Bilkent to Hold Bilge Karasu Symposium

Levent Onural

The Bilkent Center for Turkish Literature is organizing a one-and-a-half day symposium devoted to Bilge Karasu (1930-1995), one of modern Turkey's prominent novelists. Karasu, a polyglot proficient in eight languages, was the recipient of some of Turkey's leading awards for his novels and translations. He also received the prestigious American Pegasus Literary Writing Award in 1991. The late Bilge Karasu was a multi-talented creative artist: writer, teacher of philosophy, art critic, and accomplished pianist. For many years, he taught philosophy at Hacettepe University.

The symposium will take place on Monday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 14, 9 a.m. to noon. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Aron Aji, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Ambrose University, Iowa, U.S.A., who has translated into English numerous novels by Murathan Mungan, Elif Şafak, and Latife Tekin in addition to three novels by Karasu.

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İhsan Doğramacı Commemorated, Science Celebrated

On December 4, Nobel laureate biochemist and researcher Sir Timothy Hunt delivered the İhsan Doğramacı Memorial Lecture entitled "Switches and Latches: Getting In and Out of Mitosis." The lecture was preceded by the film İhsan Doğramacı: Connecting the Past to the Future, which showed his accomplishments at home and abroad from the founding of Hacettepe and Bilkent Universities to the founding of the World Health Organization. İhsan Doğramacı touched the lives of many children, scholars, and scientists as a pioneer and reformer in child health and higher education. The story of his remarkable life and his international stature as a tireless campaigner for world peace was portrayed. The film also gave examples of his energetic character, appreciation of music, multicultural personality, and his desire to help the less fortunate.

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The Reception of Turkish Literature in the United States

Prof. Aron Aji, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Ambrose University, Iowa, will deliver a special lecture entitled "The Reception of Turkish Literature in the United States" at 11 a.m., Friday, December 10 in room A-130, FEASS building. The event is organized by Bilkent's Department of American Culture and Literature and Department of English Language and Literature. Turkish-born Prof. Aji is a celebrated translator of modern Turkish fiction into English. He is well-known for his translations of novels by Bilge Karasu, Elif Şafak, Latife Tekin, and Murathan Mungan. For his translation of Bilge Karasu's The Garden of Departed Cats, he won the prestigious National Translation Award (2004 in the United States. Admission is open and free.

Science Olympians Visit Bilkent

One hundred thirty five students who were successful in the National Science Olympics of 2010 visited Bilkent University on Monday, November 29.

8th grade olympians took the 2010 National Science Exam, which was held at Bilkent University for the first time on November 27 and 28. On November 29 the students took a tour of campus and heard a presentation by the Faculties of Science and of Engineering. Stands were set up at the Mithat Çoruh Auditorium entrance hall where students had the opportunity to ask questions and get information on career opportunities.

The National Science Olympics, organized in 1993 by the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK), is a yearly science competition among Turkish students in the fields of math, physics, chemistry, computer science, and biology.

The aim of the Olympics is to encourage eighth grade students to develop skills in basic sciences, to provide supervision for their studies, to explain educational opportunities in their fields, and to contribute to their intellectual development.