All posts by Debbie Benrubi

Let’s go to the movies!

Gleeson Library is co-sponsoring two different free film events on campus in the next few days. On Monday, April 8, join us in the Rare Book Room at 6 p.m. for a delightful look at some very young Muslim scholars in Koran By Heart. And screening at Presentation Hall this Thursday through Saturday is USF’s 11th Annual Human Rights Film Festival, opening with  a selection of shorts produced by USF students. Issues highlighted in the festival range from free speech to drug trafficking. We share with the festival organizers a belief in the power of film to educate and encourage citizens to take action, and are pleased that several of the festival films this year are new library holdings.

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