Exhibit celebrates Rousseau’s 300th birthday in İstanbul

May 02, 2012, Wednesday/ 16:47:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

İstanbul’s Notre Dame de Sion French High School launched an exhibition on Thursday to celebrate the 300th birthday of French writer and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Titled “Rousseau and Turkey -- Dreams and Theories,” the exhibition showcases the French philosopher’s manuscripts about the Ottomans, which have been brought from Geneva, Switzerland. His father served as horologist at Topkapı Palace under the Ottomans. The exhibition, held under the auspices of Swiss Consul-General in İstanbul Monika Schumtz Kırgöz, aims to introduce Rousseau and his works to a wider audience, the school said in a statement last week. The exhibition can be seen until June 2.

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