Topic: International Education

October 24, 2008

Ball State's Rinker Center for International Programs is sponsoring an Islamic Awareness Week. Events begin Monday, Oct. 27, and all activities are free and open to the public.

Kenneth Holland, dean of the Rinker Center for International Programs, said the purpose of the week is to provide information to students, faculty and community members about Islam and the cultures of Muslim nations.

"Ball State is actively pursuing students from Muslim countries," Holland said. "It is important that Ball State students have an understanding of the different cultures that are on campus."

Islamic Awareness Week events include:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 28 – "Understanding Islam: An Introduction," a lecture and Q&A session with Muncie physician, Dr. Saber Bahrami, 7 p.m., Teachers College, Room 101.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – "Understanding Islam: Student Perspectives," panel discussion, 3:30 p.m., Bracken Library, Room 225. Music performance professor, George Wolfe, will moderate the event.
  • Friday, Oct. 31 – "Understanding Islam: Culture and Religion," interactive displays sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, 2:30 p.m., Bracken Library, Room 225.

By Ashley Keebler