Volume 13, Number 3
26 September

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A Surrealist Exhibition From Marek Brzozowski

In the Library Art Gallery of Bilkent University, an exhibition of the works of Marek Brzozowski will take place between September 28th and October 31st.

Brzozowski has been teaching graphic design and drawing at Bilkent University since 1993. He was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 1952. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk graduating with an MFA in 1976 and Ph.D. in fine arts in 2000. He focuses on painting, illustration, graphic design and poster design in his works. His works have gained many awards in international competitions concerning illustration, painting and poster design in Poland, Germany, Turkey, Korea, Japan, Italy and Israel. He has participated in various solo and group exhibitions.

He believes that his paintings should reflect his feelings about the subject and the ambiance, "My goal is showing the events that enclose me in the nonexistent world: imaginary places, unexplored characters with the half surrealist look." He wants the designs that occur in his head, to stick out with a poetic approach in spite of a realistic approach. He draws inspiration from the culture of Turkey where he chose to live because, he says: "To live in the Middle East for an artist and to paint is a great imagination. Everything around me seems different from the clouded and depressive ambiance of North Europe. Every time, there are many continuing things and many historical cities and cultures to discover." The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Grzegorz Michalski, H.E., and his wife Mrs. E. Michalsk, are sponsoring the exhibition.

3D TV Project Makes International News

The Three-Dimensional TV Project, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Levent Onural from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, has made international news and was recently featured on the BBC News website and BBC radio.

In the future, televisions may take the form of a coffee table on which viewers will be able to watch realistic moving images, formed totally by light, from any angle they wish. Based on holographic and laser technology and aided by advanced mathematics, this project will expand the limits of today's electronic and optic technology.

The BBC News website featured an article last week which included an interview with Prof. Onural who speculated, "3D TV could be three years away." Prof. Onural also took part in four live radio interviews broadcast from local BBC radio stations across the UK. Prof. Onural, the coordinator of the multinational 3DTV network said in the interview that the technological components have already been in place for stereoscopic 3D video and the popularity of stereoscopic 3D TV will quickly increase as the already started conversion of movie theaters from 35mm film to purely digital projection is completed in about three years. However, the high-end holographic 3DTV television is at least 10 years away, according to Prof. Onural. See the full story at BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5360742.stm

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4-Volume “History of Turkish Literature” Published

With participation and support from Bilkent University, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has just published a comprehen- sive, new "History of Turkish Literature." The 4-volume collective work titled "Türk Edebiyat Tarihi" features 127 articles by 88 scholars. The idea for a new scholarly work on Turkish literature, with emphasis on critical and interpretive studies of its evolution beginning with its origins in the early eighth century through present day, was proposed by Prof. Talat Halman, Chairman of Bilkent's Department of Turkish Literature. He also served as the General Editor for the new volume. Other members of the Board of Editors included: Prof. Osman Horata (associate editor; President, Atatürk Culture Center), Asst. Prof. Mehmet Kalpaklı (Acting Chair of Bilkent's Department of History), Assoc. Prof. Nurettin Demir, Prof. Yakup Çelik, Prof. Ramazan Korkmaz and Prof. Öcal Oğuz (adjunct professor at Bilkent's Department of Turkish Literature). The undersecretary for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Prof. Mustafa Şen, participated in the process from the beginning and Bilkent's Center for Turkish Literature spearheaded the coordination efforts.

The volumes are arranged according to periods in which significant political and cultural transformations took place. Volume I introduces Turkish literature from its beginnings to 1453; volume II covers the period from 1453 to 1860; volume III stretches from 1860 to 1923, and volume IV deals with the period from 1923 to the present day.

The work consists of 2644 pages. The outstanding book designer Ersu Pekin personally produced the design for the anthology.

The media is showing appreciable interest in the new publication. The major dailies Hürriyet, Milliyet, Turkish Daily News, Zaman, and others, have run laudatory pieces, and "Karalama Defteri" on CNNTürk will soon televise a special interview conducted by its host Doğan Hızlan with the General Editor, Talat Halman.

Update Your Address Book!

For postal and official business, Ortadoğu Quarter, including Bilkent, Hacettepe and Middle East Technical universities has been renamed.

Since there are several universities located in the area, as of July, the Çankaya Municipality changed the official name of the area to Universities Quarter (Üniversiteler Mahallesi). Please change Ortadoğu Quarter (Ortadoğu Mahallesi) to Universities Quarter (Üniversiteler Mahallesi) in your address books.

Announcement for Student Vehicle Stickers

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