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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-September 2012

Co-director of the Editorial Institute and Professor of English Archie Burnett has been commissioned to produce a collected edition of the prose of T. S. Eliot in five volumes by Eliot’s publisher Faber and Faber. Co-director Christopher Ricks is already producing a complete annotated edition of Eliot’s poetry for the same publisher.

Assistant Professor of Archaeology Michael Danti has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of State, Baghdad Office, for the Mosul Archaeology Project (MAP). The award to Boston University is for $751,000 over two years. This involves setting up a program at Mosul University to train Iraqi archaeologists.

Two members of the Philosophy Department faculty were chosen for The Philosophers Annual top ten articles of 2011. They are Paul Katsafanas for his article “The Concept of Unified Agency in Nietzsche, Plato, and Schiller” in Journal of the History of Philosophy and David Liebesman for “Simple Generics” in Noûs.

Professor of Archaeology Mary Beaudry will receive the J. C. Harrington Award and Medal, the Society for Historical Archaeology’s highest award, in January 2013. Professor Beaudry was also invited to give the 24th MacDonald Lecture at the MacDonald Institute at Cambridge University in November 2012. She will speak on “Gastronomical Archaeology: The Aesthetics and Materiality of Dining.”

Professor of Computer Science Ran Canetti has received a $480K grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research project, “New Directions in Cryptography: Non-Black-Box Techniques against Non-Black-Box Attacks.” This project is aimed at developing new algorithmic and analytical techniques for dealing with the increasingly sophisticated ways in which computing devices are currently used in relation to cryptography.

Cassidy & Associates has brought on as a senior adviser CAS International Relations Professor of the Practice Husain Haqqani, who was the ambassador to the U.S. from Pakistan from 2008 to 2011. Haqqani will continue his post at BU. Haqqani joins the firm as a senior adviser on global public policy and in its international business consulting practice. He’s also co-chair of the Hudson Institute’s Project on the Future of the Muslim World and director of the Center for International Relations.

For a week in the spring, Writing Program Assistant Professor Maria Zlateva was an invited Visiting Scholar to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she gave lectures to faculty in the departments of Linguistics and Modern Languages; English; Translation, Chinese Language and Literature; Education; and the Chinese Language Centre (English Language Teaching Unit).

Associate Professor of Philosophy Alisa Bokulich has been awarded a “scholars award” grant from The National Science Foundation of $187,957 for support of her project, which is titled “Idealized Models in Scientific Explanation: Some Lessons from Geomorphology.”

Professors of African American Studies Linda Heywood and John Thornton wrote an article in The Root in response to a New York Times article investigating President Obama’s distant relation to an early slave in 17th century Virginia. Read their article.

Associate Professor of Psychology Donna Pincus, director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at BU, wrote an article in the Huffington Post titled “Helping Kids Get Past the Fear of Trying Something New.” Read the article.

The Thoreau Society has voted to give Kevin Van Anglen, Senior Lecturer in the English Department, the Walter Harding Memorial Distinguished Service Award.