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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - Lunch Program
An Unlikely and Different Kind of Gay Activist
Cary Davidson '75

Cary Davidson '75 will document his personal and professional involvement in the effort to achieve LGBT equality including his role as general counsel in two major California statewide ballot measure campaigns regarding marriage, including Prop. 8.

Cary Davidson '75 practices political, election, and nonprofit organization law. He represents corporations, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, ballot measure campaigns, candidates and lobbyists, assisting them in complying with the various local, state and federal laws regulating campaigns and lobbying. Davidson has represented or served on the boards of many LGBT organizations, including Equality California, Access Now for Gay & Lesbian Equality, Human Rights Campaign and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Davidson has served as president of the California Political Attorneys' Association; president of Equality California and Equality California Institute; president of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association; president of Congregation Kol Ami; and chair of the Board of Overseers of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has received several awards for his civic and community involvement including the Harvey Milk Legacy Award from Christopher Street West (Los Angeles Pride); the Jack L. Stark Award from Claremont McKenna College; the Lifetime Achievement Award and State Farm Good Neighbor Award from Equality California; the Allan Tebbetts Award from the California Political Attorneys Association; and the Guardian of Justice Award from Congregation Kol Ami.

Davidson graduated in 1975 from CMC and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1978.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - Evening Program
Shared Humanity through Humor and Story Telling
Firoozeh Dumas

Firoozeh Dumas, following the tradition of oral storytelling that she grew up with in her Iranian-American family, will use family stories and humor to expose our shared humanity and transcend our increasingly divisive world.  

Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved to Whittier, California at the age of seven. 

Dumas grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life. 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 New York Times, 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. (She lost that one to Jon Stewart.) 

In 2008, Dumas published a second set of stories, Laughing Without an Accent, which also became a New York Times bestseller. In 2016, she published her first book of middle grade fiction, It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel and received high praise from readers of all ages.

Dumas has also written for the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets and has also been a commentator on National Public Radio. She has spoken at hundreds of schools, conferences and festivals. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and that everyone’s story counts.

Ms. Dumas' Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored with the Friends of Claremont Library.

Photo Credit: Francois Dumas

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