Academy of Latinitys 11th International
Colloquium Meets at Bilkent
International Colloquium of the Academy of Latinity convened at Bilkent
University on April 12-14, 2005. The theme for the Colloquium was
Islam, Latinity, and Transmodernity.
The Academy of Latinity was founded in Rio de Janeiro in March 2000 by
UNESCO's former Director-General Federico Mayor (President), former
Perpetual Secretary of the French Academy Maurice Druon and Italian
philosopher Gianni Vattimo (Vice-Presidents), member of the Brasilian
Academy Candido Mendes (Secretary-General), and Honorary Perpetual
Secretary of the French Academy of Sciences François Gros, Mexican
writer Carlos Fuentes and Romanian representative to UNESCO Dan Haulica
The Academy's purpose is to constitute an independent moral authority
that reinforces the solidarity among the countries and peoples of the
Latin culture and to guarantee the legitimate presence of past,
present and future contributions of Latinity in all areas of
civilization. To meet this aim, it undertakes and develops cultural and
scientific projects, and also supports exchanges with all of the
cultures in the world.
The opening ceremony of this year's Colloquium took place at Mithat
Çoruh Auditorium on Tuesday, April 12. Turkish Minister of
Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gül sent a message and Iranian Vice-Minister of
Foreign Affairs Hamid Reza Asefi, Academy of Latinity Secretary -
General Mendes and Prof. İhsan Doğramacı, President of Bilkent
University, spoke at the ceremony.
Paso Film Festival Opens Today
The Fifth Paso Student Film Festival, organized
by the Bilkent University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Gazi
University İletişim Fakültesi, Başkent University İletişim Fakültesi,
METU GISMA and Ankara University İletişim Fakültesi, will be held
April 19-23 at the German Cultural Center in Ankara.
Special guests at this year's Paso Film Fest will include seven young
directors from Georgia and two filmmakers and VJs from Germany, as well
as Turkish film director Zeki Demirkubus, who will give a talk about
At this evening's festival opening, there will be a modern dance
performance of a piece by Pina Bausch. Another Paso highlight will be
the closing party at Upload, which will feature performance art, VJ
sessions and other live events.
Throughout the festival, audience members will have the opportunity to
express their views on the films they have seen by participating in
discussion sessions. The program for the festival can be found at
Dr. Naito International Childcare Award
Presented to Prof. Doğramacı
April 8, at a ceremony held at the Bilkent Concert Hall, Professor
İhsan Doğramacı received the "Dr. Jushichiro Naito International
Childcare Award," in recognition of his outstanding service to children
around the world.
The award is named for Dr. Jushichiro Naito, an eminent authority on
childcare, known in Japan as that country's "God of Childcare."
Inaugurated in 1997, it was initiated by a group called The Movement to
Nurture Warmheartedness, co-founded by: Kassai; Dr. Naito, at that time
honorary chairman of the Japan Pediatricians Association; and Dr. Osamu
Tezuka, a medical doctor, cartoonist and animator. Previous recipients
of award have included Mother Teresa and Margaret Thatcher.
Prof. İhsan Doğramacı has donated the $18,000 that accompanied the award
to the Haydi Kızlar Okula Kampanyası," to be used to promote the
education of girls in east and southeast Anatolia.
The ceremony opened with welcoming remarks from Rector Ali Doğramacı and
continued with statements by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gül and Minister of National Defense M. Vecdi
Gönül. Following this, Prof. Noboru Kobayashi, from the Aprica Childcare
Institute, presented the award to Prof. Doğramacı.
The program also included the screening of Prof. John Grabowski's
documentary film, "Bilkent, the History of an Idea," and a performance
of the Beethoven Triple Concerto by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra under
the baton of Howard Griffiths, with soloists Muhiddin Dürruoğlu, Graf
Mourja and Marie Hallynck.
The ceremony concluded with personal tributes and statements from
representatives of international organizations and scholars from 30
countries. The personal tributes consisted of reflections on the many
facets of Prof. İhsan Doğramacı's achievements.
Milliyet Sanat-Bilkent Young Critics Competition
To foster critical
writing among new talents, Milliyet Sanat Arts Magazine and Bilkent's
Center for Turkish Literature have announced a joint competition for
young (under 35 years of age) critics. First prize will be 3000 YTL,
second prize 2000, and third prize 1000. Two honorable mentions (a
number of Doğan Kitapçılık books) will also be given.
The Milliyet-Bilkent prizes for 2005 will be awarded to critical essays
(three to five pages in length) on a novel or a collection of short
stories published by a Turkish author in the calendar year 2004. The
submission deadline is June 30, 2005. Each entrant should include
a 100-word biography.
The jury is headed by Prof. Talat Halman. Members are Prof. Jale Parla,
Doç. Dr. Füsun Akatlı, and critics Ömer Türkeş and Cem Erciyes.
The essays and biographical sketches should be sent to: "Milliyet
Sanat-Bilkent Yeni Yetenekler Eleştiri Ödülleri," Milliyet Sanat
Dergisi, Doğan Medya Center, 34204 Bağcılar İstanbul. Email:
For further information, please contact the Center for Turkish
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