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MC seeks participants for 'Muslim Journeys' discussion series

08/29/2013
The first book discussion in conjunction with the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys – American Stories” series will be hosted by Monmouth College faculty member Petra Kuppinger on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Buchanan Center. for the Arts, 64 Public Square.
 
The community reading and discussion series will continue throughout the academic year, with events held at Monmouth College’s Hewes Library and the Buchanan Center. 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, including MC faculty members Kuppinger, Farhat Haq and Hannah Schell.
 
Kuppinger will lead a discussion on “Prince Among Slaves” by Terry Alford. Her sociological fieldwork has focused on Cairo, Egypt, and on Muslim immigrant communities in Stuttgart, Germany. Kuppinger has also done scholarly work on the role of Islam in the transatlantic slave trade.
 
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 rsayre@monmouthcollege.edu.
 
Hewes Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide to receive funding to host this five-part series, which seeks to introduce readers to new and diverse perspectives on Muslim lives and cultures through selected texts and dynamic discussion.
 
“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. Local support has been provided by Hewes Library, the Buchanan Center and the Monmouth chapter of the American Association of University Women.
 
Additional information is available at http://library.monmouthcollege.edu.