The Athens-Clarke County Library will be hosting a series of five scholar-led book discussions as part of its Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys grant. The series is designed to offer participants an opportunity to learn about people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world through scholar-led discussions at the library.
Dr. P. Daniel Silk from the University of Georgia will lead discussions on the five books. Additional programs also will be held.
Dr. P. Daniel Silk has earned three degrees from the University of Georgia: an AB in Religion, an MA in Religion (Islamic Studies), and a PhD in Adult Education. Since the late 1990s he has studied or worked in a variety of Muslim communities around the world. In 2002 he was part of the first permanent State Department staff at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, which was followed by an assignment to the US Consulate in Jerusalem. In 2009 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in the United Kingdom, where he studied outreach between Muslim communities and police, which was also the topic of his PhD dissertation. He continues to be involved in related projects, and just finished a project for the US Embassy in London, during which he facilitated conversational forums about police-community engagement for citizens and police personnel in the UK. He currently works for the University of Georgia, where he serves as a captain with the University of Georgia Police Department, and also teaches in the Criminal Justice Studies Program.
The series has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by the Interfaith Cultural Organization of Athens and the Athens-Clarke County Friends of the Library.