Volume 14, Number 17
February 26, 2008

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Prof. İnalcık Nominated for Kluge Prize

halil inalcık

Prof. Halil İnalcık, a renowned historian and founder of Bilkent's Department of History, has been nominated for the 4th biennial John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity. The award is on the same monetary scale as the Nobel Prize and is given to those who have excelled and made a life long contribution in fields such as anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, history, the arts and humanities and an array of other disciplines, including several not considered by the Nobel committee.

A professor of Ottoman History at Bilkent University since 1993, Prof. Halil İnalcık received his Ph.D. from Ankara University. He has taught at Ankara University and the University of Chicago. He has also held appointments at Columbia University, Princeton University, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert on classical Ottoman economic, social and institutional history and has published 200 scholarly articles and numerous books. These achievements led to his nomination being put forth to the John W. Kluge Center.

Winners will be announced later in the year, and award recipients will be invited to a ceremony held in the Thomas Jefferson Building on Parliament Hill in Washington DC, USA.

Now in Session: New Lectures Hall Building in Service

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Classes are now being held in the brand new Lectures Hall building (V) on Main Campus, between the Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

The facility consists of four, 168-person auditoriums and 18 offices, and is a whopping 2,028 m2 in size. Several departments are already using the Lectures Hall Building (V). Reservations and schedule information for lecture halls is handled by FBA at ext. 1615.

Along with the new classes in the new Lectures Hall Building comes the new Cafe Alis, serving goodies and hot and cold beverages! There is seating for 20 to 25 people. After a lecture, stop in for a bite to eat, or to have coffee with your friends!

Cultural Exploration at Center of Upcoming Symposium


The Bilkent Department of History, in association with the American Studies Association of Turkey, and Western Kentucky University (USA), will host the "African American/ Africana Studies Symposium," February 26 to 28.

There will be academic seminars as well as dancing, singing, poetry, story-telling, and visual art related to African American and Africana culture. (continues)

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MEC Exchange Exposes Students to Different Cultures


Bilkent University's Management and Economics Club (MEC) hosted 20 students from Lithuania's ISM University of Management and Economics, in Vilnius, with the financial support of the Center for European Union Education and the Turkish National Agency - Youth Programmes between February 4 and 11.

Forty one Lithuanian and Turkish participants spent one week touring Ankara and
İstanbul, taking part in guest lectures and visiting government institutions such as the Central Bank of Turkey, private companies, and museums. They also enjoyed Fasıl and Hamam which helped provide the guests insight into Turkish culture and tradition.

With this youth and cultural exchange project, MEC has, for the 3rd time, offered a platform for cultural interaction and lifelong partnership between universities and the development of friendship among young people from different cultures.

The Beauty in Classical Music


Enjoying the Bilkent Concert Hall

The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra has arranged another series of wonderful performances, not only at the music hall here on campus, but also at the Bilkent Erzurum Concert Hall. The works of Strauss, Mozart, Brahms, and other composers will be performed at the Bilkent Concert Hall, while İdil Biret and Emil Tabakov will be performing pieces from Beethoven at the Erzurum Concert Hall, Tuesday, February 26.

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