A Community of Scholars Event — Firoozeh Dumas

Ms. Firoozeh Dumas is a lecturer and critically acclaimed author of Funny in Farsi and Laughing   Without an Accent. Born in Abadan, Iran, she grew up there and in California.  She attended U.C. Berkely where she met and married a Frenchman.

In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Firoozeh decided to write her stories as a gift for her children. Random House published these stories in 2003. Funny in Farsi was on the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists, and was a finalist for the PEN/USA award in 2004 and a finalist in 2005 for an Audie Award for best audio book. She lost to Bob Dylan. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor, the first Middle Eastern woman ever to receive this honor.  Jimmy Carter called Funny in Farsi, “A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love—of family, country, and heritage.”



Firoozeh Dumas’ father (second from right) attended Texas A&M University in 1953 as a Fulbright Scholar from Iran.