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Colorado Center for Public Humanities

Fall 2009 Events

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Islam in American Culture

"Islam in American Culture" is a 4-part series, celebrating Islamic contributions to American music, urban design, community life, and literature. The series will explore how Islam has influenced classic American art forms, such as the blues, how it has impacted the built environments of American cities, how it has merged with the nation‘s foundational ideals, and how it is being represented by Islamic American writers. The series will also shed light on how the core beliefs and values of Islam have been adapted to the American cultural context. We will examine:

  • the migration of Islamic ideas and values to the Americas.
  • the presence of Islam in artistic/architectural forms thought to be indigenously American.
  • the aesthetic and social significance of Islamic American art in contemporary American culture.
  • the image of Islam that emerges in the work of featured artists.
  • the obligation of Islamic artists to the political and economic struggles of Islamic populations around the world.

Thurs. Sept. 10 - King Center Recital Hall, Noon-1:30: Islamic Origins of the American Blues, with Dr. Sylviane Diouf, scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Black Culture. Musical performance by College of Arts & Media faculty members, Judith Coe and Sean McGowan.

Mon. Sept. 28 - Executive MBA Suite, 1250 14th St., Rm. 150, 6pm-7:30
Transcultural Imagination: Frank Lloyd Wright in Baghdad, with Dr. Mina Marefat, Fulbright Research Scholar and cultural advisor to the Guggenheim Museum's Major Retrospective on Frank Lloyd Wright.

See the media response for this event! • Elizabeth Miller in the UCD Advocate on Transcultural Imagination: Frank Lloyd Wright in Baghdad

Thurs. Oct. 15 - Starz Film Center, 11:30am to 1:30pm: Journey into America (a documentary film), with Jonathan Hayden and Frankie Martin, Ibn Khaldun Research Fellows in American University's School of International Service.

Tues. Nov. 3 - Tivoli Turnhalle, 6-7:30: Islam and the Contemporary Novel, with Laleh Khadivi, the award-winning author of the novel, The Age of Orphans (Bloomsbury, 2009).