Understanding Turkish Cultures through Poetry: From Sufism to Postmodernism

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 7 p.m.

Photo of Kemal SilayScholar, translator and “living encyclopedia” of Turkish verse, Kemal Silay explores the many diverse and extraordinarily rich traditions of Anatolia within their cultural, historical, religious and ideological contexts. The talk will include samplings from the many prominent poets of Turkey, from the Ottoman era to current day.

Dr. Kemal Silay is professor of Turkish language and literature, Ottoman and modern Turkish studies endowed chair professor, director of the Turkish studies program and director of the Turkish Language Flagship Center in the School for Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of numerous articles in Turkish and English on Turkish culture, literature and politics.