Hudson County Community College Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Host ‘Muslim Journeys’ Reading-and-Discussion Series

Posted: 9/25/2013
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061 -- Roger Jones, 201-200-1080
October 1, 2013, Jersey City, NJ – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded Hudson County Community College (HCCC) a grant to host a five-part, reading-and-discussion series, “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.” Hudson County Community College is one of just 125 libraries in the United States to be selected for the project, which seeks to familiarize the community with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and throughout the world.

HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert said that in February of this year, the College was named a recipient of the NEH/ALA “Muslim Journeys Bookshelf,” a collection of books, films and other resources intended to begin acquainting the American public with the history and culture of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. Hudson County Community College was one of only five colleges and universities — and the only community college — in New Jersey to be awarded the collection.

HCCC Associate Dean of College Libraries Carol Van Houten said that the discussions will be led by HCCC Coordinator of Sociology and Anthropology Dr. Nabil Marshood, a 2006 Fulbright scholar and noted author, who teaches in the department of sociology at the College. Dr. Marshood, who is also the recipient of a Mid-Career Fellowship from Princeton University, developed the discussion workshops and supplementary lectures with John DeLooper and Clifford Brooks, the HCCC Library team who created and submitted the proposal for the reading-and-discussion series grant. The HCCC series will center around “American Stories,” one of five themes the NEH/ALA committee chose for study.

All of the texts to be discussed in the series were selected from the “Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.” The reading-and-discussion series is scheduled to begin during the College’s Spring 2014 term and will be open to members of the College community and to the general public. A limited number of each book for the series will be available in the College’s Libraries — the HCCC Main Library at 25 Journal Square in Jersey City, and the North Hudson Library at 4800 Kennedy Boulevard in Union City.

Complete details on the series will be made available in the coming months.