Osher Lectures on Rumi and the Qur’an

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) announces the first in its Spring series of lectures, to be held on Monday, April 2. The lectures’ subject is “Reading the Qur’an with Rumi.”

Jalaluddin Rumi, the thirteenth-century Muslim contemplative who is today one of the best-selling poets in America, considers the Qur’an a map of the self and the Qur’anic stories to contain wisdom that can lead to a life of happiness and flourishing. In this Monday’s lecture, Amer Latif, a professor of religious studies at Marlboro College, will give an overview of the Qur’an, and of Rumi and his thought.

The Osher Lectures are held on six successive Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon at the New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. Parking and handicapped access are available, and light refreshments are served at the lectures.

The Osher Lectures are produced by the Brattleboro OLLI chapter. OLLI is a nationwide membership organization sponsoring programs for people aged fifty and over who wish to continue their education without tests, papers, or grades. Payment of full membership dues ($30) entitles members to attend all six lectures in the present series. Couples are welcome to join as full members at a discounted rate of $50. Lectures are also open to nonmembers for a fee of $6 per lecture.

For further information, please call Julie Lavorgna: (802) 365-7278, or e-mail julielavorgna@gmail.com.

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  • Rumi and the Qur'an talks

    I attended most of these talks by Amer Latif and was delighted to be repeatedly transported from the mundane to the extraordinary. Amer has a gift that he shares with packed & rapt participants. The talks were jammed with receptive people from Brattleboro and the surrounding environment. He promises to do more talks and I will gladly follow. Thank you Amer Latif!

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