Volume 13, Number 24
27 March

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Creating Change with Awareness

"We have always spoken, but have seldom read" say volunteers of the club hoping to inspire more reading in Turkey. "We have always seen, known, made comments, but could never change."

On March 22, Bilkent Toplum Gönüllüleri Grubu (Community Volunteers Group) read in front of the Science Faculty Buildings with the slogan "we are aware to create awareness." The club's aim is to make people aware of the lack of a reading culture in Turkey and to change things by creating an awareness of the issue. The reading session began with the members of TOG wearing yellow aprons, and the number of people reading increased slowly as other Bilkent students joined in. Soft guitar music accompanied the readers.

Bilkent Toplum Gönüllüleri Grubu continues to engage in other volunteer activities with other TOG clubs and groups organized at 70 universities across Turkey. Members report that they believe the youth can be pioneers in society by showing their sensibility with regard to social problems. They believe they can convert their energy into social change by being active citizens. As such, club members are aiming to be a part of this progress and change by reading to create awareness.

Bilkent TOG is open to everyone who wants to participate in a friendly, respectful atmosphere. If you are interested in volunteering, detailed information is online at:

Banu Bilgiç (PHIL/III) Sezen Burçe Şahinkaya (IAED/IV)

“Artists in Disguise: Architects”

Bilkent University Library Art Gallery is hosting a new exhibition which includes works by architects living in Ankara. Art-lovers were welcomed to the opening reception on March 22. Guests also had a chance to meet and talk with the artists whose works were on display including, Nuri Abaç, Kadri Atabaş, Gülsüm Baydar, Faruk Erkal, Yalçın Oğuz, Mükremin Barut, Gür Dalkıran, Mükremin Mungan, Muammer Hacıbaloğlu, Mustafa Mete Tığlı, Salih Köksalan, Vedat Ağca, Ali Kemal Karahan, Aysun Coşar, Ayşe Ergül, Mehmet Ertan Yollu, Ertuğrul Özakdemir, Reha Benderlioğlu, Haldun Erdoğan, Fikret Ünsal, Ali Cinoğlu, Cahit Kalenderoğlu, Mehmet Sayım Karayel, Affan Yatman.

Attila Güllü, the coordinator of Library Art Gallery, emphasized the importance of the exhibition as it provides people with the opportunity to see how architects are able to reveal their artistic capacities in their paintings not just their building designs. In this sense, the artists' works in this exhibition express their way of disguising themselves within their art. The exhibition can be visited until April 22 between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. everyday, except Sundays.

Naim Atabağsoy (PHIL/IV)


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“Don Juan, or the Love of Geometry” Opens This Week

The senior students in the Department of Performing Arts at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts are staging the play Don Juan, or the Love of Geometry (Don Juan ya da Geometri Aşkı) March 27, 30 and 31, April 4, 6 and 7 at the Bilkent Theater Hall.

The play, written by Max Frisch and directed by Giorgi Antadze, will premier on Tuesday, March 27. This ironic comedy by the prominent Swiss journalist/novelist/ architect Frisch, deals with a man trapped by his public image who must free himself by escaping into marriage.

The play will be performed at the Bilkent Theater Hall beginning at 8 p.m., with transportation available to and from Sıhhiye bus-stop. (continues)

Zeki Çelikkol Has Passed Away

Retired Ambassador Zeki Çelikkol, a part-time instructor in the Faculty of Humanities and Letters, passed away last week on Tuesday, March 20. Mr Çelikkol received his BA in International Relations from Ankara University in 1956. He served as an ambassador to Caracas, Lahey and The Hague. Mr. Çelikkol was teaching History of the Turkish Republic at Bilkent. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Çelikkol family, his students and his colleagues.

Süleyman Demirel to Address Bilkent Students

The Bilkent Political Platform Club is proudly hosting the 9th President of Turkey, Süleyman Demirel on Tuesday, March 27. The conference titled "Turkey and the World in the Spring of 2007" will be held at 4 p.m. at the C-Block Auditorium. All students and faculty are welcome to attend.

“World Poetry Day” Celebrates Mevlana’s Poetry

On March 21, a "Mevlana (Rûmî) Program" was held on UNESCO's "World Poetry Day" by Bilkent's Center for Turkish Literature at FEASS, C-Block Auditorium. This year, the program was dedicated to Mevlana in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the birth of the great sufi poet. In the program, Mevlana's poems were read, along with translations into Turkish and English. Beşir Ayvazoğlu, writer, critic and editor made the opening speech, emphasizing Mevlana's life and poetry, and their significance in Turkish literary tradition.(continues)

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