New Book by Nur Bilge Criss on Turkish-American Relations
Asst. Prof. Nur Bilge Criss of the Department of International Relations has recently coedited a book entitled "American Turkish Encounters: Politics and Culture, 1830-1989." The volume, whose other coeditors are Selçuk Esenbel, Tony Greenwood and Louis Mazzari, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2011).
Turkey and the United States have been critically important to each other since the beginning of the Cold War. The history of Turkish-American relations includes not only strategic, but also political, social, cultural and intellectual dimensions. While critical to understanding Turkish-American relations, these dimensions rarely surface in today's discourse, which reduces bilateral relations to issues currently being contested. In reality, the encounter between East and West embodied in Turkish-American interactions ranges from the official and diplomatic, to unofficial and informal exchanges at the social and
One Month, Two Plays: Performing Arts Students Shine in January
January will be a busy month for Department of Performing Arts (THEA) students, and a great opportunity for Bilkenters to see a play -- or two. "Kahvehane" (The Coffee Shop), which had its successful premiere last week, has four more performances remaining, on January 3, 6, 10 and 13. In addition, the Department of Performing Arts will be presenting another work, "Üç Tekerlekli Araba" (The Tricycle) by Spanish writer and director Fernando Arrabal, on January 5, 11 and 18.
Directed by a student, Esma Çankaya (THEA/IV), "Üç Tekerlekli Araba" is a strangely light-hearted tale of poverty and murder. Two men commit a thoughtless crime, all in the hope of keeping their beloved tricycle. Arrabal, the play's author, is known for his highly political yet wildly humorous works.
"Üç Tekerlekli Araba" (like "Kahvehane") is being performed in Turkish. There will be seven performances of two plays during the next two weeks, so mark your calendars and plan to chase away the January blahs or take a break from exam worries with a night at the theater!
"Üç Tekerlekli Araba"
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Bilkent Theater Hall
From the Editorial Board
Dear Bilkent News Readers,
The next issue of the Bilkent News will be published on Tuesday, February 7.
Have a happy holiday season, and good luck on your finals!