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JCPL, ETSU to screen Islamic art film

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JOHNSON CITY (July 11, 2013) – The Johnson City Public Library (JCPL), in partnership with East Tennessee State University’s Sherrod Library, invites the public to a screening of “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” on Saturday, July 27, at 3 p.m.

The film will be presented in the JCPL’s Jones Meeting Room and continues the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys program inaugurated at Sherrod Library earlier this spring. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, the film examines metalwork, textiles, paintings and architecture that illuminate Islam.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys program “is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations,” according to the American Library Association (ALA).  The ALA, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), awarded the Bookshelf grant to Sherrod Library as part of a competitive grant process. Sherrod Library faculty members Kathy Campbell and Dr. Marie Jones submitted the grant.  Only eight were awarded in Tennessee. 

“We are excited to have a chance to make these resources available in our region,” Jones said.  “I have certainly learned more about Muslim culture and beliefs from the grant materials.”

All events are free and open to the public. For more information or to request special accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact JCPL at (423) 434-4450. Additional event information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/466072380154234/.