Six-Week Series on Understanding Islam Begins January 28

The Libraries are pleased to welcome the return of “Understanding Islam,” a popular, six week series that will present a comprehensive look at Islam through lectures and discussions. This Spring Semester series will begin on Monday, January 28.

The program is facilitated by Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric, and will be held on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114) of Bird Library. The series, which is sponsored by Syracuse University Libraries, Muslim Student Life at SU, Muslim Students Association at SU, and Hendricks Chapel, is free and open to the public.  Each session will consist of a lecture and discussion.

This “Understanding Islam” series is a follow-up to similar programs held in Spring and Fall 2018. During previous series, participants shared the following testimonials of their experience:

“I was drawn to the series out of a desire to better understand a religion with which I had previously had little contact, and which I considered to be often misunderstood. In following the series, I learned about Islam not only through the weekly meetings with Mr. Duric, but through experience in listening to prayers, reading excerpts from the Qur’an, and visiting a local mosque. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of Islam in a welcoming and friendly environment.” – Katelyn Rochelle Bajorek, Spring 2018 Participant

“I was born Muslim, but I still benefited greatly from the “Understanding Islam” series because it both reinforced Islamic ideas and also opened my mind to information I had not known previously. The environment was very welcoming, individuals of all backgrounds came together to learn about Islam from wonderful Muslim representatives from the community. Now more than ever, with the widespread Anti-Muslim rhetoric, it’s important that the true values and teachings of Islam overshadow the preconceived stereotypes that media portrays. This series offers insight to the true teachings of Islam. I highly recommend this series!” – Shewa Shwani, Fall 2018 Participant

The schedule for the Spring 2018 series is as follows:

  • Monday, January 28: Introduction
  • Monday, February 4: The Story of Noah
  • Monday, February 11: The Story of Abraham
  • Monday, February 18: The Story of Moses
  • Monday, February 25: The Story of Jesus
  • Monday, March 4: The Story of Muhammad and visiting a Syracuse mosque

To register and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by January 25 to Amir Duric at

Poet Dylan Krieger Reads Lunch Time Poems on Friday, November 30 at noon

On Friday, November 30, poet Dylan Krieger will present the final Lunch Time Poems reading of the semester.  Krieger is author of three books, Giving Godhead (Delete Press, 2017), No Ledge Left to Love (Ping Pong, 2018), and Dreamland Trash (Saint Julian, 2018). Krieger lives in southern Louisiana. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and an M.F.A. in creative writing at Louisiana State University.

The reading will take place from noon to 1pm in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library. Hosted by poet Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor and Director of the Burton Blatt Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, the Lunch Time Poems series has featured many noted poets. All events are open to students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

At the event, the publishers of Nine Mile Magazine will be giving away copies of the spring and fall 2018 issues.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided, and if you require any additional accommodations please contact Liz Cronkwright at 315.443.2573 or


Global Entrepreneurship Week at SU Libraries, November 12-18

This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates four themes— women, youth and inclusion in entrepreneurship, and connecting innovators and ecosystems from around the world.

One week each November, thousands of events in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors.

Syracuse University is joining the celebration, powered by the Kauffman Foundation, with a lineup of campus and community events coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU Libraries.

GEW Syracuse will showcase the rich innovation ecosystem on campus, and help connect campus entrepreneurs with local and global resource partners.  The LaunchPad will use the four themes to highlight powerful voices and innovators who promote, encourage and support the development of entrepreneurs within each of these four spaces.

  • GEW Women celebrates female entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, investors and other startup champions, while offering opportunities to expand their networks, identify resources and share knowledge with other women around the world.
  • GEW Youth inspires and shapes the next generation of innovators, stresses the importance of entrepreneurship education, helps blaze pathways of opportunity for business and civic leaders in an entrepreneurial world.
  • GEW Inclusion highlights the work startup champions are doing around the world to minimize barriers and obstacles for entrepreneurs by maximizing inclusion, valuing diversity and promoting access for all students to enhance equity and provide a platform for innovation and inclusion.
  • GEW Ecosystem Connect supports organizations around the world like the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars that facilitate collaboration and partnership between startup ecosystems.   Sharing knowledge and connecting local ecosystems with global resources, and bringing different cultural perspective together, is at the heart of building healthy and thriving entrepreneurial communities.

Here is a lineup of Syracuse events.  All are open to the community and free unless otherwise indicated.

Follow activities on social media:  Facebook:  LaunchPadSYR and Twitter:  @LaunchPadSYR, and read more about the events on the Blackstone LaunchPad news page:

Tag posts with the official Global Entrepreneurship Week hashtag — #GEW2018.

Help celebrate the spirit of innovation at SU next week!

A season of cheer with Bob Hupp

Join Syracuse Stage Artistic Director Bob Hupp on Wednesday, November 14 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library to hear about the exciting Syracuse Stage 2018/19 season of amazing plays and musicals including Elf the Musical — “the best way to spread holiday cheer.”

Please join us for a reception following Bob’s presentation celebrating the upcoming season of cheer as we give thanks for the vital role you play in the lives and success of our students.

This unique lecture and reception is co-produced by the College of Visual and Performing Arts and sponsored by the Syracuse University Libraries.

For additional information or if you need an accommodation to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact Bianca Caiella Breed at by Monday, November 12.

Elf the Musical runs from November 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019 at Syracuse Stage. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Box Office at 315.443.3275.

Libraries, College of Law Host Conversation with James Kreindler

As part of Syracuse University’s Remembrance Week and Pan Am 103 30th Anniversary commemorative activities, Syracuse University Libraries and the College of Law will host “A Conversation with James Kreindler” on Tuesday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom in Dineen Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Communication Access Realtime Translation will be available. A reception will follow.

Kreindler was the architect of the $2.7 billion settlement against the Libyan government on behalf of the families of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988.

Kreindler is a partner at Kreindler & Kreindler LLP. The firm was founded in 1952 by his father, the late Lee S. Kreindler, and his grandfather, the late Harry E. Kreindler. Lee was a graduate of Harvard Law School and was widely regarded as a founder of disaster law.

Jim Kreindler began his career as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office. He joined Kreindler & Kreindler in 1983 and became a partner in 1987. He played a major role in the litigation against Pan Am as a member of the plantiffs’ trial team.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his juris doctorate from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Scholar.

Questions regarding the event can be directed to Kristen Duggleby, director of alumni relations in the College of Law, at or 315.443.9532 and Ron Thiele, assistant dean for advancement at SU Libraries, at or 315-560-9419.