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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.

 

 


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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.

 


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.


Student Welcome Meeting

 

The Turkish Flagship Center held a Welcome Back Meeting and Information Session on Friday, August 29th in the newly renovated IU Flagship facilities on the 11th floor of Eigenmann Hall. This meeting provided an opportunity for Turkish Flagship students to get to know Turkish Flagship Center staff and their conversation partners, as well the other Turkish Flagship students. The meeting began with casual conversation over pizza. Next, Prof. Kemal Silay, the Director of Turkish Flagship Center, gave a welcome speech, and then we went around the room making introductions. Grace Burris, a Turkish Flagship student, shared a little bit about her summer study abroad experience in Ankara, Turkey. She thoroughly enjoyed her time, loved her host family, and had fantastic instructors at TÖMER. Andrea Nikolova, the Turkish Flagship Center’s Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator, provided students with information regarding program requirements, the Turkish Flagship curriculum and funding opportunities. Andrea and Keely Bakken, the Center’s Outreach Assistant, also talked to students about events that are being planned for the semester. At the end of the meeting, students met in small groups with their conversation partners to set up weekly meetings.

 

 

                             


Turkish Flagship Alumna Participates in 28th Annual National Linguistics Conference

 

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Pictured are (from left to right): Prof. Dr. Selçuk İşsever (Ankara University), Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aksan (Mersin University), Prof. Dr. Yeşim Aksan (Mersin University), Victoria Rust (Indiana University), Prof. Dr. Nadir Engin Uzun (Ankara University), Instr. Cemil Kurt (Ankara University).

One of our recently returned Capstone students, Victoria Rust, had the opportunity to participate in Turkey’s National Linguistics Conference towards the end of her program. While there, Victoria “was able to use [her] Turkish to discuss with presenters and fellow attendees a wide array of topics ranging from endangered Turkic languages, to linguistic analysis of slogans used at the Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul.” Victoria will be attending a master’s program in Linguistics starting this Fall at Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey. We’re so proud of Victoria. Check out more of her story over at the American Councils website.


Turkish Flagship Student's Online Portfolio

 

In the Spring semester of 2014, Turkish Flagship student Grace Burris took an independent study course entitled “Turkish for a Specific Purpose” with academic specialist Umida Khikmatillaeva. One of the primary components of the course involved the creation of a language portfolio outlining the various language learning strategies and materials Grace used to develop her Turkish throughout the semester. Grace’s completed portfolio includes a presentation on important Turkish politicians, a comparison of Turkish and American politics, a timeline of current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s life, an instructional video on how to make brownies, and much more! Click the photo below to view Grace's online portfolio.

 

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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.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 


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:Thursday, 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:

September

 

October

Republic Day of Turkey

Time: 7-9 pm

Date: Friday, October 31st

Location: Tudor Room, IMU


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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