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ROYAL AND SHIRLEY DURST CHAIR FALL LECTURES, READINGS BY ART SPIEGELMAN, MARJANE SATRAPI AND TONY KUSHNER

Date Released: 7/26/2006

The Purchase College School of Humanities presents “Literature and Politics Post 9-11,” the 2006 Royal and Shirley Durst Chair Lecture Series, with readings by Art Spiegelman (September 11), Marjane Satrapi (October 16) and Tony Kushner (November 13). All lectures will be held at 7 PM in The Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $35 for individual lectures and $84 for the series, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200.

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

In 1992, Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, his masterful Holocaust narrative, a two-volume graphic novel comprised of over 1,500 interlocking drawings, which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parent’s survival of the Nazi regime. His new book, In the Shadow of No Towers, recounts the events of September 11and the political aftermath in the U.S. in ten broadside pages packed with drawings. Spiegelman worked for the New Yorker from 1992 until he resigned shortly after 9/11, where his many covers for the magazine were widely known for their blunt take on political issues.

Marjane Satrapi grew up in Iran where she experienced life before and after the Islamic Revolution. She went from living in a progressive family, in which her mother and grandmother encouraged her to be a bold and outspoken girl, to life under a regime that required her to wear a burka and that denied her a good education. Some of her relatives chose suicide over state-sanctioned oppression. She put her harrowing stories about post-Revolution Iran into comic book form. The result was Persepolis, the best-selling “graphic memoir” of her girlhood in Iran and her travels throughout Europe before she returned to Iran in her late teens. Her new graphic memoir, Chicken and Plums, about her uncle’s life in Iran, will be released on October 16.

Tony Kushner’s plays are always political and always prescient. In Homebody/Kabul, for example, he explored the impact of the Taliban before the rest of the U.S. was even aware of its existence. His award-winning plays also include Angels in America, Hydrotaphia and Caroline, or Change. More recently, he wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film Munich, in which he chronicles what happened after 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the 1972 Olympics by Palestinian terrorists. His many awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards for Best Play, and three Obie Awards for playwriting. In 1998, London’s National Theatre selected Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes as one of the ten best plays of the twentieth century.