro, Tokyo (where her father was assigned as the Military Attaché to the Turkish Embassy, also serving as the Liaison Officer to the UN of the Turkish Brigade in Korea) and received her BS in Economics at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
Upon graduation in 1963, she married classmate Alper Orhon, a Turkish Cypriot. Together, they went to the USA to further their studies: she with a Fulbright Scholarship and he with a grant from the Ford Foundation. Alatlı received her MA in Development Economics and Econometrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. By this time, she had started to feel that there was “something wrong” in explaining the world in exact figures and formulas and decided that what she should learn was “how to think like a Western." This she did by continuing her education in philosophy, at the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. “Unfortunately, here too I ran into the positivists," she says, "Left between August Comte and econometrics, I realised that if I was to make any sense of the world I lived in, I had to study theology and history of thought. Time had come to return home and make a fresh start which I did in 1974.”
The next five years passed studying İslam, including visits to Cairo and Jordan. Meanwhile, she also took up various jobs in her capacity as an economist, to make a living, i.e. the Istanbul University, the State Planning Organization in Ankara. Among other projects Alev Alatlı was involved in was a study of language learning patterns of Turkish children between the ages 2–5, initiated by well known psycho-linguist Prof. Dan I. Slobin of the University of California, Berkeley. She then went into creating the highly original periodical called “Bizim English” (Our English), aiming at teaching the English language to Turks, basing it on native tongue and culture. As the Chief Editor of this periodical, she worked in partnership with Cumhuriyet, the daily newspaper. During the same period, she also contributed to the activities of the Turkish Writers’ Cooperative (YAZKO) in Istanbul. She is the Head of the Board of Trustees of Cappadocia Vocational College which is a grass-roots community college designed to facilitate regional development.
Alatlı lives and works in İstanbul with her beloved daughter Funda, her son-in-law Kaan and two grandchildren