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The ultimate goal of education with NIU Professor Gulsat Aygen, part 1 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Dr. Gulsat Aygen
Northern Illinois University
Dr. Gulsat Aygen

On a new Teachers' Lounge podcast, Northern Illinois University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Gulsat Aygen. Dr. Aygen is a renowned linguistics teacher, author, and translator.

She has had an absolutely remarkable life from growing up in Turkey, spending time as a political prisoner in the 1980s, coming to the United States to study and teach at Harvard, and now at NIU.

“How did I end up being more human than I ever was, despite all the torture and dehumanizing circumstances I was in?” she said. “I always think about this.”

We had a long, wonderful conversation about her life and the ultimate goal of education. So, we’re presenting it in two parts so we can bring you as much as possible.

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Peter joins WNIJ as a graduate of North Central College. He is a native of Sandwich, Illinois.