“Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi is the next featured topic of the UMF New Commons project

“Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi, is the next topic featured in the New Commons project at the University of Maine at Farmington. “Persepolis” is the harrowing, autobiographical coming-of-age story of Satrapi, who grew up in Iran during the tumultuous political climate of the 1970s and 1980s. It follows his life of grief and survival across Iran. pre- and post-revolutionary. Satrapi first told his story as an adult autobiographical graphic novel in 2000. The film adaptation premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize.

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UMF New Commons events focused on “Persepolis” will run from February 9-21:

Book competition and reading group
February 9 and 16, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Farmington Public Library

Want to make the most of the following events and add two award-winning graphic novel autobiographies to your book collection? Visit the Farmington Public Library to pick up your free copy of Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis” and Liz Prince’s “Tomboy” while copies are available. The reading group will meet in the first two weeks of February. E-mail [email protected] for more information on the reading group.

Panel of professors: the cultural context of Persepolis
February 7, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Emery Community Arts Center

Join Professors Waleck Dalpour, Nasser Rohani, Ali Geshnizjani, and Linda Beck in a conversation about “Persepolis” that delves into Iranian history and culture.

Screening of the film: “Persepolis”
February 12, 7 to 9 p.m. Emery Community Arts Center

A screening of the highly acclaimed film adaptation of “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi. Discussion to follow.

Keynote: “Persepolis” and the autobiographical comic strip
February 16, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Emery Community Arts Center

Award-winning cartoonist Liz Prince examines why comics are a powerful storytelling tool and where Satrapi’s work fits into the medium. Come discover the different cartoon styles that can educate, entertain and connect us emotionally.

Workshop: Create your own comic
February 16, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

Comedy writer and artist Liz Prince will teach you how to create a comic book version of yourself, which you’ll use to write and draw your own six-page mini-comic book biography (and make us a mini average). All skill levels are welcome.

The UMF New Commons Project has a rich offering of free events, including expert lectures, talks, films, workshops, and more, many of them online, for the education and enjoyment of Maine residents. and by the way. Nominated by individuals from across Maine, New Commons’ selection of artworks has a common thread in representing many of the cultural principles and values ​​that inspire and fascinate Maine residents. The New Commons Project is a public humanities initiative of the University of Maine at Farmington, Maine’s public liberal arts college, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council. To learn more about the New Commons Project and to see many events for the first 12 topics, visit the website at: https://newcommonsproject.org/.


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