As part of our 8 March International Women’s Day events, an online art workshop was held for our academic and administrative staff. Inspired by the Wise Woman La-Loba in Clarissa P Estes’s “Women Who Run with the Wolves”, the participant group established a bond with the internal resources they neglected during their journey to their inner worlds accompanied by music and passed on to them as a legacy from the past. In this workshop, by analyzing impressive poems and paintings of Rupi Kaur, participants wrote their own poems and created the visuals of these poems. We sincerely thank dear Aylin Vartanyan, who lead the workshop group with the “Expressive Art” technique.

Who is Aylin Vartanyan Dilaver?

Aylin Vartanyan Dilaver holds an MA degree in German Literature from Columbia University and  she is pursuing a doctoral degree at the European Graduate School in the Expressive Arts for  Social Change Program. Her subjects of interests are gender and postmemory, conflict  transformation, Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed practice and narrative transformation through  the arts. She has been a member of Bogazici University School of Foreign Languages since  1994. Currently she is teaching Critical Reading and Writing courses in the Advanced English  Unit. Since 2006 she has been an active member of the Bogazici University Peace Education  Application and Research Center organizing conferences, preparing curricula and facilitating  workshops for educators, counselors, students and NGO workers on conflict transformation from  an expressive arts perspective.