Rumi, a Muslim mystic from the 13th century, may be the most popular poet in the world today.
His wisdom has something to teach about what it means to be a human being and how we can face the challenges our human-ness faces in today's world.
A husband-and-wife team of authors, Kabir and Camille Helminski, will talk about Rumi's writings at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in the library's Geneva Room.
Their talk will be preceded by a dinner reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Intercultural Affairs Center.
Kabir is a translator of the works of Rumi and others, and a spiritual teacher in the lineage of Jalaluddin Rumi. His books on spirituality, “Living Presence,” and “The Knowing Heart,” have been published in several languages and he is the author of the recent “BeliefNet Guide to Islam.”
Camille is the author of “Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure,” and has co-authored a number of translations of Rumi with Kabir. She is now working on the Discourses of Shams of Tabriz.
2007 has been declared “The Year of Rumi” by UNESCO to help commemorate the 800th anniversary of his birth. His popularity may rest on the fact that he affirmed a vision of the human being freed of egoism and therefore beyond sectarian and cultural prejudice. His literature addresses the highest human needs and aspirations; and his is a spirituality with all the subtlety and nuance of great art.
Their visit is sponsored by the Religious Studies Department, The Young Memorial Trust for International Peace and Understanding, The Provost’s Office, The Fisher Center, the Intercultural Affairs Office, the History Department, Writers Reading and the Faculty Speakers Fund.
Details on the speakers is available by visiting Sufism.