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We are proud to announce that University of Louisville's 2008-09 Book-in-Common text is Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi.

How exciting would it be to come to UofL and already have something in common with other new students? That's the idea behind Book-in-Common, a series of events relating to the themes and characters from one book, read by incoming students, faculty and staff.

UofL's Book-in-Common (BinC) is one of the four First Year Initiatives aimed at introducing new students to UofL. You're guaranteed to meet other new students, upperclass students, faculty and staff. You'll also ge tto expereince a unique facet of academic life at UofL as you look at this one book from a number of perspectives and disciplines, learn about new cultures, and attend fun, interactive events related to Persepolis.


How does Book-in-Common Work?

Students will read and explore a common text which will be incorporated into English 101 and other classrooms across disciplines. First Year Initiatives will partner with campus and local community members to provide a series of out-of-class activities revolving around the themes and issues raised throughout the book. Most of the related activities will take place during Fall 2008, and planned programs include a featured speaker, out-of-class group discussions, essay contest, film screening, and faculty lecture/panel.


Why participate?

  • Interact with faculty outside of a classroom setting and meet other students.
  • Explore and discuss issues of diversity around the world and closer to home.
  • Read a great book!  To learn a little more about Persepolis, visit Marjane Satrapi's page:
  • Find out more at Summer Orientation!


Fall 2008 Feature: What'd You Just Say?! Exploring the Difficulty of Difficult Discussion

Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 PM - SAC Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria

Is it tough to talk about race, religion, politics, (fill in the blank) without fear of offending? When was the last time you had a real talk with someone from a different background than you? Why are these discussions so hard, and what are the topics we keep dancing around? "Peace, love and understanding" doesn't just happen - you

make it happen! So let's talk about it!


Spring 2009 Feature: A visit by Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis

Friday, March 27th at 6:00 PM. Location TBD

Join us for the 2009 Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women's and Gender Studies, with book signing & reception.


Other Fall 2008 Events and Activities Related to Persepolis

Download the complete schedule! (PDF)


Arts & Essay Contest
Tuesday, September 23rd - Monday, November 17th
you've read the book, you've learned about Marjane's experiences growing up in Tehran during the Iranian Revolution, now create your own story or graphic art about any of the themes related to the text. There are two categories for entry: Category I: Written Expression and Category II: Visual Expression. First year and upperclass student winners from each category. Download the rules and get a copy of the Arts Entry Form! (PDF)

Thursdays in Black
Thursday, October 23rd

Join this international movement and wear black as a symbol of strength and courage, representing solidarity with the victims of violence. Across the world, men and women are standing, protesting and remembering innocent victims and refusing to let politics of hatred and intolerance destroy the humanity that binds all people. A PEACC project.

Persian-Iranian Cultural Evening
Thursday, November 6th - Belknap Research Building Atrium, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Free Iranian-style food, music, art, and a celebration of culture. Brought to your by Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, the Iranian Student Organization and the Anthropology Student Association.

Persepolis: The Movie

Thursday, November 6th - Floyd Theatre, 3:00 PM followed by an optional discussion
Satursday & Sunday, November 8th & 9th - Floyd Theatre, 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM both days
Brought to you by the SAB Film Committee.

Admission: Matinee is free. Weekend shows are $1.50 Students and $3.00 General.


--Peace and Justice Week Starts November 10th--

What Now? What next? Revisiting the Redical Voices of the Civil Rights Movement
Monday, November 10th - Comstock Auditorium, 5:30 PM

Dr. Barbara Ransby, public intellectual and one of the leading scholars of African American Women's history in the U.S., will lead us in post-election reflection for the 2nd Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture.

Come Paint Your Heart Out!

Wednesday, November 12th - 1st Floor SAC, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

In honor of this years Book-in-Common Persepolis, Peace and Justice Week, and International Violence Against Women Day, all students are invited to participate in a community art making project. Much like the graphic novel Persepolis, community art making gives participants a voice and a platform to express their unique perspective. Please add your comments and brush strokes to a mural created in honor of all those working for peace and justice everywhere. Each person has a role to pla and a voice to be heard! Sponsored by the PEACC Program.


Stay tuned for more information about other events in the works:

  • a community service project

  • the spring 2009 Persian Film Series

  • Spring '09 Alumni Association Reading Groups and Events!



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and reach their goals of earning a quality education
and a valuable undergraduate degree.

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