October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Furman Libraries and the Student Office for Accessibility Resources are celebrating with a display in the Research Commons of the Duke Library. The display features an informational poster (with a Braille translation) and a selection of disability-related fiction and non-fiction books available for check-out. There is also a blackboard which asks “What can we do to improve accessibility at Furman?” Students are welcome to write their ideas on this board or submit their thoughts via e-mail to email@example.com.
The Furman University Libraries have a growing collection of popular fiction and non-fiction titles on CD. This collection is located to the left of the Circulation Desk at the James B. Duke Library, and across from the Circulation Desk in the Sanders Science Library. New additions to the audiobook collection include the following titles:
Ashura 2017 will begin in the evening of Friday, September 29.
Ashura in A Concise Encyclopedia of Islam
A twenty-four hour non-obligatory fast celebrated on the tenth of Muharram, it was first performed by Muhammad. Among the Sunni, the day is marked as a commemoration of the day Nuh left the ark, and the door of the Ka’bah is opened for visitors. In North Africa the fast is broken by eating special dishes of fried cakes and flat bread. It is also a day of mourning for Shiite Muslims, as the anniversary of the marytrdom of Husayn at Karbala.
Eternal Performance: Taʻziyeh and Other Shiite Rituals
Over the centuries, observances of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, have traveled far from their origins at Karbala—a windswept desert plain that is now a town in present-day Iraq—where, according to tradition, Hussein, the beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was brutally put to death together with seventy-two of his male companions on the tenth day of the month. For this reason, Muharram is synonymous with both the first month and the tenth day. Hussein’s passion and death are considered the ultimate example of sacrifice for Shia Muslims and scores of rituals devoted to Muharram have developed during the last thirteen centuries, especially in Iran where Twelver Shi’ism became the state religion in the sixteenth century.
As Peter Chelkowski describes in Eternal Performance, many of these rituals were exported to other lands over time. They crossed boundaries and cultures from Iran and Iraq to Lebanon, the Indian subcontinent, North America, and the Caribbean. Yet all Muharram rituals, no matter where or how they are performed, have their origins in Karbala. The transformation and transmission of these observances to their present-day forms around the world are the result of the intersection of multiple races, religions, and artistic traditions. Eternal Performance explores the social, political, cultural, artistic, and religious significance of Muharram rituals for millions of global observers. – from the publisher
Coffee Chats with a Career Advisor
Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00-12:00
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:00
Meet with a Career Advisor in the Library Café for resume reviews, interview tips, LinkedIn reviews and more!
The Pitts Room, located on the 2nd floor of the James B. Duke Library, received a major technology upgrade, adding the best features of a “smart classroom” to the space. We now have an LCD projector and large screen for presentations, together with a complete computer, DVD, Apple TV, and overhead document camera housed in a new podium. A video conferencing camera has been added to the room that can also record events and talks. The added functionality will be useful for visiting classes hosted by Special Collections, for committee meetings, and for interviews. If you would like a tour of the Pitts Room and its new additions, please contact Kathy Hamlin by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (ext. 2191).