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Let's Talk About It : Muslim Journeys: Home

About the Programs

The Dean B. Ellis Library at Arkansas State University is one of 125 libraries that has received a $3,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to present different outreach programs to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world with the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” book discussion series.

The Library is working in collaboration with the Jonesboro Public Library. Dr. John Kaltner, Virginia Ballou McGehee Professor of Muslim-Christian Relations at Rhodes College, is our project scholar and will lead the discussion  at each session

All events are free and opened to the public.  

Participants who register for all discussions will receive a free copy of each book.


Dean B. Ellis Library
322 University Loop West Circle
Third Floor
(870) 972-3077


Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library
315 W Oak Ave
Jonesboro, AR 72401


National Endowment for the Humanities           American Library Association

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.


To join the book discussions and to receive a free copy of your books, fill out our confidential online registration form.

or contact :

April Sheppard
Dean B. Ellis Library 230
(870) 972-2766


Robert Robinette
Dean B. Ellis Library 231
(870) 972-2568

(Participant information will not be publicly available or shared with any other organization).

Let’s Talk About It Programs

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys is a scholar-led reading and discussion program for public audiences, presented by the ALA Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities(NEH) as part of ALA's Let's Talk About It public programming.

Let's Talk About It is a reading and book discussion program model launched on a nationwide level for libraries by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982. The program model involves reading a common series of books selected by a nationally known scholar, and discussing them in the context of a larger, overarching theme. Reading and discussion groups explore the theme through the lens of the humanities – that is, by relating the readings to historical trends and events, other works of literature, philosophical and ethical considerations.