Sept. 26, Firoozeh Dumas: The Color of Laughter

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Union Wisconsin Room, 7 p.m.
Presented by the Distinguished Lecture Series and the First-Year Common Reading Experience

Mining her rich Persian heritage with dry wit and a bold spirit, Firoozeh Dumas puts her own unique mark on the themes of family, community and tradition in the bestseller, Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America. The collection of stories makes light of culture clashes and translation snafus, using humor to remind us that our commonalities far outweigh our differences.

Dumas’ talk is presented in partnership with UWM’s inaugural First-Year Common Reading Experience of Persepolis, a memoir in graphic novel form, by Iranian novelist Marjane Satrapi. Both writers experienced the Iranian Revolution as young girls and strive to “shed light on the human side of Iran, the one not covered in the evening news.” The poignant and optimistic perspectives of their youth compel readers to draw the delicate connection between humor and suffering, laughter and tears, and to appreciate “our shared humanity.”

Tickets available at the door or in advance at the UWM Bookstore. For more information, visit or contact Claudia Guzman, 414.229.6998 /