By BETTY LAFACE
Bainbridge State College Associate Professor of English
A dozen or more Bainbridge State College students and members of the public took part in a book reading and discussion on Thursday, Feb. 20, as part of a program aimed at “Bridging Cultures” and exploring new themes through the lens of humanities.
The audience related their impressions of a story to historical trends and events, other works of literature, and philosophical and ethical beliefs.
Bainbridge State Associate Professor English Betty LaFace led the discussion of Kamila Shamsie’s “Broken Verses,” a novel centered in Pakistan about mothers whose children examine the modern roles of women working in society. The two main characters, Aasmani and Ed, struggle with finding forgiveness of their mothers who did not follow traditional female paths.
This was the fourth of five book discussions as part of the series.
The fifth and final book discussion is scheduled for Thursday, March 20, beginning 1 p.m. in the library. That book is “Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood” by Fatima Mernissi. Bainbridge State Library Director Susan Ralph said the College’s library has multi copies for checkout that the grant made available.
In 2013, the College’s library received a $4,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to host a five-part reading and discussion series titled “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.”
Bainbridge State’s library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.