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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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University Lecture Committee Seeks Nominees

March 15th, 2013

The University Lecture Committee asks for your assistance in identifying nominees for the 2013 University Lecturer.

Please consider nominating one or more of your colleagues for this honor and also bringing this invitation to the attention of others in the University community.  Nomination forms for the University Lecturer should be submitted by April 21, 2013, via email to, attention PJ Jorgensen. For questions about any aspect of the Lectureship please email or call 617-353-2230.

The University Lecture was established in 1950 to honor members of the Boston University faculty engaged in outstanding research.  University Lecturers represent a vast array of disciplines and research topics, yet share a common commitment to excellence in scholarly inquiry and discovery.  The annual lecture provides an opportunity to highlight the work of a distinguished scholar and engage both the University community and the broader public in the vibrant intellectual life of Boston University.

Information about the Lectureship, a list of past lecturers, and a downloadable 2013 nomination form can be found on the following website:

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