Staff Pick: "Persepolis" author Marjane Satrapi visits CCAD

Justin McIntosh, Columbus Alive

Even growing up in Iran, no books or films were forbidden for Marjane Satrapi by her well-to-do and politically progressive parents. Clothing was another matter.

Following her adored uncle's execution by the government, a teenage Marjane grew rebellious, opting for outfits that ran afoul of her country's strict dress codes. Her concerned parents sent her to Europe to study, and she's mostly been exiled there since.

"Persepolis," the graphic novel that initially led her to acclaim, and its sequel, deftly grappled with this complex relationship to her home country, touching on the patriarchal culture she says is at the root of Iran's problems.

"Whatever [patriarchy] touches, it gives its interpretation of the thing. When it touches psychology it says that the woman is more sensitive than the man. When it touches the medicine it says that our brain is a little less weight than the man's," she said in a 2004 interview with Bookslut.

Given our own country's growing discourse of patriarchy and its role in modern American life, expect these topics and more when Satrapi gives a free talk at CCAD for its artists and scholars series.

Canzani Center Auditorium

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21

60 Cleveland Ave., Downtown