Volume 13, Number 6
17 October

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Run for Student Council

Candidacy applications for Student Council Representatives are being accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the announced locations in the various Faculties, Institutes and Schools. You are urged to become a candidate to represent your department at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Department Representatives will then elect the Representatives for their Faculties/ Institutes/Schools, which in turn, will elect the President and the Executive Committee of the Student Council, as well as the Board of Overseers.

Detailed information, including the Election Calendar, qualifications required for candidacy and the Application Form, are available at: http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/konsey 

All currently registered students are eligible to vote so make your voice count and vote!
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Halman’s Turkish Muse
Published in US

Syracuse University Press has just released a collection of articles and reviews on Turkish literature by Prof. Talat Halman, chairman of the Department of Turkish Literature. The 369-page volume titled The Turkish Muse: Views & Reviews 1960s-1990s, contains more than 220 selections. Most of the articles and reviews were published in such American magazines and scholarly journals as: The Middle East Journal, Literature & West, Edebiyat: A Journal of Middle Eastern Literature, The World & I, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Parabola, Journal of the American Oriental Society, among others. Most of the articles were originally published in the prestigious international literature journal, Books Abroad, later renamed World Literature Today. Halman has served on the board of editors for nearly 40 years World Literature Today.

The volume has a 20-page introduction by Talat Halman titled "Turkish Literature: An Overview." Dr. Jayne L. Warner, who edited the volume, observes in her preface: "Because the reviews were written over a period of four decades, it is possible to follow the development of these genres and the careers of many writers from their early work to their rise as leading Turkish poets, novelists, and dramatists…"

The book is available from the London distributor of the Syracuse University Press:

Alisbah MATH Fellowships Awarded

Two students, Selim Bahadır (MATH/IV), and Burcu Silindir (MATH/PhD), received the "Orhan Alisbah Fellowship" award on October 13th at the Department of Mathematics award ceremony. The Orhan Alisbah Fellowship is conferred in memory of Prof. Orhan Alisbah (1910-1989), one of the best-known mathematicians in Turkey.

Every year since 1998, Prof. Bilsel Alisbah, son of Orhan Alisbah, has awarded fellowships to students in the department of Mathematics at Bilkent. This fellowship ensures that the memory of Prof. Alisbah is not forgotten as he continues to serve as an exemplary model for young mathematicians.

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Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Opens a New Season

The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra opened their season on Saturday, October 14th, under the direction of their Music Director, Emil Tabakov, with the Overture to W.A. Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro followed by his Concerto for Flute and Harp and D. Shostakovich's 7th Symphony. The soloists of the concert were Philippe Bernold on flute and Xavier de Maistre on harp. Bilkent News interviewed Işın Metin, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, about the upcoming season.

"Following our preseason concerts at Bodum, Antalya and Mersin Festivals, we are back home at the Bilkent Concert Hall," "2006 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart and 100th anniversary of the birth of Shostakovich. We will be doing Mozart and Shostakovich cycles the first half of this season, as we did with last half of the previous season," said Işın Metin. Metin highlighted that 2007 is a significant year for the BSO, since it is the year of Ahmet Adnan Saygun whose work, Ode to Atatürk and Anatolia, will be performed at the closing concert of the Ankara International Music Festival. Saygun's works will be celebrated worldwide with performances and the release of four new CDs of his works by the German CD label CPO, which will include recordings made with the BSO.(continues)

Sadi Çalık Exhibition Opens

Bilkent University is hosting an exhibition featuring the work of Şadi Çalık, one of Turkey's most prestigious sculptors at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Exhibition Hall. The exhibit runs from October 9th to November 9th, 2006 and is open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Şadi Çalık is one of the leading representatives of Turkish Modern Sculpture. Born in 1917, Çalık has created many of the outstanding Turkish sculptures of today. He studied at the sculpture department of the State Fine Arts Academy in İstanbul. From his death, in 1979, until today, most of his important figures were kept and protected by his wife Müfide Çalık. (continues)

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