Volume 16, Number 2
September 15, 2009

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“Scream”ing from Turkey to Poland


The "Scream" went from Turkey to Poland this past July. This photo exhibition was first displayed in Ankara's 2007 Black & White Gallery.

The 21-piece show was shot by Murad Gürzumar, instructor in the Department of Graphic Design. Each photograph shows an individual student in the act of screaming-whether out of happiness, joy, fear, anger, desperation or even relief.

"A scream is something to be seen rather than heard; it is a body's discharge reaction," Gürzumar said. "The resulting sound is just a by-product of the process".

The Association of Polish Artists and Designers (ZPAP) invited the exhibition to Poland. It ran throughout August in the Gdansk city art gallery.

Gürzumar began taking photos as a young boy. Though his formal training comes from classical archeology at Ankara University, photography has been his main passion.

"As a teenager I went to see Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blowup (1966) and have been fascinated by the main character Thomas, a fashionable, talented photographer, acted by David Hemmings," he said. "A turning point in my life."


Gürzumar worked in the Gülpınar-Smyntheion excavations for five years,  and enjoyed that time mostly for the chance to photograph ancient pieces of artwork."

He went on to be a commercial photograph for more than 25 years. 
"Art is everywhere, in everything," he's learned. "If you look around you to see it.... And to express it, you just need to choose some tools and start learning how to use them for the rest of your life. Education in arts is not a process with an end. That's why, in later years, I enrolled in a program with New York Institute of Photography and been awarded a Certificate of Professional Photography."


Gürzumar found himself at Bilkent University as a teacher in a continuous interaction process, where students showed him different ways of harnessing creativity.

All of this is part of "the endless learning and recreation process in arts," he said, as can be seen in his current exhibit.

Rainbow Camp Teaches a Colorful Array of New Skills


At Rainbow Summer Camp, young students learn more than just how to get good grades. Every Saturday Bilkent volunteers spend their own time teaching young scholars at Mamak Şehit Cihan Yıldız Elementary and Secondary School social and academic skills.  The program is part of the Voluntary Education Project under the Social Awareness Projects and is into its second year.


Forty-five students between 10 to 13 years old attended the camp. Their school is located in one of the most underdeveloped districts of Ankara. This summer program provided them courses on learning visual, auditory, artistic and physical skills taught by professionals in respective fields. The students are also taught methods of good team work,University students from around Ankara organized the camp. They came from Bilkent, METU, Başkent University and Ankara University. They created programs that taught camp goers how to: read the news and become aware of current events; increase hand dexterity in learning origami; conduct research using the Internet; and be socially aware through discourse on understanding the different-abled they may encounter in their daily lives.


In order to teach the students how to work together, random teams of 7 or 8 are created. Other than the instructors who held the courses, every team had a leader who is in charge of the team. These leaders who also worked to organize during the camp are, Merve Taştan (Bilkent University, IAED, Prep.), Ekin Birol (Bilkent University, IAED, Graduate), Cansın Yetkin (Bilkent Univeristy IAED, 4), Kibele Yarman (Bilkent University, COMD, 2), Nilüfer Sormaz (Bilkent Univeristy, IE 4), Ozan Köroğlu (METU, ME, 4). Also these volunteer leaders took care of the students personally through out the whole 6 days of Rainbow Summer Camp.

For all these educations the studios of FF-Building, B-Building for computers, Mayfest fairway, East Campus Sports Center used, also the Health Center helped in every little problem during the whole camp.


As the last day activities there were Bowling in Antares, Treasure Hunt in Main Campus and Night Camp in East Campus. They had so much fun during bowling activity. In treasure hunt activity; they required to use all the skills they acquired thought out the 6 day camp in order to win the game. After the final day activities, the students spent the night at a camping trip at the East Campus of Bilkent University. Rainbow Summer Camp is completed with a breakfast at A.O.Ç. after the night the students spent with camping.

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Körpeoğlu and Öztürk Receive IBM Faculty Awards

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Two faculty members from Computer Engineering Department, Asst. Prof. Dr. İbrahim Körpeoğlu and Asst. Prof. Dr. Özcan Öztürk received 2009 IBM Faculty Awards. The award ceremony was held in the IBM Türk building in Ankara, on September 10, 2009.

The IBM Faculty Awards program is an annual worldwide competitive cash awards program that fosters collaboration between researchers at leading universities and those in IBM research, development, and services organizations. Awardees are nominated by IBM employees and winners have an outstanding reputation for contributions in their field. Dr. Körpeoğlu received this prestigious award for his "Network Middleware for Environmental Monitoring and Control with Wireless Ad hoc, Mesh and Sensor Networks" and Dr. Öztürk, for his project "Utilizing Heterogeneous Chip Multiprocessors through Efficient Parallelization."

This year 117 researchers, all over the world, received the IBM Faculty Award and Turkey was the only country among all Europe, Middle East and Africa region countries that received four awards.

ournal of Turkish Literature Issue 5 Comes Out

jtlThe only scholarly journal in English devoted in its entirety to Turkish literature has published its fifth issue. The Journal of Turkish Literature is published annually by the Center for Turkish Literature at Bilkent University.

Issue five contains a major article by Halil İnalcık on the origins of Ottoman classical literature in the context of Persian tradition and palace events featuring court poets, a special section on Evliya Çelebi with articles by Robert Dankoff, and an article entitled "The Eternal Triangle: Women, Men and the Nation, The Construction of Gender Roles and the Imagination of Nationhood" by Leyla Burcu Dündar, and the obituaries of Geoffrey Lewis by David Barchard and Metin And by Sevda Şener,  and other pieces.

JTL issue number 5 is available for 25 US Dollars from Syracuse University Press: 621 Skytop Road, Suite 110, Syracuse, NY 13244, web:www.SyracuseUniversityPress.syr.edu and Eurospan, 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8LU, UK, e-mail: orders@edspubs.co.uk;
tel: 44 (0)20 7845 0856;
fax: 44 (0)20 7379 0609; web: www.eurospanonline.com or from Bilkent University, Center for Turkish Literature in Ankara, Turkey, e-mail: temerkez@bilkent.edu.tr

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