Honors College Hosts Visiting Turkish Scholars

April 6, 2012

Events, General

The Honors College is pleased to host Turkish scholars Dr. Suna Gulfer Ihlamur and Mr. Onur Oner April 16th-20th, for a week-long series of lectures, film screenings and concerts that highlight the richness of Turkey’s history and culture as well as its importance in global affairs.

Tuesday, April 17th
“From Ottoman Classical Music to Mevlevi Spiritual Music” with Ney Player: Onur ÖNER
Center for the Arts, Lobby at 2:00pm

Join Mr. Onur Oner for a performance of the Classical Music of the Ottoman Court.   Mr. Oner plays the ney, one of the main instruments of this traditional music that also has a special place in the Turkish Mevlevi-Sufi tradition. The concert will be followed by a discussion with Mr. Oner.

Honors College Current Events Series Presents Turkey and the Conflict in Syria
Lecture Hall, Room 3 at 7:15pm

Dr. Suna Gulfer Ihlamur and Dr. Bassam Haddad will speak about the recent conflicts in Syria and the role that Turkey is playing in their wake.  They will also answer questions about how the conflict is affecting Turkey and the rest of the Middle East.  Mediterranean-themed food will be served at this talk.

Wednesday, April 18th
Asylum Policy and Practices in Turkey
Johnson Center, Meeting Room E at 3:00pm

Dr. Suna Gulfer Ihlamur who is a lecturer in Marmara University of Istanbul’s science and international relations department will be presenting a comparative analysis of refugee flows from Bulgaria, Iraq, and Syria into Turkey. The talk will focus on policy stances and practices that influence the Turkish asylum and refugee regime.  She will also address recent changes and developments in the policy stances adopted by Turkey toward different refugee flow.

An Evening with Karagoz and Hacivat:  A Glimpse at Traditional Turkish Shadow Puppet Theater
SUB II, Ballroom at 4:30pm

“An Evening with Karagoz and Hacivat” is a family oriented event which will include two traditional Turkish shadow puppet performances as well as a slide assisted talk detailing the history and development of Turkish shadow puppet theater and its relationship to other forms of shadow theater around the globe. Following the presentation, a family workshop will be held in which children and adults will be encouraged to construct their own Karagoz and Hacivat shadow puppets to take home, and learn how to make a small table top theater for home use.  All supplies will be provided, and performances will be in English. Traditional Turkish sweets and tea will also be served for all to enjoy.

Thursday, April 19th
Turkish Movie Night:  Yahsi Bati
Eastern Shore, Multipurpose Room at 6:00pm

Come out for free pizza and a movie!  Yahsi Bati is a 2010 Turkish comedy which stars Cem Yilmaz as a special agent tasked by the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire to deliver a diamond gift to the American President. As they ride on a stagecoach across the American Wild West, they are robbed of the diamond by some bandits, leaving them stranded without any money.

To RSVP, please email David Anderson at dander10@gmu.edu

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