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.

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.

ICC President to Give Library Lunchtime Lecture on "Child Brides"
GRA Student Poster to Be Chosen as Project Logo

Early or forced marriage, meaning any form of marriage before the age of 18, compromises the overall development of young girls, including their health, education and social interactions, making them vulnerable to physical and emotional trauma, social isolation and violence.

There is rising awareness both globally and nationally, and in all sectors of society, that this harmful practice must be stopped and a major movement supporting girls' education initiated. The International Children's Center (ICC) is a part of the global and national network determined to fight against early/forced marriages of girl children, says ICC Gender and Women's Issues Officer Senem Bengü.

Located within Bilkent University's Main Campus Library, ICC is a multidisciplinary non-governmental organization, reopened in Ankara in 1999 (after its closure in Paris, France) on the initiative of Bilkent's founder, Prof. İhsan Doğramacı. The organization works in collaboration with many national and international partners to promote the health and rights of children, adolescents and women. On Thursday, April 5, Prof. Tomris Türmen, president of the ICC, will address the issue of underage brides in Turkey in a lecture entitled "Child Brides."        

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Calendar for Student Council Elections

The Student Council elections will take place according to the election calendar (below).

16 - 19 April 2012
Monday - Thursday
Applications to Registrar's Office as Candidates for Department Representative

23 - 29 April 2012
Monday - Sunday

Election Campaign by Candidates

29 April 2012, Sunday (5:30 p.m.)
End of Election Campaigning

30 April 2012, Monday
First Day of Elections for department Representatives

2 May 2012, Wednesday
Second Day of Elections
(only for departments without a result on the first day)

3 May 2012, Thursday
Third Day of Elections
(only for Departments without a result on the first two days)

4 May 2012, Friday
Election of Faculty / School / Graduate School Representatives

4 May 2012, Friday
Student Council General Assembly and Executive Board Elections

Colleen Kennedy-Karpat Receives Book Award

Colleen Kennedy-Karpat, an instructor in the Department of Communication and Design, has received the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Book Award. The award is given to an unpublished manuscript deemed to have particular merit in its field and must be the author's first book-length project. The award includes a cash prize and a recommendation to Fairleigh Dickinson University Press for publication as a monograph.

Dr. Kennedy-Karpat's manuscript is titled "Rogues, Romance, and Race: Exoticism in French Fiction Cinema, 1930-1939," and deals with representations of non-Western cultures in French popular cinema between the world wars.

More information about the award can be found here, at the NeMLA page detailing the submission process:

Young Bilkent Violinist Wins Award

Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev, a student of Elena Postnova at the Bilkent University Music Preparatory High School, has won first place in the second international Noche en Madrid Competition held in Madrid, Spain, March 18-23. The festival brought together 53 musicians aged 7-27 from 14 countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.

Elvin Ganiyev was born to a musical family in 1997. He first enrolled in the Bilkent Music Preparatory Primary School when he was only six years old. In February 2006 he performed the first violin solo part in the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins, accompanied by the Bilkent Chamber Orchestra, at Boğaziçi University's Albert Long Hall. In the same year, the young musician received first prize in the international Classical Cultural Heritage Competition in Moscow. He was subsequently awarded a presidential scholarship by President İlham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, and his name was entered into the country's "Golden Book of Young Talents."

Elvin will also participate in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians to be held in Switzerland in September.