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Muslim Journeys at Norway Memorial Library
NORWAY — The Norway Memorial Library is proud to announce plans for a summer series based on the collection of materials, Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys*, which the library was awarded from the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) earlier this year. The program series begins on June 20 with a kickoff program about Muslim culture, continues with a three-part book discussion series including a movie night, and ends on August 22 with a performance of Middle Eastern music. All programs except for the film showing will take place at Norway Memorial Library. The film night will be held at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Forum.
During the Kickoff of the Muslim Journeys series on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. a conversation about Islam and Ramadan, one of the five Pillars of Islam, will be facilitated by Reza Jalali, the Muslim Chaplin at Bates College and Coordinator for Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine. In addition, Jalali, a Kurd from Iran, is recognized as one of the eminent ethnic Americans in "Making It in America: A Sourcebook on Eminent Ethnic Americans" (©2001 by Elliott Robert Barkan). Jalali’s forthcoming book, "God Speaks in Many Accents," is about the religions that Maine’s immigrants have brought with them to their new home in the U.S. His previous publications include the foreword to "New Mainers: Portraits of Our Immigrant Neighbors" by Pat Nyhan, and "Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle."
The book discussion series will be held at the library on the following dates:
Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.: "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson - Led by library staff members Katherine Morgan and Julia Hoisington
Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m.: "Out of Nowhere" by Maria Padian - Led by Heather Lindkvist, Lecturer in Anthropology and Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at Bates College
Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m.: "Ornament of the World" by Maria Rosa Menocal - Led by Anne Marie Wolf, Assistant Professor of History at University of Maine at Farmington
Participants may request copies of the books online using the Minerva Catalog, or call the library’s Information Desk at 743-5309 ext. 1.
On Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. join in at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Forum for a showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World," an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history exploring word, space, ornament, color and water within Islamic art. Henry Hamilton will introduce the film and talk about his personal experiences with Islamic art. Readings from Arabian Nights will act as supplemental materials in this visual experience of the Muslim world.
Thursday, August 22 at 7 p.m. the Muslim Journeys series will wrap up with a musical performance by the Middle Eastern Ensemble Okbari, consisting of Amos Libby and Eric LaPerna. Libby and LaPerna are co-directors of the Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Ensemble, adjunct professors at Bowdoin College, and applied music faculty at Bates College. Both have also spent years mastering Middle Eastern music techniques in percussion drumming (LaPerna), and the oud (Libby). This program will include a brief history of Middle Eastern music and instruments followed by Okbari performing traditional Middle Eastern music.
Partnering with Norway Memorial Library in these programs are Oxford Hills and Buckfield Adult Education and the Western Maine University College Center. Funding for all programs is provided by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council with matching funds from the Friends of Norway Memorial Library.
The 25 books and three DVDs from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf will be on display and available to checkout starting June 17. All programs are free and open to the public. To register for programs and for more information please call the library at 743-5309 ext. 1 or visit the library’s website at www.norway.me.us.
*The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. 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.
Books in the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys series