Volume 15, Number 4
October 14, 2008

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Department of Communication and Design Drawn into the Vortex


Bilkent University's Department of Communication and Design hosted the third Video Vortex Conference, October 9 to 11. The main focus of this event, held in cooperation with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, was online video. Key issues emerging around the independent production and distribution of online video were analyzed. Distinguished scholars and artists discussed "navigating the database," p2p, art online, visual art, innovative art, participatory culture, social networking, political economy, collaboration and new production models, censorship and YouTube, collective memory, and cinematic and online aesthetics. Along with many students, private Turkish television station NTV, Radio ODTÜ and Radio Bilkent were also present during the conference.

Distinguished Oxford Professor Comes to Bilkent

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Professor Elleke Boehmer will visit Bilkent this week as a guest of the Department of English Language and Literature. She will give two keynote presentations at the international conference "Anglophone Literatures in International Contexts."

For several years, Elleke Boehmer was the Hildred Carlile Professor in Literatures in English at Royal Holloway, University of London. As of this year, she is professor in World Writing in English at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. This distinguished appointment marks a return for Professor Boehmer, who was an Oxford graduate student for both her master's and doctoral degrees. Although she has been living, studying, and working in Britain for many years now, she was born in South Africa and received her first university degree from
Rhodes University - a "triple first" degree that opened up the horizons of her educational career.

Professor Boehmer's accomplishments are too numerous and wide-ranging to list in detail. She is best known as the author of a cornerstone book in the field of postcolonial studies, “Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors,” first published by Oxford University Press in 1995, and then again, as a fully revised and updated second edition, in 2005. She has, however, published several other important scholarly books - and four favorably received novels.

At the Anglophone Literatures conference, Professor Boehmer will speak on Thursday afternoon about Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. On Friday afternoon, she will deliver a major new paper examining the impact of Indian visitors upon Britain's social and cultural life in the early twentieth century.

11 Halman Books Published in 11 Months

In terms of book publications, it has been a banner year for Prof. Talat Halman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Letters. Between November 2007 and October 2008, eleven Halman books have been released in Turkish and/or English. These are:

1. “Rapture and Revolution” (Halman's Essays on Turkish literature, Syracuse University Press)
2. Mevlana: 99 Şiir (İstanbul Kültür ve Sanat Vakfı)
3. “Rumi: 99 Poems” (İstanbul Foundations for Culture and Arts)
4. Kendi Sözleriyle Yaşayan Atatürk (Kurumsal Yayınları)
5. “Atatürk Alive in His Own Words” (Kurumsal Yayınları)
6. Ümit Harmanı: Toplu Şiirler (Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları)
7. Shakespeare: Soneler (Dünya Yayıncılık)
8. Çiçek Dürbünü (Halman'ın Edebiyat ve Kültür Yazıları, Hece Yayınları)
9. “İbrahim the Mad and Other Plays: An Anthology of Modern Turkish Drama, Volume I.” (ed. with Jayne L. Warner, Syracuse University Press)
10. “I, Anatolia and Other Plays: An Anthology of Modern Turkish Drama, Volume II.” (ed. with Jayne L. Warner, Syracuse University Press)
11. “A Millennium of Turkish Literature” (Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

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Industrial Engineering Department Fully Accredited by ABET

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The Faculty of Business Administration launched the Executive MBA Program on October 9, with a ceremony attended by Rector Prof. Ali Doğramacı and Vice Rectors, Prof. Abdullah Atalar and Prof. Kürşat Aydoğan. In his opening speech, Dean Erdal Erel emphasized the good match between the challenging objectives of the program and the high qualifications of those taking part. The fifteen participants, with an average work experience of over ten years, will meet Fridays and Saturdays, every second week for twenty months.

The program consists of various modules, such as organization and strategy, law, economics, finance and accounting, operations, decision making, and marketing. The program aims to develop world-class executives who can compete in today's business world. The Undersecretary for Defense Industries, Murad Bayar, delivered a speech as the keynote speaker during a dinner at the start of the program. He pointed out the importance of Executive MBA programs for those who wish to become tomorrow's business leaders.

More information about the Bilkent University Faculty of Business Administration's Executive MBA Program is available at

Turkish Language and Communication Explored at Assembly


The Third International Turkish Language Assembly was held between September 26 and 28 with the cooperation of Bilkent University, the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA), and the European University of Lefke in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Seventy academics and sixty-six scientists from twelve countries took part, with eight sessions making up the Assembly. Turkish grammar, sources of Turkish language, common language, Turkish literature, and the importance of communication tools in language education were some of the subjects discussed. The conference was conducted in Turkish.


At the end of the Assembly, President of the International Aytmatov Academia, Abdildacan Akmataliyev, conferred "International Aytmatov Academia" title and honorary doctorate diploma to Dr. Rasim Özyürek, Director of the Training Programs for Regional Countries, for his services to the Turkish Language and Turkish World.

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