Humorist, best-selling author Firoozeh Dumas to speak at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2011-08-30 11:59:49 - General

Firoozeh Dumas, humorous speaker and author of the bestseller “Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America,” will speak as part of the Marquis Series at Coe College on Monday, Sept. 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  Her message of shared humanity has been embraced by audiences across the country.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors.  Tickets are available by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

A native of Iran, Dumas grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life in both Iran and America.  She moved to southern California with her family in the 1970s, and later attended the University of California - Berkeley.  In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Dumas decided to write her stories as a gift for her two children.  “Funny in Farsi” was a bestseller and a finalist for the PEN/USA Award, the Audie Award and the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor.  She is also the author of “Laughing Without an Accent.”  For the past seven years, Dumas has traveled the country reminding us that our commonalities far outweigh our differences, and does so with humor. She has spoken at conferences, schools, churches, Jewish Temples and Islamic centers.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920.  The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

The event is co-sponsored by the First-Year Experience and the Office of Vice President for Student Affairs.  For more information, go to or call 399-8600.