Volume 16, Number 11
December 8, 2009

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New Student Council Executive Committee Elected December 3!


Alper Yasin Altınel Alper Yasin Altınel

Kutluhan Sezer Altuğ Aydoğan

Şükrü Katar

The Student Council Elections were completed on December 3, and a new Executive Committee is ready to take office. The outgoing members will hand their responsibilities over to their successors soon. Student Council President Alper Yasin Altınel sends a message to the Bilkent community; A Message from Your Student Council President.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the newly elected members an eventful and productive year.

Perspectives on Ankara with Prof. Talat Halman


This week Prof. Talat Halman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Letters, shares with Bilkent News his thoughts about Turkey's capital city, Ankara. Prof. Halman was Turkey's first Minister of Culture, and inaugurated the Ministry. He also served as Turkey's first Ambassador of Cultural Affairs. (Contiunes)

PhD Student from the Institute of Fine Arts Wins the Best Film Award

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Pelin Aytemiz, a PhD student from the Institute of Fine Arts won the Best Film Award for her short film “Forget Me Not” at the 4th Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival. The festival was held between 14th and 22nd of November in Bursa.

Aytemiz’s film has also competed in the National Golden Karagöz Short Film Competition and won the Best Film Award, as well as a one-year scholarship from the Digital Film Academy.

“Forget Me Not” is a short story about a puppet-like girl, Leyla Çiftçıkmaz. She is obsessed with taking photographs of herself and an old-wise antique shop owner, Koper Kırıkkanat, who collects dispossessed photographs.

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Everytime Leyla takes a Polaroid photo of herself, she encounters portraits of strangers. Fortunately, the antique shop owner knows by heart one of the strangers she sees in her self-portraits. "Forget Me Not" displays a theme of death in old photographs.

Mostly inspired by the French philosopher Roland Barthes's famous book Camera Lucida, this short film depends on critical literature on photography.

aytemizAbout the director: Born on 7 January 1982 in Ankara, Pelin Aytemiz graduated from Bilkent University's Graphic Design department with an MFA degree in 2005. She wrote her thesis on "Spectral Images: Dispossessed Family Photographs circulating in Antique Markets in Turkey." In 2007, she completed her second master's degree with her short film project "Ephemera: A Short Film Project about Dying Photographs."

“Forget Me Not” / Unutma, which started as a thesis project, is her first project made with a professional crew. Since 2004, she has been working with the Festival on Wheels team. She has recently assisted in making the feature film “Siyah Beyaz.” Pelin, who has written several essays on visual culture and film theory, is now both a teaching assistant and a PhD student at Bilkent. She continues working on critical literature concerning photography, researching “post-mortem photographs and death” for her doctoral thesis. Nowadays she is dreaming of writing a story for a new film. 

For more information, http://forgetmenotthemovie.net/

Prof. İhsan Doğramacı Honored

hoca beyProf. İhsan Doğramacı, founder of Bilkent University, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and President of the University, received an award from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Legislative Assembly. The award honors Doğramacı's significant contributions and outstanding support in Cyprus relations. Rector Ali Doğramacı accepted the award on behalf of Prof. İhsan Doğramacı, who is currently receiving treatment at Hacettepe Hospital.

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Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Legislative Assembly President Dr. Hasan Bozer presented the award at a ceremony held in the Bilkent Board of Trustees ICC Meeting Room on Friday, December 4.

Last Day for Withdrawal Changed to Tuesday, December 15

Due to the earlier revision of the Fall 2009 Academic Calendar, the last date for withdrawing from courses is moved to Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

Freedom of Expression Exhibition in FADA on December 10

The worldwide event of Poster4Tomorrow: Designers Working 4 Freedom of Expression opens on December 10. The Bilkent University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture will be hosting. The exhibition aims to support freedom of expression and inspire people worldwide to stand together against injustice and intolerance. The contest attracts participants from many countries all over the world (37 participants from Turkey, including 15 Bilkent University students). Several exhibitions will open in major cities in Europe and the world on December 10. The exhibition will display the 100 best posters selected by an International Jury. 

posterPoster4Tomorrow is an international poster design contest organized by the Associazione Culturale GoodDesign and HM Studio, sponsored by the Council of Europe and Commission Française UNESCO, Etapes, Galerie Anatome, Ecole Intuit.Lab, Poster Museum, and 4Tomorrow: Freedom and Democracy for Iran. It is also endorsed by Reporters Sans Frontieres Pour La Liberte De La Presse and Amnesty International / Italy. The official web site of the project is www.poster4tomorrow.org

Opening of the exhibition: December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in FADA exhibition hall.The show runs till December 18 from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. except weekends.

For more information, please contact curator Edyta Michalska at edyta@bilkent.edu.tr

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