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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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Learning to Kneel: Japanese Noh & the Irish National Theater

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 12:30 p.m.

The Castle
225 Bay State Road
Boston, MA

Join Assistant Professor, Carrie Preston, of the College of Arts & Sciences, for a luncheon and live demonstration and discussion of Japanese Noh and its adaptions around the world.

Noh, a major form of classical Japanese musical drama, has been performed since the 14th century. Many of the characters are masked, with men playing both male and female roles. Preston, who studied Noh theater in Japan, will discuss how taking lessons in Noh performance technique led her to reconsider her own assumptions about teaching, learning, and national identity.

Be a part of the conversation as Preston explains how the Japanese drama led to her understanding of W.B. Yeats’s adaptions of Noh for Irish National Theater. Yeats’s approach to Irish nationalism through Japan was full of contradictions, but these contradictions continue to shape out ideas about the role of nationalism and multiculturalism in an increasingly global world.