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In January 2013, the GC Library was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This page is all about the grant and collection.
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Let's Talk About It Sessions

  • Monday, Aug 26, 2013: Introductory Session
    Come find out what Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys is all about! Dr. Mary Magoulick of GC will present a film and introduce the LTAI discussion series. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up!
  • Monday, Oct 7, 2013: In the Country of Men
    Participants will discuss Hisham Matar's book about Libya in the wake of Muammar al-Qaddafi's revolution through the eyes of nine-year-old Suleiman.
  • Monday, Nov 11, 2013: Sexual Ideology in Modern Iran
    Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi will speak about Iranian Women's activism in modern Iran and also a little about the significance and evolution of the veil in the history of Iran as background for "Persepolis".
  • Monday, Nov 18, 2013: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
    Participants will discuss Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, a memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
  • Monday, Jan 13, 2014: House of Stone
    Participants will discuss Anthony Shadid's memoir detailing his experiences returning to his family's home in Lebanon and his attempt to rebuild it.
  • Monday, Feb 24, 2014: Broken Verses
    Participants will discuss Kamila Shamsie's novel about Aasmaani and her search for the truth about her mother, a Pakistani political activist who disappeared fourteen years ago.
  • Monday, Apr 7, 2014: Dreams of Trespass
    Participants will discuss Fatima Mernissi's memoir about her youth in a Moroccan harem during the 1940s.

In Brief

Georgia College will host a free five-part scholar-led reading and discussion series called Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys. During the series, participants will explore the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States through informed conversations facilitated by local scholars.

The series is open to all adults in the community and will be led by Dr. Mary Magoulick and Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi of Georgia College.

Sign up now! Sign up is also available in person at the Georgia College Library, the Georgia Military College Library, and the Mary Vinson Memorial Library.  For more information, please contact Jenny Harris at (478) 445-1275 or Lindsey Jones at (478) 445-5082.

Georgia College's Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys discussion series also has a Facebook page!  Like us to get updates and view pictures from events!


What is Let's Talk About It?

In May 2013, the Georgia College Library was awarded a 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.  The GC Library is one of only 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 the Library has chosen to explore is Points of View.

An introductory meeting will be held on August 26 at 6:30PM. The first four programs will be held in the Anne Moore Children's Theatre at the Mary Vinson Memorial Library.  A book will be discussed once every six weeks at the Mary Vinson Memorial Library. These books are In the Country of Men (October 7, 2013); Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (November 18, 2013); House of Stone (January 13, 2014); Broken Verses (February 24, 2013); and Dreams of Trespass (April 7, 2014).  The Dreams of Trespass discussion will be held at the Pat Peterson Museum Education Room in the Georgia College Museum.

Dr. Mary Magoulick and Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, both of Georgia College, will lead a discussion of one book at each session.  Dr. Magoulick developed and teaches a course for Georgia College on Literature of the Islamic World. Dr. Yaghoobi specializes in modern and medieval Persian and English mystical literature from a modern comparative and theoretical perspective, as well as Iran Armenian studies.

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 information or to register for an upcoming discussion, please visit the GC Library, the GMC Library, or the Mary Vinson Memorial Library, or contact Jenny Harris at (478) 445-1275 or Lindsey Jones at (478) 445-5082. To obtain copies of program materials, please contact Ms. Harris or Ms. Jones.

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The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts. Local support is provided by Georgia College, Georgia Military College, the Rotary Club of Milledgeville, and the Mary Vinson Memorial Library.


Sexual Ideology in Modern Iran

Did you miss Dr. Yaghoobi's lecture on Sexual Ideology in Modern Iran?  Don't worry, we filmed it!  Click on the "YouTube" button to view Part I fullsize and find links to the other two parts!


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