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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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Call for Proposals for First Annual Silas Peirce Lecture

All Day
on Friday, March 8, 2013
Dean Sapiro has issued a call for proposals for the first annual Silas Peirce Lecture, to be held during the 2013/14 academic year. Silas Peirce Lecturers may be in any field of inquiry covered in CAS, but preference will be given to lectures that will bring our academic community together across multiple disciplines, including possibly across colleges, and that will be of interest to faculty, students, and alumni, and will be one of the signal events on our annual academic calendar. Proposals for the 2013/14 Silas Peirce Lecture are due by Friday, March 8, 2013. Silas Peirce (1860-1922) was graduated from English High School in 1878. After a visit to Europe he entered his father's business, the wholesale grocer Silas Pierce & Co. (established by his great uncle in 1815), and eventually became its President. Peirce was associated with many businesses and many Boston area charitable organizations. His winter home was in Brookline and his summer home was in Scituate, Mass., on land that had been occupied by his family since 1642. The annual Silas Peirce Lecture is open to all fields of inquiry covered in the College of Arts & Sciences, and it will be designed to represent different fields across the years. Preference will be given to lectures that will bring our academic community together across multiple disciplines, including possibly across colleges, and that will be of interest to faculty, students, and alumni. Because of Silas Peirce’s deep roots in the Boston area, we welcome topics of special relevance to this region. The Lecture may be held at any time of the year. The Silas Peirce Lecture Fund may be used to cover reasonable costs associated with the lecture, especially travel, lodging, and honorarium for the speaker; promotion, video production, and reception. The maximum budget available from the Silas Peirce fund in 2013/14 will be $4,000. This may be combined with other funds to support even grander events, but the Silas Peirce Lecture must be able to be advertised independently and attract the breadth of audience for which this fund is intended. Proposals for the 2013/14 Silas Peirce Lecture are due to Nancy Geourntas, Executive Assistant to the Dean of CAS (casdean@bu.edu) by Friday, March 8, 2013. Proposals should be no more than 2 pages and should contain the name(s) and contact information of the proposer(s), the name and brief biographical description of the proposed lecturer, a title and brief description of the proposed lecture and timing if known, an explanation of the likely target audience, and a brief but specific budget proposal. Please include an indication of how likely it is that the speaker will agree to the visit. The proposal should also have a brief note of endorsement by the chair(s)/director(s) of relevant departments or programs. For further information please contact Nancy Geourntas.