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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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The Influence of the Internet on Integration and Multiculturalism in Germany: A German-Turkish Muslim Blogger’s Observations

Starts:
12:00 pm on Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Ends:
1:30 pm on Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Location:
Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road
Kbra Gmsay is an active member of the Muslim blogosphere and one of the few Muslim members of the German netpolitics community. Her talk focuses on the changes the Internet has brought to social life in Germany, especially in context of multiculturalism, diaspora communities, and minorities, with a specific focus on the Muslim diaspora. Feeling misrepresented in mainstream media, minorities of comparatively weak lobbies, such as Turks, Arabs, Blacks, Muslims and Roma, are increasingly using the Internet to create a space for alternative media. As they speak up, comment on politics, get involved in debates and push their agendas, they ultimately influence mainstream media. Gmsay will highlight the groups’ struggles, portray this process and evaluate its outcome on the German Muslim identity and on society, and in the process try to provide some answers to these questions: Has the Internet brought us closer together? Or are we now – more than ever – living in parallel worlds? Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, and the Center for International Relations at Boston University, the Goethe-Institut Boston, and the Goethe-Institut Washington. Lunch will be available from 11:30 to 12. Talk follows from 12 to 1:30. RSVP for lunch to lbpuyat@bu.edu.