Montgomery College Libraries have received a $4,500 grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities to host “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” a five-part reading and discussion series. The MC Libraries are among 125 nationwide receiving grants to host the series and only four in the state of Maryland to receive this esteemed award.
“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is designed to foster scholar-led community conversations about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States.
The series will focus on one of the themes of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: “Pathways of Faith,” an exploration of the religious history and spiritual expressions of Islam.
Montgomery College Adjunct Professor Abeer Kayed Pelon has been chosen to serve as the program scholar and will lead discussion at each of the five series sessions. Pelon is vice chairman of the Middle East Peace Institute and teaches political science and Middle East conflict at the College. She is the author of “(The Ongoing Nakba) 65 Years of Fragmentation,” a poetic look at the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.
This award follows the MC Libraries’ selection for the 2012 “Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf,” which provided a collection of 25 books and films to each of the three campus libraries and spurred a number of successful cultural and literary events at the Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses.