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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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Arts, Culture & Ideas Series

Arts, Culture & Ideas — a series that gives alumni an opportunity for serious discussion with Boston University faculty members — is brought to you by the Boston University Alumni Association and the Boston University Humanities Foundation.

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Daily Life in the Tlajinga District, Teotihuacan, Mexico

    Speaker: David Carballo, assistant professor of archaeology

    7:00 p.m., Hillel House

    Teotihuacan was the largest city in the Americas during its apogee in the first half of the first millennium AD and is remarkable for its monumental urban core, highly-planned residential sectors, diverse economic activities, and multi-ethnic composition. This talk will touch on domestic economy, social status, and processes of urban planning along the Street of the Dead.

  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    “Retiring” to Theresienstadt: The Treatment of Elderly Jews in Nazi Germany

    Speaker: Jonathan Zatlin, associate professor of history
    2:00 p.m., location TBD


    By mid-1942, the Nazis had already deported many German Jews to “the East,” where they would either be worked to death or starve of malnutrition and disease. The Jews who remained in Germany were mostly elderly and mostly women, and some were told that they were moving to Theresienstadt, described as a “retirement community”  in Czechoslovakia. These elderly people were forced to sign contracts, make an inventory of everything they owned, down to the last piece of silverware, and then deported to Theresienstadt.

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    Phoenicians in New England?

    Speaker: Becky Martin, assistant professor of Greek art
    12:30 p.m., Hillel House, 2nd floor lounge