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OHC Awarded Grant from NEH and ALA to Host "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys"

OHC Awarded Grant from NEH and ALA to Host "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys"

Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) received a $4,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to host a five-part reading and discussion series titled Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys. OHC is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The Muslim Journeys theme that OHC has chosen to explore is American Stories.

"We are delighted to have been chosen to host this unique series that will allow Oklahomans a chance to discuss important themes in Muslim history and literature," said OHC Program Officer Kelly Elsey.

Books explored in the series include Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford, The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States compiled by Edward E. Curtis IV, Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel, A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed, and The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson.

Two sites will host this reading and discussion program in the fall. Charles Kimball, Ph.D., of the University of Oklahoma, will lead the program at the Institute for Interfaith Dialog in Oklahoma City. Najwa Raouda, Ph.D., of Oklahoma State University, will facilitate discussions to be held at the Connors State College campus in Muskogee. Both scholars are highly respected and specialize in the area of Islamic history and culture.

All of the books to be discussed in this series are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies.

For more information about how to participate, or about how to bring this program to your community, please contact Kelly Elsey, OHC Program Officer, at (405) 235-0280.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Oklahoma Humanities Council.