Bestselling artist, filmmaker and illustrator Satrapi to present distinguished lecture at Luther College

A visionary for intercultural understanding in the modern world, bestselling author Marjane Satrapi brings her unique worldview to Luther College in the onstage conversation "Graphic Freedom" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Offering a distinctive take on women's needs internationally and an appreciation for culture and art, she discusses what connects us across humanity and shares her feelings on the broader issues of religion and cultural understanding.

Part of Luther's Distinguished Lecture Series, the event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Andy Hageman, Luther assistant professor of English, will join Satrapi on stage to facilitate conversation. A question and answer session, and book signing will follow the lecture.  

Todd Green, Luther assistant professor of Religion, will host "A Personal Conversation with Marjane Satrapi" at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. Participants should come prepared with questions. This conversation is also open to the public with no charge for admission.

In her internationally acclaimed graphic novel "Persepolis," Satrapi gathers her stories of living through the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. Satrapi's memories of dethroned emperors, suicidal uncles, state-sanctioned whippings and heroes of the revolution during an outrageous and yet extraordinary childhood. Satrapi's memories of her youth are plagued with the unthinkable, but saved by an extraordinary family.

"Persepolis" has been translated into more than 40 languages and was chosen by the Young Adult Library Association as one of its recommended titles for all students and also named as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by The Times (London).

Satrapi has also authored several other books including "The Voices," "Chicken with Plums," "Embroideries," "The Sigh" and the children's book, "Monsters are Afraid of the Moon."

As a graphic novelist turned filmmaker, her film adaptation of "Persepolis" garnered huge international acclaim. The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; in 2008 it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and won two Cesar Awards for Best First Film and Best Adaptation. "Persepolis" received more than 25 major international award nominations, and received more than 15 major international awards.

Besides her internationally renowned film, "Persepolis," Satrapi directed and wrote the screenplay for her film "Gang of the Jotas," which was released in 2013 and co-directed and wrote the screenplay for "Chicken with Plums" in 2011. She also directed "The Voices," starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick that was released in 2014.

Currently residing in Paris, Satrapi's illustrations regularly appear in newspapers and magazines worldwide.

Major funding for Satrapi's visit is provided by the Luther College Humanities Endowment with support from the Co-Curricular Activities Fund.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. Luther's Distinguished Lecture Series usually has one major speaker in the fall and one in the spring who are connected to current conversations at Luther. For more information about the Luther College Distinguished Lecture Series, contact Tanya Gertz, [email protected].

Marjane Satrapi