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Iranian immigrant to discuss experiences during lecture and book signing on Oct. 24
Posted 10/11/2018 11:19AM
Irandukht Fahmy

Irandukht Fahmy of Dallas will present a firsthand account of growing up in Iran, her journey to America and her experiences as an immigrant, as detailed in her new book, "A Checkerboard of Nights and Days: A Memoir of My Cultural Journey," during a lecture and book signing on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5-7 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.

The Friends of the Bevevino Library is sponsoring Misericordia University's free program. Light refreshments will be available during the program.

Mrs. Fahmy's recently released memoir offers a poignant, firsthand account of growing up in Iran, and endearing stories of her childhood with its beauty and tragedies. She details her arrival in America speaking little English, her education at Columbia University and her extensive career in special education. The book concludes with her intimate and timely view of the experiences of an immigrant.

Mrs. Fahmy details the cultural experiences and political turmoil as viewed growing up as a child born and raised in Rezaiyeh, Iran. A stellar student, she completed high school and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Persian literature, education and psychology from the University of Tabriz.

Her life's direction changed when she was selected by the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, as one of only 20 students to receive a Royal Scholarship to study outside the country. At age 24, she matriculated to Eastern Michigan University, where she completed a master's degree in educational administration.

She subsequently travelled by bus to New York City to what she calls her "dream school" to complete her doctorate of education at Columbia University. While there, she met and married her husband, Mahmoud, an Egyptian scholar and fellow doctoral student at Columbia, and the couple had three children, Roya, Randa and Raef, while living in New York.

The family relocated to Pennsylvania, where Mrs. Fahmy served as director of a head start program in Lewisburg, and was coordinator of the Day Treatment Program at the Children Service Center of Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre. She also served as a teacher and supervisor of special education programs at Luzerne County Intermediate Unit 18. She retired in 1989 after working for 30 years in special education for the county and state.

To read an excerpt of the book, please visit

Due to limited seating, reservations for the lecture are suggested but not required. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the lecture and are available at For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact Susan Lazur at (570) 674-6225 or

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