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Kuppinger to lead book discussion at Buchanan Center

Monmouth College sociology professor Petra Kuppinger will lead a discussion of the book “The Butterfly Mosque: A Young Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam” on March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in downtown Monmouth.
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. 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.
Written by journalist G. Willow Wilson, the book recounts Wilson’s “remarkable story” of converting to Islam and falling in love with an Egyptian man in a volatile post-9/11 world.
Kuppinger, who joined MC’s sociology and anthropology department in 2000, earned her Ph.D. earlier that year from the New School for Social Research in New York City.
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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