Monday, March 06, 2006

Azar Nafisi to speak March 29

Our third speaker is Azar Nafisi, author of the bestselling Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.

After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, Nafisi taught Western literature at Tehran University, Free Islamic University, and Allameh Tabatabai University. Her opposition to mandatory veils and other repressive measures applied to women eventually forced her out of universities and persuaded Nafisi to leave her native land in 1997.

But before leaving, Nafisi gathered seven promising students for informal weekly discussions of literature from the likes of Vladimir Nabokov, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jane Austen. For two years, they secretly met in Nafisi's home and shed their robes and veils to engage in animated, uninhibited dialogue on books, art, culture, gender, morality, oppression, and so much more.

These experiences provide the foundation for the part memoir, part literary criticism, part social commentary Reading Lolita in Tehran. Read an excerpt from the Middle East Quarterly.

Nafisi is director of the Dialogue Project and visiting fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Join us at the Paramount Theater on Wednesday, Mar. 29 to welcome Azar Nafisi to Austin. Individual event tickets are now available.


At 8:24 AM, Anonymous A Bowie High Student said...

I understand that several times high school students have been invited to hear these speakers at another date and venue. Is this going to happen with Dr. Nafisi? If so how may a high school or group of students be invited to attend?

At 12:53 PM, Blogger angela said...

We have had student events with speakers in the past, but we won't have one with Azar Nafisi.


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