TURKISH AT UNC-CHAPEL HILL

Information on Turkish classes taught at UNC-CH

Turkish 101, Fall 2012, Halay

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on November 29, 2012

UNC Chapel Hill Turkish 101 students perform Turkish folk dance Halay on November 28, 2012.

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Turkish 101, Fall 2012, Git Kaladan Kar Getir

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on November 29, 2012

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Turkish 101 students sing the Turkish folk song Git Kaladan Kar Getir  on November 28, 2012.

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Turkish 101, Fall 2012, Poetry

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on November 29, 2012

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Turkish 101 students recited poetry from Turkish poets: Yunus Emre, Orhan Veli Kanik, Necip Fazil Kisakurek, Nazim Hikmet.

Turkish 101, Fall 2012, Poetry

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Farewell Meal at Bosphorus Turkish Restaurant

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on May 10, 2012

Farewell meal with Turkish students on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the Bosphorus Restaurant, in Cary, NC

Farewell Dinner at Bosphorus Restaurant for Turkish StudentsFarewell Dinner at Bosphorus Restaurant for Turkish Students

Allison Gaby, Gina Suarez, Chris Smith have been taking Turkish classes here at the Department of Asian Studies at the UNC-Chapel Hill since August 2010.  They took four semesters of Turkish language courses.  Elizabeth Johnson joined the third semester Turkish class in fall 2011 and continued her Turkish studies in spring 2012.  They have been very successful.  Their work has been admirable and excellent.  Allison Gaby received a FLAS award to study Turkish during summer 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.  Elizabeth Johnson received a CLS award and she will continue her Turkish studies in Izmir, Turkey during summer 2012.

To recognize their success the Turkish Studies Program distributed awards to them on March 21, 2012 while we had the honor of having a prominent Sufi teacher Ms. Cemalnur Sargut visiting UNC Chapel Hill.  Students presented their skits and then received their awards from Ms. Sargut.

Their awards were the Turkish to Turkish dictionaries prepared by the late Ms. Ilhan Ayverdi, donated by Prof. Dr. Semahat Yüksel of German Studies of Marmara University from Turkey.

Allison Gaby served as the Turkish Students Association president for spring 2012 with Chris Smith as vice president.  Gina Suarez helped them to promote the Turkish Studies Program here at UNC while distributing Turkish baklava at the pit, in front of the Student Union on February 29, 2012.  They also organized a Turkish movie night and showed the documentary Hiphopistan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their Turkish speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills progressed by their enthusiastic studies.  They wrote five beautiful skits, prepared 3 presentations, kept Turkish journals with four different writing assignments.  Turkish students’ voice/video recordings were also on various topics, such as:

1. Pick 3 things that you think represent you the best. Talk about their function, purpose, etc. and make connections to yourself while explaining. After that, think about your favorite person in life. Pick 3 things that represent this person. Make connections between the things and this person. Talk about this for at least 5 minutes.

2. Advertise something. Pick an item, create a brand name for it, and talk about it for at least 5 minutes.

3. Write an announcement or news about something you want. You can search the internet to find out what’s on the news for real or you can make up something and write about it. Minimum length of speech is 5 minutes.

4. Imagine you won the lottery and got 1 billion. What would you do for yourself, for the ones you love, and for the world? Talk about this for minimum of 5 minutes.

5. Turkey is trying to enter the European Union. Do you think Turkey should be a part of the EU or not? Whatever your answer may be, give reasons and explanations. Talk about it for at least 5 minutes.

Grateful to have you all there at this farewell meal, and many thanks for these two wonderful years, Allison, Gina, Chris, Elizabeth, as well as alum Clark Hines.  I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Görüşmek dileğiyle sevgiler! Cangüzel hoca :)

May 10, 2012

 

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10 of the Best Lokantas in Istanbul

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on April 4, 2012

By Ansel Mulins

Istanbul’s lokantas, or ‘tradesmen’s restaurants’, are where the locals go for fast, fresh home-style cooking and a lively atmosphere. The Istanbul Eats bloggers select 10 of the best.

Ciya Sofrasi

Thanks to glowing write-ups, this Asian-side eatery is no longer the secret it once was, but the restaurant – possibly the best in Istanbul – has remained true to what made it successful in the first place. Owner-chef Musa Dağdeviren’s commitment to collecting recipes from around Turkey has resulted in a menu that features unusual regional dishes you’re unlikely to find anywhere else, and changes according to what’s in season – such as a springtime meat stew cooked with bracingly tart unripe green plums. Çiya isn’t the fanciest or most cutting-edge place in town, but one rarely leaves it without having had a profoundly memorable taste experience.
Güneşlibahçe Sokak 43, Kadıköy, +90 216 330 3190, ciya.com.tr, mains TL14 (£5). Open noon-10pm

Read more at Guardian..

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What Is Islamic Spirituality? How to Be a Friend of God.

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on March 17, 2012

“What Is Islamic Spirituality? How to Be a Friend of God”
lecture by Cemalnur Sargut
March 20, 2012, at 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

The UNC Turkish Studies Program in the Department of Asian Studies  invites you to “What Is Islamic Spirituality? How to Be a Friend of  God,” by Cemalnur Sargut, a Sufi teacher.

Cemalnur Sargut is the President of the Turkish Women’s Cultural Association, Istanbul  (TURKKAD). Under her leadership, TURKKAD works to organize international  symposiums and address a wide range of people who would like to apply  solutions to today’s problems in the Sufi view that knowledge is a state
to be practiced and worship is a journey toward Love. Ms. Sargut has  been the driving force behind the establishment of Islamic Studies  Chairs at UNC and Peking University.

This event is free and open to the public. Please see this event’s flyer here.

Co-sponsored by Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

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Turkish Movie Night at UNC

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on February 27, 2012

Hiphopistan

Hiphopistan Movie

Turkish Students Association is organizing a movie night on February 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM. Please come to Saunders Hall 204 to watch this interesting documentary, Hiphopistan: Representing Locality in a Global City.

Please see the movie flyer here.

“Hiphopistan is a documentary film that examines the impact of Hip-Hop culture on Istanbul youth and reveals how young Turkish rappers, DJs, break-dancers, and graffiti artists creatively blend popular influences with their local cultural values and traditions. In a world that is becoming increasingly exposed to global media, much has been debated as to whether or not societies and individuals can adopt influences from music, television, cinema, internet and fashion in a positive and constructive way without losing their own cultural identities and heritage. The dichotomy terms of “East” and “West” have unfortunately regularly coincided with “tradition” and “modernity” and “local” and “global” making it seem as though they are polarized opposites. …” from twn.org.

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From the Hinterhof to the Street Front

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on February 27, 2012

A talk by Sarah Thomsen Vierra of UNC-Chapel Hill.

From the Hinterhof to the Street Front: The Place and Purpose of Turkish Mosques in West Germany.

Please see the seminar flyer here.

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Study Abroad in Turkey Application Deadline Extended

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on February 25, 2012

Galata Bridge and Tower in Istanbul

Galata Bridge and Tower in Istanbul

History and Culture in Istanbul, Turkey study abroad program’s application deadline has been extended until March 9, 2012.

Please see the flyer here and contact me, if you are interested.

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History and Culture Summer in Istanbul, Turkey

Posted by F. Canguzel Zulfikar on November 17, 2011

Sunset at Istanbul, Turkey

Sunset at Istanbul, Turkey

I will lead a study abroad program in Istanbul, Turkey in the summer of 2012 (May 18 – June 29, 2012).

In this six-weeks program, two classes will be offered: ASIA 244-History of Istanbul and ASIA 243-Turkish Culture and Society. These courses will fulfill both General Education and Elective course requirements.

The program will be hosted by the Middle East Studies Institute of Marmara University, which is located in the district of Sultanahmet. Marmara University is a large public university that was officially established during 1982-1983 academic year with nine faculties, one vocational school and one institute, although it has a much longer history over more than a hundred years as an institution of higher education in Turkey.

Turkey, geographically situated at the meeting point of Asia and Europe, has a rich multi-ethnic culture. The city of Istanbul is one of the magnificent historic cities of the world, having been continuously populated for about 3000 years. For many centuries, Istanbul has been a capital city for different imperial powers such as the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and it retains multiple traces of those past civilizations.

You can see its flyer here.

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