The annual UAB Common-Read Discussion is a focal point for uniting the students, faculty, and staff of this research-intensive campus. The topics always raise complex questions, are relevant to contemporary social issues, and broaden the reader’s understanding of diversity in a meaningful way. It also serves as a means to introduce entering first-year students to the concept of difficult dialogues and institutional expectations.

All first-year UAB students are expected to participate in the Discussion Book events and programs.


'Persepolis' by Marjane SatrapiSatrapi, M. 2004, Persepolis, Pantheon Books, New York.

Read the Book

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis is a memoir of the author, Marjane Satrapi. The graphic novel follows Marjane through her adolescence growing up in Iran in the early 1980s. The story weaves history, coming of age, resilience in times of turmoil through the eyes of Marjane. Persepolis takes its reader on a journey of transition and the exploration of cultures colliding and shifting.

The book will be available at the UAB Bookstore.

Mark your calendar to join in a campus-wide opening discussion on the relevance of Persepolis at UAB:
Blazer Hall - RLC
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm