MHC to Add Bridging Cultures Programs

LANSING— The Michigan Humanities Council has been awarded two grants as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative. MHC will add new reading and discussion programming over the next two years as a result.

“We are so pleased to be a part of this very important programming in our state,” said Judith Dworkin, MHC program officer and Michigan coordinator of the two programs. “It will be an excellent opportunity to learn about a culture that may be unfamiliar and also gives an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to see themselves reflected in quality literature. These discussions are critical in our communities and it is an important starting point for these conversations.”

Let’s Talk About it: Muslim Journeys is a reading and discussion series that is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association. The Michigan Humanities Council – in partnership with the Public Libraries of Saginaw and Pickford Community Library – is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils around the nation selected to participate in this project. Muslim Journeys is a five-part discussion series that seeks to familiarize public audiences in the U.S. with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. Programming for Muslim Journeys will be held at the Public Libraries of Saginaw and Pickford Community Library beginning in fall 2013 and ending in spring 2014.

Muslim Voices is a project made possible through a National Endowment for the Humanities Implementation Grant of $195,000 awarded to the New York Council for the Humanities. New York will partner with the humanities councils in Michigan, Minnesota and Oklahoma to create age-appropriate book lists that give teens and children the opportunity to use literature as a way to explore the lives of Muslims across time and geography. The program will launch in Michigan in spring 2014 – two pilot sites will be selected.

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