Colorado State University - Pueblo Library Presents “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World”


Colorado State University - Pueblo Library Presents “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World”

PUEBLO – The Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) at Colorado State University-Pueblo will present a poetry reading, “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 in LARC 109. It will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a reception featuring Middle Eastern foods and an exhibit in the LARC lobby. English and Farsi speakers will read poems by the Sufi poet Rumi and also from The Conference of the Birds, a 12th Century Persian masterpiece.

This event is in conjunction with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association, which provided the Library with “The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf,” a collection of books, films, and other resources intended to familiarize the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is not intended to be a comprehensive study of Islam as a religion or of the Muslim world in all its complexity. Rather, it seeks to introduce readers to some new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The collection has been organized around five themes, including American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith and Points of View.

The exhibit of books and other materials from The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf will be on display from through May 6 in the Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) lobby.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf on Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf 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.
For more information on the library resources in the exhibit, visit http://www.programminglibrarian.org/muslimjourneys/mj-themes.html
For information on the poetry reading, contact University Archivist/Records Manager Beverly Allen
 at 719-549-2475 or beverly.allen@colostate-pueblo.edu.

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