PASOFEST8: Student Film and Digital
Media Festival on the Way
Every year, university students from across Turkey produce
motion pictures in the hope of contributing to the development of film art. Unfortunately,
despite the intense effort and creativity put into each project, they often go unseen.
This is why a group of students from Bilkent's Department of Communication and Design
established the PASO Student Film Festival, with the help of their peers from Gazi and
The 8th PASO Student Film and Digital Media
Festival will take place at the Goethe Institute in Ankara, April 24 to 27, 2008. As a
forum for cultural exchange, the aim of this international festival is to provide a
non-competitive environment, free from conventional categories, for sharing student films
and digital media works.
In addition to the screenings, instructors
and industry professionals will give master classes, seminars, and workshops on different
aspects of media production. The international workshop participants will collaborate to
create projects that will be exhibited and discussed at the end of the festival.
Works produced after September 2006 and
meeting the festival specifications are welcome! Deadline for submissions is Friday, March
21, 2008. For more information, visit www.art.bilkent.edu.tr
Make a Difference with TDP
You have a chance to make a difference.
Are you prepared to take it?
Bilkent student volunteers are the backbone of TDP (Toplumsal Duyarlılık
Projeleri / Community Projects), and are supported by Toplum Gönüllüleri
Vakfı (TOG), Uygar Görme Engelliler Derneği and other organizations.
Together, they offer students a chance to tutor elementary students in underprivileged
areas, teach sports, art, and computer classes, or visit the elderly in retirement homes.
TDP is gearing up for the spring semester and is ready to welcome new volunteers
to contribute time and suggestions. Their mission is to be of service to individuals and
the community as a whole, and to help people overcome social or economic issues that they
face, in order to increase their chances of having a successful future.
There will be an introduction meeting held at 5:45 p.m. at the Mithat
Çoruh Auditorium on Tuesday, February 26. For more information and to
find out how to get involved, call ext.1550, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://tdp.bilkent.edu.tr
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New Exhibition at Library Art Gallery
The Bilkent University Library Art Gallery launched a new exhibition last week, featuring
the work of Bilgehan Uzuner. Instead of a cohesive collection, Uzuner displays three
completely different techniques and styles: watercolor, engravings and design. Between the
colorful and bold chaos of the engravings, his watercolor works feature calm coastal
sceneries from Turkey, and the soft pastel colors of various European countries the artist
has visited. The complexity of these magnifies the simplicity of his design work. During
this busy time when everyone is struggling with perfecting their schedule and getting used
to new classes, a few minutes at the Library Art Gallery might be the perfect thing to
clear your mind. Uzuner's art will be exhibited until March 11. Don't
Sera De Vor (AMER/III)
from the Library
As well as being the intellectual heart of Universities, academic libraries are also one
of the main places where art and culture can come together. In this respect, the Bilkent
University Library has initiated a new activity entitled "Library Lunchtime
Lectures," where leading Bilkent academics will speak about their fields of study and
research for a general, non-specialist audience. Bilkent University Library is proud to be
organizing and hosting these events. Lectures will be held in the library's art gallery
from 12:40 p.m. to 1:30.p.m.
The series will kick off March 6, 2008, when Prof. Talat Halman, Dean of
the Humanities Faculty and Chair of the Turkish Literature Department, will present a
lecture about literature. The second will be given by Prof. Tayfun Özçelik from the
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and will be about evolution and human
diseases. On April 17, Prof. Ekmel Özbay, the Director of the
Nanotechnology Research Center, will share his unrivaled knowledge about the exciting new
field of nanotechnology. More lectures should be announced in Bilkent News
in the coming months.
Dr. David Thornton, Director of Bilkent University Library, said, "I am excited about
this new lecture series. It will be an opportunity for Bilkent students and faculty to
expand their knowledge while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of our art gallery. I am
also very grateful to the three speakers who have already agreed to contribute and I am
looking forward to hearing their individual lectures."
All are invited to attend. Please mark your diaries now, and don't forget that there will
be refreshments for those who might miss lunch!
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