FYE Fall Programming Series for ‘The Complete Persepolis’

As part of the 2010 First Year Experience (FYE) reading program, a series of curricular and co-curricular activities are planned for the fall semester in association with Marjane Satrapi’s book, The Complete Persepolis.

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.

Fall events include:

Persian Culture Festival
Tuesday, Aug. 31
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space

Enjoy tastes, sounds, literature and culture of Persia!  This program will feature dance performances by the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company, which showcases women’s dances from the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, China and the Caucasus. Founded by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray in 1995, the ensemble’s performances offer a unique glimpse of the life, culture and art of little known regions.

Persepolis 2.0
Thursday, Sept. 2
Led by Dr. Danielle Dadras
11 a.m. to Noon, Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space

Last summer millions of Iranians rose up to protest what they viewed as an unfair, rigged presidential election. The Iranian youth were at the forefront of the rebellion and the unrest that ensued, and they bore the brunt of the violent government retaliation. Persepolis 2.0, an online graphic novel written by two Iranian-born exiles living in Shanghai using Satrapi’s original illustrations, documents the rebellion of 2009. 

Discuss Persepolis 2.0, the Iranian uprising of 2009, the continued political and cultural reverberations of the revolt, and the ways in which social media – from Twitter to YouTube to Facebook – were used to disseminate information about the political situation in Iran during a time of extreme information suppression. The short, online comic will be read and participants will watch YouTube videos of the street protests (please be prepared as some of the videos contain disturbing, violent, graphic content). Audience members will learn about the political situation in Iran today and its relation to the Iranian Revolution discussed in Satrapi’s graphic novel, and think about the role of technology in contemporary political revolution and in the lives of young people around the world.

Graphic Novel Design Critique and Discussion
Led by Professor Geoffrey Beatty
Tuesday, Sept. 7
11 a.m. to Noon, Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space

Film Screening of ‘Persepolis’
Wednesday, Sept. 8
6:30 p.m., Paul J. Gutman Library Media Room

Women in the Muslim World
Professor Farida Ferradji
Wednesday, Sept. 15
Noon, Kanbar Campus Center, Room 312

The First-Year Summer Reading Program, a collaborative effort between Student Development and Writing Across the Curriculum, 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.

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