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Marina Nemat discusses her memoir, Prisoner of Tehran

Nemat speaking to audience.

Marina Nemat speaks to audience.

Wednesday, November 10th, PsTL and CEHD Reads hosted the third annual Common Book author event. In the morning all First Year CEHD students gathered in Northrup Auditorium for a special session of the First Year Inquiry course (PsTL 1525W). Ezra Hyland and Marina Nemat sat down to discuss Nemat’s memoir, her childhood in Iran, her time in Evin Prison and the long road of recovery that followed. The second half of the session was devoted to student questions from the audience. Nemat began the question period by telling students that no question was “too personal, too political or too religious.” Indeed, many students commented on how honest and open Marina Nemat was with them.

Nemat signing books.The evening event was equally powerful. Marina told the story of her childhood, her imprisonment and recovery. For those of us who had already read her book, hearing her speak about her experiences aloud and in person brought a new layer of understanding to her story. Again, Nemat invited the audience to ask any questions they wished. The hardest questions that demanded the most vulnerability to answer always seemed to be met by Nemat’s comment “Thank you. That is an excellent question.” This was an amazing opportunity for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public to interact with an author, to learn more about Iran, and to be reminded of the power of words and voice!

For three years now the Common Book events have been resounding successes –each uniquely shaped by the author and his or her personality and energy. Marina Nemat’s visit was no exception. Thank you to all who worked to plan and participate in this exceptional component of PsTL’s First Year Experience program.

 Following the discussion, students joined Marina Nemat on stage for a photo session and book signing. Students on stage with Nemat.

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