Jefferson Community College is hosting a four-day program exploring Islam and its culture this week, starting Tuesday, Nov. 12 and running through Friday, Nov. 15. The event, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Bookshelf initiative, aims to “familiarize audiences with the people, places, history, faith and culture of Muslims,” according to the college. All events are free and open to the public.
The week kicks off with a Connected Histories forum on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 6-002, Jules Center. The discussion will center on how the West and near East have shaped each other’s histories and cultures and will be moderated by Ronald Palmer, a history professor at the college.
On Wednesday, Nov. 13 the film “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” will be shown at 12:25 p.m. in the Jules Center, followed by a post-film discussion moderated by Lucinda D. Barbour, an art professor at JCC. A second film, “Prince Among Slaves,” will be screened at 6 p.m. at the Robert C. McEwan Library on Fort Drum, followed by a discussion moderated by Timothy LaGoy, associate professor of history at JCC.
A panel discussion called Pathways of Faith on the roots of Islam will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m. also in the Jules Center and again at 7 p.m. in Sturtz Theater, McVean Center. Panelists include a JCC student, members of the local clergy and representatives from the Islamic Society of Central New York.
The week will conclude with a panel entitled “Myth Understandings-Muslim Identity and American Culture” at 12:25 p.m. in the JCC Student Lounge in the McVean Center. Panelists include a member of JCC’s faculty who serves in the Army reserves, a JCC student and international exchange students living in the north country.
Various educational materials on Islamic history, literature and culture, including 25 books and several DVDs, are available to the public at the JCC Melvil Dewey Library on campus. Visit www.sunyjefferson.edu for more information.