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Muslim Journeys, Great Decisions continue at MC

Two series will continue at Monmouth College the week of Feb. 3.
On Feb. 5, the next Great Decisions discussion forum, “Turkey’s Challenges,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium of the Center for Science and Business.
On Feb. 6, the film “The Meaning of Beauty: The Art of Gardens in Islam,” will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Barnes Electronic Classroom in Hewes Library. Part of the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” series, the film comes from a video compilation of “Islamic Art Spots,” a series of short films by D. Fairchild Ruggles.
Ruggles, a professor of art, architecture and landscape history at the University of Illinois, will discuss how and why gardens became a significant and meaningful form of art in the Islamic world.
Hewes Library is one of only 125 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide to receive funding to host the Muslim Journeys series. It is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Monmouth College political science professor Farhat Haq will lead the Great Decisions forum, discussing Turkey’s status as a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an ever-growing chasm between the East and the West.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Haq earned her master’s degree in government from Cornell University in 1983 and her Ph.D. in government from Cornell in 1987, the same year she joined Monmouth’s faculty. In 1993, she won MC’s prestigious Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award.
Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.