Friday, February 6, 2009

WSA to hold events

This in from Jenny Steiner, WSA:

"As a student government, we want as many students and faculty to know student's concerns on campus. To address these concerns, we will be holding an open forum with President Dunn on Wednesday, February 18th at 6:30 PM in room 157 of the Bernhard Center. Please encourage your faculty to announce this event to their students, and to address concerns they may have about WMU.
Secondly, we will be hosting a speaker by the name of Firoozeh Dumas. She is the best selling author of Funny in Farsi; A memoir of Growing up Iranian in America. Dumas’s novel Funny in Farsi was on the best sellers list for both the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angles Times. The book was a finalist for PEN/USA award in 2004 and in 2005 for an Audie award for best audio book. Today her book is recognized on the recommended reading list for California schools grades 6-12. Her book is known nationally in junior high, high schools, and universities. Her commentaries have been broadcast on NPR and published in the New York Times, Los Angles Times, and Lifetime Magazine. Duma’s latest memoir is entitled, Laughing Without an Accent which she based off a one-women show she wrote and
performed in California. For the past five years Dumas has been traveling the country speaking about diversity. She takes a humorous approach in reminding everyone that commonalities among one another outweigh differences. The event will take place on February 26 from 6-9 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. All are welcome to attend the event and appetizers are provided. The agenda for the event will include a speech, question/ answer time, and possibly a book signing in conclusion of the program."

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