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12/5 | Book Discussion: Snow by Orhan Pamuk

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:30 p.m.
Community Room, Adamany Undergraduate Library

From Nobel Prize–winning author Orhan Pamuk, the novel Snow paints a fantastic picture of daily life in Kars, a dreamlike town in the mountains of far eastern Turkey. Following an exiled poet who becomes stranded in Kars during a weeklong blizzard, the deeply layered story is an attempt to untangle the town’s history, the importance of poetry, the vicissitudes of belief, and the limits of reason. Humorous and deeply sympathetic, Snow takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of the complex terrain of Turkish belief, politics, and personal expression.

Please join Karen Liston, the Librarian Liaison for Near Eastern Studies at Wayne State University, to discuss this beautifully written and translated book.

“The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper”’ traveling exhibit at the Wayne State’s Shiffman Medical Library from November 21- December 28

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

“The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper,’” a National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibition that examines the role of gender in the perception and medical treatment of mental illness, will be on display at Wayne State’s Shiffman Medical Library from November 21 to December 28.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was an American writer, artist, lecturer and advocate for women’s rights who lived at a time when the medical profession’s ideas about female weakness and social conventions restricted women’s professional, creative and intellectual pursuits.

Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story entitled “The Yellow Wall-Paper,” a tale of a young woman driven mad by the “rest cure” advocated by the medical profession. The famous story served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.

The exhibition was developed and produced by the NLM, National Institutes of Health. To learn more about “The Yellow Wall-Paper” exhibition, including educational resources, visit http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/yellowwallpaper. For more information on the exhibition at Wayne State, contact LaVentra Ellis-Danquah at (313) 577-9083 or laventra@wayne.edu.

12/7 | Staying Well During Noel: Mental Health Networks Serving the Community, DPL 2-4 p.m.

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Detroit Public Library and the Wayne State University Shiffman Medical Library present a Community Conversations on Health Program

Staying Well During Noel: Mental Health Networks Serving the Community
Saturday, December 7, 2013
2-4 P.M.
Detroit Public Library Explorer’s Room
5201 Woodward Ave. • Detroit, MI 48202

• Learn how the following organizations can assist you and your loved ones: Children’s Center, Clinical Psychologists, Common Ground, Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness

• See students from the Wayne State University Theatre Program perform theatrical readings from the famous 1892 short story; “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to “preserve” her health, challenged the notions of gender inequality maintained by medical and scientific experts who often suggested the exclusion of women from political and intellectual life.

• Learn more about the acclaimed traveling exhibit; The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gillman and the “Yellow Wall-Paper” on display at the Wayne State University, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library: http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/yellowwallpaper

RSVP:
Send an email to: shiffmanoutreach@wayne.edu by November 30, 2013

More information:
LaVentra E. Danquah, Outreach Services, Shiffman Medical Library, 313-577-9083

* Program agenda subject to change

This community conversation event is part of National Library of Medicine’s “The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper,” a six-panel traveling exhibition that is currently on display at the Shiffman Medical Library through December 28. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.nlm.nih.gov/theliteratureofprescription.

11/21 | The Qur’ān and the Establishment of a Nation Lecture and Film Screening of Koran by Heart

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Thursday, November 21
3:00 p.m.
PK Auditorium, Purdy-Kresge Library

Dr. Muhamed Tarek El-Sharkawi is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Language in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures, and also teaches courses in the history and Development of Arabic in the Linguistics Department, Wayne State University. His most recent book, Linguistic Conquests, was published in 2013 by At-Tanwir publishers in Cairo. His latest publication in English, The Ecology of Arabic: A Study of Arabicization, was published by Brill in 2010.

Dr. El-Sharkawi will explore the Qur’ān as a cultural product and delineate its influence on the establishment of the Arabs as a nation conscious of its identity, heritage and language. He will trace the development of the Arab sciences to the Qur’ān, and show how it brought together the different old Arabic dialects to form one common language.

And:

Film: Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember (film showing will begin at 4:00 p.m.)

In this 80-minute documentary, three 10-year old children leave their native countries to participate in one of the Islamic world’s most famous competitions, a test of memory and recitation known as The International Holy Koran Competition. As the competition reaches its climax, “Koran By Heart” offers a compelling and nuanced glimpse into some of the pressures faced by the next generation of Muslims.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support 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.

11/14 | Oxford Islamic Studies Online Database Introduction, Demo and Practice

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

November 14
11 a.m.
Lab A, David Adamany Undergraduate Library (First Floor)
- lab capacity is limited; please e-mail AQ8554@wayne.edu with your preferred date to reserve a seat

Encompassing over 5,000 A-Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, primary sources, timelines, and Qur’anic materials, the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database indexes many reference sources published by Oxford University Press under the supervision of prestigious Editor in Chief John L. Esposito of Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. This unique collection makes the people, history, and culture of the Islamic world accessible to the western scholar. Wayne State University Libraries has obtained access to this specialized database for a limited time through the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys grant. Come experience the special features this database has to offer with Karen Liston, the Librarian Liaison for Near Eastern Studies at Wayne State University.

Access to this database is provided through the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support 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.

More information at: guides.lib.wayne.edu/muslimjourneys

11/14 | Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World DIA Tour and Film Screening

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts

2:00 p.m. Curated Tour of the “Arts of Asia and the Islamic World” Collection
Tour capacity is limited; please e-mail AQ8554@wayne.edu to reserve a space

The collections of the Department of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World at the Detroit Institute of Arts represent art produced in Asia and Middle East, from antiquity through the present, as well as from North Africa and Islamic Spain. Conceived as both a geographical and cultural area of study, the Department fosters research into individual works of art in their historical and cultural contexts, the connections between the artistic cultures of this immense region – both geographical and temporal – as well as cultural and artistic ties between Asia, the Islamic World, Europe, and Africa. We invite you to join this curated tour highlighting Islamic art. Tour capacity is limited; please e-mail AQ8554@wayne.edu to reserve a space.

3:00 p.m. Film: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (by Rob Gardner Films, 2011; narrated by Susan Sarandon)Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall; please use the Woodward Entrance

This ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.

Wayne State University Libraries announce November/December event lineup for “Let’s Talk About it: Muslim Journeys” series

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The Wayne State University Libraries will coordinate several events in November and December as part of the “Let’s Talk About it: Muslim Journeys” reading and discussion series. “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a scholar-led reading and discussion program designed to foster opportunities for informed community conversations about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States.

The Wayne State Libraries were one of 125 libraries selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to receive a grant that gave the Libraries the “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.” The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected under the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as 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.

Event lineup includes:

Professor Anne Duggan: From Genie to Efreet: Fantastic Apparitions in the Tales of the Arabian Nights
Thursday, November 7
3:30 p.m.
Bernath Auditorium
David Adamany Undergraduate Library

Oxford Islamic Studies Online: Database Introduction, Demonstration & Hands-On Practice
Thursday, November 14
11 a.m.
Lab A
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Lab capacity is limited; please e-mail AQ8554@wayne.edu to reserve a seat

Curated Tour of the “Arts of Asia and the Islamic World” Collection
Thursday, November 14
2 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts
Tour capacity is limited; please e-mail AQ8554@wayne.edu to reserve a space
We will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Woodward Entrance

Film: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Thursday, November 14
3 p.m.
Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall (please use the Woodward Entrance)
Detroit Institute of Arts

Oxford Islamic Studies Online: Database Introduction, Demonstration & Hands-On Practice
Monday, November 18
4 p.m.
Lab A
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Lab capacity is limited; please e-mail AQ8554@wayne.edu to reserve a seat

Professor Mohamed El-Sharkawi: The Qur’ān and the Establishment of a Nation
Film: Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember (film showing will start at 4 p.m.)

Thursday, November 21
3 p.m.
P/K Auditorium
Purdy-Kresge Library

Book Discussion: Snow by Orhan Pamuk
Thursday, December 5
3:30 p.m.
Community Room
David Adamany Undergraduate Library

* * * All events are free and open to the public * * *

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support 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.

More information at the Muslim Journeys Libguide

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Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

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