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LSS Contributes to New Media Initiative

June 26, 2009 by David Macasaet

L&S Learning Support Services recently helped produce a series of short digital audio stories for Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates.

In the first short story of the series, Talant Mawkanuli, a prominent linguist of Central Eurasian Turkic languages and an accomplished dombra player, talks about the connection between music and Islam in Central Asia and the sound and feeling of the Koran.

Listen to the Audio Story

The interview was conducted by Fatima Sartbaeva, a CREECA student assistant and native of Kyrgyzstan. Post production and voice-over narration was provided by LSS's own David Macasaet.

The user-generated stories complement a web site and blog, and hour-long radio programs produced for the pioneering Wisconsin Public Radio program, Here on Earth: Radio without Borders.

Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates is a new media initiative that seeks to challenge misconceptions and stereotypical perceptions about Islam and Muslims worldwide through a collaboration between UW-Madison’s nine area and international studies centers, Wisconsin Public Radio, and the public.

Inside Islam is supported by a program titled "Academia in the Public Sphere: Islam and Muslims in World Contexts," funded by the Carnegie Corporation and administered by the Social Science Research Council.

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