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Firoozeh DumasFiroozeh Dumas

Best-selling author to speak at Willamette's fall convocation

Willamette University has announced that Firoozeh Dumas, the best-selling author of “Funny in Farsi,” is the 2012 convocation speaker.

Dumas — who moved from Iran to Southern California at age 7— will speak to the incoming freshman class on the value of a liberal arts education in preparing for a life of meaning, contribution and achievement.

The talk runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 24 in Smith Auditorium. The event is open to first-year students and their families, in addition to other Willamette students, faculty, administrators and staff. 

“The Dean's Office and the colloquium coordinator were looking for someone who could both entertain and inspire our new students on the value of a liberal arts education,” says Associate Dean Don Negri about why Dumas was chosen to speak. “Dumas seemed like an ideal candidate.”

Dumas’ memoir, “Funny in Farsi,” was on the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists. Dumas was the first Middle Eastern woman ever to be considered for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor, and she was awarded the Spirit of America Award in 2008 by the National Council of Social Studies.

For more information on Dumas, visit the Barclay Agency website.