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
Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library
315 W Oak Ave
Jonesboro, AR 72401
LTAI and Related Programs
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014: Prince Among Slaves - Video Showing3:00pm - 5:00pm
ASU Museum 182
This film tells the story of Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori, a prince from West Africa who was made a slave in the United States and freed 40 years later.
Thursday, May 8, 2014: Book Discussion: The Children of Abraham - Judaism, Christianity, Islam2:00-4:00pm, A-State Dean B. Ellis Library, room 804
Thursday, May 22, 2014: Book Discussion: Muhammad a very short introduction2:00-4:00pm, A-State Dean B. Ellis Library, room 804
Thursday, Jun 5, 2014: Book Discussion: The Story of the Qur'an2:00-4:00pm, A-State Dean B. Ellis Library, room 804
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014: Book Discussion: The Art of Hajj2:00-4:00pm, A-State Dean B. Ellis Library, room 804
Thursday, Jul 17, 2014: Book Discussion: Rúmí, poet and mystic2:00-4:00pm, A-State Dean B. Ellis Library, room 804
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 :
Dean B. Ellis Library 230
Dean B. Ellis Library 231
(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.