Wednesday September 13, 2006

Meet the Author

Azar Nafisi, the Iranian author of the international best-seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, will meet informally with University of Dayton faculty and students from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Science Center auditorium.

Iran, in the news with growing frequency, finds itself at the center of an international dispute over its nuclear ambitions.

Against that backdrop, Azar Nafisi, the Iranian author of the international best-seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, will meet informally with University of Dayton faculty and students from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Science Center auditorium. She will answer their questions about human rights and democracy in the Muslim world and the power of literature to make readers look at the world with new eyes.

The session is open to reporters, but not the general public. She will kick off the University of Dayton's 2006-2007 Diversity Lecture Series with a free talk, "The Republic of the Imagination," that night at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Union Ballroom on campus. It's open to the public.

Nafisi is a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of The Dialogue Project: Culture and Democracy in the Muslim World and the West. She was expelled from the University of Tehran in 1981 for refusing to wear the mandatory Islamic veil and did not resume teaching until 1987. Reading Lolita "explores the transformative powers of fiction in a world of tyranny" with its account of how Nafisi gathered young women in her home every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature.