Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys: Points of View Theme

Armacost Library, in partnership with Campus Diversity & Inclusion, Redlands Peace Academy, and A.K. Smiley Public Library, has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to host scholar-led book-based discussion events to highlight Islam and the cultures, histories, and stories of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

We had chosen the theme Points of View, which will showcase five books:
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid
Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi

All book-based discussions will be led by Dr. Patrick Wing, Assistant Professor of History. Copies of all the Muslim Journeys books to be discussed are available for borrowing from Armacost Library and A.K. Smiley Public Library. Due to limited space, pre-registration for the book-based discussions is strongly encouraged, but not required. This can be done through the project website (link provided below, through the Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Book Discussions tab), by contacting Melissa Cardenas-Dow at the Armacost Library, or registering in person at A.K. Smiley Public Library.

We will also be hosting several film screenings and guest speakers on campus. All events are open to the public.

For more detailed information and online pre-registration, please visit the project website:

For inquiries, questions, and suggestions, please contact Melissa Cardenas-Dow at or x8089.

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

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