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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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Peirce Lecture: “The Silent Sex” Examines Representation of Women in Politics

Scholars and policy-makers have worked for decades to understand and improve the representation women receive from national and international political organizations. Tali Mendelberg, professor of politics at Princeton University, argues that their efforts will often fall short unless they also address institutional rules that impede women's voices.

March 3rd, 2015 in Alumni, CAS, Faculty, Research 0 comments

CAS Launches New Asian Studies Major

BU's Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) has launched an innovative new major in Asian Studies. The new major provides a broad, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspective on how Asian peoples, nations, states, regions, and diasporas have developed. Unlike the East Asian Studies major, which is being phased out, Asian Studies encompasses South and Southeast Asia in addition to East Asia.

February 3rd, 2015 in CAS, Faculty, Global, Students 0 comments

Russian-Israeli Composer Takes Up Residence at BU

The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies is pleased to announce that Russian-Israeli composer Matti Kovler will serve as its first composer-in-residence this spring. During the residency, Dr. Kovler will work on a new opera, collaborate with students, and direct two performances on campus.

February 3rd, 2015 in CAS, Faculty, Global 0 comments

MAVEN Arrives at Mars with Help of CAS Faculty

A year after its 442 million-mile journey began, the MAVEN explorer entered Mars orbit on September 19. Three CAS professors from the Center for Space Physics have been integrally involved in the project, the first mission dedicated to studying Mars’ upper atmosphere.

December 4th, 2014 in Faculty, Global, Research 0 comments

Conference on Sea Level Rise Draws Over 200 to BU

More than 200 attendees and speakers from around the world came together at the Metcalf Trustee Center for BU’s first conference on Sea Level Rise and the Future of Coastal Cities.

December 4th, 2014 in Faculty, Global, Research, Students 0 comments

CAS Professor first BU recipient of New Directions Fellowship

Wiebke Denecke, associate professor of Chinese, Japanese, and comparative literature, became the first BU recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's prestigious New Directions Fellowship.

November 21st, 2014 in Faculty, Research 0 comments

Marrying Technology with Teaching

Mark Lewis has a vision. The new director of the Geddes Language Center wants to marry technology with teaching so that students reap the benefits of both.

October 2nd, 2014 in Faculty, Research 0 comments

Bluestone Takes Preservation Studies to a New Level

CAS's Preservation Studies Program is taking a big leap forward by hiring Daniel Bluestone as director. Born in Boston, Bluestone is among the most highly regarded preservation educators and preservation advocates in the United States.

September 24th, 2014 in CAS, Faculty 1 comment

Author Ha Jin Opens Up About His Life and Work

Creative Writing Professor Ha Jin is a critically acclaimed poet, novelist, and short story writer who grew up in the chaos of China during the Cultural Revolution. In an exclusive interview, he discusses how those experiences influenced his work and career.

May 2nd, 2014 in CAS, Faculty, Global 1 comment

CAS Study: Milder Winters Will Harm Ecosystems

A new study by Associate Professor of Biology Pamela Templer shows that milder winters can lead to deteriorating water quality and trigger widespread harmful consequences to humans and the environment.

April 14th, 2014 in Faculty, Research 0 comments