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Exiled Iranian author to speak, April 22

Shahrnush Parsipur, an author who has been jailed four times in her native Iran, will read from her work and discuss her experiences at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in Whig Hall.

Parsipur, who lives in exile in California, has written numerous short stories, novels and Persian translations that have been banned in Iran. "Women Without Men" was her first book released in English.

On Saturday, she will read from "Touba and the Meaning of Night." Scheduled to be released this spring, the book explores the ongoing tensions between rationalism and mysticism, tradition and modernity, and male dominance and female will. A discussion with the author will follow.

Parsipur's reading will be the keynote address for the sixth annual Organization of Women Leaders conference, "Women and the World: Challenges, Progress and Opportunities,” scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board and the Office of Dean of Undergraduate Students.

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