April 3 : Bilkent Day

Doğramacı and Atalar to Discuss the University’s Present and Future

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Ali Doğramacı and Rector Prof. Abdullah Atalar will meet with faculty, staff and students to discuss projects and issues of Bilkent University. The presentation will take place at the Bilkent Concert Hall, on Tuesday, April 3, at 12:40 p.m.

All members of the Bilkent family are welcome to attend to learn about current projects, and to share ideas about a variety of future activities.


Panel on “Cultural Initiatives of İhsan Doğramacı”

A panel headed by Prof. Talat Halman, titled "Cultural Initiatives of İhsan Doğramacı,” will be held in memory of Prof. Doğramacı at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts Theater Hall on Tuesday, April 3 from 1:50 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.


İhsan Doğramacı Memorial Concert

Tuesday, April 3
8 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall

To the Memory of Our Founder Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı

P. I. Tchaikovsky | Piano Trio in
A minor, Op. 50
Piano: Gülsin Onay
Violin: Esen Kıvrak
Violoncello: Çag Erçağ
A. Dvorak | Symphony No. 9 in
E minor, Op. 95
Conductor: Işın Metin

Bilkent Celebrates Library Week

Every year, during the last week of March, Turkey celebrates Library Week to recognize the important role of libraries and librarians in our daily and professional lives. This year, to mark Library Week, Bilkent Library is holding a number of cultural and fun activities open to all members of the university community.

The first activity took place on Monday, March 26, as part of the nationwide "Book Reading Event" that opened the 48th Library Week in Turkey. Bilkent Library organized a communal outdoor book reading, with students, faculty members, librarians and other Bilkent staff members bringing their own books to read together during the noon hour in the grass area next to the Library.

If you missed this activity, don't worry: there are many more events still to come. On Tuesday, March 27, Prof. Barbaros Tansel (IE) will hold a "Latin American Dance Workshop" at 2-3:30 p.m. in the Library Art Gallery, open to experienced dancers and beginners alike.

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Short Film by HART Graduate Selected for Tribeca Film Festival

“Erik Zamanı” (Time of the Plums), a short film written and directed by Sezen Kayhan, a Bilkent graduate from the Department of Archaeology, will have its New York premiere at the 11th Tribeca Film Festival scheduled to take place between April 18 and 29 this year.

The Tribeca Film Festival, whose founders include the renowned actor Robert de Niro, has screened over 1,300 films from over 80 countries since the first such festival, organized in 2002 shortly after the 9/11 attacks to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

"Erik Zamanı" was selected for the festival from among over 2,800 short films. It tells the story of Yasemin, a 10-year-old girl who lives in a self-created dream world, and her first encounter with death.

"Sessiz Film" Wins COMD One-Minute Film Festival

The Department of Communication and Design has held its second One-Minute Film Festival, featuring 16 minute-long films produced by COMD fourth-year students. The awards ceremony took place last week on Friday, March 23. Participating films were screened and the winners of the competition announced at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Voting for the best film took place online at http://oneminute.bilkent.edu.tr. Over five days, the site received almost 1,700 votes, showing that the competition attracted even more attention than it did last year. The number of people who watched the films but didn't vote was also very high. COMD instructor Yusuf Akçura indicated that it is very possible that the festival may be organized as a national event in the future.

The winners of the second One-Minute Film Festival are:

First Place: "Sessiz Film" (Silent Film), Yaz Akçura - Gurur Yeşiloğlu- Toygun Tunç

Second Place: "Gearhead," Ezgi Gürsoy - Gözde Salman - Tolga Erat

Third Place: "Exdream," Ekin Kazan - Onur Köymen - Beril Sever