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Schedule of Events

Sept. 21- Oct. 16:  Joe Lupo Exhibit: "Comic Configurations"

The exhibition will be open and on display from Monday, Sept. 21, through Friday, Oct. 16, Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the James David Brooks Gallery, Wallman Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on Lupo and his work, visit or the Fairmont State University Visual Arts Facebook page.

Sept. 30:  Joe Lupo, Guest Lecture

Lupo will present an artist lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the FSU Ruth Ann Musick Library Multi-media Room A (MMA) lecture hall with a Brooks Gallery reception to follow.

Jan. 28: Argo

Ben Affleck's 2012 Academy Award winning film about the Iran Hostage Crisis followed by a discussion in MMA, 6-8:30.

Feb. 25: Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi's 2007 film adaptation of her novel followed by a discussion in MMA, 6-8:30.

Common Book 2015-16

Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

From the dust jacket:

Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.  In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.  The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and the toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit.  Marjane's child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family.  Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression.  It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity.  And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.