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Center for Justice & Sustainability awards grant for Muslim culture programming
Contact: Cara Dahlor816-415-5223
March 14, 2013

The Center for Justice and Sustainability at William Jewell College has awarded a project grant for 2013 to the student members of Diakrinomena.

These students, in conjunction with the Curry Library and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, are hosting a series of events throughout 2013 to promote discussion about the Islamic faith, culture and story. The events, including a movie night, a book discussion and a book giveaway, will initiate a campus-wide conversation about the role of religion in shaping our experiences. The activities are oriented around a collection of new library books concerning the experiences of American Muslims, both past and present.

Jewell students were awarded a Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of its “Bridging Cultures” initiative, mounted in cooperation with the American Library Association's (ALA) Public Programs Office. The award includes a collection of 25 hardcover books, documentary films and a DVD of “Islamic Art Spots.” The Center for Justice and Sustainability will enhance and support programming and events associated with the acquisition of the new collection. Jewell faculty involved in the grant application included project director Rebecca Hamlett, and faculty advisors Dr. Milton Horne and Dr. Sara Morrison.

“The raised interest and consciousness of students, staff and faculty will reinvigorate and grow the serious consideration and study of Islamic culture and provide valuable information for further discussion and exploration in the Jewell community,” said Dr. Milton Horne, Diakrinomena faculty adviser.

The purpose of Diakrinomena (doubters; to be of two minds) is to consider and discuss doubt as a valid aspect of faith, in all its varieties and permutations. The organization’s aim is not necessarily always to find a way through the challenge to faith, but to understand the nature of doubt in the context of or in opposition to faith.

For more information about the Muslim Journeys Project, go to www.jewell.edu/news2013/muslimjourneys.

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