Date: 4:30pm EDT September 30, 2013

First-Year Book: Azar Nafisi Discusses Reading Lolita in Tehran

Dr Nafisi will speak to the first year class about Reading Lolita in Tehran, and her current work on the value of the liberal arts. Faculty and staff are also invited to attend her talk.

Reading Lolita in Tehran was highly praised by publications all over the U.S. including the NY Times, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, the Miami Herald, Kirkus Reviews, the Library Journal and Publishers’ Weekly, and by diverse writers including Susan Sontag, Geraldine Brooks, Bernard Lewis and Margaret Atwood.

Azar Nafisi is now Visiting Professor and executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, and teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics. She held a fellowship at Oxford University, teaching and conducting a series of lectures on culture and the important role of Western literature and culture in Iran after the revolution in 1979. She taught at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and Allameh Tabatabai before her return to the United States in 1997.