At the Gulen Institute, our research agenda seeks to explore the role civil society plays in facilitating positive social change. This goal is accomplished through a variety of research programs.
The Youth Platform is an annual international essay contest. High school students from any country are prompted to discuss potential solutions to global challenges. Program Chair is Prof. Thomas Gage from Humboldt State University in Arcata.
Gulen Institute publications are categorized as Analyses, Research Papers, Event Reports and Books like So That Others May Live: A Fethullah Gulen Reader and A Dialogue of Civilizations by Jill Carroll.
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Gulen Institute organizes Lecture Series, Luncheon Forums, Dialogue of Civilization, Youth Platforms and International Social Work Trips.
Gulen InstituteGulen Institute is a non-profit research organization dedicated to the promotion of peace and civic welfare. The Gülen Institute maintains an international focus that is unique in Houston, and our primary goal is to advance original academic work in the areas of Conflict Resolution, Poverty, and Education that articulates the challenges faced by global communities and theorizes possible solutions. We acknowledge the fundamental role that governments play in advancing social harmony, but we believe that lasting solutions to the problems of today have to involve the civic sector.
ActivitiesGulen Institute offers research grants and scholarships, organizes lecture series at the University of Houston, and facilitates workshops and panel discussions that attract academics from around the world. Our lecture series and panel discussions provide a platform for diverse analyses of the contemporary world. We also offer cultural exchange trips to graduate students at the University of Houston in the belief that by bringing people of diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds together, we can advance mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation.
PartnersThe Gulen Institute is a joint initiative of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston and the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue. This collaboration has allowed both organizations to deepen their commitments to peace and social justice. The Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW), established by Texas State Legislature in 1967, is a nationally recognized graduate social work program. The Institute of Interfaith Dialogue (IID) grew out of the need to address the question, “How can citizens of the world live in peace and harmony?”.
BooksThe Gulen Institute publishes books in the areas of poverty, education, conflict resolution, and the Hizmet Movement. Some of the publications are in house publications, while others are co-published
AnalysesThe Gulen Institute also publishes analyses in the areas of poverty, education, conflict resolution, and the Hizmet Movement. These analyses are written by leading researchers in their areas. While some of these analyses are unpublished original works, others are detailed summaries of previous published works by leading academics.
Research PapersSince 2010, the Gülen Institute has offered funds each year to a broad range of research projects dealing with contemporary issues in the fields of Education, Poverty Research, and Conflict Resolution, including but not limited to the role non-governmental institutions play in democratization, the role of education in peace-building, the examination of economic, political, ethnic, and religious dimensions of social conflict, the establishment of social justice in diverse communities, and the fostering of productive intercultural dialogue. Results of these researches are published by the Gulen Institute.
Youth PlatformGulen Institute Youth Platform is an international essay contest annually organized by the Gulen Institute at the University of Houston and is open for high school students in grades 9th through 12th enrolled in public or private schools all over the world. The contest challenges young minds to identify the obstacles to stable peace and social harmony and to offer possible solutions from their own cultural perspectives. The Youth Platform also offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural understanding, as contest winners are invited to share their essays and engage in respectful dialogue with their peers from around the world. The Platform is chaired by Prof. Thomas Gage from Humboldt State University in Arcata. Prof. Gage and his team of reviewers, including university professors, judge the essays to select the winners.
WinnersAs the Gülen Institute Youth Platform Committee, we are pleased to announce the winners of the Essay Contest 2015.
We appreciate all the hard work you have done to write your essays from all around the world. Over 1000 essays from 65 countries and 35 states were submitted for the contest. There are 30 winners from 12 different countries. The winners will be contacted about the details regarding their flight, hotel and other arrangements.
Awards1st place 2,000 USD + 3-day excursion
2nd place 1,500 USD + 3-day excursion
3rd place 1,000 USD + 3-day excursion
4th – 15th place: 300 USD+ 3-day excursion
16th – 30th place: 100 USD
All winners who ranked from 1st place to 15th place will be awarded a sponsored excursion to Washington, D.C.
In addition to participating in the award ceremony, students will have the opportunity to meet honorable U.S. Congress members, participate in discussions, visit local university and think-tank organizations, and enjoy tourist attractions in Washington, D.C.
Fethullah GulenThe Gulen Institute takes its name from Fethullah Gulen, the popular Turkish author, educational activist, opinion leader, and preacher emeritus whose commitment to tolerance and altruism has inspired millions to work for peace.
Gulen is known for his philosophical and active stance for human rights, democracy, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, science, spirituality, and against violence, segregation, and turning religion into a political ideology. Like Fethullah Gulen, we at the Gülen Institute believe in the possibility of peaceful coexistence among the world’s diverse communities and strive to promote the ideals of service and civic responsibility.
Gulen’s WorksFethullah Gulen is a prolific writer and preacher. His works can be classified as recorded speeches and books. His recorded speeches comprise the published collections of audiotapes and visual material from his sermons and conversations over decades. His books consist of the compilations of the lead articles he has published in various periodicals and the edited transcriptions of his speeches. He has also published a book of poetry, which has appealed to lyricists and musicians.
Gulen has published more than sixty books in Turkish, many of which have been translated to more than thirty languages. He was listed among the top hundred public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy magazine in May 2008.