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Lifelong Learning: The Middle East meets the West

The Spring 2011 Lifelong Learning Lecture Series at the Ruby Sisson Library will conclude on Sunday, April 17, with Dennis Aronson’s lecture entitled “Impact of Islamic Achievements on Western Civilization.”

During its golden age, Islamic civilization made advances in the arts and sciences that contributed to the Renaissance in the West. The presentation will focus on contributions in several areas including astronomy, art, literature, medicine, architecture, language, and music.

Aronson lived and worked in Muslim countries for eight years and currently resides in Durango. He and his late wife served as Peace Corps volunteers in Afghanistan in the 1960s.

Lifelong Learning Lectures are free and open to the public. They are held in the Turner Reading Room on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in the Ruby Sisson Library, located on the corner of U.S. 160 and 8th Street.

The doors will open at 2:45 p.m. so please arrive promptly. Also note that the library is closed during the lectures.

For more information, visit the library online at and click on “Lifelong Learning” on the left column.

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