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Hillman library introduced me to new cultures. When I was a graduate student back in the 1988-1989 academic year, I was in the stacks, probably doing research, when I first saw a Muslim student take out a prayer rug and answer the call to prayer. I wasn't very worldly back then, and I remember being impressed by a student who would openly process their faith so responsibly. Now my hometown of Columbus OH is a refuge for many Muslims escaping war and violence. But back then, before the internet, or 911, or anything, it was an eye-opening experience for me.

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