Turkey Week coming to Montana State

Thursday, November 11, 2010 

Guess what, everybody--Turkey week is coming to Bozeman!

Yes, it's true: for one glorious week, this university will be spangled and bedangled with all things Turkish.

In previous years MSU's Office of International Programs would devote a week every Fall semester to the principle of international study more generally. Starting a couple of years ago, however, the OIP decided instead to focus upon just one country each year.

And this year, that country is Turkey!

So all sorts of exciting things are taking place. As you can tell from the list of events below, there will be plenty of food, frolicking, fanfare, and fun for everybody. There will also be several speakers, including Stephen Kinzer and myself.

The choice to focus on Turkey is in some ways a natural for MSU. In recent years, the school has done a lot to promote exchange programs with Turkish universities. This year, there are approximately 40 Turkish undergrads studying here as part of joint-degree programs between MSU, Istanbul Technical University, and Selcuk University in Konya.

All in all, it should be a pretty good show. Almost all of the events are free and open to the public, so anyone in the neighborhood is encouraged to stop by.

All Week
  Display of Turkish Artifacts - MSU Library
Mon, Nov 15
Noon - 1 pm
1 - 2 pm
7 pm
  "Tulips, Turbans and Arabesques" - Yvonne Seng,
      Holter Museum - MSU SUB 233
  Workshop:  Making Marbleized Paper - Sondra Hines,
      Holter Museum (materials provided) - MSU SUB 233
  STEPHEN KINZER - New York Times Journalist & Best-Selling Author
      "The Rise of Turkey:  Is the World Ready for Islamic Democracy?" -
      MSU EPS 103 (Building east of SUB free parking)
Tue, Nov 16
  "Spotlight on Turkey's Rise of Women in Engineering -
      What Can We Learn?" - Dr. Laura Stanley, MSU Engineering Professor -
     MSU SUB 233
Wed, Nov 17
11:30 - 1 pm
7 pm
  Turkish Lunch - Kebabs, Rice Pilaf & Eggplant ($6.95) - MSU SUB Union Market
  "Turkey in a Time of Transition" - Dr. James Meyer, MSU History
     Professor - MSU SUB 233
  Turkish Film:  "VEDA"2010 Drama, A film based on the life of Atatrurk,
      founder of modern Turkey - Procrastinator Theater, MSU SUB / synopsis - trailer
Thur, Nov 18
7 pm
  Turkish Students Cultural Evening - Traditional Turkish Dancing, Music,
      Photos, Textiles, Pottery - Leigh Lounge, MSU SUB
Fri, Nov 19
10 am
 Children's Hour:  "Aysegul" - Reading of a traditional Turkish children's story
      by MSU Turkish Students - Bozeman Public Library
 "Scholarships for Studying in Turkey" - Zeynep Guven, Turkish Coalition
      of America - MSU SUB 168

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