James Conrad knew nothing about the country of Turkey or its culture until he was invited to participate in an intercultural dinner at the Turkish Cultural Center in Metairie.
“I’m very interested in other countries, but my knowledge of Turkey was limited at the time,” said Conrad, a resident of Algiers Point and a history instructor at Delgado Community College. “After going to the center just one time, I was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Turkish people, their culture and their food.”
Conrad was so fascinated that he became a volunteer at the center. And last year, he went on one of the center’s 10 annual trips to Turkey.
The Turkish Cultural Center, operated by the Atlas Foundation, is located at 3435 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. It is a nonprofit organization established in New Orleans in 2002 by the Turkish-American community and other volunteers.