MANCHESTER >> Green Mountain Academy will present Southern Vermont College President David Evans, to speak about his passion for the distinctive Turkish tradition of çini ("chee-nee")—ceramic tiles, plates and other objects. Evans will explore the role traditional arts and crafts play in tourism and economic development, including parallels that can be found in Vermont's tourist economy. The revitalization of çini, a tradition dating back at least to the emergence of the Ottomans in the 14th century and cultivated extensively by the early sultans, who set up a large industry in the Turkish cities Iznik and Kütayha, will be discussed. These ceramics are notably related to the evolution of Ottoman culture, especially architecture, and along with embroidery and carpet-weaving represent Turkey's most outstanding contribution to world art.

The talk will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit