Muslim Journeys Events at Jefferson Community College


By Craig Thornton

On November 12 through November 15, Jefferson Community College (JCC) will present Muslim Journeys, a program of exploration and discovery of Islam supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Bookshelf initiative. The Muslim Journeys Program is intended to familiarize audiences with the people, places, history, faith and culture of Muslims. The four day program features daily events. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

 A Connected Histories forum will be held on Tuesday, November 12 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 6-002, Jules Center. The topic of discussion is how the West and near East have shaped each other’s histories and cultures. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ronald Palmer, professor of history at JCC.

 Two films will be shown on Wednesday, November 13. Narrated by Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon, the film “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World,” will start at 12:25 p.m. in Room 6-002, Jules Center. The film will take the audience inside Islamic palaces of the elite and explore the art of Islamic religious life. Post film discussion will be moderated by Lucinda D. Barbour, professor of art at JCC.

An evening film titled, “Prince Among Slaves,” will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Robert C. McEwan Library, Fort Drum. “Prince Among Slaves” is a dramatized history film about a young African man claiming to be a prince who is captured and sold into slavery. After forty years held bondage on a tobacco plant in the United States, he is liberated. Post film discussion will be moderated by             Dr. Timothy M. La Goy, associate professor of history at JCC.

 On Thursday, November 14, Muslim Journeys will present a panel discussion on Pathways of Faith at 12:30 p.m. in Room 6-002 and again at 7:00 p.m. in Sturtz Theater, McVean Center. Panelists will discuss how Islam was born from the Old Testament, three religions with common roots, and different expressions of Islam. Panelists include a JCC student, representatives from the Islamic Society of Central New York, and local clergy.

 Another panel will be presented on Friday, November 15 to discuss the topic Myth Understandings-Muslim Identity and American Culture at 12:25 p.m. in the JCC Student Lounge, McVean Center. Panelists include a JCC faculty member who serves in the U.S. Army reserves, a JCC student and international exchange students living in the North Country.

 Additional materials on Islamic history, literature and culture from a world-wide perspective including 25 books, several DVD films and a one year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies online database is available for public use at the JCC Melvil Dewey Library on campus. The Muslim Journeys Program and supportive materials are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and support for arts and media by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

 For more information, contact the JCC Melvil Dewey Library at 315-786-2225.


Muslim Journeys Events at Jefferson Community College

 Wednesday, November 13 – American Stories

Film Showing – “Islamic Art & Architecture”

12:25 p.m. / Room 6-002, Jules Center

 Thursday, November 14 – Pathways of Faith

Panel Discussion at 12:30 p.m. / Room 6-002, Jules Center and 7:00 p.m. / Sturtz Theater

 Friday, November 15 – Myth Understandings: Muslim Identity & American Culture

Panel Discussion at 12:25 p.m. / Student Lounge, McVean Center

  Muslim Journeys Events at Fort Drum

 Wednesday, November 13 – American Stories

Film Showing – “Prince Among Slaves”

6:00 p.m. / Robert C. McEwan Library


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Observer said on Monday, Nov 18 at 11:47 AM

The title of this article should be: "Lies and Propaganda; the Muslim journey continues.

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