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Common Reading Experience Presentation: Islam and Muslims: Dispelling Stereotypes

2009-03-20 16:19:29

Julia Shearson
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
1st floor of the Library (east)
Julia Shearson, Executive Director
Council on American-Islamic Relations, Cleveland
Presenting: "Islam and Muslims: Dispelling Stereotypes"

Cleveland State University presents its final spring Common Reading Experience on Tuesday, April 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Library's first floor. Julia Shearson, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Cleveland, will make a special presentation titled "Islam and Muslims: Dispelling Stereotypes" 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, students, and the 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.

For more information, visit the Common Learning Experience website at or contact Paula Bloch, Coordinator, Freshman Orientation, at 687-3734 or

Posted 2009-03-20 16:19:29 by Barbara_Loomis.

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