Volume 16, Number 27
May 4, 2010

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Eating Our Way Through History

History of Food

Bilkent hosted a delicious symposium last week from April 26 - 28 on the “History of Food.” The event was organized by the Historical Society and the Department of History, bringing together distinguished names from diverse fields. Food became the center of very colorful discussions.

The effects of food on the political, economic, and social transformation within the context of Ottoman, British and American history were discussed. Other highlights included how history can be interpreted through the concept of food.

During the three-day event, including the opening session and round table meeting at the end, a total of ten sessions were held. During these sessions academics from various universities, along with writers with diverse backgrounds, took the floor and shared their perceptions regarding food throughout history.

The audience participated in these very unusual and interesting sessions, experiencing first hand how food, something consumed by living beings everyday with little attention, delightfully shapes politics, economy and social structures.

Çiğdem Ataman (POLS/IV)
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Halman's “Süleyman the Magnificent” Published

Süleyman the MagnificentBilkent Kültür Girişimi, BKG, (Bilkent Cultural Initiative) has recently concluded an agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for the operation of gift shops at 95 major museums in Turkey, as well as for the production of books, reproductions and gift items.

Its first outlet opened on April 20th 2010 at Topkapı Palace Museum in İstanbul. On that occasion, BKG launched its first book publication, “Süleyman the Magnificent Poet” a book of the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman's selected poems translated into English by Talat S. Halman, Chairman of the Department of Turkish Literature.
The book, designed by Ersu Pekin, a prominent designer of art books, features Halman's commentaries on Süleyman as a poet, a wide variety of the Sultan's most memorable poems, especially love lyrics, and dozens of stunningly beautiful miniature paintings, portraits, and other visuals from the 16th century. The book is the first volume ever featuring the selected poems of a single Ottoman classical poet in English translation.

Süleyman the Magnificent, who composed close to 3,000 verses is also well-known for such proverbial lines as: “The people think of wealth and power as the greatest fate, / But in this world a spell of good health is the best state.”

Bilkent Kültür Girişimi is a Bilintur subsidiary. Orhan Hallik presides over BKG and Dr. Mehmet Kalpaklı, Chairman of the History Department, serves as coordinator of its Board of Consultants.

BKG's next book publication will be “LOVE IS ALL: Rumi's Ecstatic Poetry and the Whirling Dervishes,” also by Talat S. Halman with his translations of Rumi's poems, his discussions of Mevlana's spirituality, poetry, and the Whirling Dervishes tradition.

Spring Fest

Spring Fest

Spring Fest 2010 was held April 29, 30 and May 1. For three fun filled days, Spring Fest took over the grass field between the FMPA and FEASS building, as well as the Odeon. Bilkenters brought in May with a ton of fun.

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Graduation Ceremonies to be Held on June 15

Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies for Bilkent University graduate and undergraduate students will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at the Bilkent ODEON. This year graduation ceremonies will be held in three sessions on the same day. Ceremony and rehearsal times for each faculty and school will be announced soon.


3-7 September 2010
Friday through Tuesday

Required “Introduction to Academic Life” Program for all students entering in 2010

8 September 2010
Wednesday (12 p.m.)

Announcement of COPE (Stage 2) Results

13 September 2010
Monday (4 p.m.)
Announcement of Registration / Enrollment Records of first year students entered in 2010 from WEB

14-15 September 2010 -

Online Course Registration for Continuing Students

16 September 2010 – Thursday
Fall Semester Classes Begin

27 September 2010 - Monday
Last Day for Adding / Dropping Courses

28-29 October 2010 -
Thursday after 12:30 p.m. and Friday all day

Republic Day, 1½ days, Holidays 
No classes

10 November 2010 – Wednesday
Commemoration of Atatürk

15 -19 November 2010
Monday - Friday

Holidays - No classes

17 December 2010 - Friday
Last Day to Withdraw from Courses

31 December 2010 - Friday
Last Day of Classes

1 January 2011 – Saturday
New Year's Day

3- 13 January 2011 -
Monday through Thursday

Final Examinations

17 January 2011 - Monday
Last Day for Submission of Course Grades

27 - 28 January 2011
Thursday and Friday
Spring Semester Course Registrations

http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/ academic/calendar/

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