Binghamton University celebrates 50 years of offering PhDs with a presentation by Azar Nafisi, best known as the author of the international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Nafisi will speak on campus at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.
Currently a visiting professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., she is a professor of aesthetics, culture and literature, and teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics.
Reading Lolita is Nafisi’s account of her experiences conducting classes in her home in Iran for women students based on the premise that everyone has a right to an education – even women hidden under mandatory veils. These classes form an agenda for a new human rights curriculum.
Nafisi’s latest book, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, celebrates the power of literature in a democratic society. Praised as the memoir in books that does for America what Reading Lolita did for Iran, this passionate book illustrates the importance of fiction, and especially of active reading, to change people’s lives.
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The book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, is available in the Bartle Library.