Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Opens New
Erzurum Concert Hall
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
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
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
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.
Prof. 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
sitypress.syr.edu or www.eurospanonline.com
Oğuz Atay Symposium a Huge Success
On 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
Prof. 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
its 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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