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If you are a Parkland instructor, please also encourage your students to take the survey. They will find a link to it on their Angel page.

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Parkland Reads Book for 2010-11

The next Parkland Reads book will be, Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life by the StoryCorps Project, edited by David Isay.

Since 2003, over 50,000 interviews have been recorded and shared by the StoryCorp Project. Some of the most remarkable stories – of everyday people – are included in Listening is an Act of Love. The book is divided into the sections of: Home and Family, Work and Dedication, Journeys, History and Struggle, and Fire and Water. Fire and Water are stories about September 11th and Hurricane Katrina.

Here at Parkland, we are going to be facilitating the recording and sharing of our own stories. We’ll also be looking at ways that oral history and storytelling can be used in the classroom. We’re excited about the possibilities!

Graphic Novelists coming to Parkland!

J2D2 Graphic Novel

J2D2 = John Jennings and Damian Duffy = creators, scholars, and curators of comics, hip hop, and new media art, and authors of the horror science fiction graphic novel, The Hole: Consumer Culture.


11:00 – 11:50 Library International Lounge:  Talk/presentation on the craft of graphic novels and the use of graphic novels as political engagement. Everyone welcome!

12:00 – 1:00 Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning – D116: Presentation/discussion on teaching strategies for using graphic novels in the classroom.

John Jennings, illustrator and designer, is an associate professor of graphic design at UIUC.
Damian Duffy, writer and letterer, is a PhD student at UIUC.

Their new book, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art and Culture, will be coming out in June.

Sponsored by Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Parkland Reads.

Poster for Events

Islamic Awareness Week at UIUC

Week of March 8 – 12, 2010

Monday: “Beyond the Veil”
Speaker: Yusra Al-Shawaf
Time: 12-1pm
Location: Women’s Resources Center (On the corner of Wright and Green above Freestar Bank)
Description: A Muslim woman describes life growing up wearing hijab and the implications thereof.

“Common Ground Among the Abrahamic Faiths”
Speaker: Dr. Jerald F. Dirks
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 120 Architecture Building
Description: Dr. Jerald F Dirks, a former Methodist minister who seeks to increase understanding across faiths, presents the commonalities between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

Tuesday: “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet” (documentary screening)
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 223 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright Street
Description: This documentary tells the story of the seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. The film takes viewers not only to ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammad’s story unfolds, but into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America’s estimated seven million Muslim to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad’s example.

Wednesday: “Islam Q&A with student discussion”
Location: 119 MSEB, 1304 W. Green St.
Description: You can ask anything and everything, and there will be room for discussion! Expand your knowledge, fight ignorance, and quench your curiosity by taking out a couple hours of your evening and attending this panel.

Thursday: “Women in Islam”
Speaker: Imani Jaafar-Mohammad
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 217 Noyes Laboratory
Description: There are many misperceptions about Muslim women in today’s society. This presentation will provide an overview of the Islamic approach to gender equity and women’s rights. Religious practices, such as the headscarf, will also be discussed. The presentation will also address common stereotypes surrounding the religious beliefs and cultural practices of Muslim women.

Friday: “Mosque Open House”
TIme: 1-2:30pm
Location: CIMIC 106 S. Lincoln Ave Urbana, IL 61801
Description: As part of the Muslim Student Association’s Islam Awareness Week, you are invited to CIMIC, the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center to see how Muslims worship! Get a chance to ask the questions you haven’t had a chance to ask! Email ikram1@illinois.edu if you are interested.

“Unveiled” (play)
Performer: Rohina Malik
Time: 7-9pm (doors 6:30pm)
Location: ARC Auditorium
Description: Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this compelling one-woman show.

The Glass House film screening

When: Saturday, February 27 at 9:00 pm (92 minutes.)
Where: Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana

Description from the Fictionville Studio (Producer) website:

The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. Forget about the Iran that you’ve seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of The Glass House take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her creative writing; Sussan teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music.

This groundbreaking documentary reflects a side of Iran few have access to or paid attention to: a society lost to its traditions with nothing meaningful to replace them and a group of courageous women working to instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the minds and lives of otherwise discarded teenage girls.

Discussion afterward led by Profs. Noreen Sugrue, Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, & Dr. Ritu Saksena; Chair: Prof. Hadi Salehi Esfahani.

Sponsors: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Spurlock Museum, Program for Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, Persian Cultural Association (UIUC), & Parkland Reads.

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