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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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Action Fragmented: Silent-Film Techniques and the Music of Puccini

Thursday, March 25, 2010, 2 p.m.

The Castle
225 Bay State Road
Boston, MA

Much like early silent films, Puccini’s early operas were criticized as fragmentary and disconnected. Using film segments and live music, Assistant Professor of Music Deborah Burton will explore how Puccini developed narrative techniques in much the same way early cinematographers handled small, disconnected bits of celluloid—as well as how audiences learned to follow.