TODAY’S – Professor Talat Halman to be laid to rest Tuesday

Professor Talat Halman to be laid to rest TuesdayProfessor Talat Sait Halman, Turkeyand#39s first culture minister and a distinguished man of letters known for his extensive studies on both Turkish and English literature, will be buried in Istanbul on Tuesday, news agencies reported Saturday. Halman died of a heart attack on Friday evening as he was teaching a class at Ankaraand#39s Bilkent University, where he had been heading the faculty of humanities and letters since 2005.

He was 83.Two memorial ceremonies for Halman will be held on Monday in Ankara, the first in Parliament and later at Bilkent Universityand#39s concert hall.

Halmanand#39s body will then be brought to Istanbul, where he will be buried on Tuesday afternoon at the EdirnekapI cemetery following noon prayers at the TeIvikiye Mosque.Born in 1931 in Istanbul, Halman graduated from Robert College before studying political science at Columbia University for his masterand#39s degree.

During various periods between 1953 and 1986 he taught classes on Turkish language, literature and Islamic culture and the Middle East at Columbia and Princeton universities and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the New York University, where he headed the department of Near Eastern languages and literature.Halman inaugurated Turkeyand#39s first Ministry of Culture in 1971.

From 1980 to 1982, he served as Turkeyand#39s first ambassador for cultural affairs in New York.Before becoming the founding chairman of the department of Turkish literature at Bilkent University in 1998, Halman had already served Turkish literature with over 5,000 poems translated from Turkish into English and from English to Turkish, including Shakespeareand#39s complete sonnets, as well as the work of William Faulkner and Mark Twain.

Also a prolific poet, his work has been published in nine volumes to date. Halman was a member of the Poetry Society of America and has also put together works of classic and modern poets of Turkey in numerous well-received anthologies.

As an academic, Halman published around 3,000 scholarly articles, essays, reviews and newspaper columns throughout his career.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman