The Republic of the Imagination: An Evening with Azar Nafisi A Visions and Voices Signature Event
|The Republic of the Imagination: An Evening with Azar Nafisi |
A Visions and Voices Signature Event
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 : 7:00pm
University Park Campus
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
Admission is free. Reservations required. To RSVP, click on the links below beginning Wednesday, January 4, at 9 a.m.
Join us for an evening with Azar Nafisi, the internationally renowned author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which electrified its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran. The event will be introduced by poet Dana Gioia, former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC. Gioia will also facilitate a conversation with Nafisi.
Nafisi's bestselling book, Reading Lolita in Tehran has won numerous awards, including the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award from Book Sense and the Frederic W. Ness Book Award. It was also named one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade byThe Times (London). Nafisi is a visiting professor at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. She has lectured and written extensively in English and Persian on the political implications of literature and culture, as well as the human rights of Iranian women and girls. She is currently working on a book entitledRepublic of the Imagination about the power of literature to liberate minds and peoples.
Photo: S. J. Staniski
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