Monday, September 28, Constitution Hall 12:00-1:15 p.m.: Special Guest Stephen Kinzer, "Turkey: America's New Best Friend?"
It was no accident that President Obama chose Turkey as the first Muslim country he wanted to
visit. It is the most democratic country in the Islamic world, and it has recently launched a new
drive to become a regional and even global power. Stephen Kinzer, the first New York Times bureau
chief in Istanbul and author of Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds, suggests that
Turkey and the United States share both values and strategic interests. He argues that a
partnership between these two countries--perhaps with Iran as a third partner--could have a profound
impact on the Middle East and the wider world. Mr. Kinzer's home page.
Tuesday, September 29, Liberal Arts room 211 12:30-2:00 p.m.: Rumi: Poet of the Heart.
Dr. Susan Spencer of UCO's English department will lead a discussion centered around Jalal-e-Din Rumi, the 13th-century
mystical poet who founded the Mevlevi order of Sufi dervishes, sometimes called the "whirling dervishes." A close reading of some of Rumi's
poems will accompany a video documentary in which Coleman Barks, the most celebrated modern translator of Rumi's work, talks about the poet and his poetry.
Thursday, October 1: Nigh University Center room 304 9:30-10:45 a.m., Special Guest Bulent Atalay, "Leonardo and his Turkish Connection."
Professor Atalay, a Turkish-American physicist and the author of Math and the Mona Lisa and Leonardo's Universe,
presents science through art and art through science, approaching the larger goal of achieving a synthesis of the two fields with Leonardo DaVinci's's model providing the unifying thread. A highlight of today's talk: In 1953 a scholar, carrying out inventory of the documents in the archives of the Topkapi Palace, uncovered a letter from Leonardo to the Court of Sultan Beyazit. Exactly five hundred years earlier, Leonardo had offered his services as a military engineer in Istanbul, proposing to build a single-arch bridge over the Golden Horn.
This event is made possible by Oklahoma's DaVinci Institute, which will join with UCO in hosting an all-day creativity seminar on The New Renaissance: A Revolution of Creativity and Learning in the Nigh University Center on September 30.
Monday, October 5, Howell Hall Atrium 1:00-1:50 p.m.: "Pythagoras."
Dr. Charlotte Simmons, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, will discuss Pythagoras's life and achievements, and his
relationship with his colleagues during the golden age of ancient scientific and philosophical thought that
prevailed in Asia Minor (ancient Turkey) in the sixth century B.C.E.
Tuesday, October 6, Pegasus Theater 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Film, Gitmek (My Marlon and Brando).
Based on a true story. Ayça Damgaci, a Turkish actress from Istanbul, met Hama Ali, a charismatic B-movie Kurdish actor, on a film set in
western Turkey in 2004. The two fell in love. After the shoot, Ayça returned to Istanbul and Hama to his home, Süleymaniye in Northern Iraq. They continued their relationship on the telephone and via letters while America prepared to attack Iraq. The post often didn't work and the phone lines were usually cut off, but from time to time Ayça would receive a declaration of love on video. Feeling suffocated by her own city and unable to bear the distance any longer, Ayça (who plays herself in the film) decided to travel to find her lover. However, getting into a country at war turned out to be just as difficult as getting out.
Wednesday, October 7, Communications Bldg. room 120 10:00-10:50 a.m.: Special guest Nurcihan Uysal,
"Women in Turkey." A graduate student at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord School of Journalism and the outreach
director for Oklahoma City's Raindrop Turkish House Cultural Center, Ms. Uysal will share her insight into the
everyday lives of Turkish women at home and abroad.
Thursday, October 8, Wellness Center room 127 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Inside Turkish Cuisine with Tiffany Shurtz.
Tiffany Shurtz is the Dietetic Internship Director here at UCO. She has been a registered dietitian for 17 years. She practiced 14 years in
clinical and community settings before joining the UCO family full time in 2006. She is the media spokesperson for the Oklahoma Dietetic
Association and has been actively involved in "This City is Going on a Diet" with Mayor Mick Cornett. Turkish cuisine has many healthy
choices: find out about both new and familiar dishes and their health benefits.
Monday, October 12, Pegasus Theater 12:00-1:15 p.m.: Special Guest Çigdem Balim Harding, "Turkic Speaking Peoples: from Inner Asia to the Balkans."
A senior lecturer and director of Graduate Studies and Language Instruction at Indiana University's Department of Near Eastern Languages
and Cultures and the Middle East Editor of the Women's Studies International Forum, Dr. Balim Harding has devoted her career to contemporary transnational Turkish and Islamic culture.
She will talk about current developments and trends in everyday Turkish society, with an emphasis on Turkic languages and literatures, and
contemporary transnational communities in Europe and the USA.
Dr. Balim Harding's home page.
Tuesday, October 13, Howell Hall 201 7:30-8:45 p.m.: "Dancing with Caffeine The History of Coffee in Turkey."
David von Minden of UCO's Chemistry department gives us... literally... the inside scoop on the beverage that has become a Turkish (and an American!) institution.
Online extra: Video, How to Make Turkish Coffee.
Wednesday, October 21, Pegasus Theater (Liberal Arts Building): Documentary, Forsaken Paths.
Every June, the semi-nomadic Çepni tribe in the Black Sea region of Turkey lead their cows on a two-day hike up to their high pastures. Today, only a few families still
follow the old traditional paths to the mountains. The cows are dressed with colorful talismanic tassels accompanying the chime of cowbells, and the girls put on their
most elegant traditional costumes. The journey concludes with a festival where thousands of people from various ethnic backgrounds meet on a remote mountaintop to
feast and dance all day to the manic tunes of the kemençe, drum, and pipe.
The producers have given us permission to offer multiple screenings, so the film will be screened three times today at 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00.
Thursday, October 22, Wellness Center group fitness room 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Bellydancing workshop with Aalim Dance
Monday, October 26, ED 115 (Education building) 1:00 p.m., with a reception to follow: Special Guest Sait Yavuz, "The Gülen Education Model." Fetullah Gülen, a Muslim scholar, thinker and educational advocate, has been recognized for his stances for interfaith and intercultural dialogue, for science, democracy and spirituality, and against violence, and turning religion into political ideology. Gülens ideas and activism have inspired a faith-based social movement in Turkey which could have often been referred to as volunteer service movement that has set up charitable foundations and companies active in the areas of education, media, health care, relief and business. Over 1,000 educational institutions such as K-12 schools, tutoring centers and reading rooms have been established around the world inspired by Gülens ideas and life. These are non-religious, non-denominational, secular schools sponsored by local entrepreneurs, altruistic educators and dedicated parents. Regardless of their location, these schools are symbols of harmonious interfaith and intercultural relationships, successful unification of faith and reason, and dedication to the service of humanity. Mr. Yavuz is the Director of Academic Affairs at Gülen Institute, University of Houston. A reception will follow, hosted by the College of Education and Professional Studies.
Wednesday, October 28, University Center 2:00 p.m.: Fashion Show
Under the direction of Dr. Susan Miller, UCO's Fashion Marketing and Global Diversity and Protocol students will present a fashion show focused on traditional
Turkish attire and contemporary clothing inspired by it.
Thursday, October 29, Jazz Lab 7:00-9:00 p.m. Turkish Republic Day Exhibit and Modern Languages Talent Show.
The Department of Modern Languages presents its annual Talent Show at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth Street. Food and drink will be available for purchase from
Hideaway Pizza, next door (they'll deliver right to your table). Enjoy the aesthetic and educational delights of the display in the lobby, a tribute to Turkey's national
holiday, Republic Day, put together by the Museum-Study students of Heidi Vaughn, Director of UCO's Laboratory of History Museum.
Wednesday, November 4, Liberal Arts room 211 7:00-8:15 p.m.: Special Guest Kamil Celik, "Democracy in Turkey."
Mr. Celik comes to us from the Tulsa branch of the Raindrop Turkish House cultural center.
Monday, November 9, Liberal Arts room 211 1:00-1:50 p.m.: Special Guest Vahap Uysal, "Sufism."
Sufism, a practice that emphasizes the mystical dimensions of Islam, emphasizes the purification of the inner self to gain a closer relationship with God.
Dr. Uysal comes to us from the Oklahoma City branch of the Raindrop Turkish House cultural center.
Wednesday, November 11, Melton Gallery (Art building) 3:30-4:30 p.m.: "Modern Turkey, Traditional Arts."
Dr. Theresa Vaughan, Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy, will give a multimedia presentation about traditional Turkish
folk art. While you are in the Art building, please take a little time to admire the display of Turkish art on loan from the Oklahoma City branch
of the Raindrop Turkish House.
Tuesday, November 17, Constitution Hall 7:00-9:30 p.m.: The Man Who Saved the World, or, Turkish Star Wars.
Guaranteed to be the worst movie you've ever seen! Because not all culture is high culture...
In 1982, a group of highly motivated but poorly financed movie buffs founded what would become a series of underground cult classics, the satirical low-budget "Turkish rip-off
cinema" genre. Cheer on two brave Turkish warriors as they combat evil with cardboard swords and gravity-defying Ninja moves!
Thrill to their X-Wing dogfights as they sit in cockpits with Walkman headphones on their motorcycle helmets,
as footage from Star Wars plays on a TV behind them! Gasp in terror as the Turkish Darth Vader drinks human blood and sends his giant Muppet monsters
and toilet-paper zombies to attack!
Screening of the film will be preceded by a costume competition and a martial arts demonstration by UCO's Budo Society, in keeping with the movie's many Kung Fu-style skirmishes. This event is co-sponsored by UCO's MEGA League (Media
Entertainment, Gaming and Animation).
Wednesday, November 18, Melton Gallery (Art building) 3:30-4:30 p.m.: "The Restoration and Conservation of Turkish Archaeological Treasures."
Heidi Vaughn, Director of UCO's Laboratory of History Museum will present a multimedia presentation addressing the unique problems in restoring Turkish landmarks
and archaeological sites. While you are in the Art building, please take a little time to admire the display of Turkish art on loan from the Oklahoma City branch
of the Raindrop Turkish House.
Friday, November 20, Virginia Lamb Room (HES building room 109) 11:00-11:50 a.m.: Special guest Ali Soylu, "Family Life
in Turkey and Adaptations when coming to the US."
Dr. Soylu is an Assistant Professor Management at Cameron University in Lawton. He immigrated to the United States after
receiving his B.A. in Business from Anadolu University in Turkey.
Tuesday, November 24, Deadline! Turn in your passport at the Centre for Global Competency, NUC 137, to enter the drawing.
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