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The ultimate goal of education with NIU Professor Gulsat Aygen, part 2 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Dr. Gulsat Aygen
Northern Illinois University
Dr. Gulsat Aygen

On a new Teachers’ Lounge Podcast, it’s the 2nd and final part of our conversation with Northern Illinois University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Dr. Gulsat Aygen. Dr. Aygen is a world-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 at Harvard, and now teaching at NIU.

In the last episode, we talked about the ultimate goal of education.

This time around, we talk about her experience learning English as a student in Istanbul, how she got interested in linguistics in the first place, & the journey that led her to Northern Illinois University.

If you’ve never listened to Teachers’ Lounge before, our show is based on an idea -- we’ve all had teachers in our lives who shaped who we are. And we want to hear about the teachers who inspired you or deserve a spotlight in your community. Every educator we have on this podcast, whether teacher, coach, counselor or professor, is nominated by our listeners.

So, tell us about the person who comes to your mind. Shoot us an email and nominate an educator at teacherslounge@niu.edu and they could be on the podcast! And please subscribe to our Teachers' Lounge newsletter right here where you can stay up to speed on the show and share stories you think we should cover!

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Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Peter Medlin
Teachers' Lounge Podcast


Educator in this episode:

Gulsat Aygen

Stories in this episode:

DeKalb School District breaks ground on new school and unveils name

Student teachers rarely get paid. New plans in the Illinois General Assembly hope to change that.

Music: Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popn," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's Sessions from Studio A where they were featured.

Teachers! People who know teachers! People with stories about teachers! Send us an email and be part of the show! Also, send us your topic recommendations: teacherslounge@niu.edu

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