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Koran By Heart: film journey @ Gleeson Library


Gleeson Library has received a wonderful collection of books and DVDs as part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Embarking on Gleeson’s Muslim Journeys, we’re pleased to present a free film screening of Koran By Heart, a film by Greg Barker, on Monday, April 8 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Donohue Rare Book Room. The screening will be introduced by Aisha Morgan from Islamic Networks Group, and is co-sponsored by University Ministry as part of UM’s annual Interfaith Week celebration April 7-13.

The film depicts the annual competition when about one hundred of Islam’s best young students from around the world come to Cairo for the International Holy Koran Competition. Koran by Heart follows the progress of three ten-year-old scholars, a girl and two boys, as they compete in the two-week event. Scheduled during Ramadan, the competition is grueling and exhilarating. The students adhere to the practice of daytime fasting, and the rounds sometimes go well past midnight. The finals are broadcast on Egyptian national television. Koran by Heart captures the skill, determination, and faith of the young competitors, and lets us glimpse the social and political tides that pull at them from every direction.

Our new books and DVDs are on display (and available for checking out) in the lobby. The grant also includes a subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, a multi-layered, growing repository of reference content and commentary.

International pictures (vote on your favorite!), food and culture this week — don’t miss it!

Culturescape is one of my favorite things about USF. The annual signature event of the International Student Association brings amazing music, dance, and athletic performances to Presentation Theater followed by a fantastic dinner with cuisine from around the world in the McLaren Complex. You can get a glimpse of last year’s performances for a taste, and get your tickets at the door or at Market Cafe during lunch (11:30am – 1:45pm). Also at Culturescape, winners of the International Education Week photo contest will be announced and get their prizes. Please vote on your favorite today, Thursday Nov. 15 before 5:00 p.m. Vote online at the Flickr site linked on the ISSS website — just click on any of the photos for a link to the ballot — or in person at the Market Cafe at lunchtime today.

USF International Photo Contest deadline November 8

USF is kicking off International Education Week 2012 with a call for photos of your experiences abroad.
IEW Photo Contest 2012
Photos will be displayed on campus and voted on by the campus community. Voting begins Monday, Nov. 12 and will end Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:00 pm. Contest winners will be announced at Culturescape and receive great prizes!
Prizes will be awarded for photos that best represent one’s international experience.
To enter, please visit
Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 @ 5 pm.
*Please send only one entry per person and one photo per entry. All students and USF employees are eligible and encouraged to participate.
For more information on International Educational Week at USF please visit

International Education Week is Nov. 12-17, 2012. The theme for IEW 2012 is “Building Cultural Understanding for a Healthier World”. It’s hoped that the week’s events will help stimulate cultural understanding in our own community and foster an inclusive worldview that supports the health and well-being of all. Feel free to contact International Student and Scholar Services with any questions or if you would like to get involved.

*The Invisible War* screening and discussion Monday 11/5 @ 5 p.m.

Invisible War
The Invisible War will screen Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in McLaren 252.

Please join us on Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. when the USF’s Women & Violence Research Group, in collaboration with the Gender and Sexualities Center and Gleeson Library, presents a screening and discussion of The Invisible War, followed by a panel discussion with veterans, community organizers, and academics.

From Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem– today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic and breaks open one of the most under-reported stories of the decade, to the nation and the world.

This event is co-sponsored by Comparative Literature & Culture, Gender & Sexualities Studies; B.A. and M.A. in International Studies; Legal Studies; Media Studies; Peace and Justice Studies; Politics; and Sociology.

Get your good grub from the garden this Thursday

USF students are serving up fresh (and cheap!) deliciousness from USF’s organic garden on Thursday, March 22, from 12-2. On the menu are 2 different salads, 2 different soups, 3 desserts and a gang of frittatas. Weather permitting, the farmstand will be set up on the grass between the library and Kalmanowitz Hall. We’re bringing books and DVDs about organic gardening, real food, and healthy cooking that Gleeson Library borrowers can check out on the spot.

photo cc Vicci at moon stars and paper

IEW@USF: At home in the world

Gleeson Library is proud to cosponsor International Education Week at USF (Nov. 14-18), and this year we’re inviting you to make yourself at home in the world by visiting the library lobby, where international newspapers, magazines and books await your perusal.

This year’s schedule for IEW looks great. The lineup includes Trivia Night, the USF World Cup, “Language and culture tables” in the Market Cafe, panels on USF internationalization and international education, folk tales from around the world, and much more.

Now’s the time (til Nov. 17) to vote in the IEW@USF photo contest. And tickets are on sale for Culturescape, the festival of performance and food that showcases the talents, culture and cuisine of USF students. I love Culturescape. It’s super fun and delicious and brought to us by USF students. Click here to see video and menus from years past.

At Home In the World... @ your library
Student Maddie Vanden Branden makes herself at home in the library with international news and literature.

USF In the World: Japan Spotlight, Photo Contest, & more

At Gleeson Library we’re proud to be co-sponsors of International Education Week at USF, a celebration of international culture and education exchange. Thirty-one wonderful images reflecting this year’s theme of “USF in the World” were submitted to the photo contest by USF students and staff engaged in learning and teaching around the world. Cast your ballot by Thursday at noon; the winner will be announced at Culturescape on Friday night.

Spotlight on Japan

Back at the library, we’re spotlighting new acquisitions from a grant by the Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation, “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan.” As explained in the grant announcement: “The Nippon Foundation set in motion a book program, the first step of which was to ask ten experts with extensive knowledge of the country to select 100 books to serve as useful guides for those who want to understand present day Japan.” From foreign policy and economics to the environment, bushido to new Japanese film, the Tale of Genji to pop culture, this collection examines Japan from every angle. All the books are available to check out so please come to the library to see our new acquisitions from the “100 Books” collection on display. Also see IEW’s Facebook page for updates on International Education Week 2010 at USF.