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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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Faculty Accolades: August 2009

FAROUK EL-BAZ, director of the Center for Remote Sensing, spoke about the mutual benefits of investing in science and science education in the Middle East at a July 22 event in Washington, D.C. He stressed that the United States should be doing more to help develop scientific capacity throughout the region, noting that President Obama’s April speech at Cairo University—in which he outlined a strategy emphasizing scientific and technological collaboration to promote peace in partnership with Muslim countries—has electrified the region. “It’s certainly a worthwhile investment because we’re not just helping Arabs, but we’re also helping ourselves,” said Farouk, who is a member of the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) Advisory Council. CRDF and the Brookings Institution, in conjunction with U.S. Rep. Rush Holt and the House Research and Development Caucus, hosted the invitation-only event on Capitol Hill.


JULIAN GO, associate professor of sociology, won the 2009 Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book from the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association for American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political Cultures in the Philippines and Puerto Rico during U.S. Colonialism. The book examines the initial impact of American colonial rule of the Philippines and Puerto Rico from 1898 to 1912. It is the first systematic comparative analysis of these early exercises in American imperial power.


ADIL NAJAM, Frederick S. Pardee Professor for Global Public Policy, has been conferred the “Sitara-i-Imtiaz” by the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The award is given to Pakistani citizens and foreign nationals for excellence in various fields and activities. It is one of the highest civil awards Pakistan can confer. The investiture ceremony will take place on Pakistan Day, March 23, 2010.