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CAL Lecture


Prof. Talat Halman, Bilkent University, Ankara
Date: On Thursday, April 7, 7:30p.m.
Venue: Stevens Institute of Technology
Kidde 228, Hoboken, New Jersey
The College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology

Professor Halman will present a vivid portrait of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul, known in antiquity as the “City of Cities.” The presentation will also address the life and arts of the Byzantine Emperors and Ottoman Sultans. This program, full of fascinating legends, historical episodes and poetry, features more than a hundred color slides depicting the excitement, architectural splendor, and artistic creativity of the “Queen City.”

Talat Halman served as the first Minister of Culture of the Turkish Republic and established the Ministry. Currently he is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Turkish Literature, as well as Dean of Humanities and Letters at Bilkent University. He has published seventy books (including 12 collections of his own poetry in Turkish and English) and 3000 articles in Turkish and English. Currently he is President of the UNICEF Turkish National Committee, and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

Honors and awards include Distinguished Service Awards from the Turkish Academy of Sciences and the Turkish Foreign Ministry, and “Knight Grand Cross, G.B.E., The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire,” conferred on him by Queen Elizabeth II.

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