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Book Club Event featuring Dr. Yavuz Oruc - March 27, Thursday.

March 27, 2014 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
ATA-DC kindly invites you to our next book club event featuring Dr. A. Yavuz Oruc and his book "Tomris: October 1942, a story of a young girl who dreams to become a fashion designer during the early years of the Turkish republic and a family that struggles to survive against all odds and adversity. It is an epic love story of two elementary school teachers who meet in a small village in Anatolia in the midst of intense ethnic conflicts filled with love, hate, honor, trust and betrayal, all intertwined together in the curvature of time.

In his first English novel, Oruç presents an authentic story of a middle class family and unfolding drama of its ancestral heritage during the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of the new Turkish Republic. His portrayal of characters as actors and their struggle as improvisations in life add a philosophical touch to the novel. The social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of the human condition personified by the characters in Tomris are all unified and analyzed through this philosophical prism.

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:30 pm
ATAA Türk Evi/Turkish House
1526 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

6:15pm Refreshments and Socializing
6:50pm Introduction
7:00pm Speech by Dr. Yavuc Oruc
7:20pm Q&A and Discussion
7:50pm Book Signing
8:15pm End of Event

Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the event.

About the Author

A. Yavuz Oruc received his BSc degree in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. He has been a full professor at the University of Maryland, College Park since 1995. He previously served as the director of the Computer Systems Architecture Program at the US National Science Foundation and as a senior advisor to the President of the Scientific Research and Technological Council of Turkey. He held faculty positions at RPI and Bilkent University. His research has been published in several archival journals and conference proceedings. He was an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems between 2003 and 2007. He is the co-inventor of the CodeMill language and programming software for which he received the 2000 Teaching With Technology Award from University of Maryland.

Dr. Oruc is the author of Handbook of Scientific Proposal Writing, Ikinci Peron, and Tomris.