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Norwalk Community College History Symposium Focuses On Islam

Norwalk Community College will host its 12th annual History Symposium on Wednesday.
Norwalk Community College will host its 12th annual History Symposium on Wednesday. Photo Credit: norwalk.edu

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Community College will host the 12th annual History Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, in the East Campus Gen Re Forum.

The featured topic this year will be Islam as both a major religion and a world culture.

The presentation schedule is:

  • Framing Islam: 8:30-9:50 a.m. -- David Levinson, president, NCC, welcome and opening remarks; Hannah Moeckel-Rieke, NCC professor of English and ESL, Orientalism: A Brief History; David Lincoln, NCC adjunct professor of history, Rise and Fall of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Origins and Essence: 10-11:20 a.m. -- Robert Howard, NCC professor of interdisciplinary studies, From Revelation through Conquest; June-Ann Greeley, Sacred Heart University associate professor, department of theology and religious studies, Exploring Islam: Sects, Solemnities, and Spiritualities.
  • Cultural Manifestations of Islam: 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. -- Edward Grippe, NCC professor of philosophy, Islam and Philosophy; Jacek Bigosinski, NCC professor of architecture, Islam and Architecture; Renae Edge, NCC professor of speech and interdisciplinary studies, Sufism: The Language of Love; Steven Berizzi, NCC professor of history, Reflections on Sylviane Diouf’s Book Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas (NYU Press; 2013, 15th anniversary edition), which presents a history of African Muslims, following them from West Africa to the Americas.

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