Freshman Connections

Freshman Common Reader

The Freshman Common Reading and Writing Experience serves as the first academic assignment for incoming freshmen. Students receive a copy of the book during summer orientation along with support materials. Students are required to complete the related online writing assignment before arriving on campus and then participate in small group discussions following Freshman Convocation. The book is used in a variety of fall semester classes and sets the theme for the Freshman Connections learning community programming. The author of the book visits campus during September and presents a free public lecture.

Firoozeh Dumas

Author of Funny in Farsi

"Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Firoozeh Dumas’s wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot."

Firoozeh Dumas will be on campus September 22 and will speak in Emens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.