Thomas Goodrich, member and instructor in UD's lifelong learning program in Wilmington, was a pioneer of Ottoman studies in the United States.

Ottoman honors

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute instructor honored with journal volumes

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12:32 p.m., Jan. 22, 2013--Thomas Goodrich, currently an instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington, was recently honored by having two volumes of the Journal of Ottoman Studies dedicated to him. Goodrich, who taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for many years, was a pioneer of the field of Ottoman studies in the United States.

The journal’s guest editors noted, “…the study of Ottoman maps, travelogues, and cosmological works is simply unimaginable without the groundbreaking works of Prof. Goodrich,” and many of the field’s current “hot topics” were touched upon by him.

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Goodrich earned a doctorate in history and Middle East studies from Columbia University. He taught in Turkey for five years and won Fulbright research grants for Istanbul in 1964-65, 1983-84 and 1989-90. He is professor emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ottoman cartography is his present area of research.

This spring at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Goodrich will teach “Glimpses of Islamic Art and Architecture.”

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington is a membership organization for adults 50 and over to enjoy classes, teach, exchange ideas and travel together. For more information about the program, visit the website. Similar programs are offered through UD in Dover and in Lewes.

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