Cleveland State University kicks off the 2008 Common Reading Experience on Tuesday, September 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Library's first floor. Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, who developed Cleveland Public Library's graphic novel collection, will make a special presentation titled "The Graphic Novel" based on the book chosen for this year's program - Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, which all first year CSU students will read as part of their orientation to University life.
The book, selected by a committee representing faculty, staff, and the University Library, is a graphic novel that tells the story of a young girl growing up in Iran during the time of the Shah's overthrow and the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The young heroine struggles to make sense of her faith, her politics, and her place in society as an Islamic girl amidst political upheaval and change. Written in the tradition of works such as Art Spiegelman's Maus (1993), the book communicates powerful social and political commentary through a combination of black and white illustrations and text.
All CSU faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend the Common Reading Experience Events
For more information, visit the Common Learning Experience website or contact Dr. Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Interim Director of General Education at 687-3935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.