Connected Histories: Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Group (260)
SVSU’s Melvin J. Zahnaw Library and OLLI are partnering with the Islamic Center of Saginaw to host a book discussion series featuring five books from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. Zahnow Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide receiving funding for this series. The initiative aims to familiarize public audiences in the U.S. with the people, places, history, faith and culture of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. The first book (When Asia was the World) was the subject of our November monthly meeting. The remaining four books will be discussed in this class. The books include: January - House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (discussion led by Khurram Shazad, SVSU professor); February - Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Christians, and Jews Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (discussion led by Dr. Waheed Akbar, M.D.); March - Leo Africanus (discussion led by Dr. Rosina Hassoun, SVSU professor of sociology); and April - In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale (discussion led by Dr. Hossam Gouda, M.D.). Copies of the five books are provided free of charge to registrants. The class maximum is 20. The February book will be mailed to registrants prior to the first class. Funding for this program has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Wednesdays: January 15, February 12, March 12 & April 23 from 4 - 6 p.m. Price: $27 Members & Non-Members Room: Roberta Allen Reading Room, Zahnow Library
Iranian (Persian) History, Culture and Literature (263)
Iran (Persia) is the most populous and the second-largest country in the Middle East, located south of the Caspian Sea and north of the Persian Gulf. Iran today is both modern and ancient with a rich history and culture. This class will be led by Moe Bidgoli, an SVSU computer science professor who grew up in a northern province of Iran, and later attended a University in Tehran. He will use video clips, music and poetry to give you a better understanding of Iran’s history and culture.
Tuesdays: March 11, 18, 25 & April 1 * 1:30 - 3;30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Native Americans, Immigrants and Natural Resources (265)
Michigan’s Native Americans and German immigrants were the Saginaw wilderness’ earliest residents. Local author Roselynn Ederer will discuss both and the natural resources that attracted many immigrants to the Saginaw Valley. This class will include material from her 1999 book On the Banks of Beautiful Saugenah. Books will be available for purchase.
Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity’s Greatest Empire (266) The ancient Roman world, which lasted more than 1,000 years, and spanned three continents at its height has left us enduring images of its power and influence. Working on the premise that Rome needed to “impress” its mostly illiterate subjects, Dr. Stephen Tuck, a professor of classics, guides us through that ancient culture’s cultural and practical contributions to its far flung empire. OLLI member Barb Mitchell will be your facilitator for this fifth exploration of the Great Courses series which will examine imperial forums and monuments, the immense bath structures, Roman engineering and the contributions (beyond fighting) of the Roman military. You need not have taken any of the previous classes to enjoy this segment. You will have access to previously viewed DVDs.