Volume 14, Number 18
March 4, 2008

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Bilkent Erzurum Concert Hall Host 2nd BSO Concert!


Last Tuesday, the Bilkent Erzurum Concert Hall at the İhsan Doğramacı Foundation's Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School, hosted its second concert by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. The evening performance was conducted by Emil Tabakov, and featured soloist and state artist, İdil Biret, playing Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op. 37" and "Symphony No.7 in A major Op. 92."

The brand new Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School was opened under Bilkent University's Eastern Anatolian Education Project. The goal is to bring quality education to cities like Erzurum, and in the future, Van, Malatya and Şanlıurfa. The Erzurum concert hall can seat 350 people, and features the first Steinway Piano in the city.

The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra is on the net at www.bso.bilkent.edu.tr. Visit the site to learn more about upcoming concerts and events!

World Renowned Philosopher Enlightens Bilkent Crowd


World renowned political philosopher, Prof. Thomas Pogge, came to Bilkent to speak at three scheduled events organized jointly by the Seminar Series on Polity, Political Theory and International Relations, and the Department of Philosophy. The faculty member of Columbia University and the Australian National University delivered a speech titled "World Poverty and Human Rights" on Friday, and on Saturday conducted two symposia: "John Rawls' Theories of Justice," and "Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Essential Medicines." (continues)

The TDP Experience and You!


It's 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 26. A crowd gathers. Chatter fills the air. Pamphlets are distributed. Signs are taped up. People are meeting with friends, hugging, laughing, and having a good time. You would think everyone was there for a concert, a games day, or a party. But, no, this was very different get together. These students had come to find out how they can volunteer to help those in the community. Given the packed lobby in front of the Mithat Çoruh Auditorium, it’s safe to say that the Bilkenters care.

Before heading in to hear a presentation on TDP (Toplumsal Duyarlılık Projeleri/Community Projects) and the volunteer opportunities available, folks had a chance to walk around and talk to other volunteers and coordinators working on a number of projects. Photos, many featuring beautiful, smiling, happy children, provided a background that showed the success of the work that has been done in the past. From kids who work on the street, to orphans, to blind students working on their University entrance exams, to children of University employees, Bilkent's TDP strives to help a whole lot of people, and tackle a number of important social issues. To do so, volunteers are always needed, as generation after generation of Bilkent Students graduate, or are not able to give the time they wish as they become more involved in completing their education. There is always demand, which means that there is still a place for you!

Be part of something amazing that helps people in your community and your country. Find out more about TDP projects and how you can get involved. Call ext.1550, email tdp@bilkent.edu.tr, or visit http://tdp.bilkent.edu.tr.

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Professor Heper’s New Book The State and Kurds in Turkey Published

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Professor Metin Heper, Chair of the Department of Political Science, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative, and Social Sciences, and a Founding member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences, has published a new book: “The State and Kurds in Turkey: The Question of Assimilation.” His research interests are Turkish Politics, with particular emphasis on Secularism and Politics; Religion and Politics; Civil-Military Relations; Nationalism; Political Parties, and Civil Society in Turkey.

The current literature on the Kurds in Turkey is based on the assumption that since the 19th century the State has attempted to assimilate the Kurds and that this has been the cause of the intermittent 'troubles' in Turkey. Professor Heper argues that this theory does not stand up to scrutiny given the many centuries of amicable relations between the State and the Kurds. He suggests that a theory of acculturation rather than assimilation better captures the real nature of State-Kurd interaction in Turkey, by not leaving any part of that interaction unaccounted for.

Professor Heper's other books include: “The State Tradition in Turkey” (1985), “İsmet İnönü: The Making of a Turkish Statesman” (1998), and the “Historical Dictionary of Turkey” (1994, 2004). For more on his new book, please visit www.palgrave.com

19th Congress of ISAPS Awards Berna Tarı

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Berna Tarı, a Marketing PhD candidate from the Faculty of Business Administration, has won The Best Electronic Paper Award at the 19th Congress of ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) - the most important aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery congress in the world.

Berna Tarı won the prize along with her co-author, Assoc. Prof. Reha Yavuzer, MD, from Gazi University's Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department. After being introduced as the winner, Berna Tarı made a presentation of their paper "Individual and Social Motivations of Plastic Surgery Patients in Turkey." This topic is a by-product of Berna Tari's dissertation, supervised by Dr. Özlem Sandıkçı and co-supervised by Dr. Ahmet Ekici.

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