CIR Special Event on the Genius of Islam

Subject:  The Genius of Islam

Speaker:  Bryn Barnard, Author of The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World

Location:  Santa Fe Preparatory School, 1101 Camino de la Cruz Blanca 

Cost:  $15 CIR Members

           $20 Non-members & Guests

Islam is one of the world’s great religions, one of history’s most important civilizations, and one of the foundational cultures of the West.  During Islam’s first five hundred years, from the seventh through the twelfth centuries, this new religion created the most innovative and influential civilization on earth, an essential bridge between antiquity and modernity.  For many more centuries the Islamic world remained a center of learning, wealth, luxury and sophistication, envied and imitated by its neighbors.   By the sixteenth century, when parts of the Islamic world had begun to be eclipsed by the West as a military, economic and social power, Islam had changed just about everything.  The books we read, the music we play, the words we speak, the numbers we count, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the science we depend on—all were shaped, at least in part, by Islam.

Bryn Barnard studied studio art at the University of California, Berkeley, illustration at Art Center in Pasadena and completed a field study of visual communication in Southeast Asia for the Institute of Current World Affairs.  He was an illustrator for twenty years, working primarily in book publishing, advertising, editorial and games.  He won many awards for his work, including several from the Society of Illustrators, New York and Los Angeles.  His clients include the National Geographic Society, NASA, Disney Entertainment, Intervisual, Nintendo, Time, Random House, Alaska Airlines, Sears and Scientific American.  

Bryn has also authored three books: Dangerous PlanetOutbreak and Dangerous Planet.  Outbreak was listed as one of the best books of 2006 by the New York Public Library.  It is included in Nancy Pearl’s list of best children’s books.  Knopf will publish Barnard’s third book, The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World, in 2011.

After a two year fellowship to study visual communication in Southeast Asia with the  Institute of Current World Affairs, Barnard was invited to be a consulting associate of the Universities Field Staff International.  He guest-lectured at ten American college campuses on Asian art, architecture and advertising.  Later, he was assistant professor of illustration in the Department of Art at the University of Delaware, Newark and senior lecturer in the Department of Illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  He won a Fulbright fellowship to teach illustration and design at the University Sains Malaysia in Penang.

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