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LATTICE Book Club is temporarily on hold due to the COVID-19 but "Muslim Journey Book Club (cosponsored by LATTICE)" will have a book club event on February 9, in-person at the East Lansing Public Library. For further information, please visit this webpage 

We hope to resume our LATTICE Book Club soon as well. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact us (Jennifer Wargo,!

Monday, October 4, 2021 7:00 pm

The Resistance Network The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarianism in Ottoman Syria: A Talk with Author Khatchig Mouradian

MSU Main Library Green Room (W444) of the MSU Main Library, or virtually on Zoom. Register to receive Zoom link here:

Book signing to follow the lecture. Free and welcoming to the public. Light refreshments will be provided!

Please join us for a special evening with Dr. Khatchig Mouradian. In his new book from the MSU Press, The Resistance Network, Dr. Mouradian presents a social history of genocide and resistance in wartime Aleppo and a network of transit and concentration camps. Come hear an entirely new account of the Armenian Genocide as it took place in Syria. Mouradian challenges depictions of Armenians as passive victims of violence and subjects of humanitarianism, demonstrating the key role they played in organizing a humanitarian resistance against the destruction of their people.

Khatchig Mouradian, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, and the Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist at the Library of Congress (African and Middle Eastern Division).

Cosponsored by Department of History, Muslim Studies Program, Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Asian Studies Center, Peace & Justice Studies. Celebrating 75 years of the MSU Press!


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 Please note changes from the previous schedule!

Internment by Samira Ahmed   


“"Forced into an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens in a near-future United States, 17-year-old Layla Amin helps forge an alliance of new friends and outside sympathizers before becoming the leader of a revolution against the camp's corrupt guards." 


Wednesday, January 29, 2020


7-9 pm with a lecture by Dr. Salah Hassan and doctoral candidate Leila Tarakji (MSU Department of English)


East Lansing Public Library, Main Meeting Room 


Part of the Muslim Journeys Book Club

Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab by Huda Fahmy


“In Yes, I'm Hot in This, Huda navigates the sometimes-rocky waters of life from the unique perspective of an American-Muslim woman, breaking down misconceptions of her culture one comic at a time. From recounting the many questions she gets about her hijab every day (yes, she does have hair) and explaining how she runs in an abaya (just fine, thank you) to dealing with misconceptions about Muslims, Yes, I'm Hot in This tackles universal feelings from an point of view we don't hear from nearly enough.”

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


 7-9 pm with lecture by Dr. Mohammad H. Khalil (MSU Department of Religious Studies)


Green Room (4th Floor), MSU Main Library


Part of the Muslim Journeys Book Club and the MSU Comics Forum

What Elephants Know  by Eric Dinerstein


Abandoned in the jungle of the Nepalese Borderlands, two-year-old Nandu is found living under the protective watch of a pack of wild dogs. From his mysterious beginnings, fate delivers him to the King's elephant stable, where he is raised by unlikely parents-the wise head of the stable, Subba-sahib, and Devi Kali, a fierce and affectionate female elephant.

When the king's government threatens to close the stable, Nandu, now twelve, searches for a way to save his family and community. A risky plan could be the answer. But to succeed, they'll need a great tusker. The future is in Nandu's hands as he sets out to find a bull elephant and bring him back to the Borderlands.”


March 2019   exact date, time and location TBA


Discussion with guest Sarah VerHey,  a nature conservationist working primarily in Thailand where she educates students on the differences between captive and wild elephant populations and the challenges they face.

The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye.

 “Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye places her Palestinian American identity center stage in her latest full-length poetry collection for adults. The collection is inspired by the story of Janna Jihad Ayyad, the "Youngest Journalist in Palestine," who at age 7 began capturing videos of anti-occupation protests using her mother's smartphone. Nye draws upon her own family's roots in a West Bank village near Janna's hometown to offer empathy and insight to the young girl's reporting. Long an advocate for peaceful communication across all boundaries, Nye’s poems in The Tiny Journalist put a human face on war and the violence that divides us from each other.”


April 2019   exact date, time and location TBA

Amy Kilbridge will join us in a discussion about this new book by Naomi Shihab Nye.


Descriptions of books taken from the publishers.


Questions?  Email Mary Hennessey at

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