LANSING— The Michigan Humanities is seeking three organizations to host a reading and discussion program for children and teens that explores universal themes in American life through books with Muslim protagonists.

Muslim Voices, a new program of the MH and New York Council for the Humanities, seeks to create opportunities to explore commonalities through universal humanities themes that cross cultural, religious and ethnic divides. Discussions would highlight the diversity of Muslim experiences and invite Muslim-American audiences, who may not see themselves reflected in literature, to take pride in their cultures and themselves.

“The program is an excellent opportunity for organizations to bring other parts of the world to their communities and for community members to learn about themselves and others in the context of the literature,” said Judith Dworkin, MH Program Officer. “Children and teens discuss major themes such as courage, community, freedom and faith, and by having this conversation, we can learn to better understand each other.”

This innovative literature program launched at two pilot sites last year – Dearborn Public Library and Cromaine Public Library (Hartland), successfully bringing Muslim and non-Muslim students together for valuable discussion.

Program costs – including snacks, books, librarian and scholar honorarium, and rental of discussion space – are funded by MH and the New York Council. The four or six-session discussion program must include a humanities scholar co-facilitator selected by the host site.

All Michigan nonprofits are invited to apply. Interested organizations should fill out the online application no later than July 31 at

Muslim Voices, a reading and discussion series, is made possible in Michigan by the Michigan Humanities through a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities and has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Michigan Humanities

The Michigan Humanities is a private, nonprofit organization created to foster a better understanding of each other and our state through local cultural, historical and literary experiences for all. The Council was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and individual donors. For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit or call (517) 372-7770.

About the New York Council for the Humanities

The New York Council for the Humanities provides leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking and advocacy in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena. See