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Cornette Library to Host Discussion in First of Eight-Part Series

Sept. 17, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Cornette Library to Host Discussion in First of Eight-Part Series

CANYON, Texas—The library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Funding for Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). Cornette Library will host the free series in eight different reading/viewing and discussion sessions.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to host this unique series that will allow patrons a chance to discuss some important themes in Muslim history and literature with the help of a well-qualified scholar,” Mary Jarvis, assistant director of information and library resources and grant project director, said.

The first program will explore the DVD documentary Prince Among Slaves. Additional books and/or DVDs will be discussed once per month. The books are When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” on Oct. 17; House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance on Jan. 16; Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Christians, and Jews Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain on Feb. 13; Leo Africanus on March 20; and In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale on May 15.

DVDs to be viewed and discussed are Prince Among Slaves on Sept. 19; Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World on Nov. 21; and Koran by Heart on April 17. Dr. Bryan Vizzini, WTAMU associate professor of history, will lead discussions at each session. Copies of each book to be read and discussed will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 25 participants at the meetings prior to each book discussion.

All of the books to be discussed in this series are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies and Islamic studies.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.

For information about Cornette Library and its resources and services, please visit the library’s website at www.wtamu.edu/library. For more information about the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series, contact Jarvis at 806-651-2225 or at mjarvis@wtamu.edu.



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