Persepolis Author Shares War Experiences in SMC Presentation

SMC welcomes Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi in conversation with Ana Bayat on Wednesday, May 12, at 1 p.m. Satrapi is the celebrated author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling graphic memoir and film Persepolis, a New York Times Notable Book that chronicles Satrapi’s young life in Iran, where she witnessed the Islamic Revolution and the devastating effects of war. 

The book and movie follow the character Persepolis as profound political, economic, and cultural differences divide her nation of Iran. She struggles to regain her freedom, family, and faith. Satrapi joins us from her home in Paris, for a conversation on her life and work. 

Satrapi has written many other graphic novels and has directed several films, including the animated adaptation of Persepolis, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008. In moving talks, Satrapi offers a look into her upbringing, the process of writing about a beloved yet broken homeland, and the power of both literature and film to tell complex human stories.

World Languages and Cultures Department faculty member Ana Bayat is a multilingual storyteller and theatre, film, and voice-over professional fluent in Spanish, French, English, and Persian. Born in Iran, Bayat grew up in Barcelona in the 1970s before returning to Tehran as the Iranian Revolution prompted mass migrations to Europe and the United States in the 1980s. Following in her father's footsteps, she trained in the Stanislavski system before embarking for England and conservatory training and education in language, linguistics, theatre, and film. Bayat continues to perform her award-winning show Mimi’s Suitcase worldwide.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Collegiate Seminar Informal Curriculum, the Roy E. and Patricia Disney Forum Speaker Series, & the Communication Department. For more information on this speaker please visit

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