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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

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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Distinguished Alumni Awards

The College of Arts & Sciences Collegium of Distinguished Alumni and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Academy of Distinguished Alumni honor alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service reflect the strength and excellence of the Boston University liberal arts education.

Worthy candidates have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following categories:

  • Service to Community

    To honor alumni who, whether through volunteer service or paid work, have made exceptional contributions to the betterment of their communities or to the circumstances of a group of people

  • Service to Alma Mater

    To honor alumni who have enhanced the stature of the College or Graduate School of Arts & Sciences through their voluntary association with the University

  • Service to Profession

    To honor alumni whose work has brought them recognition within their professions or fields of endeavor or whose work has significantly contributed to the advancement of their professions