Galvin Library Awarded NEH Grant – Muslim Journeys

February 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Posted in events | Comments Off on Galvin Library Awarded NEH Grant – Muslim Journeys

islamic-art-dvdGalvin Library is the recipient of a 2013 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities issued in cooperation with the American Library Association.  Entitled Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, the grant consists of twenty-three books, three films, access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and is part of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative.  View a complete list of titles in the Bookshelf award.

In IIT’s diverse population of students, faculty and staff, Galvin Library recognized an exceptional opportunity to examine and discuss Islamic art, literature, and scholarship with the IIT and surrounding community.

Galvin Library staff submitted its winning proposal by collaborating with various university departments and student organizations across campus to put together a calendar of monthly events for 2013 that will feature titles from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf and the university community will be invited to participate in film screenings, book discussions, hands-on art sessions, lectures by scholars and much more. Watch for events from the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Spirituality and Service Learning, the International Center, the Office for Student Success, Access and Diversity, the Muslim Students Association, and others.

The first event will be the film Prince Among Slaves with a discussion immediately following to be held on Thursday, February 28 in the MTCC Auditorium from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South.  After 40 years of enslavement, he regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House.  This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.  For more details, check out the FaceBook page for the event.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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