As we've talked about the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, we've missed a few of the more interesting details. In 802 today, Danny and George, among others, reminded me that the proposed building has very interesting architecture--both of them really liked it. You can take a look at the picture and decide what you think for yourself.
According to Wikipedia, the mosque includes a "Muslim prayer space [which] is planned to occupy two floors of the 13 story building. Besides the prayer space, the Initiative's plan includes a 500-seat auditorium, theater, performing arts center, fitness center, swimming pool, basketball court, childcare services, art exhibitions, bookstore, culinary school, and a food court serving halal dishes." So, that's what will be included in that massive building.
In addition, we never did talk about the name of the mosque and community center--and remember, it is a mosque and community center. The mosque was originally named "Cordoba House," then renamed "Park51" after its location at 51 Park Place. Why "Cordoba House"? Cordoba, Spain, was a city that, in the 8th through 11th centuries, included large numbers of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. According to scholars like Maria Rosa Menocal--a professor at Yale--Cordoba was unique for the mutual tolerance, respect, and appreciation that the religious groups showed for each other.
A few matters of class business as well...
The rest of the world and I really want to hear your opinions on President Obama's education proposals. You had great ideas when we discussed these issues in class today. Write a nice paragraph and tell your classmates about it. If your ideas are thoughtful, let's get a letter together, send it to the president and see what he says!
804 began to discuss the issue of sweatshops today. We'll need to come back to this in the future. However, you asked about specific companies--Rosanna mentioned Aeropostale and Jose mentioned Nike--and their use of sweatshop labor. Do the research and tell us what you learn.
Your next test is Friday. Test Information Paper coming tomorrow...