Grant providing books on Muslim cultures to Craven CC stirs controversy

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 04:07 PM.

“I would like to see the letter and give it due consideration,” she said.

Mattocks also said she has seen a press release about the matter.

“An institute of higher learning is always looking for ways to navigate a global society,” she said.

Judy Eurich, director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College, said that the college is one of seven institutions of higher education in the state that received the grant. She said there was no monetary funding involved from the college, explaining that the college will get the 25 books, a DVD series of short videos about Islamic art and architecture, two films and a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies online.

Eurich said the college had community support from the grant from the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, Carteret County Public Library and Interfaith Refugee Ministry.

“This fits in the mission of the college of improving and enhancing the lives of individuals and communities by providing opportunities to prepare students for a global society,” she said.

If Craven Community College accepts the grant, Jones has called on college leaders to follow their policy of providing “balanced” resources for library patrons.



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