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Each year, la Biblioteca Berio, in Genova, Italy, organizes powerful September Project events that challenge us to think not of ourselves or of our countries but rather of our planet. La Biblioteca Berio’s events, like last year’s conference about Sudan and their photo exhibit on the living conditions of women and children who are victims of war, challenge us individually and collectively to think globally.

This year, la Biblioteca Berio will host two September Projects. First, on September 4th, the library will host a photo exhibition about postwar Bosnia featuring fifteen photographs from Laura Rossi.

On September 11th, the library will host a public meeting and reading about the Srebrenica genocide in 1995.

Thank you la Biblioteca Berio for once again being part of the September Project.


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A library volunteer asked me recently what types of books libraries choose for September Project discussion events. I had a few ideas:

The Sacramento Public Library chose Three Cups of Tea this year, and the Seattle Public Library included it in their September Project last year.

Another selection worthy of a discussion: Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders. Learning about an important historical period from first-hand accounts would certainly spark thoughtful discussions amongst participants.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist would be a provocative choice, that just happens to be the selection for a campus-wide reading at Tulane University this year.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington read and discussed The Kite Runner for their event last year.

Persepolis would certainly get participants thinking about historical events and their currency in today’s world. I had the pleasure to attend a talk by the author, Marjane Satrapi, at the Seattle Public Library a few years back.

These are just a few ideas that came to mind. I’m certain there’s more… hint, hint: please share!

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It’s a pleasure to hear from past September Project participants about their current events, and I’m always happy to hear of events like this one that combine media–film and books– and top it off with a discussion to bring light to concepts and to invite further analysis from the audience.

At the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW), campus constituencies are collaborating to present an evening of understanding, introspection and reflection about the peoples and cultures of Afghanistan, and the United States’ role in the region.

The event is co-sponsored by the UNCW Common Reading Program who have selected Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” for the fall 2007 campus-wide read. Also sponsoring the event is UNCW’s Randall Library who have been actively involved with The September Project in prior years.

This September, the UNCW Common Reading Program and Randall Library will be convening a film and panel discussion comprised of UNCW scholars to commemorate 9/11 with a focus on the present and future of Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Lumina Theater, the UNCW Common Reading program will be screening a documentary titled “Afghan Stories.” The film deals with the American invasion of Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks and subsequent fall of the Taliban. After the film screening, we are convening a panel to discuss Afghan culture, the legacy of September 11th and life during wartime and its impact on the people of Afghanistan.

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this morning, lisa a. kirby, an assistant professor of english, shared news about some september project events being organized at north carolina wesleyan college. their events, centered around the theme of religious understanding, diversity, and tolerance, will take place on campus at elizabeth braswell pearsall library. as lisa noted on the september project listserv:

As part of that theme, we have several activities planned. Along with an exhibit in the library and a common, campus-wide reading, we will also be hosting a guest speaker. On Tuesday, September 11, at 4:30 pm, Dr. Umesh Gulati will give a talk, titled “Democratic Reconstruction of Religions and World Peace.” Dr. Gulati is a scholar of religious studies and cross-cultural awareness, and North Carolina Wesleyan College is proud to bring him to campus with the support of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

it’s exciting to see colleges collaborating with state humanities councils to organize such interesting and timely events!

update: we recently heard from lisa kirby who notes: “North Carolina Wesleyan College participated in The September Project for the first time this year. We focused on the themes of religious understanding, diversity, and tolerance, and our participation included an exhibit in the library and a guest speaker, Dr. Umesh Gulati, who delivered a talk on September 11 titled “Democratic Reconstruction of Religions and World Peace.” Dr. Gulati’s presentation was supported in part by the North Carolina Humanities Council.”

here’s some photos of the event and the library display.





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