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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!

 

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.

 

 

 

 


Turkish Flagship Visits Local High School

 

Yesterday, Turkish Flagship visited local high school Bedford North Lawrence High School in Bedford, Indiana to teach AP World History students about the Ottoman empire. Students learned about the rise of the empire, key figures during its heyday like Suleyman, and how the Ottoman empire affected population changes, architecture, and more. ​

 

Want Turkish Flagship to visit your classroom? Contact Marissa Fox at foxml@indiana.edu for more information.

 


Summer Language Workshop

 


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