Registration is underway for the 40th Annual Textile Museum Fall Symposium, Ottoman By Design: Branding an Empire, and early bird rates expire on August 15. Ottoman By Design: Branding an Empire October 12-14, 2012 The 40th annual Textile Museum Fall Symposium will explore themes raised in this fall's exhibition; The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art, and focus on a spectacular period in the development of the arts of the Ottoman court, with particular attention to the floral style which emerged in the mid-16th century and its impact on the Turkish culture since then. The Sultan's Garden explores how the Ottoman Empire embraced this new aesthetic to represent the court at home and abroad, which parallels a practice prevalent in today's commerce and politics: the concept of "branding" an entity to achieve instant recognition and loyalty. Through four dynamic presentations including two keynote lectures, a round-table discussion, curators' tour, and the popular interactive Show-and-Tell session for collectors, "Ottoman by Design: Branding an Empire" will reveal how the Ottoman Empire found an iconic means to express their cultural identity. Quicklinks Schedule and Speakers Accommodations Registration Special Event Registration Registration is now open. To reserve your seat, call (202) 667-0441 ext. 64, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (ENDS AUGUST 15, 2012) $225/TM members; $270/non-members (includes a one-year TM membership); $180/students (includes a one year TM membership; valid student I.D. required) REGULAR REGISTRATION (AFTER AUGUST 15, 2012) $270/TM members; $315/non-members (includes a one-year TM membership); $220/students (includes a one-year TM membership; a valid student I.D. required) The Textile Museum is pleased to offer student and teacher scholarships. Visit the website for details on how to apply. Refunds will not be available after September 14. 2012 Symposium Schedule Friday, October 12 The Textile Museum * 2320 S Street NW Members' Opening Reception * 7:15-9:00 PM The weekend begins with a reception celebrating the opening of The Sultan's Garden. Join Textile Museum members and guests for this special evening at the museum. Saturday, October 13 Jack Morton Auditorium, The George Washington University * 805 21st Street NW Morning Presentations * 9:00 AM-12:00 PM "The Legacy of the Ottoman Floral Style at Home and Abroad" Walter B. Denny, Keynote Speaker "Whose Brand? The Transformation of Ottoman Velvets, 1600-1750" Amanda Phillips Lunch * 12:00-2:00 PM Lunch is on your own, a list of area restaurants will be provided. Afternoon Presentations * 2:00-5:00 PM "Alien Species in the Sultan's Garden: Their Introduction and Naturalization" Jon Thompson, Keynote Speaker "Turkish Flowers in a Christian Paradise: Ottoman Silks for the Orthodox Church" Warren T. Woodfin NEW! Individual presentations will be followed by a Roundtable Discussion, moderated by Thomas Farnham, Trustee and Research Associate for Charles Grant Ellis Archives, The Textile Museum. Sunday, October 14 The Textile Museum * 2320 S Street NW Continental Breakfast * 9:00 AM Curator's tour of The Sultan's Garden * 9:30 AM Led by exhibition co-curators Sumru Belger Krody and Walter B. Denny. Show and Tell * 10:45 AM Facilitated by Michael M. Seidman, Trustee, The Textile Museum Share and discuss your own Ottoman and Turkish textiles with the experts.