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Understanding the World of Islam: Harmony Under Heaven? Questions of Muslim Belonging in Modern China

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Gain deeper understanding and appreciation, expand your knowledge base, and reconsider some ideas you might already have about Islam through this continuing academic lecture series. The University of Chicago’s Center for East Asian Studies joins the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and the library as a co-sponsor of this lecture.

Kicking off the first lecture of this year's series, religion and modernity scholar Timothy Gutmann, PhD will address questions of Muslim belonging in Modern China. As China has attempted to re-establish itself on the world stage, global attention has recently focused on the relationship between the state and religious communities and ideas. In this talk, Gutmann will discuss situations that have been extensively reported in the media but less understood in depth. Bring your questions to the discussion, or email them in advance to communications@oppl.org.

Gutmann is a scholar of religion and modernity. His research and teaching focus on Islamic and East Asian traditions, social and intellectual history, epistemology, and critical theory and postcolonial theory. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2019.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is active locally, regionally, and nationally in its goal of enhancing public knowledge of the Middle East. The Middle East Education Initiative coordinates all Center outreach programs and routinely collaborates with K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions, museums and libraries, journalists and news media organizations, cultural and religious groups, diplomatic circles, and the public and private sectors. CMES draws on the critical expertise of scholars and specialists from the University of Chicago community and around the country to promote a descriptive and critical understanding of North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, and the wider Islamic world in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Mark your calendar for the other upcoming events in this series:

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French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join French Conversation Hour to keep up your French language skills through open conversation with other French speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or you can rattle off long stories, all are welcome. No class, no formal lesson--just practice for current French speakers.
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Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
*** Due to work being done at Dole, this event was moved to the MAZE BRANCH MEETING ROOM. ***

¡Hola Oak Park!

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers to practice through open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you know enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off a long story, all levels are welcome!

This is not a class—just practice for current Spanish speakers.

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Native American Artifact Discovery: A Story in the Stars

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Explore Native American artifacts from the Multicultural Collection.  Kids will gain hands-on experience handling artifacts, making observations, and asking questions.  Great for curious kids age 5+.
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Social-Emotional Learning Series: Connectedness

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Wondering how to broach certain topics with your children? Looking for ways to support social-emotional learning in your family? This series promotes the use of books and activities, to start some of those conversations. The topic this month is: Connectedness. 

This is a family program, developed for children ages 5-10 with their caregivers.

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French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join French Conversation Hour to keep up your French language skills through open conversation with other French speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or you can rattle off long stories, all are welcome. No class, no formal lesson--just practice for current French speakers.
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Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
¡Hola Oak Park!

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers to practice through open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you know enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off a long story, all levels are welcome!

This is not a class—just practice for current Spanish speakers.

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French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join French Conversation Hour to keep up your French language skills through open conversation with other French speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or you can rattle off long stories, all are welcome. No class, no formal lesson--just practice for current French speakers.
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Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
¡Hola Oak Park!

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers to practice through open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you know enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off a long story, all levels are welcome!

This is not a class—just practice for current Spanish speakers.

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