Dynamic Film Kicks Off Muslim Journeys Program

09/04/2013
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
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Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

Students attending Georgia Perimeter College will have the opportunity to learn about Muslim culture through books, a September panel discussion, and a series of four fall book discussions, thanks to a $4,500 National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association grant.

The grant, called, “Let’s Talk about It,” is part of the national NEH Bridging Cultures initiative, and is related to an earlier NEH/ALA grant to GPC that provided more than two dozen books, films and materials from the Muslim Journeys bookshelf collection to all GPC libraries.

Dunwoody librarian Melora Mirza, Online religion professor Michael Bradley and Clarkston librarian Patricia Leamon worked together to secure the “Let’s Talk About It” grant. Featured speaker Dr. Abbas Barzegar, a religious studies scholar at Georgia State University, will lead film and book discussions selected for the program during the fall.

Barzegar will kick off the discussion series in September on the book and film viewing of “Prince Among Slaves—African Muslims in Early America." The film begins at  7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Clarkston Campus Jim Cherry Auditorium.

Following the film, Barzegar will moderate a panel featuring Paul Gaustad, Dunwoody film instructor; English professor Dr. Valerie Dotson, and Shyam Sriram, Political Science instructor. The program is open to the public.

All other programming for the Muslim Journeys discussions are at Clarkston Campus, JCLRC- Room 4109. They include: The Columbia Sourcebok of Muslims in the United States,” on Tuesday, Oct. 1.; “Acts of Faith” by Eboo Patel, on Wednesday, Oct. 16; “A Quiet Revolution,” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and “The Butterfly Mosque,” on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

With the exception of the film on Sept. 17, all programs are in the Clarkston Jim Cherry Learning Resources building, Room 4109, at 7 p.m.

“This grant supports GPC in providing opportunities for informed discussion in our communities about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States” says Mirza.

“Let’s Talk About It” is a reading and book discussion program model launched on a nationwide level for libraries by the ALA in 1982. The program model involves reading a common series of books selected by a nationally known scholar, and discussing them in the context of a larger, overarching theme. Reading and discussion groups explore the theme by relating the readings to historical trends and events, other works of literature, philosophical and ethical considerations.

The NEH/ALA Bridging Cultures program runs through August 2014. Community partners include the Clarkston Community Center and the Georgia Humanities Council. For more information about Muslim Journeys events at GPC, go to http://guides.gpc.edu/content.php?pid=446902.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 23,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.