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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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Discoveries Lecture Series

Discoveries, a lecture and learning series that taps the strength of Boston University faculty to give alumni a deeper look into the world and their lives, is brought to you by the BU Alumni Association and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Upcoming Lectures

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Negotiating Agreement in Politics

    Speaker: Cathie Jo Martin, professor of political science
    7:00 p.m., Hillel House, 4th floor

    Americans value cooperation in their communities, but Washington seems mired in endless gridlock. Why is the United States–one of the most economically and socially vibrant countries in the world–so politically ineffective? Learn how our political institutions betray our best intentions and how our leaders might work together to achieve some progress.

  • Thursday, November 6, 2014

    Sacred Rice: Environmental Change and Structural Uncertainty in Rural West Africa

    Speaker: Joanna Davidson, assistant professor of anthropology
    7:00 p.m., Hillel House, 4th floor

    Diola villagers in Guinea Bissau, West Africa, often told Professor Joanna Davidson, “We used to be able to do this,” referring to the complex technical, social, and ritual system through which they produce, consume, and revere rice. “Now we cannot.” This lecture explores how Diola rice farmers are responding to a range of environmental changes that are challenging them to reinvent themselves as a people.

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Growing Up Brave: Strategies for Helping our Children Face their Fears and Live Happier and Healthier Lives

    Speaker: Donna Pincus, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences
    7:00 p.m., Hillel House, 4th floor

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    (Topic) The Sixties at Fifty: Literature

    Speaker: Robert Chodat, associate professor of English
    7:00 p.m., Hillel House, 4th floor

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    (Topic) Jewish Parables

    Speaker: Abigail Gillman, associate professor of Hebrew, German, & comparative literature
    7:00 p.m., Hillel House, 4th floor