Leader: Sibi Aydelott, Ph.D.
Register by: Feb. 2
Enrollment: 8 min. /12 max.
Sibi Aydelott will lead participants in stimulating discussion and exploration of three books and a movie selected to spark your interest and curiosity about diverse cultures.
Participants are encouraged to voice their ideas, perspectives, and to raise questions leading to dialog on intercultural issues. The book selections include In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta Ahmed. Ahmed grew up in Britain and trained to be a medical doctor. She received further training in the USA, but was denied a renewal of her visa. She then went to Saudi Arabia, and wrote about her experiences as a woman in the Kingdom. The second book is The Wives of Los Alamosby Tarashea Nesbit. This book is a testament to a remarkable group of real-life women and an exploration of a crucial, largely unconsidered aspect of one of the most monumental research projects in modern history. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (in two volumes) by Marjane Satrapi is a memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The book paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child's eye view, and heroes 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. Our fourth session features a viewing of the film Persepolis.
About the Instructor: Sibi Aydelott holds a doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has taught in the United States, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and Qatar.