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Press Release for Friday, March 8, 2013

UNF Hosts The Worlds of the Ghazal Lecture and Performance

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida and the Jacksonville Public Library present “The Worlds of Ghazal” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in Building 16, Osprey Commons, Talon Room, on the UNF campus. This event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are required.

Dr. Syed Akbar Hyder, associate professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and associate director for Urdu at the Hindu Udru Flagship, an undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin, will offer a brief history of ghazal, a form composed in sets of two-line verses and long favored by poets from the Arabic golden age. He will also discuss readings by two Urdu masters, Mir Taqi Mir and Mirza Ghalib. The lecture will be followed by a performance from Indo-Canadian ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia. To make a reservation for this event, visit .

The Jacksonville Public Library , in partnership with UNF and the Istanbul Cultural Center of Jacksonville , is hosting “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” which runs through Saturday, June 15. Jacksonville was one of six cities in the U.S. chosen to host “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” a national initiative that celebrates poetry with scholar presentations, dialogue, visual art, music and performance.

A large, 18-panel exhibit is on display at the Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., through Saturday, April 27, and at the Main Library, 303 Laura St. N., from Wednesday, May 1, through Saturday, June 15. The lushly-illustrated exhibit highlights poetic traditions from four major language areas—Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu—and introduces poetry from Asia, Africa and diaspora communities in the U.S. Designed by RAA Associates, the exhibit features photography, calligraphic masterworks and poetry from Adonis to Rumi.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World encompasses a series of programs that include lectures, movies, performances, hands-on arts and crafts, music programs, cultural art demonstrations, documentary and book discussions, as well as activities for children, teens and adults. All programs are free; however, reservations are requested for some programs. Visit for more information and reservations or contact Lisa Brown Buggs, Jacksonville Public Library, at (904) 630-4655.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” is presented by Poets House and City Lore , in partnership with the American Library Association and the Jacksonville Public Library along with the public libraries in Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C. and Queens, N.Y. Funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

The Jacksonville Public Library provided more than 11,000 programs and services last year to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. Nearly 4.5 million people visited Jacksonville Public Libraries and checked out almost 8.5 million items. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call (904) 630-BOOK (2665) or visit .

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.