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Are you motivated to add professional fluency in a critical language to your resume? Interested in studying abroad in Turkey? Current IU undergraduates can apply to join the Turkish Flagship.


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

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Student Spotlight: Madina Alimova

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Madina Alimova is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. See more.


Turkish Flagship Events:

August

Student Welcome Meeting

Time: 2-4 pm

Date: Friday, August 29th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138

September

Turkish Talk: A Brief History of Turkic Peoples

Guest Speaker: Aybike Tezel

Time: 7-8:30 pm

Date: Thursday, September 25th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

October

Game Night

Time: 7-10 pm

Date: Thursday, October 2nd

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Turkish Talk: Turkey’s Economy

Guest Speaker: Dr. Bulent Guler

Time: 7-9 pm

Date:Tuesday, October 21st

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

November

Movie Night

Time: 4-6:30 pm

Date: Saturday, November 15th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

December

Flagship Cultural Extravaganza

Time: 6-8 pm

Date: Thursday, December 4th

Location: TBD


Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

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


IU Events:

October

Bayram Celebration

Time: 12 pm

Date: Sunday, October 5th

Location: Bryan Park, Bloomington, Indiana


Workshop on the Ottomans and the Safavids

Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm

Date: Friday-Saturday, October 24-25th

Location: Woodburn Hall, Room 200


Turkey's Republic Day

Time: 7-9 pm

Date: Friday, October 31st

Location: Tudor Room, IMU

November

Vice-Presidential Forum on Turkey

Time: 4 pm

Date: Tuesday, November 11th

Location: Presidents Hall (in Franklin Hall)


Partnership with ROTC:

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

 

Air Force ROTC Scholarship
The Air Force recently began awarding 3-4 year scholarships to Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) cadets to help meet the current and emerging strategic language and cultural competency needs of the Department of Defense and United States Air Force. The Air Force Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship Program is designed to help students pursuing an Air Force commission complete an advanced language and cultural study program at home and abroad with one of IU’s three Language Flagship Programs in Chinese, Swahili, or Turkish. For additional benefits of IU AFROTC membership, keep reading.


Call for Papers: China in the Middle East

Indiana University’s Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair invites interested scholars and advanced graduate students to submit proposals for the conference below. The event will take place at the Indiana University China Office, Beijing, March 17-18, 2015. See more.


 

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About the Program

 

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The Turkish Flagship is an undergraduate program at Indiana University in Bloomington designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Turkish while pursuing a degree in their chosen field. The Flagship is a rigorous program of study in Turkish language to enable highly-motivated students to become global professionals.

 

 


Still have space in your schedule this semester? Register now!

 

Islam, Islamism, and Modernity in Turkey

Taught by Professor Kemal Silay

CEUS–R 389/CEUS–R 589

3 Credits; MW, 6:00-8:15 pm, Ballantine Hall 144

Fall Semester 2014 (Second Eight Weeks)

 

 

This course will explore the complex relationship between Islam and politics, and Islamism’s predicament with modernity and democracy. Although the course will concentrate on modern Turkey and its Ottoman past, we will adopt a comparative approach as we also examine developments throughout the Muslim Middle East and other parts of the world affected by the phenomena of political Islam and jihadist discourses and activities.  Read more.

 


IU Goes to Turkey

 

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IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Gülay Barbarosoğlu, president of Boğaziçi University, sign a Mevlana agreement to foster exchanges between IU and Boğaziçi.

Beginning Sept. 21, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will lead a university delegation on a weeklong trip to Turkey. The trip will include meetings with key leaders in business, education, and government, as well as with IU’s Turkish alumni, to further IU’s strategic focus on key international locations important to the university’s long-term mission of generating more academic and research opportunities overseas for IU students and faculty.

 

Indiana University’s connection to the historical and economic hub that is Turkey dates back more than 70 years. Currently, IU serves as the leading center in the U.S. for the study of Ottoman and modern Turkish language; is considered to be among the nation’s premier programs for the broader study of Turkish culture and history; and features the prestigious Turkish Flagship Center, the only federally funded program in this area.

 

Additionally, the university welcomes roughly 100 Turkish students to its campuses each year as well as a number of visiting scholars; continues to send its own faculty and students to Turkey to teach and study abroad; and boasts two alumni chapters — one in Istanbul and the other in the capital city of Ankara — that represent nearly 500 affiliated IU Turkish alumni. This all adds up to a major IU presence in this dynamic, strategically significant part of the world, one that few other U.S. universities, if any, can match. Read More.


Turkish Talk: A Brief History of Turkic Peoples

 

The first Turkish Talk of the Fall 2014 semester took place on Thursday, September 25th, featuring Aybike Seyma Tezel, a dual PhD student in the Central Eurasian Studies and Archeology Departments, who presented the history and movement of Turkish people. Her presentation was given in Turkish and was simultaneously translated into English by Grace Burris, a Turkish Flagship student. Aybike introduced the countries founded by Turkic people and the immigration of Turkic people from Central Asia to Anatolia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She also discussed how close Turkic languages are to each other and how learning Turkish makes it easier to learn other Turkic languages. A question and answer session was held afterwards where the Turkish Flagship students had an opportunity to practice and improve their Turkish language skills. Participants enjoyed light refreshments provided by the Turkish Flagship Center as well.

 

 


Game Night

 

Thursday, October 2nd, Turkish Flagship students and friends gathered at the Turkish Flagship Center for the twice-annual Game Night. Students were able to chose from board games such as Monopoly, Taboo, Okey, and Scrabble to play with. Much of the night was spent playing Scrabble, with students dividing up into teams and working together to create words out of the randomly drawn tiles. The game ended with Turkish Flagship Center staff member Keely Bakken winning, closely followed by Harun Kizilirmak and Nick Schwaberow, Grace Burris and Haily Merritt, and Alyssa Meyer and Amy Jensen. As they played, students listened to Turkish pop and rock music and enjoyed pizza, Turkish cookies and sweets, and tea and coffee provided by the Turkish Flagship Center.

 

 

                       


A Unique Experience—One Turkish Flagship Student’s Thoughts on Intensive Language Learning by Daniel Metz

 

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Turkish Language Table

Indiana University, home to the widely-recognized Summer Language Workshop (formerly known as SWSEEL), is also home to the only Turkish Flagship Center in the country. The Turkish Flagship Program is one that invests a lot of time and attention to a focused group of students in order to give them intensive training in Turkish language and culture before sending them on a year-long period of overseas study in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara. This co-habitation of language programs sparks the opportunity for students at the Bloomington campus to mingle with one of the most interactive communities in the country for Turkish learning.

 

The Summer Language Workshop, in collaboration with the local Turkish academic community, was able to offer a diverse agenda of events that allowed students to experience various aspects of Turkish culture. These included activities such as coffee hours, networking sessions where students were able to communicate with native speakers; lectures by foreign academia; and cultural demonstrations of art, film, and cuisine.

 

To continue reading, please visit the Summer Language Workshop’s alumni newsletter, the Polyglot.