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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.
The Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, housed at Indiana University, has awarded Associate Professor of History James Johnson the Oscar Kenshur Book Prize for his 2011 book, Venice Incognito (the book has already won the Mosse Award of the American Historical Association). The Kenshur Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding monograph of interest to eighteenth-century scholars working in any discipline.