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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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Online and Against Authority: the Role of Social Media in Political Uprisings


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Thursday, October 13, 2011
7:00 p.m.

Azer Bestavros, Professor, Department of Computer Science
Taylor Boas, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

It seems that Facebook isn’t just for friending anymore.

Join Azer Bestavros, Department of Computer Science, and Taylor Boas, Department of Political Science, both of the College of Arts & Sciences, for a probing conversation as they discuss new media in uprisings across the globe and the challenges it may pose to authoritarian, as well as democratic, governments.

From Tunisia, to Egypt, to London, social media has taken a role in facilitating social demonstrations and is emerging as a critical political tool. Protesters have relied on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to carry their messages by organizing movements and spreading their voices around the block – and around the world.