Fall Semester poetry series, Lunch Time Poems, to begin in Bird Library

Syracuse University Libraries is once again pleased to announce Lunch Time Poems, a series of free noontime poetry readings running throughout September, October, and November. Hosted by poet Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor and Director of the Burton Blatt Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, the series will feature noted poets from across the region. All events are open to students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

Modeled on a popular program at the University of California at Berkeley, Lunch Time Poems is an informal brown bag event designed, as Kuusisto says, “to offer us some food for thought in the middle of our busy days – just bring your lunch and your appetite for words.”

All readings will take place from noon to 1pm in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library. 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 emcronkw@syr.edu.

The series is as follows:

  • Chris Kennedy and Sarah Harwell: Thursday, September 20
  • Chard DeNiord: Friday, September 28
  • Diane Wiener and Kristofor Minta: Friday, October 5
  • Rainie Oet: Thursday, October 11
  • Devon Moore: Friday, October 26
  • Ralph Savarese: Thursday, November 15
  • Dylan Krieger: Friday, November 30

Seven-Week Series on Understanding Islam Begins October 2

Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric“Understanding Islam,” a seven-week series that will present a comprehensive look at Islam through lectures and discussions, will begin on Tuesday, October 2.

The program is facilitated by Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric, and will be held on Tuesdays 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 a similar program first held in Spring 2018. During the popular Spring 2018 series, participants shared the following testimonials of their experience:

“I truly appreciated and took advantage of the interactive style of the sessions. With very basic knowledge about Islam, I could engage in discussions with other participants with more and different knowledge about Islam. It enabled me to fine tune, validate, correct and improve my existing knowledge about Five Pillars of Islam, Prophet Muhammad S.A.V., and similarities and differences between Islam and other popular religions. The facilitation style of the speaker allowed other religions’ representatives to share their perspectives which helped me in juxtaposing the religious values. And lastly, visit to the mosque was the culmination of the series.” – Mirjakhon Turdiev, Spring 2018 Participant

“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

The schedule for the Fall 2018 series is as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 2: Introduction
  • Tuesday, October 9: Ten Commandments of Islam (guest speaker: Imam Muris Neimarlija)
  • Tuesday, October 16: Women’s Rights in Islam (guest speaker: Anisa Diab, Licensed Counselor)
  • Tuesday, October 23: Sunni-Shi’a Dichotomy and Politics in Early Islamic History (guest speaker: Ahmet Celik, PhD Student, SU Department of Religion)
  • Tuesday, October 30: Legacy of Muslim Civilization (guest speaker: Imam Amsal Memic)
  • Tuesday, November 6: A Mosque Visit – The Role of Mosque and Community in the Life of Muslims (guest speaker: Imam Mohammed Alfiki)
  • Tuesday, November 13: Faith in Practice and Conclusion (guest speaker: Al-Amin Muhammed, Advocate for the Homeless and Poor)

To register and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by September 28 to Amir Durik at aduric@syr.edu.

Book Talk with Mehrzad Boroujerdi rescheduled to September 19th

Mehrzad Borougerdi

Mehrzad Boroujerdi Portrait

Circulation of Political Elite in Post-revolutionary Iran: An Empirical Investigation

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in 341 Eggers Hall

Description:

A Book Talk with Mehrzad Boroujerdi: Based on a recently completed fourteen-year research project, which has generated the largest database on political elite anywhere in the Middle East, Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi will share some of his findings about Iran’s truculent clerics and their lay allies. He will discuss the age, gender and educational profile, revolutionary pedigree and incumbency rate of elected and appointed elite to ascertain the question of generational change in Iran after the 1979 Revolution.Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for accessibility requests or for more information at hkarakas@syr.edu

Sponsoring Departments: Middle Eastern Studies Program, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University Press

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Books24×7 is now Skillsoft Books

Skillsoft Books24x7On October 1, Books24x7 will change to a new platform and name—Skillsoft Books. Current links to specific titles in Books24x7 will need to be replaced and customizations in personal accounts saved in Books24x7 will not automatically migrate to the new site.

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If you find that links do not work, and need assistance finding URLs for the new titles, please contact colls@syr.edu for assistance.