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College-community partnership results in Muslim Journeys Bookshelf award

Published: 08 February 2013

The Fargo Public Library, in collaboration with NDSU’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Fargo-Moorhead’s Center for Interfaith Projects, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books, films and other resources on the history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

“The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences joined the partnership to build on other work we do as outreach, particularly to New Americans,” said Betsy Birmingham, associate professor of English and associate dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Fargo Public Library is one of 842 public, academic and community college libraries across the country selected to receive this grant. The NDSU Libraries also received the award.

The Fargo Public Library’s award includes two complete sets of materials, one for the Main Library and one for the Dr. James Carlson Library. Each library will receive 25 books, three films and access for one year to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. The materials will be available to the public starting March 1.

Through the grant, NDSU faculty members will use their expertise to develop programming, including a community conversation about how people in Fargo welcome and understand Muslims and a screening of the film “Koran by Heart,” followed by a discussion of topics raised in the film.

A complete listing of materials included in the grant is available at For more information on the award or programming, contact Birmingham at

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Last Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013