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Latif Bolat
Latif Bolat

Visiting professor to speak on Turkish culture

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 16, 2006)--The UTSA Department of English, Classics, and Philosophy and the Office of Student Activities will host lectures and a performance by Turkish musician and Middle Eastern cultural expert Latif Bolat on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct. 19. The events are free and open to the public.

Bolat will speak as part of the UTSA Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Professor Series. His lectures use culture and music to explore the related fields of Turkish and Ottoman history, politics and religion.

At 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, Bolat will discuss world religions in Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 2.01.31 on the 1604 Campus, and at 5:30 p.m. he will present "Islam: Old and New Ways of Life" in Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 2.02.16.

Additionally, Bolat will speak on Islamic civilizations at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 in Business Building Room 2.04.08, 1604 Campus. He will conclude with a Turkish mystic-music concert and reception at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02), 1604 Campus.

A native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin, Bolat specializes in the ancient Turkish mystic-devotional music genre. His academic accomplishments include degrees from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, in Turkish history, Middle Eastern religions and Turkish folklore and music, as well as an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Before moving to the United States, Bolat taught Turkish traditional music throughout his native country and managed Ankara Halk Tiyatrosu, a musical theater company.

Considered one of the most distinguished Turkish musicians, he has presented concerts and lectures at colleges, universities, performing arts institutions and festivals around the world including venues in the United States, Canada, England and Australia.

For more information, contact the Department Office of English, Classics and Philosophy at (210) 458-4374.

The Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Professorship is made possible by a generous endowment gift from the George W. Brackenridge Foundation.

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