Culture Quest 2013

The third annual Culture Quest saw our largest adventure to date! Seventy-five participants (57 Lauder students, 14 partners, and 4 Huntsman students) raced from Vienna, Austria, to Istanbul, Turkey, in 10 days. They traveled through various countries in the region in a self-guided, “Orient Express”-themed trek. Using different modes of transportation, the 17 teams had opportunities to interview local government officials, interact with local business leaders, and experience a variety of cultural practices, all while earning points for their activities. Assigned readings, papers, and lectures reinforced the learning experiences, and students came away with new leadership and team-building skills. The quest ended in Istanbul with a morning of interesting lectures on the economy of Turkey graciously hosted by Wharton alum Vedat Sadioglu and his wife Claudia.