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March 5, 2014

Kingston library hosts 'Bridging Cultures'

KINGSTON — Kingston Community Library, collaborating with Sanborn Regional High School, presents “Bridging Cultures: Understanding Islam and What It Means Today.”

This portion of the year-long Bridging Cultures project has three components, a public lecture on “Islam in the Media” and a meeting with students on Thursday, March 13, and a teacher workshop on Friday, March 14.

The public program on Islam in the Media is at the Sanborn Regional High School Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. The presenter is Susan Douglass, a doctoral candidate in world history at George Mason University with an master’s degree in Arab Studies from the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.

At George Mason University’s Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, she has served as senior research associate and grant project manager, working on the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures/Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project with the American Library Association.

Douglass will be discussing how the Muslim world is portrayed in the news media, and how terms such as jihad have become household words with no context. She will provide approaches to these difficult topics, and provide access and activities to help individuals engage critically with these issues.

Douglass has conducted teacher workshops nationwide for more than two decades, and developed the education outreach program for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, who is sponsoring this program.

These workshops for educators, professional, and civic groups have been held in more than 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada. She will be conducting a day-long teacher development workshop for teachers at Sanborn and throughout the seacoast the following day.

For further information, call Kingston Community Library at 642-3521.

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