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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Points of Departure: More Than a Blog

May 23rd, 2012

The BU Culture Shock blog was recently named by BostonInno as one of Boston’s college-related blogs you need to be following right now—not bad for an endeavor that began just over two years ago. The broad palette—from student life to love to politics—of Culture Shock, the official blog of the Howard Thurman Center, BU’s multicultural center, attracts about 16,000 readers a month from 189 countries, and those numbers continue to climb.

“One of Howard Thurman’s thoughts is that you can get to know yourself through an inward journey,” says Carly Fleming (CAS’12), one of three dozen writers who contribute to the blog, “and you further that knowledge of yourself through shared experiences. That’s one of the things we do with the blog.”

Seniors Michael Bruffee (CAS’12), Lea Petrovic (CAS’12), Bonnie Tuballa (CAS’12), Adam Engel (CAS’12), Fleming, and Allyson Galle (CAS’12) say that they are proud to have created a conversation that seems to please so many readers.

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