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Silicon Valley Reads 2012
"Muslim and American: Two Perspectives"

De Anza College joins Silicon Valley Reads in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the program with an outstanding selection of books and events focused on the theme "Muslim and American: Two Perspectives." More than 100 free events are planned from January to April 2012.

We invite everyone in the De Anza College Community and Silicon Valley to . . .

  • Read one or more of the featured books
  • Attend events — there's something for everyone
  • Engage with others in discussion and share perspectives

Featured Books

Both books are available at the De Anza College library and will soon be offered for sale at the De Anza College bookstore.

The Muslim Next Door
by Sumbul Ali-Karamali

The Muslim Next Door book cover

The Butterfly Mosque
by G. Willow Wilson
The Butterfly Mosque book cover
Join Us for a Talk
With the Author

Thursday, March 1
1:30 -  2:20 p.m.
Visual & Performing
Arts Center



De Anza College Participation

Events listed below will be held at De Anza College or include participation of De Anza representatives as part of the Silicon Valley Reads Program.

For a complete list of the Silicon Valley Reads 2012 events and information about the authors and their books, visit the Silicon Valley Reads website.

Date: Feb. 3-March 17
Days and Time: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Euphrat Museum of Art

Invoking Peace“Invoking Peace” interweaves tradition and innovation, faith and activism. It emphasizes the immense diversity of Islamic art and reveals shared concerns. Artworks range from site-specific installations, classical and experimental calligraphy and paintings to product designs for cultural needs, digital arts, sculpture and ceramics. A reception for the artists will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Artists include: Seyed Alavi, Doris Bittar, Ala Ebtekar, Taraneh Hemami, and Saira Wasim with “Legacy of Qur’an: Messages of Peace” artists Um Amina, Salma Arastu, Davi Barker, Bassamat Bahnasy, Manli Chao, Haji Noor Deen, Ala Ebtekar, Azeem Khaliq, Ali Khan, Asma Khan, Mark Piercy, David Platford, Nabeela Raza Sajjad, Ayesha Samdani, Lubna Shaikh, Arash Shirinibab, and Zubair Simab.

Open to tour groups by appointment. Contact Diana Argabrite at or 408.864.5464.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 22
Time: 7:30-8 p.m.
Location: Channel 30 in San Jose and Campbell, or watch live webcast or on demand at www.

Host Janice Edwards moderates a community conversation about “The Muslim Next Door.” Viewers can call, e-mail, text or tweet their comments and questions. Veronica Neal, De Anza College's new director of equity, social justice and multicultural education, will serve as a panelist.

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Visual & Performing Arts Center

Willow Wilson, author of “The Butterfly Mosque,” talks about her book and answers questions. Co-sponsored by the De Anza College Library.

G. Willow Wilson is an American author and essayist who divides her time between Egypt and the United States. Her articles about modern religion and the Middle East have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine and Atlantic Monthly.

Wilson began her writing career at 17, when she freelanced as a music and DJ critic while a student at Boston University. After graduating with a degree in History and coursework in Arabic language and literature, Willow moved to Cairo to teach.

Wilson is a convert to Islam and her commentary often addresses Islamic and interfaith issues. An avid supporter of new and alternative media, Willow has written for politics and culture blogs. Since the age of 11, when she first picked up a copy of The Uncanny X-Men, Willow has been a dedicated reader of comics and graphic novels. Today she writes both for DC Comics and its literary imprint, Vertigo.

The conversation continues. De Anza President Brian Murphy interviews authors Sumbul Ali-Karamali and Willow Wilson.

Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: 1:30-3:15 p.m.
Location: Cupertino Community Hall, 20350 Torre Ave., Cupertino

Sumbul Ali-Karamali and Willow Wilson continue the conversation about their books and experiences as American Muslim women in an on-stage interview with De Anza College President Brian Murphy, followed by announcement of winners of the Cupertino Library Foundation essay contest and book signing by the authors. Co-sponsored by Cupertino Library Foundation.

Date: Sunday, March 11
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Visual & Performing Arts Center
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This 90-minute documentary takes viewers to The Fez World Festival of Sacred Music, an event that brings together Muslim, Christian and Jewish men and women to perform at historic sites in this ancient Arab city.

Insightful commentaries from musicians and live discussions from an international symposium of philosophers, scientists and spiritual leaders are inter-cut with compelling musical performances. Director Stephen Olsson will introduce the film and answer questions after the showing.

The Euphrat Museum of Art will be open 12–2 p.m. and 30 minutes after the program so that event participants can also visit the Islamic art exhibit at the museum.

Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Visual & Performing Arts Center
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The most popular poet in America is Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th century Muslim mystic. This program features the work of Rumi with readings by Los Gatos poet laureate Parthenia Hicks, Cupertino poet laureate and De Anza College English instructor David Denny, and Santa Clara County poet laureate Sally Ashton, along with music and a showing of “One Through Love,” a multi-lingual (English, Persian, Turkish and Arabic) film.

Producers Stephen Olsson and Parisa Soultani will describe the film and its companion website that are designed to build connection and dialogue.

All events are free. For more information about Silicon Valley Reads, visit the Silicon Valley Reads website.

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