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Mitra Shavarini presented:

Playback Theater & Desert Roots:
Journey of an Iranian Immigrant Family

Friday, September 7, 2012
Laurie Theater, Spingold Building 

Experience migration's triumphs and defeats, losses and gains as an Iranian immigrant family pursues that familiar hunger called "the American dream." The event celebrated the launch of Mitra Shavarini's new book Desert Roots: Journey of an Iranian Immigrant Family, a deeply personal narrative chronicling her parents' remarkable journey to America and then back again to Iran.
Featuring faculty respondent Kristin Lucken (International and Global Studies) and student respondent Leila May Pascual '15, who performed a song in her native Tagalog, written in response to the book.
In response to the audience's reactions to the readings, the professional Playback Theatre group formed by Brandeis alumni Will Chalmus '07, Nathan Porteshawver '09, and Etta King '10, with others, performed and offered this powerful theater technique to explore themes drawn from the book.
Dr. Mitra Shavarini is a lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies and Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies at Brandeis University. She will teach the fall Sorensen Fellowship writing course.
This even was cosponsered by the Crown Center, Department of Anthropology, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Education Department, Department of Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies, Women's Studies Research Center, and the Ethics Center.