Faculty member to discuss book Oct. 16 in Park Library Auditorum


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Faculty member and author Laura Cochrane of Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work will be discussing her book at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 in Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. 

Cochrane’s book, “Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal”, looks at faith with personal narratives from men and woman from Senegal, a country in West Africa. It examines life histories of faith in a West African Muslim society.

The book, which came out in June, shares Cochrane's research in rural and urban towns in Senegal, focusing on religious beliefs, visual arts and economic and environmental concerns.

Cochrane says she will be telling stories from the book and encourages students to attend.

“(They should attend) If they want to learn about a different culture and get a perspective of Islam that they don’t usually hear about in the news,” Cochrane said. “(To learn about) a part of the world you don’t usually hear about.”

Since 2003, Cochrane has been going back and forth to Senegal every two years for research for her book. Her stays would usually last six to eight weeks, where she said over the course of that time she has formed life-long friendships with the people there. 

The event is free and open to the public.

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