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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: GISB 0007


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: GISB 1100


Conversation Table

Time: 4- 5 pm

Date: Fridays

Location: IMU Starbucks

March

Turkish Flagship Media Roundtable

Time: 2- 3 pm

Date: Friday, March 4th 

Location: GISB 0007


Discussion on Turkey’s Regional Cultures

Time: 7- 8:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, March 22nd

Location: Eigenmann 1138


Conversation Table

Time: 4- 5 pm

Date: Fridays

Location: IMU Starbucks

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: GISB Atrium


Worship and Action

Speaker: Dr. Yusuf Benli and Ezgi Benli

Time: 7 pm

Date: Saturday, April 16th
Location: SGIS Building GA0003


Alevi Music and Culture Workshop

Speaker: Dr. Yusuf Benli and Ezgi Benli

Time: 7 pm

Date: Monday, April 18th
Location: Cedar Hall (Union Street Center) C102


Turkish Talk: Cem Rituals

Speaker: Turgay Yildiz

Time: 7 pm

Date: Tuesday, April 19th
Location: Cedar Hall (Union Street Center) C116


End of Year Picnic

Time: 12- 3 pm

Date: Friday, April 30th

Location: Campus View Apartments Picnic Area, 800 North Union Street
Bloomington, IN 47408


Conversation Table

Time: 4- 5 pm

Date: Fridays

Location: IMU Starbucks

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

Date: Friday, April 1st, 9 am 1:30 pm

Saturday, April 2nd, 11 am - 2 pm

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


Alumni Spotlight: Victoria Rust

A former Flagship student, Victoria is currently living abroad in Turkey and putting her language skills to use as she pursues her Master’s degree at Mersin University. Read more.


Adventures in Ankara

See what Turkish Flagship student, Haily Merritt, is experiencing last 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Summer Language Workshop

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 Flagship Recruitment Scholarship

 

Turkish Flagship is offering a $9000 merit-based scholarship to two incoming freshman joining Turkish Flagship. The award will be distributed in increments of $3,000 over three years. Students must be admitted to the program by the end of August to be considered. For more information, please contact turk@indiana.edu.


Turkish Flagship Students Graduating

 

Four Turkish Flagship students participated in the graduation festivities held at IU on Saturday, May 7th. Please join us in congratulating Caroline Stokes on her graduation, and Casey Vaughn, Neeli Southwick, and Kyle Donelson on the culmination of their studies at IU. Caroline participated in the Turkish Flagship Capstone during her junior year, and just finished up her senior year at IU. She will be working for the Turkish Flagship Center this summer and conducting research with Professor Yan Long of the International Studies department while applying for jobs elsewhere. Casey, Neeli and Kyle each just finished up their senior year and domestic coursework at IUB, and they will be heading off on their Capstone adventures in the Fall. They will officially graduate in August 2017. Please join us in congratulating all four students on their achievements!

 

The picture below features photos of Caroline, Casey and Neeli at the School of Global and International Studies convocation ceremony on Saturday. They were joined by Turkish Flagship Director Kemal Silay, and Turkish Flagship Assistant Director Andrea Nikolova

 


Celebrating Student Achievement

 

As campus slows down for the summer, it is important to recognize the many achievements of Turkish Flagship students from the past academic year. With accolades ranging from honor society inductions to scholarships, our students never cease to excel in Turkish and their other disciplines.


Some highlights of student achievement are as follows:

  • Moira Corcoran, 1st year, was accepted to the Liberal Arts Management Program and was inducted into Sigma Iota Rho, the International Affairs honor society
  • Kyle Donelson, 4th year, was awarded a FLAS grant from IAUNRC for Capstone study
  • Geoffrey Gervase, 4th year, was offered a FLAS grant from IAUNRC for language study at Sabancı University (declined)
  • Haily Merrit, 4th year, received a Hutton Honors College International Experiences Program grant, the Hutton Family Study Abroad Scholarship, and the Anderson Overseas Scholarship for Capstone study, and won the Outstanding Research Award at the Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference
  • Danny Metz, Capstone year, was awarded the Won-Joon Woon Scholarship and was inducted into Sigma Iota Rho
  • Matthew Newman, 1st year, received a FLAS grant from IAUNRC for Turkish study at the Summer Language Workshop
  • Neeli Southwick, 4th year, was awarded a Boren Scholarship and a Hutton Honors College International Experiences Program grant for Capstone study
  • Casey Vaughn, 4th year, was awarded a Boren Scholarship, awarded the Anderson Overseas Scholarship, was offered a FLAS grant from IAUNRC for Capstone study, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa national honor society
  • Rachael Wehrle, 2nd year, received a Critical Language Scholarship for summer Turkish study

The Turkish Flagship Center is proud to have such ambitious, high-achieving students among its ranks. Please join us in congratulating them on all their successes!


Turkish Flagship Students Awarded the Boren Scholarship

 

The Turkish Flagship Center is thrilled to announce that seniors Casey Vaughn and Neeli Southwick have earned the Boren Scholarship to support their Flagship Capstone study next year. Casey and Neeli put exceptional effort into applying for study abroad scholarships this year, and receiving the Boren is a huge recognition of the time and energy they put into their applications—as well as their many achievements throughout their undergraduate careers. Both Casey and Neeli are interested in utilizing their Turkish language skills with a career in the Federal government. This year, the Institute for International Education received 820 undergraduate student applications for the scholarship, which supports study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Of the 165 awardees nationwide, Neeli and Casey are the only two IU Bloomington students who were granted the scholarship. For more information about their achievement, please see the following press releases by Overseas Study and the School of Global and International Studies.


Alevi Music and Culture Workshop

 

Last week, the Turkish Flagship Center hosted several events about Alevi music and culture with the help of a few special guests from Turkey. On Monday, April 18th, students, faculty and community members joined us for "Worship and Action: The Function of Music and Dance in Turkish Alevi Culture." At this event, Dr. Yusuf Benli and his daughter Ezgi Benli led a discussion on the role of the bağlama, a long-necked stringed instrument, on the evolution of Alevism in Turkey. They also spent some time giving mini bağlama lessons to students, who learned how to play a simple melody.

 

On Tuesday, April 19th, actor and playwright Turgay Yıldız gave a Turkish Talk entitled “The Structure of Turkish Alevi Cem Rituals” about cem, the most important ritual in Alevism. This included a demonstration of semah, a spiritual dance usually performed in cem ceremonies. The talk was simultaneously translated into English by Flagship student Casey Vaughn.

 

The Turkish Flagship would like to thank all of our guests for making the trip from Turkey and putting on such wonderful events. Our students now have a unique perspective on Alevism, and some new musical skills!

 


Turkish Flagship Center Volunteers at Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar

 

On April 1-2, the Turkish Flagship Center participated in the 2016 Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar at Binford Elementary School. Even year, Lotus Blossoms brings in volunteers from the community to introduce world cultures to Bloomington kids and families through crafts, music, and more. This year, volunteers from the Turkish Flagship Center prepared an İznik tile craft to teach children about this ceramic style once used to decorate mosques and palaces all over Turkey. Over the two-day festival, the kids had a great time using paper shapes to imitate İznik tiles and make their own designs.

 

 

                                        


IU Day

 

Our Intermediate Turkish class showed their IU spirit this week in honor of IU Day. The students in Zeynep Elbasan's class have been working on learning suffixes, writing horror stories to practice using the reported past tense, and of course expressing their excitement for learning Turkish at IU!

 

IU Day is a celebration of all things IU for students, alumni, and everyone else who loves the university. Students streamed IU videos, listened to special playlists, got to know their university better, and played all at https://iuday.iu.edu/​. There was also a scavenger hunt on campus from 11 - 3 and students who solved all the clues and collect all the stamps were entered to win prizes, ranging from sunglasses to a 2016-2017 parking pass!


Be sure to share your love for IU and tag your posts with #IUDay!

 


Flagship Student Symposium

 

On Friday, April 8th, the Turkish, Chinese, and Swahili Flagships at IU came together for the 2nd annual Flagship Student Symposium, this year entitled “From Capstone to Career.” The evening began with a keynote address by Dr. Dick Brecht, co-director of the American Councils Research Center, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, and one of the pioneers for intensive language study programs, including the Flagship. Dr. Brecht discussed how Flagship students could use their language skills, overseas experience, and cultural awareness to make themselves stand out on job applications and in the workplace. His talk was followed by a career panel with two IU Flagship alumni, who shared how their experiences with the Flagship have helped them in the job market and in their careers.

 

Another highlight of the evening was the Student Research Session, where students from all three Flagships shared research projects they had conducted in their target languages. All upper-level Turkish Flagship students created posters or boards in Turkish about topics of their choosing and shared their findings with other students, instructors, SGIS staff, and community members.

 

The symposium was a wonderful way to celebrate student achievement and explore the many opportunities opened through studying with the Flagship. The Turkish Flagship Center would like to thank everyone involved in organizing the event, as well as all those who attended and made it a success.

 

 

 

 


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