The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is conducting a special initiative, Bridging Cultures, which engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.
As part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, NEH is collaborating with the American Library Association (ALA) to present “Muslim Journeys,” the first in a planned series of Bridging Cultures Bookshelves.
Through Bridging Cultures Bookshelf programs, NEH will provide resources to enhance libraries’ collections and their capacity to engage audiences in reflection on and conversation about a variety of Bridging Cultures themes.
The “Muslim Journeys” Bookshelf is intended to address the American public's need and desire for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.
The “Muslim Journeys” Bookshelf seeks to provide the nation’s libraries—and in turn their patrons—with a selection of resources chosen especially for public audiences, based on the advice of scholars, librarians, and other humanities educators and program experts.
Georgia Southern, along with the other libraries that have received the Bookshelf, is now eligible for upcoming public programming grant opportunities. Support for the development and distribution of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, with additional support for the arts and media components from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
“We are excited to be one of 44 libraries in the state of Georgia to receive this award,” said Bede Mitchell, dean of the Zach S. Henderson Library at Georgia Southern. “While long considered a regional University, Georgia Southern now has students from nearly every U.S. state and from more than 90 countries around the world. Bridging Cultures engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures and perspectives within our country and abroad. ”
“There may be no institution more civil than the public library,” said Jim Leach, chairman of the Bridging Cultures initiative. “Libraries are centers of learning that offer a welcome space where members of the public can learn about the history we share and express different points of view in an ethos of openness and mutual respect.”
Henderson Library will hold “Let’s Talk About It” events: a reading and discussion multi-event program, including film showings and art exhibitions, will be offered based on the Bookshelf collection. University scholars will lead the discussions, and the location will alternate between the Henderson Library and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Library.
Copies of the scholar’s opening remarks for each discussion session will be made available to those who are unable to participate in one or more of the programs.
“Let’s Talk About It” is a reading and book discussion program model launched on a nationwide level for libraries by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982.
To read about Georgia Southern's upcoming "Let's Talk About It" book discussion series, click on the LTAI tab above.
Panel of Scholars on Iraq “Mission Still Ongoing?”
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 12:30 pm, Russell Union 2047
“The Iran Job”
Movie night Wednesday, November 13th, 7:15 PM, Russell Union Theatre
Arabic Club Hosts Arab-American Poet and Author during International Education Week
As part of International Education Week Nov. 11 - 16, the Georgia Southern University Arabic Club in partnership with the Center for International Studies and the Campus Life Enrichment Committee is hosting Mohja Kahf, an Arab-American poet and author on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. in the Russell Union Ballroom.
Faculty Panel Discussion: “Religious Journeys: A Quest for Harmony”
Henderson Library is hosting a faculty panel discussion featuring Georgia Southern Professors Ahmet Akturk, Hemchand Gossai, Nicole Karapanagiotis and Youssef Salhi. The event is free and will take place in the Nessmith Lane Assembly Hall on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00PM. The public is welcome to attend.
(also see the Past Events page for information on other events and exhibits)