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Professor Talat Halman, Turkey's first Minister of Culture, will discuss the breadth of Turkish arts in a program on September 20, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Turkey's first Minister of Culture Talat Halman will deliver a multi-media lecture entitled "Turkish Art Through the Ages" at Vassar College on Tuesday, September 20. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with three teachers from the region who will discuss their experiences during a "Turkey Study Tour" this summer that was sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation. Turkish Meze and refreshments will be available. The event, which will begin at 6:00 pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 200, is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Political Science Department at Vassar College.   

Honorable Professor Talat Halman served as the Minister of Culture of the Turkish Republic, the first person to hold this cabinet post, and created the Ministry. Under his guidance as Minister, he coordinated first landmark tour to America of the "Whirling Dervishes" (1971) as well as a museum exhibition in America of objects from the Ottoman Sultans' palace (1976). Currently he serves as professor and chairman of the Department of Turkish Literature and Dean of Humanities and Letters at Bilkent University, Ankara. Formerly he was on the faculties of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Princeton Universities, and from 1986 to 1996, was professor and chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at New York University. He also served as Ambassador for Cultural Affairs and Turkey’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations.

Professor Halman has published 70 books (including 12 collections of his own poetry in Turkish and English) and 3000 articles in Turkish and English. From 1991 to 1995, he served as an elected member of the UNESCO Executive Board in Paris. Currently he is president of the UNICEF Turkish National Committee, and chairman of the board of trustees of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. He holds honorary doctorates from Boğaziçi and Ankara Universities. His honors and awards include Distinguished Service Awards of the Turkish Academy of Sciences and the Turkish Foreign Ministry, and “Knight Grand Cross, G.B.E., The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”, (counterpart of “Sir”) conferred on him by Queen Elizabeth II.    

The three Mid-Hudson Valley teachersTara Cohen (Bedford), Rose Ann Lapp (High Falls), and Anna Tihin (Poughkeepsie)were selected by the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley to be part of a group of 27 teachers who took part in the second of two Turkey Study Tour trips this summer. The teachers now will work with the council to develop cultural and educational programs that introduce Turkey to the local community and in their classrooms.  
Mark your calendar for the next lecture in the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley fall series. On Wednesday, October 4, Vassar alumnus Steven Cook '90, the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations, will discuss "Egypt and the Future of the 'Arab Spring.'" Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square (Oxford University Press, Fall 2011) and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). Also free and open to the public, this lecture will begin at 7:00pm in the Villard Room, located on the second floor of Vassar's historic Main Building and is co-sponsored by Vassar's Department of Political Science, International Studies Program, and The Gillespie Forum. The council's fall lecture series is posted at http://www.hvworldaffairscouncil.org/CurrentEvents.htm.    

About the Sponsors:

The World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley offers non-partisan information and educational opportunities to promote citizen understanding and participation in world affairs. The Council is particularly committed to reaching high school and college youth through school outreach, collaborative programming, and internships. They offer a series of lectures in the fall and spring at college campuses in the Mid-Hudson Valley (http://www.hvworldaffairscouncil.org/).

The Department of Political Science offers a major in political science and correlate sequences (minors) in each of the four principal subfields of the discipline: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, and political theory. Vassar graduates with degrees in political science pursue careers in numerous areas, including politics, government, public administration, law, journalism, education, filmmaking, business, and finance. Many work for nongovernmental organizations concerned with particular social, political, and economic issues (http://politicalscience.vassar.edu).  

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861. 

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, September 8, 2011