87th Anniversary of the Turkish Republic

Happy Republic Day!

Friday, October 29 at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall
Republic Day Concert
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Işın Metin
Bilkent Youth Choir
Choirmaster: Elena Puşkova Hristova
Viola: Atilla Aldemir
Bartok | Concerto for Viola
A. Saygun | Symphony No.1 Op. 29
M. Sun | Republic Marches


Bilkent Celebrates 65th Anniversary of UN

The knotted gun sculpture outside the United Nations in New York City.On October 23, at the Bilkent Concert Hall, the 65th anniversary of the United Nations was celebrated with a performance by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gürer Aykal. Featuring performances by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Ankara State Polyphonic Choir, Esin Talınlı, soprano, Aylin Ateş, mezzo soprano, Hüseyin Likos, tenor, and Tuncay Kurtoğlu, bass, performed the
Yunus Emre Oratorio Op. 26 by İzmir native Ahmed Adnan Saygun (1907-1991).     
Before the concert, UN Resident Coordinator/UNIC Director Shahid Najam addressed the gathered Bilkent community and thanked them for remembering the significance of the United Nations on its anniversary and the hope it still brings for peace in the world.

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Prof. İnalcık Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Prof. Halil İnalcık has recently received his nineteenth honorary doctorate, presented by Rector İlyas Dökmetaş from the University of Cumhuriyet, Sivas on October 15.
Halil İnalcık founded Bilkent's Department of History 1993  after having retired from the University of Chicago.

His area of specialization is economic and social Ottoman history. Since 1947, Prof. İnalcık has published 28 books and over 350 articles. He is the co-editor of volume five of the History of the Humanity of UNESCO. His book The Ottoman Empire: Classical Age was published in England in 1977 and was translated into seven languages. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, The British Academy, The Serbian Academy, The Albanian Academy, honorary member to Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi and the Royal Asiatic Society, and a corresponding member to the Royal Historical Society.

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Palestine Day Celebrated at Bilkent

On Thursday, October 22, Bilkent hosted a visit by Her Excellency Minister of Culture Ms. Siham Albargouty and His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Nabil Maarouf, both of the Palestinian Authority, in celebration of Palestinian Day. 2010 is the third year that the Palestinian Authority has celebrated Palestinian Day in Turkey. Bilkent Provost Metin Heper and Professor İlker Aytürk of the Political Science Department joined the guests on stage.

Following introductions by Provost Heper, Prof. Aytürk gave a brief history of the history of the "natural bridge" between Europe and Africa [modern Gaza] that the Hebrew bible records as being peopled by the Philistines (Filistina) and referred to as Palestina by Ancient Greek historian Herodotus.

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EGO Bus to Run from Kızılay to Campus

Beginning on October 25, Ankara Metropolitan Transportation has added a new bus route to its Ankara schedule, from Kızılay to Bilkent. EGO bus number 110 travels between campus and Güvenpark in Kızılay.

The bus originates at a designated bus stop in Güvenpark and stops at the following locations: Kumrular Street, Necatibey Road, 85th Street, 87th Street, İnönü Boulevard, Bilkent Bridge, İhsan Doğramacı Boulevard, and Bilkent University. Bus stop locations on campus are listed below. The bus then returns to Kızılay along the same route and runs in a circuit during the day.

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