Influence of 13th century Muslim mystic topic of global studies forum

Influence of 13th century Muslim mystic topic of global studies forum
September 12, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

The Global Studies Forum at Benedictine University will present “In Search of the Historical Rumi: Beyond Icon and Idol” featuring author Franklin D. Lewis at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated 2007 as the “International Year of Rumi” in honor of the birth of the 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet. Benedictine University is joining in this celebration by hosting a presentation by Franklin D. Lewis, Ph.D., author of the definitive study of Rumi. Lewis is Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Lewis will speak on the historical Rumi as a global influence from the 13th to the 21st century. The Global Studies major at Benedictine University combines the school’s unique cultural heritage sequence with courses from a number of disciplines to provide students with an understanding of the forces that are shaping the world and prepare them to act as responsible citizens in the 21st century. For more information about the Global Studies Forum, contact Tonia Rucker at (630) 829-6250.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.