Ramadan in the U.S.
An estimated two to seven million Muslims live and worship freely in
America, the majority of them considering themselves equally Muslim
and American. With the growing number of Muslims has come a growing
awareness of Islam's customs. Just a few years ago, Ramadan was practically
unknown in the U.S., but today Americans are quickly becoming aware
of its importance to their Muslim friends and neighbors. A recent Pew
Center Study ("Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream")
says Muslims living in America are well integrated and largely assimilated.
Back to School
For most elementary and secondary school students in the United States,
the Labor Day weekend heralds the end of summer vacation. Back-to-school
time is eagerly anticipated by most students - catching up with friends,
making new ones and settling into a new daily routine. But what would
life be like without an education?
50th Anniversary of Jack
Kerouac's On the Road
One of American literature's landmark novels, Jack Kerouac's On the
Road turns 50 in September 2007. Reading On the Road - which has been
called "the bible of the Beat generation" - has become a rite
of passage. The book has influenced scores of artists, musicians and
film-makers, but how does it resonate with young people today?
Teaching Literature: Arab American
There is a thriving Arab American literary tradition. It goes back to
the early years of the 20th century. Arab-American authors draw from
both their Arab and American identities in their writings. "I believe
the immigrant's story is compelling to us because it is so consciously
undertaken. The immigrant compresses time and space-starting out in
one country and then very deliberately starting again, a little later,
in another. It's a sort of fantasy to have the chance to re-create yourself,
but it's also a nightmare, because so much is lost." Diana Abu-Jaber,
one of the Arab American writers introduced in this newsletter
This Month: 9/11 Anniversary
Six years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United
States, the world continues to witness the effects of terrorism. Significant
security concerns remain in this post-9/11 world. Despite the efforts
of terrorists to disrupt peace, the resilience of people around the
world has demonstrated that the human spirit will always triumph over
tragedy. Reaching out to other religions and religious leaders have
brought communities together since the 9/11 attacks.
New e-Journal: Dynamic
This new edition of the e-Journal discusses the forces that are shaping
and changing everyday English. From cultural, technological and international
influences to movies, music and sports, the authors present examples
of ways English changes daily. Other articles describe the process of
language change, and tips for deciphering slang.
Web Chat Station: Independent
and Responsible Media
Emmy Award-winning journalist Elizabeth O. Colton discusses the relationship
between government and the media and good journalistic practices.
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