Chatham University

Global Focus: Year of Turkey
Events

 
September 7, 2010 to September 7, 2010
Global Focus: Writing and Artwork Competition
This contest is open to the entire Chatham community. Cash prizes and certificate for finalists in artwork, and creative writing (poetry, fiction and creative essay), reflecting student interpretations and inspirations of the Year of Turkey. Possible topics include women's leadership roles in Turkish society; ancient artforms from the Ottoman empire, Turkish identity: heritage, family, history; Turkey's role as link between Europe and Asia; or anything that inspires you. Awards will be presented and artwork submissions will be on display at the Turkish Independence Day Celebration on Oct 28. See event flyer or website for official details.

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Focus
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 12:00 AM to 11:55 AM
Location : Chatham University
Fee : free


 
September 14, 2010
Global Focus: Turkish Student Panel Discussion “What Adjustments do Turkish students make when moving to the US?”
In partnership with University of Pittsburgh Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center Prof. Nur Lider, Turkish Student Organization members from Chatham, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh will speak to students about Turkey. This will provide a unique perspective from peers and assist in creating a straightforward understanding of the country from a student’s perspective.

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Global Focus
Dr. Jean-Jacques Ngor Sène Assistant Professor of History Dpt of History, Policy, and Government Global Focus coordinator http://www.chatham.edu/globalfocus Chatham University Woodland Road Pittsburgh PA 15232 Ph: (1) 412-365-2924 Fax: (1) 412-365-1747
Dr. Jean-Jacques Ngor Sène Assistant Professor of History Dpt of History, Policy, and Government Global Focus coordinator http://www.chatham.edu/globalfocus Chatham University Woodland Road Pittsburgh PA 15232 Ph: (1) 412-365-2924 Fax: (1) 412-365-1747
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Contact : Global Foucs
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location : PCW room


 
September 16, 2010
Global Focus: “Insights on Istanbul's Opulence from Ancient Days” with Patricia Sheridan
Patricia Sheridan, associate editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talks about and presents the sights and majesty of Turkey. This is an opportunity to meet a successful newswoman and learn about traveling as a journalist, and about her western perspective during the month of Ramadan.


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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Focus
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Location : Welker Room: James Laughlin Music Hall
Fee : free
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September 28, 2010
Global Focus: “Controversial Elements in Turkish National Identity” Dr. Ercan Karakoç
September 28 10:00-11:15am Falk 218
Fulbright Scholar In Residence Dr. Ercan Karakoç Lecture
“Controversial Elements in Turkish National Identity”
Dr. Karakoç will lecture in HIS 230 History of Social and Political Thought

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Focus
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Location : Falk 218
Fee : free


 
October 6, 2010
Global Focus: “The Democratization Process in Turkey” by Dr. Ercan Karakoç
Dr. Karakoç will lecture in COR 405 Integrative Seminar

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Foucs
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location : woodland 103
Fee : free


 
October 7, 2010
Global Focus: One Hundred Years of Democracy in Turkey
Dr. Kadir Yildirim obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Regional Political Economy at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center. His main research interests center around economic liberalization, democratization, political Islam, and the politics of the Middle East. Dr. Yildirim's dissertation, entitled Muslim Democratic Parties: Economic Liberalization and Islamist Moderation in the Middle East, explores the socioeconomic origins of the different pathways that Islamic parties pursue as viable political platforms. He analyzes the distinctive forms economic liberalization has taken in the Middle East, and offers a new theory on their impact in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey. In addition to working on a book manuscript based on his doctoral research findings, he is actively engaged in three projects examining 1) the impact of economic liberalization on anti-establishment parties, 2) the causes of violence in the Middle East, and 3) political conceptualizations of Islamic social movements.

Event Sponsor
Global Focus
Contact Information
Contact : Jean Jacques Sene
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location : Welker Room, James Laughlin Music Center
Fee : free Admission


 
October 13, 2010
Global Focus: Cafe Rachel Coffeehouse Series featuring Visiting Turkish Musician Latif Bolat
His concerts have been received with appreciation and enthusiasm throughout the world, as he provides a unique philosophy and approach to the performance of traditional music. By creating an intimate, almost "storytelling" atmosphere with explanations on the music itself, sociopolitical and cultural elements of Turkish Mystic and Devotional music, the performance draws the audience in to ponder questions such as how major societal factors influence culture and the art it produces.

Latif Bolat performs as a singer and accompanies himself on the traditional Turkish stringed instrument "baglama." Other traditional acoustic Turkish instruments which frequently accompany him include frame drum, ney flute, kanun and oud. As an important part of the presentation, Turkish devotional poetry from the 13th century mystics Rumi and Yunus Emre are also sprinkled throughout the program. In addition to spoken elaboration, slides are used to create a complete experience by providing scenes of Turkish countryside, cities, art and architecture, and people. This provides a deeper understanding of the culture by combining the musical presentation with pictures of its origin.

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Global Focus
Contact Information
Contact : Dr. Jean Jacques Sene
Phone : 412-365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Location : Cafe Rachel
Fee : Free
http://www.latifbolat.com


 
October 15, 2010 to October 15, 2010
Global Focus: Inspired Artists at Alumni Weekend
View two unique Turkey related exhibits by alumnae and photographer Deborah Hosking, MAFDT ’09, and local artist Kathryn Strutz ’80. Refreshments served. Meet our Chatham Art Gallery artists as they host an open house, Friday Oct 15 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Gallery Hours: Friday Noon-4:30 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Global Focus
Contact Information
Contact : Dr. Jean Jacques Sene
Phone : 412-365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location : Chatham Gallery; Woodland Hall
Fee : Free


 
October 21, 2010
Global Focus: Film; Anlat Istanbul (Istanbul Tales)
October 21 6:30-9:30pm Sanger Lecture Hall
FILM SERIES
Anlat Istanbul (Istanbul Tales)
Curl up with pizza, popcorn and drinks and watch this enchanting movie with a talkback to follow.

This film is beautifully structured with a plot that seems very complex at the beginning and simplifies as you move into the story. Like the five fairy tales referenced as the story unfolds (Cinderella, the Pied Piper, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood, each directed by a different Turkish director), it has a dark aspect. The seedy side of life in contemporary Istanbul is presented through these interweaving threads with more than a hint of violence, a potion of deep selfishness and a charm of great kindness. There are musicians whose music produces magic, enchanted castles, sleeping princesses, a truly malevolent wicked step-mother, and even a dwarf with seven brothers. How do you draw to a close in a film where the dark side seems, perhaps, to be winning? Well, watch closely. There is not a moment in this film where your attention wanders or the magic wanes, for the magic is not anything of the supernatural, but is the enchantment of human life, in the great city of Istanbul. Raw acting and intense realism it is made up of compelling moments that flow effortlessly into each other. See it; enjoy it. - excerpts of review by Murray Morison, IMDB


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Global Focus
Contact Information
Contact : Dr. Jean Jacques Sene
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location : Sanger Hall
Turkish Version of the Trailer


 
October 28, 2010
Global Focus: Turkish Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate the birth of the Turkish republic with us and learn about Turkey's rich history and culture. Eat Turkish delicacies prepared by Turkish chef Asuman Koc, and learn about the historic and regional significance of each dish. Taste Turkish tea, and Turkish coffee prepared in a traditional “cezve” pot. Fullbright scholar Dr. Ercan Karakoc will give a short multimedia presentation about Turkey's Independence. Muyesser Demir will present her traditional Ebru artwork. Presentation of Global Focus Writing and Artwork prizes, traditional Turkish folk dancers, and the music of local band Ishtar will complete the evening. If you do not have a meal plan RSVP to globalfocus@chatham.edu for a voucher.

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Focus
Phone : 301 806 0300
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location : Anderson Dining Hall
Fee : Free with meal plan or RSVP for voucher


 
November 11, 2010
Global Focus: Turkish Film Series. Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
November 11 6:30-9:30pm Sanger Lecture Hall FILM SERIES Crosssing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul see the trailer (partly german) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Emtncpypw the feature will be in English. Alexander Hacke (of the German avant-garde band Einstürzende Neubauten) roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio and "magic mic" to assemble this inspired portrait of Turkish music today. Raucous and vibrant, this documentary shows not only the incredible variety and passion of music in Istanbul, but also of its inhabitants. Pizza, popcorn and drinks.

Event Sponsor
Global Focus
Contact Information
Contact : Dr. Jean Jacques Sene
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location : Sanger Hall
OFFICIAL FILM WEBSITE


 
November 18, 2010
Global Focus: Turkish Film Series: Devrim Arabalari (Cars of Revolution)
"Devrim Arabalari" is one of the best period movies Turkish cinema ever produced, with its fascinating screenplay, well-built and portrayed characters, and an inspiring story. ??The movie tells the story of the Turkish attempt to build a "national automobile" in the 1960s, shortly after the military coup that replaced a "pro-American authoritarian democracy" with an "independent-minded libertarian junta" (Yes, you read it right). Main protagonists are the idealist engineers of the State Railroad Directorate, who undertook the impossible task of designing and building of an automobile from scratch only in 130 days.??Director Ornek and his well-picked cast takes us through the 4-month period of hard-work that produced the "Devrim" (Revolution) to a backdrop of Turkish political situation that followed the military coup. Both the screenplay and direction are praiseworthy, and Tolga Ornek deserves much of the credit for keeping it simple, subtle and fascinating.??Unlike most other contemporary Turkish movies full of popular names and pretty faces, all the actors are "actors", each with well-deserved respectability and genuine talent. Everyone does a good job in making their characters real and fascinating. ? - review by ulnoyman IMDB popcorn, pizza and drinks

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Global Focus
Contact Information
Contact : Dr. Jean Jacques Sene
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location : Sanger Hall


 
November 30, 2010
Global Focus: “Current Turkey-US Relations” by Dr. Ercan Karakoç
Dr. Karakoç will lecture in HIS 242 The Middle East and the US. Take this opportunity to glean some information from our Scholar In Residence.

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Foucs
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 12:45 PM to 2:00 PM
Location : Coolidge 130
Fee : free


 
January 13, 2011
Global Focus: Turkish Film Series: Mommo
A 2009 Turkish film by director Atalay Tasdiken tells the story of a brother and sister’s attempt to reunite after their mother dies and their father remarries. This film was nominated for Best Childrens Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Won the Audience Award at the 2009 Wurzberg International Filmweekend.
Pizza and Popcorn

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Focus
Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location : Sanger Lecture Hall


 
January 20, 2011
Global Focus: Lecture Series: Sustainability from Turkey's Perspective
Dr. Melih Demirkan, Project Engineer of Paul C. Rizzo and Associates Inc, will lecture on the stustainability efforts and practices in Turkey.

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Global Focus
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Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location : Mellon Board Room


 
February 3, 2011
Global Focus: An Afternoon with His Excellency Namik Tan, Turkish Ambassador to the United States
As part of the Global Focus Year of Turkey, Chatham University is honored to welcome His Excellency Namik Tan, Turkish Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Tan will present a campus lecture and receive an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Chatham President Esther Barazzone.

Ambassador Namik Tan was appointed Ambassador of Turkey to the United States in February 2010. Prior to this appointment, he served as Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for bilateral political affairs and public diplomacy. He was previously Ambassador of Turkey to Israel from 2007 to 2009.

Ambassador Tan joined the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982. After working in the Department of Maritime Affairs, he was posted to Moscow as Second Secretary from 1984 to 1987. He then spent two years as First Secretary in Abu Dhabi. After returning to Turkey, Mr. Tan served as the Deputy Chief of Cabinet to the Turkish President until 1991.

He was later assigned to the Turkish Embassy in Washington, where he served as Counselor from 1991 to 1995 and First Counselor from 1997 to 2001. Between these assignments, Mr. Tan served as Chief of Cabinet to the Turkish Foreign Minister. Upon his return to Turkey in 2001, he first served as Head of the Department for the Americas, and was subsequently named Head of the Information Department in 2002. He went on to serve as the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2007.



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Global Focus Program at Chatham University
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Contact : Jean Jacques Sene
Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location : Mellon Board Room
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February 10, 2011
Global Focus: Videoconference “The Grandeur of the Ottoman Kulliye with Dr. Rafee Hakky
“The Grandeur of the Ottoman Kulliye (Institutes of Superior Civic Education) with Dr. Rafee Hakky, Architecture Department, International University of Science and Technology, Damascus Syria. Kulliyes are an architectural phenomenon which grew out of Turkish Mosques largely between the 14th and 17th centuries. Masterfully designed, their comprehensive campus of buildings provided community organization and service stemming out of Muslim religious centers. Dr. Hakky PhD, American Society of Landscape Architects, who teaches at the University for Science and Technology in Damascus, Syria, will discuss the importance of these spaces in terms of his areas of interest and research, which include landscape architecture, visual quality assessment, cultural and social issues in relation to the built environment, and the history and theory of architecture and urban design. Refreshments will be served.

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Foucs
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
Location : Chatham Eastside - Main Conference Hall
Fee : free


 
February 23, 2011
Global Focus: Conference: Turkey, Armenia and Principles of international Dispute Resolution
Chatham University will host this conference discussing the Armenian question. The panel of experts include Turkish historian and Chatham Fulbright Scholar in Residence Ercan Karakoç; Ronald H. Linden, University of Pittsburgh Prof. of Political Science, who has focused on the lasting impacts of communism on south eastern Europe as well as Turkey’s impact as a rising power in the region; Samuel Calian, former president of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and scholar in Eastern Orthodox religion; and Ergun Kirlikovali, president of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations and a strong voice in defense of Turkey’s position in conflicts with Armenia. These scholars will debate the complicated issue of Armenians living in Turkey and the historical tension between the two countries and their enthnic minorities.

Event Sponsor
Global Focus
Contact Information
Contact : Jean Jacques Sene
Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location : Welker Room, James Laughlin Music Center
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February 24, 2011
Global Focus: Mortality, Migration and Renewal. Ergun Kirlikovali on History and Turkish Identiy
Ergun Kirlikovali, President-Elect of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, suggests that Turkish culture and history are little known and largely misunderstood by the average American public. He has authored more than five thousand letters to “set the record straight” on what he believes are oft misrepresented matters relating to contentious aspects of Turkish heritage. The “sadly ignored chapters of man’s inhumanity to man”, have affected his own family as they struggled to maintain their identity against the daily pressures of racism and immediate threat of massacre in Europe and in Asia Minor. He has also fought to defend and preserve the integrity of his historical and cultural heritage in the face of opposition within American society’s political and cultural battles.

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Global Focus
Contact Information
Contact : Jean Jacques Sene
Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location : Mellon Living Room


 
March 2, 2011
Global Focus: Turkish Student Panel Discussion “Conversation With Young Turkish Feminists”
In partnership with University of Pittsburgh Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center Prof. Nur Lider, Turkish Student Organization members from Chatham, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh will speak to students about Turkey. This will provide a unique perspective from peers and assist in creating a straightforward understanding of the country from a student’s perspective.

Event Sponsor
Global Focus
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Contact : Global Focus
Phone : (412) 365-2924
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location : Anderson Dining Hall, PCW Room
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March 16, 2011
Global Focus: Gesture Like You Mean It! - Book Signing: Tara Alisbah
Tara Alisbah will read from her new book "Turkish, the Other Sign Language" documeniting over 100 Turkish hand gestures, and give a lecture on the subtleties of Turkish communication. She will be avaible to sign books and answer questions.

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Focus
Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location : Mellon Living Room
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March 17, 2011
Global Focus:Conversation with Visiting Author: Tara Alisbah
Tara Alisbah works in cross cultural communication specifically within Turkey. She will talk about her projects including the book "Turkish, the Other Sign Language" documeniting over 100 Turkish hand gestures, an interdisciplinary project exploring the mosques of Bursa Turkey and the work she has done with early childhood development.

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Global Focus
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Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 11:30 PM to 12:30 PM
Location : Laughlin Living Room


 
March 17, 2011
Global Focus: Faculty Lecture Series: “Relations between Turkey and the European Union”
Dr. David Rossbach, assistant professor of political science at Chatham University, will lecture on his research in Turkey.

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Global Focus
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Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location : Mellon Board Room
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March 24, 2011
Global Focus: Turkish Film Series: Veda Ataturk
Not merely about the life of Ataturk, the film also analyzes the brotherhood, war, love and affection of the generation which created the modern Turkish republic. Completely financed with national capital, the project became the largest film production in Turkey. "Veda" was filmed in Ayvalik, Izmir and Antalya. The war scenes were filmed in Seferihisar where is a natural plateau. Ataturk's personal car and train car were also used in addition to real places such as Usakizade mansion. Pizza and Popcorn

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Focus
Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location : Sanger Lecture Hall
View the Trailer Here


 
April 14, 2011
Global Focus: Turkish Film Series: Climates
Winner of the prestigious Fipresci Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, CLIMATES is internationally acclaimed writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s sublime follow-up to his Cannes multi-award winner DISTANT. Beautifully drawn and meticulously observed, the film vividly recalls the cinema of Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni with its poetic use of landscape and the incisive, exquisitely visual rendering of loneliness, loss and the often-elusive nature of happiness. During a sweltering summer vacation on the Aegean coast, the relationship between middle-aged professor Isa and his younger, television producer girlfriend Bahar brutally implodes. Boasting subtly powerful performances, heart-stoppingly stunning cinematography, CLIMATES is the Turkish filmmaker’s most gorgeous rumination yet on the fragility and complexity of human relationships. Pizza and Popcorn

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Global Focus
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Contact : Global Focus
Phone : 412-365-1679
Email : globalfocus@chatham.edu

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Time : 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location : Sanger Lecture Hall
view trailer here