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University of Iowa News Release

June 6, 2005

Women's Center Offers 'Reading Iran In Iowa'

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa will offer a unique reading and discussion group during June and July: "Reading Iran in Iowa" will meet on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m., beginning June 9 through July 14 at the Women's Center (130 N. Madison Street). The group is open to the public.

Books to be discussed include two graphic novels, "Persepolis" and "Persepolis II" by Marjane Satrapi and Azar Nafisi's memoir "Reading Lolita in Tehran." Discussion will revolve around political and cultural history of Iran, women's issues and family. The goal of the group is to increase understanding of Iranian culture and its people while learning history and the United States' roles and comparisons to Iran.

Participants may attend any or all of the six sessions and are encouraged to pre-register by calling 319-335-1486. Copies of the books to be discussed are available at the Iowa City Public Library.

While there is no charge for participation in the group, there is a suggested one-time donation of $10 to help cover the Center's costs in providing it.

For more information, or to arrange for needed accommodations to participate, please call the Center at 319-335-1486 or visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Jennifer Koenig, 319-335-1486,; Writer: Linda Kroon