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Film event!

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Professor Kirsten Fischer leads discussion of film Prince Among Slaves

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys
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Prince Among Slaves
Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
700 South Snelling Ave.
Saint Paul 55116
www.gloriadeistpaul.org

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A young prince falls from a life of power and privilege into enslavement in a strange land...

A nationwide outreach project using the award-winning documentary film Prince Among Slaves to create critical discussion at the intersection of race, religion, and identity in early America. Deepen your understanding about the impact and legacy of American cultural and religious history in the antebellum era, and its influences on our pluralistic society today.

Award winning University of Minnesota history professor Kirsten Fischer will introduce the 60-minute film and lead a discussion afterward.
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Muslim Journeys z.umn.edu/mj

For more information: Susan Gangl, University of Minnesota Libraries, 612 626-2281

About the Speaker
Kirsten Fischer is an historian of early America. Her first book, Suspect Relations: Sex, Race, and Resistance in Colonial North Carolina (Cornell, 2002), is about racism in the 18th century. It focuses on the interactions of ordinary people in a slave society, and on the way their intimate relationships (and the treatment of these in court) made racial difference seem increasingly real. Her current research is about freethought in the early Republic. She received the 2010-11 Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Undergraduate Education.

Profile History Department web page

About the Film

The 2007 film was directed by Andrea Kalin and produced by Unity Productions Foundation. It is the true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince enslaved in the Americas. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen to familiarize the American public about Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It 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.

The University of Minnesota Libraries -Twin Cities is one of 953 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program 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.

About Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen to familiarize the American public about Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It 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.

Visit www.princeamongslaves.org/

New Title by Prof. Bashiri

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We're eagerly awaiting the forthcoming publication by U of M professor Iraj Bashiri!

Modern Iranian Philosophy: From Ibn Sīnā to Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī
By Iraj Bashiri
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62131-783-8, 264 pages
©2014

publication information

Pentateuchal Theory conference

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CNES & Law Professor Bernard Levinson is an organizer of an international conference to discuss different approaches to the formation of the Pentateuch, which will be held at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem on May 12-13, 2013.

Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel, North America and Europe

Presentations will be offered by a group of twenty-five international scholars, drawn from the fields of Biblical Studies, Second Temple/Dead Sea Scrolls, and Jewish Studies, with extensive time for discussion and debate.

Organizers: Bernard M. Levinson, University of Minnesota; Konrad Schmid, University of Zurich; Baruch J. Schwartz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Jan Christian Gertz, Heidelberg University.

Location: Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University

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Prof. Bashiri's new book

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Prof. Bashiri's new book is on reserve in Wilson Library (first floor; check MNCAT for current availability.

Ancient Iran : cosmology, mythology, history
Bashiri, Iraj.
San Diego, CA : Cognella c2012
Available at UM TC Wilson Library Reserve (DS275 .B38 2012 )

Dr. Levinson talk: OT in Nazi Germany

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"The Struggle for the Old Testament in Nazi Germany: The Untold Story of Gerhard von Rad"

Bernard Levinson, Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible and Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Law at the University of Minnesota, will be giving a special lecture at Or Emet: Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism on Friday, April 27, 2012. Levinson will discuss the moving story of Gerhard von Rad's heroic struggles to defend the Old Testament in Nazi Germany and how he fought this battle in near isolation, long before he became a famous Protestant theologian.

The lecture will begin after Or Emet's 7:30 pm Humanistic Sabbath service and will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat reception. The event will be held at Minneapolis Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit http://www.oremet.org/

KJV Manifold Greatness Colloquium Friday!

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This Friday afternoon, February 3, 2012, is the date of the Manifold Greatness Colloquium, noting the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

See the full list of events at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/wilson-library-events/manifold-greatness-colloquium.html

From 4:00 to 4:45 attendees will have time to visit both exhibits and enjoy a beverage and pick up a brochure and program, followed by a formal welcome with introductions to the exhibits and our speakers.

Three U of M faculty members - Bernard Levinson, David Haley and Michael Hancher - will speak from 4:45 until 6 p.m. Then we'll take a one half hour break for a reception and time to explore the two exhibits, Manifold Greatness and The Word Made Flesh.

At 6:30 we'll resume with presentations by Mark Granquist (Luther Seminary) and Chris R. Armstrong (Bethel University). The colloquium will finish at 7:30 p.m.


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King James Bible 400th Anniversary

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The Libraries are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible with several exhibits and events on campus and throughout the Twin Cities.

The Word Made Flesh
What: Exhibit
When: Monday, November 28, 2011 - Friday, February 24, 2012; Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: T.R. Anderson Gallery, Wilson Library
Free and open to the public

This exhibit will feature examples of biblical texts, including medieval manuscripts and facsimiles. Highlights will include two leaves from the 42-line Gutenberg Bible; the original New Testament portion of the King James Bible; other early printings such as the Geneva Bible and the "Breeches" Bible; and related works stemming out of the Reformation such as publications, broadsides, and pamphlets from Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and others.


An American Icon: The King James Bible in American Culture
When: Sunday, January 15, 2012; 9:15 a.m.-10:10 a.m.
Where: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 South Snelling Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55116
Who: speaker: Mark A. Granquist

The Word Made Flesh: Historic Biblical Texts at the University of Minnesota
When: Monday, January 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Highland Park Branch Library, Hillcrest Auditorium
Who: speaker: Tim Johnson

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible
What: Exhibit
When: Wednesday, January 18 through Wednesday, February 15, 2012; open during Wilson Library building hours
Where: Wilson Library 4th floor Gallery
Free and open to the public

This traveling exhibition is organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas, to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at manifoldgreatness.org.


Manifold Greatness Colloquium
When: Friday February 3, 2012, 4:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Wilson Library 4th floor
Who: Presenters Bernard M. Levinson, David Haley, Michael Hancher, Mark Granquist, and Chris R. Armstrong

Join us for this colloquium, which will include a special viewing of the exhibits followed by a reception. Music will be provided by guitar students in the studio of Maja Radovanlija, Guitar Instructor and Lecturer in Creative Studies and Media.

Program of Events
4:00 p.m. Welcome and exhibit viewing
4:30 p.m. Presentations by
Bernard M. Levinson, Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, Professor of Classical & Near Eastern Studies and of Law, University of Minnesota
David Haley, Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota
Michael Hancher, Professor of English, University of Minnesota
Timothy Johnson, Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Minnesota
6:00 p.m. Reception and exhibit viewing
6:30 p.m. Presentations by:
Chris R. Armstrong, Professor of Church History, Bethel Seminary
Mark A. Granquist, Associate Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries; the University of Minnesota Religious Studies program and the departments of English and Classical and Near Eastern Studies; the Friends of Saint Paul Public Library; Bethel University; Luther Seminary; and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.


From Scripture to Icon: The Influence of the KJB in American Christianity
What: Presentation with display of materials in Luther Seminary special collections
When: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Luther Seminary, St. Paul | Olson Campus Center | Lower Level Classroom
Who: speakers: Mark Granquist and Chris Armstrong

The Word Made Flesh - exhibit opens!

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On display now through Friday, February 24, 2012
T.R. Anderson Gallery, Wilson Library
Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

This exhibit features examples of biblical texts, including medieval manuscripts and facsimiles. Highlights will include two leaves from the 42-line Gutenberg Bible; the original New Testament portion of the King James Bible; other early printings such as the Geneva Bible and the "Breeches" Bible; and related works stemming out of the Reformation such as publications, broadsides, and pamphlets from Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and others.

The Libraries are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication
of the King James Bible with several exhibits and events. View the full slate of events at
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lib-web/events/400th-anniversary-of-the-king-james-bible.html

Word Made Flesh exhibit opens this week

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I'm so excited to see this exhibit taking shape! Curator Tim Johnson has been working with Professor Michael Hancher to create this amazing exhibit, and Exhibit Design/Project Specialist Darren Terpstra has made some gorgeous visual pieces to welcome visitors and draw them into this exhibit on the fourth floor of Wilson Library.

This exhibit is the first to appear in our offerings of events and exhibits that draw on the talents of several local institutions to note the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Below is a description of the exhibit, and you can read more about the series of events and exhibits planned over the coming months: http://z.umn.edu/kjv400mn

The Word Made Flesh
What: Exhibit
When: Monday, November 28, 2011 - Friday, February 24, 2012; Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: T.R. Anderson Gallery, Wilson Library

Free and open to the public

This exhibit will feature examples of biblical texts, including medieval manuscripts and facsimiles. Highlights will include two leaves from the 42-line Gutenberg Bible; the original New Testament portion of the King James Bible; other early printings such as the Geneva Bible and the "Breeches" Bible; and related works stemming out of the Reformation such as publications, broadsides, and pamphlets from Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and others.


also on the U of M Events page.

King James Bible 400th Anniversary

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The Libraries will soon be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible with several wonderful exhibits and events in several Twin Cities locations, with presentations by faculty from the U of M, Bethel University and Luther Seminary.

Read the details on our KJV 400th - Events page

See an overview listing on this poster

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Open Access Week

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October 24-30 is Open Access Week, and the University of Minnesota Libraries are celebrating! Events and workshops on open publishing and scholarship are happening all over campus this week--check them out, and find other information on Open Access at the University of Minnesota, at z.umn.edu/oaweek.

Shared Cultural Spaces conference

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Shared Cultural Spaces conference continues today at CSOM / Carlson School of Management.

excerpt:
These sessions will look closely at the concept of the humanities within Islamic contexts and the epistemologies at the heart of Muslim contributions to the arts and sciences. The conference also will explore shared cultural spaces through the influence of Islamic architecture in the United States, art and aesthetics, and contemporary uses of digital technologies for humanistic and artistic purposes.

KJV 400!

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Enjoy this beautiful article co-authored by our own Professor Levinson and watch for a display in Wilson, coming in June.


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Levinson, Bernard M., and Joshua A. Berman. "Scripture, Statecraft,
and the American Founding: The King James Bible at 400." The History
Channel Magazine
special supplement, November 2010, pp. 1-11.

see also the KJV400 page

Shared Cultural Spaces FB page

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Program in Religious Studies at the University of Minnesota has launched a Facebook page for their upcoming conference, Shared Cultural Spaces. The conference runs February 24-26, and will explore how the "Islamic world" and "Western world" have interacted with each other throughout history.

Conversion to Christianity - new title by U of M faculty

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Conversion to Christianity from Late Antiquity to the Modern Age: Considering the Process in Europe, Asia, and the Americas

Edited by UMN faculty Calvin Kendall, Oliver Nicholson, William Phillips, and Marguerite Ragnow... read more at the Center for Medieval Studies site


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MNCAT record for Conversion to Christianity

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