FYE Summer Reading at PhilaU goes Graphic with ‘The Complete Persepolis’

Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis has been selected as the 2010 First Year Experience (FYE) Summer Reading Program book for incoming freshmen.

The Complete Persepolis, accompanied by a brief text, is both a poignant and humorous memoir of Satrapi’s childhood in Iran during a time of political upheaval and oppression.  An outspoken, imaginative, and often unruly child, Satrapi struggles to understand the implications of a shifting and violent political landscape, including the ousting of the Shah’s regime, the Islamic Revolution’s emergence and the devastating ramifications of war with Iraq.

New students at PhilaU are introduced to the FYE Summer Reading Program when they visit campus during the summer START program. As part of the experience, new students will be asked to interview a United States immigrant over the summer and post a comparison of their interview with themes of Satrapi’s experience. The selected postings will be included in an exhibit during the first week of classes. The student with the winning submission will receive free textbooks for their first semester.

The First-Year Summer Reading, a collaborative effort between the Student Development and Writing Across the Curriculum Programs, introduces new students to the academic focus of our institution, help students see how various disciplines take different perspectives on a common book and allow students a chance to discuss ideas with faculty members in an informal setting before classes begin. In addition, this experience provides first-year students with a shared intellectual experience in which to discuss ideas as they adjust socially and academically to a new community.

Programming in both fall and spring semesters, including lectures, discussions and film screenings, will be sponsored to support the use of the text in several courses in the College Studies program.

Interested faculty and staff can apply for mini-grants of up to $500, offered through the Office of Student Development, to sponsor enriching educational experiences that promote the use of the summer reading both in the classroom and through campus-wide programs. Mini-grant proposals are due by August 6, 2010. Click here to download a proposal form.

For questions regarding the FYE Summer Reading Program, please contact either Aurélio Valente, assistant dean for student development, at 215.951.2634 or Dolores Pfeuffer-Scherer, interim director of Writing Across the Curriculum, at 215.951.2604.

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