Concourse Display Case
December Is Learn a Foreign Language Month
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has put together an interesting list of correlation studies showing how language learners benefit from their experiences—in their academic achievement, their cognitive abilities, and in their attitudes and beliefs about other cultures.
Check out the many resources in the Kathryn A. Martin Library designed to help you learn a foreign language and reap many of these benefits.
For assistance in checking out the items on display, ask at the circulation desk.
First Floor Interior Displays
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys
UMD Library presents a free, scholar-led reading and discussion series exploring five books in the "Pathways of Faith" theme received as part of the Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys bookshelf collection.
This third "Talk About It" program will feature Islamic scholar Ingrid Mattson, Ph.D., author of The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson earned her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 1999 and a B.A. in Philosophy and Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, in 1987. She currently teaches at Huron University College at Western University in London, Ontario. Before coming to Huron, she founded the Islamic Chaplaincy program and was Director of the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.
The Story of the Qur’an begins with an accessible account of its origins, placing Muhammad, the Muslim holy book, and the first adherents to Islam in historical context. Mattson uses translated passages from the Qur’an, as well as scholarly sources and stories from the time of Muhammad to give readers a sense of its language, imagery, and rhythm. Mattson explains how the Qur’an has been transmitted both as recitation and scripture, “the voice and the pen,” from Islam’s formative days to the present, and describes the Qur’an’s role in Muslim culture and daily life.
Discussion Follows the Presentation
Participants are encouraged to register in advance (http://z.umn.edu/muslimjourneys) but are welcome to sit in for one or a few meetings if they wish. Books are available at the library circulation desk and at the Duluth Public Library.
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.
See future Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys book reads on the Muslim Journeys library guide under the Events tab.
Third Discussion Program Date: 2/18/2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Kirby Ballroom
• Name: Charlene Brown
• Phone: 218-726-8539
• Sponsored by: UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library with generous support from the UMD Chancellor's Strategic Fund.
Kathryn A. Martin Library Dedication
The UMD Archives and Special Collections unit installed a new exhibit in the horizontal display case in the first-floor lobby area celebrating the renaming of the library as the Kathryn A. Martin Library.
The display contains memorabilia from the original dedication of the building in September 2000 as well as a large framed photograph of the building under construction.
Fourth Floor Display
Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection
UMD Library Special Collections invites you to view an exhibit from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection.
The year 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of the publication of what is now known as the “Authorized Version” or the “King James Bible,” the work of scholars and translators within the Church of England completed during the early years of the reign of King James I.
Libraries around the world commemorated the anniversary of this 1611 work produced by Robert Barker, the King’s Printer. “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” was a traveling exhibit organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D. C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office.
Alan G. Thomas’s statement about the King James Bible noted its significance: “No book has had greater influence on the English language.” Linguistics scholar David Crystal’s 2010 book, Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language, investigated the Thomas comment by asking “Is it true?” He also asked the question, what do words like “influence” and “shaping” really mean? the Library Special Collections exhibit selectively draws upon and highlights these questions.
How many common phrases that we use without even thinking about them come from the Bible? How much has the language of the Bible influenced modern English? How many expressions of biblical origin come specifically from the King James Bible?
Look at the exhibit, and decide for yourself.
Guidelines for requesting a display case reservation.