Volume 9, Number 12
17 December 2002

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Anday Symposium Honors Late Poet

Bilkent’s Center for Turkish Literature is holding a symposium on the poetry of Melih Cevdet Anday, one of Turkey’s great modern authors. Anday died 28 November 2002, at the age of 87. His works include poetry, drama, fiction, essays, translations, and travel writing, and have been translated into many languages.
On Monday, December 23 at 6 p.m. there will be an Anday poetry and music program at the FEASS, C-Block Auditorium. The principal speakers will be Doğan Hızlan and Mustafa Şerif Onaran. Zülfü Livaneli will speak, read Anday poems, and sing some of his songs based on Anday poems. Livaneli will be accompanied by guitarist Ilgın Açıkgöz. The program will also feature a lively TV documentary on Anday. There will also be another musical segment: singer and guitarist Ömer Özgeç will present his songs based on Anday’s poems.

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Spring 2003 Registration

The Spring Online Registration Information will be provided as an insert in next week’s issue of the Bilkent News. The announcement will also be placed on the web next week along with the Spring 2003 Course Offerings.

“Kanlı Düğün” Opens at the FMPA Theater

The Bilkent Theater presents the play “Kanlı Düğün” (Blood Wedding/Bodas de Sangre) by Federico Garcia Lorca beginning Friday, December 20. The play will be performed every Friday until January 10 at the FMPA Theatre Hall.
The general art director for “Blood Wedding” is Prof. Cüneyt Gökçer and the play itself will be directed by Tsotne Nakasidze.

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Graduate Students Win the Unilever Idea Trophy 2002

MBA students Yalçın İlik, Hülya Gündoğan and Economics graduate student Fatma Gül Biçer have won the IdeaTrophy challenge, which was held for the second time in Istanbul. At this annual event, teams compete on the basis of marketing ideas for a particular brand of Unilever (this year, for Algida).
Team ideas are evaluated and, if judged favorably, the teams are invited to develop their proposals into a business plan. This year, 694 teams with over 1600 ideas applied to the highly competitive IdeaTrophy competition, which was composed of several challenging stages. The final 9 teams were invited to a camp from November 24-26 in Istanbul. During the camp session, teams were engaged in sales and marketing workshops presented by Unilever and Algida professionals.
The final business plans, as prepared by the groups, were presented to a jury consisting of Unilever and Algida executives. The projects were designed to enable the teams to combine their members’ creativity, analytical skills and theoretical knowledge.

Bilkent Graduate Emre Şen Gives Piano Recital

Organized by the Kavaklıdere Rotary Club in cooperation with Bilkent University, the “Emre Şen Piano Recital” will be held on Wednesday, December 18, at the Bilkent Concert Hall beginning at 8:15 p.m. The proceeds from the concert will be donated to centers for the orthopedically impaired.
Emre Şen, a former Bilkent Faculty of Music and Performing Arts student, has been introduced by the Italian press as the “devilish angel” of the piano. Emre Şen was the winner of the first place prize in the 5th International Piano Competition of Rome, which enabled him to make his first concert tour throughout Europe. Emre Şen was born in Ankara in 1973, and began his piano lessons at the age of 13 with Prof. Nimet Karatekin. After receiving first place at the Mozart Interpretation Competition in Istanbul at the age of 17, Şen had the chance to study with the famous Polish teacher Andrej Jasisnsky at the Salzburg Mozarteum Summer School. Following his education at Bilkent University, Şen went to Italy in 1995 to study with Marcella Crudeli.

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