Volume 14, Number 13
December 25, 2007

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Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Opens New Erzurum Concert Hall

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The new Bilkent Erzurum Concert Hall, at the İhsan Doğramacı Foundation's Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School, was officially opened Friday, December 14 with a concert by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. The evening performance was conducted by state artist Gürer Aykal, and featured soloist Gülsin Onay playing Mozart's "KV.414, La major 12th Piano Concerto" and "KV.550, Sol minor 40th Symphony."

The new concert hall can accommodate up to 350 people. Duyar Karagözoğlu was responsible for the acoustic design, and the first Steinway Piano in Erzurum can be found within it's walls.

The Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School, opened at the beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year, was developed as the first part in Bilkent University's Eastern Anatolian Education Project, with the intent of bringing quality education to the region. Under the project, further Bilkent satellite campuses are to be built in Van, Malatya and Şanlıurfa.

Prof. Aykanat Receives Mustafa Parlar Award

parlar.jpg (4756 bytes)Prof. Cevdet Aykanat, a faculty member in the Computer Engineering Department, has been named a recipient of the 2007 Science Award bestowed by the METU Parlar Foundation in honor of the late METU professor, Mustafa Parlar. Every year the foundation recognizes the achievements of scientists and scholars from a variety of fields for their exceptional research productivity. (continues)

Halman's Rapture and Revolution Published in the U.S.

rapture and revolutionProf. Talat Halman's major essays on Turkish literature have been published in book form, by Syracuse University Press, titled “Rapture and Revolution.” Edited by Jayne L. Warner, the volume is an interesting collection of essays and articles exploring the development of the Turkish literary tradition. They provide a critical overview of Turkish literature from the 6th century to the present. The individual articles range from an analysis of classical literature to traditional and European-style Theater, and from folk literature to modern aesthetics. It also contains studies on individual literary figures (such as Rumi, Yunus Emre, Süleyman the Magnificent, Nazım Hikmet, Orhan Veli Kanık, and Sait Faik). Find out more, or order a copy by visiting www.syracuseuniver
or www.eurospanonline.com

Oğuz Atay Symposium a Huge Success

oguz atayOn December 13 and 14, Bilkent University's Center for Turkish Literature, in collaboration with Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University's Department of Turkish Language and Literature (who acted as host), and İletişim Publishers organized a symposium to commemorate the 30th anniversary of novelist Oğuz Atay's death. Eighteen papers were presented by some of Turkey's foremost academics and critics, including: Oğuz Demiralp, Murat Belge, Jale Parla, Sevda Şener, Füsun Akatlı, Cevat Çapan, Nurdan Gürbilek, Sibel Irzık, Feridun Andaç, and others. Postgraduate students of the two organizing universities took part as well. Many of the sessions were jam-packed with attendees. The highlight of the conference was the keynote speeches by novelist Elif Şafak, and poet Murathan Mungan, which were much appreciated by the huge crowd present during the two days. Also exciting was the extensive media coverage of this literary symposium.

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Board of Trustees Approves a New Masters Program in Law and Economics, Also Sets Tuition Fees for 2008

The Bilkent University Board of Trustees met on December 17 at which they approved the proposal for the new Master of Arts Program in Law and Economics in the Faculty of Law. The program is primarily structured for business professionals and offers a unique set of courses with respect to the combination of two disciplines, namely law and economics.
The interaction between law and economics has gained significant importance.

A need has emerged for well-equipped lawyers in the field of market economy, who have sufficient knowledge regarding the economic impact of legal rules and the economic features of different legal systems. In order to meet this demand, it is crucial that lawyers are trained both in law and in economics.

Thus, the Bilkent University Faculty of Law is planning to offer a postgraduate program in "Economic Law" to enhance lawyers' awareness and knowledge of Competition and Economic Regulation Law.

The Board also reviewed the income and expenditures for the 2007 fiscal year and concluded that they were in line with the budget approved at the previous board meeting. (continues)

Prof. Orhan Güvenen Appointed as Vice-chairperson to the UIS

orhan güvenenProf. Orhan Güvenen -Chair of the Department of Accounting Information Systems; and Director of the Institute of World Systems, Economies and Strategic Research - has been elected by the UNESCO General Conference, and appointed by it’s Director General, to be a Vice-Chairperson of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Prof. Güvenen has been serving as a member of the Board since January 2006.

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics is a branch of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). It was established in 1999 in order to reform UNESCO's statistical capacities. The institute aims to gather a wide range of high-quality information to help member states analyze the effectiveness of their programs in order to make informed policy decisions, and to interpret and report on the global situation in regards to education, science and technology, and culture and communication.

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