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February 8, 2019

Experience Human Stories of Muslims in America at the County Library’s Newest Exhibit

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah—It is commonly said that we fear what we do not understand.  

That’s why, from February through April, a number of County Library branches will display exhibits to pair human stories with hard facts and quantify the contributions of Muslims in the United States, courtesy of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. 

“It’s so important to know other people’s stories,” library spokesperson Liz Sollis said. “Understanding each other is a requirement in living alongside one another, regardless of the differing attributes that could so easily divide us as human beings.”

Living up to our American ideals requires us to understand our neighbors, our colleagues and our friends despite our diverse backgrounds. Yet in recent years, Muslims in America have rarely been portrayed as nuanced and complex human beings, and the reality is most Americans say they do not know a Muslim personally. In an effort to correct this, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) launched the Muslims for American Progress (MAP) project.

The exhibit will travel to three County Library branches from February through April: February’s exhibit will appear at Millcreek, March’s at Columbus and April’s at Sandy.

ISPU Director of Research Dalia Mogahed will present findings from this project in person from 7–8:30 pm on Tuesday, April 2, at the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts at Westminster College. Reservations can be made on (search keywords “Muslims for American Progress” to find the event).

These exhibits are free and open to the public. For information on this and other library events and exhibits, visit

What: Muslims for American Progress: An Evidence-Based Portrait of American Muslims
When: Tuesday, April 2, 7–8:30 pm
Where: Jewett Center for the Performing Arts at Westminster College, 1840 S 1300 E 

What: Muslims for American Progress: An Exhibit
When: February
Where: The County Library | Millcreek, 2266 E Evergreen Ave

What: Muslims for American Progress: An Exhibit
When: March
Where: The County Library | Columbus, 2530 S 500 E

What: Muslims for American Progress: An Exhibit
When: April 
Where: The County Library | Sandy, 10100 S Petunia Way


About Salt Lake County Library Services

Salt Lake County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.

About Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

The main mission of Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy is to promote respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations. UCCD works with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange programs to welcome hundreds of emerging leaders from around the world to Utah to meet with like-minded professionals, businesses, government agencies and organizations to exchange best practices and create networks while experiencing Utah’s unique culture.

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Since 2002, ISPU has been at the forefront of discovering trends and opportunities that impact the American Muslim community. Our research aims to educate the general public and enable community change agents, the media and policymakers to make evidence-based decisions. In addition to building in-house capacity, ISPU has assembled leading experts across multiple disciplines, building a solid reputation as a trusted source for information for and about American Muslims.


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