posted January 7, 2013

Lecture on Islam and Muslim Americans Opens Exhibition at Library

David A. Serio, who is an educator with the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, will present the address “Islam and Muslim Americans: An Introduction to Understanding Islam” on Monday, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall at Hope College.

The address is scheduled in conjunction with the opening of a traveling exhibition on Arab Americans and religion that will be featured on the main floor of the Van Wylen Library through Monday, Feb. 11.

The public is invited to both the lecture and the exhibition.  Admission is free.

The lecture will focus on topics including practices of Islam, what is meant by Islam, an explanation of the Quran, the five pillars of Islam, sacred cities, holidays and demographics of Muslim Americans.  The interactive presentation will include an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Organized by the Arab American National Museum, the traveling exhibition includes information on the three major monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) and the different holidays celebrated in those religions.

Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.  The Vany Wylen Library is located at 53 Graves Place (11th Street), between 10th and 12th streets on College Avenue.  During the exhibition, the library will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to midnight, Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to midnight.