volume 38, number 4
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald



   Temple University Holds Community Event, “Broad Street and Beyond”

On Friday, April 25th, Temple University will hold a free community event, “Broad Street and Beyond: A Celebration of Community-Based Learning”.  The event will be held in room 200 of the Student Activity Center on 13th Street between Montgomery and Cecil B Moore Avenues from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Broad Street and Beyond will bring together Temple students and faculty, as well as community leaders and residents to build upon the diversity of resources, opportunities and challenges faced in University-Community collaborations.  Participants will share stories of current and previous projects and brainstorm ideas for the future.  Former Philadelphia Mayor and current political science professor John Street will offer the opening address.  Throughout the event participants will engage in hands-on workshops based on community-based learning themes such as “Grassroots,” “Catalytic,” and “Change.”  A lunchtime poster session will provide a glimpse into the range of creative projects taking place around the University. The event will culminate with an open forum to capitalize on the innovative ideas generated throughout the sessions. 

Community-Based Learning is a national movement in which partners use a collaborative approach to improving their surroundings.  Key components are: respectful dialogue and exchange, vibrant and responsive learning opportunities, and socially responsible research/creative work, teaching and service in under-resourced communities.  Projects are based on mutual respect, reciprocity, inclusiveness, and experiential learning.  Temple University has a long history of community-based learning, based on Founder Russell Conwell’s original intention to develop a university that offers access to knowledge based on merit and desire rather than means.  Contact: Eli Goldblatt 215-204-1820 or 1792, eligold@temple.edu


The following faculty and staff members will receive The Fox Information Technology Awards on April 9th:

Faculty Leadership:  Cindy Joy Marselis
Administrative Leadership:  John D' Angelo
Administrative Achievement:  Marlene Bell
Teacher of the Year:  David Schuff
Researcher of the Year:  Youngjin Yoo 

Congratulations to our colleagues!  

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The following petition was initiated on www.ipetitions.com on Feb. 25, 2008. By word of mouth and through a message on the Faculty Senate listserv, there were quickly 165 signatures, along with many personal expressions of support and outrage that our deeply respected colleague was being targeted by websites that promote hate. Prof. Ayoub has been serving a one-term endowed visiting professorship at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley and will receive this petition on March 25 when he visits campus.

On March 6, the Hartford Seminary announced that, “Mahmoud Ayoub, one of the pre-eminent scholars in Islam and interfaith dialogue in the United States and around the world, has been named Faculty Associate in Shi'ite Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. . .”

——Joyce Lindorff, Vice-President of the Temple Association of University Professionals

Temple University Faculty Support Professor Mahmoud Ayoub

We, the undersigned members of the Temple University faculty, would like to express our full support of Dr. Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion. Because of Prof. Ayoub's esteemed reputation, an offer was made to endow a named Islamic Studies chair at Temple in his honor. Unfortunately this was not permitted to materialize, a situation we hope will be corrected in the near future. We deplore the slanderous attacks on him that subsequently appeared on anti-Islamic hate websites. We would like to thank Prof. Ayoub, a noted proponent of interreligious dialogue and understanding, for his many years as our valued colleague. We wish him well in his current position as Visiting Professor at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, and assure him of strong solidarity among his Temple colleagues who value open dialogue and free inquiry.

Mahmoud Ayoub earned a BA in Philosophy at the American University of Beirut, an MA in Religious Thought at the U. of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D in the History of Religion at Harvard. Born in 1938 in south Lebanon, he is the author of many books in English and Arabic in the area of Islam and interreligious dialogue, including Redemptive Suffering in Islam and The Qur'an and Its Interpreters. He has published over 50 scholarly articles. His most recent works are Crisis of Muslim History: Religion and Politics in Early Islam, and Islam in Faith and History (both Oneworld Publications).

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