Forum: Let's Talk About It - Muslim Journeys
In response to research that shows almost a quarter of the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims have been victims of hate crimes since 9/11, leading Bay Area scholars are urging civic organizations to fight negative portrayals of Muslims in the media and popular culture.
The Walnut Creek Library has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association, to offer Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a five-part community reading and discussion series. Led by nationally renowned scholar Dr. Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley, Zaytuna College), the events are aimed at encouraging community interaction across cultural boundaries.
The discussion programs begin with an exploration of the book Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford. Subsequent discussion programs will run Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, and Nov. 12, each event corresponding to a different title in the series.