Social Justice Reading Club to Discuss ‘Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood’

The Social Justice Reading Club will host a discussion of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, an illustrated autobiography that recounts author Marjane Satrapi’s youth in Iran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Social Justice Reading Club to Discuss ‘Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood’The panel discussion—which is open to Duquesne students, faculty and staff—will take place Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Union’s Africa Room. It will include a panel discussion featuring Associate English Professor Dr. Emad Mirmotahari, graduate student Rochel Gasson and undergraduate student Daniea Baslan. University Librarian Dr. Sara Baron will serve as moderator.

Students enrolled in Social Justice in Educational Settings classes have been reading Persepolis this semester.

Dr. Patricia Sheahan, adjunct professor in the School of Education, said reading the book has given her students an opportunity to reflect on the diverse experiences of others.

“My students have gained so much understanding and respect for this young girl’s life,” Sheahan said. “The graphic novel helps the students connect to the culture, history, geography, politics and religion in Iran.”

Copies of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood are available at Gumberg Library’s main desk.

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