College Hosts Panel to Discuss Book

SALEM, Va. — As part of Roanoke College’s fall orientation program designed for new students, a panel discussion will be held on Sunday, August 27 relating to the new students’ summer reading. This event is open to the public and requires no tickets. It will begin at 8 p.m. in the College’s Bast Center.

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, is a graphic novel written from the perspective of a girl growing up in Iran during the revolution. The College mailed copies of the book with a letter to incoming freshmen in hopes that students would read the book over the summer and arrive to campus ready to discuss its themes with faculty members and fellow students.

Each panelist will briefly address the question, “Why should an 18-year-old American college student care about the issues raised in Persepolis?”  This will be followed by questions from the audience. Panelists will include:

- Dr. Jennifer Maclean, Associate Professor of Religion, Roanoke College.  Dr. Maclean brings broad expertise in Biblical and comparative religion along with an interest in gender issues and religion.  

- Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and Director, Islamic Chaplaincy Program, both at Hartford Seminary.  Dr. Mattson brings expertise in Islam with specializations in Islamic law and early Islamic history.

- Dr. Stephen Poulson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, JMU.  Dr. Poulson brings expertise in political and social movements in the Middle East, with a focus on modern social movements in Iran.
Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.
For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.