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Muslim Journeys reading series being held at CCU

August 22, 2014

Coastal Carolina University is hosting a reading and discussion series titled “Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories” on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lackey Chapel. The first session in the series will explore Stewart Gordon’s book “When Asia was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the ‘Riches of the East’” led by Ron Green, Ph.D., assistant professor in CCU’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

The talk will explore topics such as the intersection between Eastern and Western philosophies, values, economies and cultures from a historical perspective. In the book, Steward tells about the time when Asia was first encountered by European explorers.

Green earned a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies and a master's degree in religions of South Asia from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also earned a master's degree in Japanese literature from the University of Oregon; a master's degree in sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Green joined the faculty of CCU in 2008.

The series is in conjunction with “Bridging Cultures,” a grant program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) designed to familiarize audiences with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Kimbel Library is one of the 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project. CCU is also a recipient of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Award from the NEH in which 25 books, three films and access to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online are awarded for one year.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.

The five-part series is scheduled to discuss a new book every two weeks in Lackey Chapel. The next books in the series and can be found in Kimbel Library on the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf or are available by contacting Barbara Burd at or 843-349-3401.