Volume 11, Number 26         19 April 2005

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Academy of Latinity’s 11th International Colloquium Meets at Bilkent

The 11th 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 (Advisers).
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 Paso.
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 www.pasofest.org

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“Dr. Naito International Childcare Award” Presented to Prof. Doğramacı

On Friday, 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: yeniyetenek@milliyet.com.tr
For further information, please contact the Center for Turkish Literature at
ext. 2317,
email: temerkez@bilkent.edu.tr

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