Eastern presented "Points of View/American Stories" on Sept. 16 in the fourth floor archives of the J. Eugene Smith Library. The program was a part of the library's "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys," a series of events aimed at educating and informing Eastern's students and faculty members of Islamic culture.
Library Technicians Elise Brown and Kathy Freidenfelds, who led participants in a reading of quotations by Turkish/Persian poet Rumi, hosted the program. Describing Rumi as "an excellent poet who really makes you think," Browne also read an excerpt from "Rumi: Poet and Mystic" titled, "Nothing Venture, Nothing Win," which is a reference to a chapter in the Koran. Participants were able to choose a piece of literature to read from a bookshelf readily available for the duration of the series.
The itinerary for the library's "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" included "Literary Reflections," where Eastern French Professor Michele Boskovic introduced the "Literary Reflections" book from the Muslim Journeys collection. "Pathways of Faith" took place when Yahya M. Michot, professor of Islam at Hartford Seminary, discussed the topic of Islam. "Points of View/American Stories" followed.
"Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad. A list of collections by theme can be found at http://bridgingcultures.neh.gov/muslimjourneys/.