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About the Program

The Turkish Flagship Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students at Indiana University Bloomington to achieve advanced language proficiency in Turkish while pursuing a degree in their chosen field. Our students study abroad, build highly marketable skills that set them apart when looking for jobs right out of college, and have fun while doing it! Interested? We’ll also help you find funding for the entire experience!

 

The Language Flagship is a rigorous program of study in 12 languages at 23 universities across the United States. IU is home to three programs—Chinese, Swahili and Turkish. Read more.

 


Turkish Flagship Events:

January

Turkish Talk: Turkish Wedding Traditions

Time: 7- 8 pm

Date:Tuesday, January 12th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

 

February

Turkish Flagship Media Roundtable

Time: 2- 3 pm

Date: Friday, February 5th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Turkish Talk: Al-Ghazali, Religion, and Tradition

Guest Speaker: Yasin Basaran

Time: 7- 8 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 9th 

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Turkish Poetry Night

Time: 6:30- 9 pm

Date: Friday, February 19th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Conversation Table

Time: TBA

Date: TBA

Location: TBA

March

Turkish Flagship Media Roundtable

Time: 2- 3 pm

Date: Friday, March 4th 

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Discussion on Turkey’s Regional Cultures

Time: 7- 8:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, March 22nd

Location: Bradford Woods


Conversation Table

Time: TBA

Date: TBA

Location: TBA

April

Turkish Flagship Media Roundtable

Time: 2- 3 pm

Date: Friday, April 1st

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Flagship Symposium

Time: 4- 7 pm

Date: Friday, April 8th
Location: TBA


End of Year Picnic

Time: 12- 3 pm

Date: Friday, April 30th

Location: TBA


Conversation Table

Time: TBA

Date: TBA

Location: TBA

Please visit the event calendar page for more information about the events.


Spring 2016 Recruitment Events:

January

Winter Student Involvement Fair

Time: 6- 8:30 pm

Date:Tuesday, January 19th

Location: Alumni Hall & Solarium

 

February

Library InfoShare Day

Time: 9 am- 6 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 2nd

Location: Wells Lobby


Library InfoShare Day

Time: 9 am- 6 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 2nd

Location: Wells Lobby


Turkish Flagship Bazaar

Time: 4- 6 pm

Date:Tuesday, February 9th

Location: GIS Bulding Room 1060

 

March

Library InfoShare Day

Time: 9 am- 6 pm

Date: Tuesday, March 1st

Location: Wells Lobby

April

Lotus Blossoms

Time: 2- 3 pm

Date: Friday, April 1st - Saturday, April 2nd

Location: Binford Elementary


Library InfoShare Day

Time: 9 am- 6 pm

Date: Tuesday, April 5th

Location: Wells Lobby

May

Library InfoShare Day

Time: 9 am- 6 pm

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd

Location: Wells Lobby


Adventures in Ankara

See what Turkish Flagship student, Haily Merritt, is experiencing this summer in Turkey with CLS.

 

 


Student Spotlight: Caroline Stokes

A rising senior from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Caroline Stokes is currently pursuing a dual-major in Central Eurasian Studies and International Studies. Read more.


What is it like to be a Turkish Flagship student? See what they have to say:

Video: Ben Video: Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

IU Language Flagship Centers:

 


Partnership with ROTC:

We have scholarships available for IU Army and Air Force ROTC Cadets! Contact us and read here to find out more!

 

Turkish Talk: Al-Ghazali, Religion and Tradition

 


Turkish Flagship Bazaar

 


Faculty Spotlight: Cemil Kurt

Also published by the Inner Asian Uralic National Resource Center in their Fall 2015 newsletter.

 

Cemil Kurt is a visiting Turkish lecturer in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies during the 2015 fall semester.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Turkish Language and Literature and a master’s degree in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language from Ankara University.  His term at IU is jointly sponsored by American Councils and IU’s Turkish Flagship Center. The following is a write-up by Cemil’s students, Neeli Southwick and Caroline Stokes.

 

 

From a young age, Cemil knew he wanted to work with language.  Even as an elementary school student, he loved writing essays and crafting poetry. Fast forward several years, and Cemil began attending Ankara University as a student of Turkish Language and Literature.  During his undergraduate years, Cemil delved into Turcology, and focused on studying Turkic languages, dialects, and history. He even translated a book from Ottoman into contemporary Turkish. Read more on our Spotlights page.


Turkish Talk: Wedding Traditions in Turkey

 

On Thursday, January 21st, the Turkish Flagship Center held a Turkish Talk entitled "Wedding Traditions in Turkey." At the lecture, students learned about the many colorful traditions surrounding engagements and weddings in Turkey, and watched example videos from real ceremonies and Turkish television. The students were most interested in "henna night," a ceremony held by the bridal party the night before the wedding to mark the bride's departure from her family's home with henna. They were also fascinated by the tradition of hanging money or gold onto the newly-married bride and groom. The talk was simultaneously translated into English by Geoff Gervase, a senior member of the Turkish Flagship.

 

 

                                  


Turkish Talk: How to Play Backgammon

 

On Saturday, December 12th, Turkish Flagship students took a break from the stress of finals week to learn how to play backgammon, or tavla, one of the favorite pastimes of Turkey. They were joined by several members of the Turkish Student Association, including Özlem Erden, TSA co-president. After a short presentation on the rules of backgammon by Özlem, the students watched a game demonstration from TSA members. Each student then teamed up with a TSA member to practice playing, and then played each other in a final competition. Everyone enjoyed tea and baklava throughout the event.

 

 

                                  


An Evening of Folk Music from Turkey

 

 

On Friday, November 13th, the Silk Road Ensemble, with support from the Turkish Flagship Center and several other IU departments, presented a concert entitled "An Evening of Folk Music from Turkey" at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The concert featured lively music from Turkey and other cultures along the Silk Road. Two visiting guest artists from Turkey, Sema Yazgan and Abdurrahman Tarikci, performed alongside the rest of the ensemble. The concert also featured a short performance of Turkish folk songs by Turkish Flagship students Caellaigh Klemz, Ian Riley, Caroline Stokes and Sabrina Tish. The students rehearsed the songs for several weeks with Turkish instructor Cemil Kurt, who accompanied them on the saz, a traditional Turkish stringed instrument.

 

 

                                           

 


Turkish Flagship at The Project School’s Annual International Night

 

On Wednesday, November 18th, the Turkish Flagship Center attended International Night at the Bloomington Project School. The annual event allows IU departments and programs to introduce different languages and cultures to The Project School's K-8 students. This year, the Flagship brought materials on Nasreddin Hoca, an important cultural figure in Turkey and the subject of hundreds of folk tales. Flagship staff chatted with students and their parents about Nasreddin Hoca, told some of his stories, and helped students color in pictures of Hoca. Abdurrahman Tarikci, a visiting musician from Turkey, also attended the event and provided a short musical performance and educational presentation on Turkish music for Project School families.

 

 

                            


Turkish Talk: Traditional Turkish Music & Remembering Atatürk

 

On Tuesday, November 10th, the Flagship held a Turkish Talk entitled “Traditional Turkish Music and Remembering Atatürk” (“Geleneksel Türk Müziği ve 10 Kasım Atatürk'ü Anma”). Turkish Flagship Director Professor Kemal Silay began the talk with a brief discussion of the legacy of Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish republic. As it was the anniversary of his death, Professor Silay discussed how this occasion is commemorated in Turkey.

 

The remainder of the talk was led by Abdurrahman Tarikçi, a well-known visiting musician from Turkey. Dr. Tarikçi touched on the different geographic and historical influences on Turkish folk music, and explained its overarching characteristics. He then elaborated on the traits of folk music of each region in Turkey and provided information on a number of traditional Turkish instruments. Dr. Tarikçi gave examples of songs from each region through videos as well as a live performance playing the saz, a traditional string instrument from Turkey.