Marquette University News Release

Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Libraries sponsors national Muslim poetry event

November 1, 2013

Event Information

Date: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Varsity Theatre
1326 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf, an award-winning historian from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will present “Islam and the Blues” as part of the Milwaukee Public Library’s Poetic Voices of the Muslim World traveling exhibition Sunday, Nov. 3 at     1 p.m. in Varsity Theatre, 1326 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Diouf will illustrate the evolution of blues music, which originated in the American South, through images and recordings. She will play early blues recordings side by side with African recordings of the call to prayer and the recitation of the Qur’an and invite the audience to catch the similarities in technique.

The Milwaukee Public Library is one of six public library systems in the nation to participate in the traveling exhibition. The series of events highlights poetic traditions from four language areas: Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu. Programs began Sept. 24, and will continue through Nov. 17, ending with a talk by cultural anthropologist Dr. Najwa Adra about the poetic traditions of Yemeni women.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Raynor Memorial Libraries.

For additional information, contact Emily Zegers, assistant librarian and coordinator of marketing and outreach at Marquette, at (414) 288-7068 or or Brooke VandeBerg at (414) 286-3032 or

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