Distinguished Lecture Series

Marjane SatrapiMarjane Satrapi

Best-selling Artist/Illustrator
Author of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

October 25, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

In her internationally acclaimed graphic novel Persepolis, Iran native Marjane Satrapi gathers her stories of living through the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq—of dethroned emperors, suicidal uncles, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution—during a childhood at once outrageous and ordinary, beset by the unthinkable but buffered by an extraordinary family. The best-selling author, whose work has been translated into more than 40 languages, hosts "Graphic Freedom," an evening on onstage conversation.

Funding provided by the Luther College Humanities Endowment



Mary McAleeseMary McAleese

President of Ireland 1997—2011

March 10, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Mary McAleese, Ireland's eighth president (1997—2011), is the country's first to come from Northern Ireland. Having grown up during the violent times know as "The troubles," McAleese centered her two-term presidency on issues involving justice, equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism, and reconciliation. She will offer a facilitated discussion that will advise on our modern times, covering everything from peacemaking to ecumenism to the rights of prisoners, women, children, and the LGBT community.

Funding provided by the Elwin and Helen Farwell Lecture Endowment.