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Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk to Speak at Queens College October 17 Through Its "Year of Turkey" Cultural Exploration

--Novelist Pamuk, Who Writes in Turkish, Will Discuss His Work in Translation With

Queens College Professor Gloria Fisk and Take Questions from Students and the Audience--

FLUSHING, NY, September 30, 2011—Turkish-born Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, will join Queens College English Professor Gloria Fisk on Monday, October 17, from 5 – 6:30 pm in a conversation at the college. Pamuk is celebrated for his ability to convey the realities of life in Turkey to readers who would otherwise find them hard to imagine. In this conversation, he will reflect on the ways that he writes his novels for audiences all over the world as he also discusses the challenges of translating his work from the original Turkish into English. Immediately following, Pamuk will take questions from Queens College students—some of whom are enrolled in the school’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation—and the audience. This free, public event, Orhan Pamuk: A Conversation with Students, will take place in the Campbell Dome, adjacent to Powdermaker Hall. No tickets are required.

With work translated into over 50 languages
, Orhan Pamuk is one of Europe’s most prominent writers with eight novels to his credit as well as the memoir Istanbul, and three works of non-fiction. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he has received numerous international awards, including the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, Best Original Screenplay at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, the Prix de la Découverte Européenne, Premio Grinzane Cavour, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Ricarda-Huch Prize, and the Ovid Award. He is a member of the American Academy for Arts and Literature and the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences.

Gloria Fisk is an assistant professor of English at Queens College. A founding member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Koç University in Istanbul, established in 2006, she has written about Orhan Pamuk and world literature in n+1 and New Literary History. Fisk is currently working on a book about Pamuk as a global novelist.

Orhan Pamuk: A Conversation with Students is part of the college’s “Year of Turkey: Exploring Past, Present, Future.”  A series of lectures and seminars by renowned scholars, exhibitions, art installations, and music and dance performances, Year of Turkey takes place through June 2012. Visit for details.

Dedicated to embracing and understanding the complexity and vitality of our increasingly interconnected world, Queens College focuses each year on examining the history, art and culture of a different country. The program launched in fall 2010 with the Year of China, and continues now with Turkey.

Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), founded in 1937, is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Its more than 20,000 students come from over 150 nations and

speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Each year Queens College has been cited by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. In addition, U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges (2011) ranks QC among the top 10 public universities in its category “Best Universities—Master’s (North).” The college opened its first residence hall in August 2009. More info on Queens College at


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