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Rumi: Soaring to Ecstasy, a "live documentary" at IUPUI

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 2, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- Talat Halman, famous Turkish poet, translator, and cultural historian, will present a "live documentary" titled, "Rumi: Soaring to Ecstasy," at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Lilly Auditorium in University Library at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

Halman was Turkey's first Minister of Culture. He has taught at Columbia University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University, where he also served as Chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures. Currently he is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Letters at Bilkent University.

Halman also is a well-known translator into English as well Turkish. His books in English include two collections of his poems: "Shadows of Love," published in Canada, and "A Last Lullaby," published in the United States. His 1984 book on Rumi preceded and contributed to the wave of Rumi enthusiasm in the United States in the 1990s.

For more information, contact Cathie Carrigan, IUPUI, 217-274-2199.


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