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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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Gift Establishes Judaic Studies Fellowship

November 9th, 2012

Ida Fasel was a poet, scholar, and centenarian before she passed away on January 13, 2012 at the age of 102. Her spirit of generosity endures. Boston University recently announced the establishment of the Drapkin-Fasel Graduate Fellowship Fund in Judaic Studies, made possible by a gift of $1.1 million from the late Dr. Fasel.

Dr. Fasel was born in Portland, Maine on May 9, 1909. Her parents, Lillian and Israel Drapkin, were Russian immigrants. She earned her BA (‘31) and MA (’45) in English at BU, and her Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1963. She taught at the Colorado Women’s College and the University of Colorado. Her scholarly love was Milton, and she was a prolific poet. She also won a University Distinguished Alumni Award in 1979.

The fund will be located in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies (DRTS) focused on Judaic Studies. Recipients will be selected by a faculty committee of which at least half of the members must also be associated with the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies. Graduate fellowships in DRTS will begin in the 2014/15 academic year. The Fellowship is named in memory of her husband, Oscar A. Fasel, her parents, and her sister, Ruth Drapkin.

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