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MC's Schell to lead next 'Muslim Journeys' book discussion

A discussion of “Acts of Faith” by Eboo Patel will be held on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Monmouth College's Hewes Library.
The event is part of “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys – American Stories,” a community reading and discussion series that will continue throughout the academic year, with events held at Hewes Library and the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth. During the series, participants will explore the histories, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. through informed conversations facilitated by a local scholar.
Patel’s book, subtitled “The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation,” was written in 2010. It has been called “a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people – and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.”
Hannah Schell, professor of philosophy and religious studies at Monmouth College, will host the discussion. Deeply interested in religious pluralism in the American context, she teaches courses on world religious traditions. Since joining Monmouth’s faculty in 2001, Schell has been asked to make numerous presentations on Islam to community organizations and other groups in the area.
The recipient of Monmouth’s Hatch Award for Distinguished Service in 2010, Schell received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Oberlin College and master’s and doctoral degrees in religion from prestigious Princeton University.
The free series is open to all community members who enjoy reading and discussing what they read. A limited number of books is available for loan to participants. To register, contact Hewes Library director Rick Sayre at 309-457-2192 or
Hewes Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide to receive funding to host this five-part series. “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a project of National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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