Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind.— As part of a nationwide humanities program aimed at bridging cultural differences, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo and Indiana University Kokomo will be hosting "Muslim Journeys Bookshelf" events on their campuses Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Ivy Tech event will begin at 11 a.m. in the Student Life Building on the Kokomo campus at 1815 E. Morgan St.; the IU Kokomo event will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 223 in the Kelley Center on the IU Kokomo campus.

Ivy Tech Library Director Julie Diesman said the free interactive program is open to the public as well as the campus communities. Sponsored by the Ivy Tech Library and IU Kokomo Student Life, the program will feature one speaker from each of the schools who will share their experiences of being of the Muslim faith and answer questions to help those of other beliefs to learn, reflect and appreciate their differences.

"This program will be an opportunity to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs," Diesman said. "It's designed to increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in our region and to strengthen good interfaith relations at all levels."

The Ivy Tech Community College Library in the Kokomo Region is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide receiving the "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" collection of books and videos and hosting programs for public audiences featuring the materials. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association, aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

At Ivy Tech, audience members will also have an opportunity to participate in "Inter Faithing," an experience much like Speed Networking or Speed Dating. In timed two-minute sessions, individuals will meet and share information about their religious or non-religious beliefs. "Audience members will have the chance to share where they are on their faith journey," Diesman said, "with the goal of understanding that we all have similar stories, hurdles and triumphs – no matter our faith or beliefs."

Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. More information about the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is available at http://www.programminglibrarian.org/muslimjourneys.html.

For additional details on the Kokomo events, contact Julie Diesman at 765-459-0561, ext. 515, or jdiesman@ivytech.edu.