Programs & Activities

Special programs + activities

Turkish Flagship students participate in extra-curricular activities planned by the Turkish Flagship Center, such as Turkish Talks, poetry recitation competitions, game days, art demonstrations and film screenings. In addition to language study and extra-curricular activities, Turkish Flagship students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of public events, including international conferences on Turkish literature, culture, religion and politics.

Turkish Talks

Turkish Talks is an annual series of lectures presented entirely in Turkish. Turkish speakers and learners of Indiana University gather four times a semester to hear a professor or graduate student—usually a native speaker—present on their research or a topic relevant to students of Turkish language and culture. Simultaneous written translation into English is provided by advanced-level Flagship students and projected live to aid lower-level students. End-of-semester talks are often a combination of lecture and cultural activity: past events have included ebru (Turkish water marbling), backgammon, and coffee-ground reading.

Please visit our events archive for examples of past talks. If you are a native speaker of Turkish interested in giving a Turkish Talk, please contact us!

Annual Retreat

Every fall, Flagship students travel together at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s Outdoor Center, for a two-day, one-night Turkish language and cultural immersion retreat. In addition to outdoors activities—archery, hiking, campfires—students are supported by Flagship staff, instructors, and invited native speakers in using their Turkish outside the typical campus setting. Favorite retreat activities include competing in the Turkish language scavenger hunt, which pits two teams of mixed-level students in a race to follow a series of clues, and preparing a traditional Turkish breakfast together.

Turkish Poetry Night

Turkish Flagship hosts an annual Turkish Poetry Night, usually in collaboration with IU’s Turkish Students Association, to honor the special place that national poets and poetry hold in Turkish culture. An audience of Turkish speakers and learners enjoy traditional Turkish tea, meze (hors d'oeuvre’s), and Turkish poetry recited by three categories of participants: native speakers, speakers of Turkic languages, and Turkish learners. A panel of instructors and TSA representatives choose first and second place winners for each category. Held each year around Valentine’s Day, Turkish Poetry Night brings Turkish speaker and learners on campus and in the wider Bloomington community together, and introduces Turkish Flagship students to the breadth and depth of modern Turkish poetry.

Flagship Student Symposium

Together, the IU Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish Flagships host the annual Flagship Student Symposium. Each spring, advanced Flagship students prepare in-language academic posters on topics related to their areas of study. Students present their posters in their respective languages to instructors and colleagues. In conjunction with this Poster Session, Flagships also host esteemed language and professional experts for keynote addresses and break-out sessions.

The Spring 2016 Symposium celebrated student achievement and explored the many opportunities opened through studying with the Flagship with the theme “From Capstone to Career.” Students attended an Alumni Career Panel and enjoyed remarks 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.

Public Lectures

Turkish Flagship has co-sponsored several English-language lectures on Turkey- and Turkish-related topics. In Fall 2016, for example, Dr. Gallia Lindenstrauss from the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv spoke on Turkish-Israeli relations from the Mavi-Marmara incident of 2010 through the June 2016 “normalization agreement” between Turkey and Israel, through to current and future prospects for cooperation.

Scholars and policy experts interested in speaking on topics of regional or cultural relevance to Flagship students are frequently supported by our many wonderful partners, including the Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME), the Center for the Study of Global Change (Global Center), the Russian and East European Institute (REEI), the Institute for European Studies (EURO), the Borns Jewish Studies Program, and more.

If you are interested in giving a relevant lecture on the IU-Bloomington campus, please contact us!