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Turkey is the focus of MSU International Education Week, Nov. 15-19

November 16, 2010

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A lecture by Steven Kinzer, a writer for the New York Times and a best-selling author of books about the rise of Turkey in today's world, will highlight Montana State University's International Education Week 2010, set Nov. 15-19. This year the week will celebrate the culture and traditions of Turkey.

Kinzer's lecture, "The Rise of Turkey: Is the World Ready for Islamic Democracy?," is scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in room 103 of the EPS Building, located east of the SUB. Kinzer has worked on the New York Times' international desk for decades, serving as the Times bureau chief in Istanbul from 1996-2000. Among his many nonfiction books are several about Turkey, including his most recent, "Reset: Iran, Turkey and America's Future." Kinzer's lecture is free and open to the public.

Other activities during the week will include lectures about Turkey, food, stories, demonstrations and a story hour at the Bozeman Public Library, all focusing on Turkey.

"We have chosen to focus this year's International Education Week program on Turkey because of the country's rich history and culture and its role in the contemporary world," said Norman Peterson, MSU's vice provost for international education. "There is a great line-up of interesting, free events throughout the week. I hope everyone on campus and in the Bozeman community is able to attend."

The week's activities will kick off at noon Monday, Nov. 15, in SUB 233 when Yvonne Seng of the Holter Museum in Helena speaks on the legacy of Turkish art in her lecture, "Tulips, Turbans and Arabesques."

At 1 p.m., also in SUB 233, Sondra Hines of the Holter Museum will conduct a workshop on making marbleized paper. All materials will be provided.

At noon Tuesday, Nov. 16, Laura Stanley of the MSU College of Engineering, will speak on "Spotlight on Turkey's Rise of Women in Engineering: What Can We Learn?"

From 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, The SUB Union Market will serve a Turkish lunch of kabobs, pilaf, and grilled eggplant for $6.95. James Meyer, MSU history professor, will speak on "Turkey in a Time of Transition," at noon Nov. 17 in SUB 233.

A contemporary Turkish film will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Procrastinator Theater.

MSU's Turkish students will present a culture evening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the SUB's Leigh Lounge.

Children's books about Turkey will be featured in the Bozeman Public Library's children's story hour at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19. MSU's Turkish students will read excerpts from "AYSEGUL," a traditional Turkish children's story.

At noon Friday, Nov. 19, Zeynep Guven from the Turkish Coalition of America, will give a presentation about scholarships available for American students wishing to study in Turkey. Her presentation will be in SUB 168.

Throughout the week the MSU Library will display Turkish artifacts.

MSU International Education Week is sponsored by Humanities Montana, MSU Leadership Institute, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Departments of Political Science, Engineering and History, the Office of International Programs and Phi Kappa Phi.

For more information about International Education Week, please contact the MSU Office of International Programs at 994-4031 or check out further details and the full schedule on the OIP website at

Yvonne Rudman (406) 994-4032,