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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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Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond

9:00 am on Friday, March 1, 2013
5:00 pm on Friday, March 1, 2013
Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 200
This two-day international conference brings together scholars in literature, theology, law, art history, history, and musicology, to examine the practices and values attached to the human voice in medieval cultures. The topic of voice and voicelessness engages with issues of law and representation; theology and embodiment; historicist models of subjectivity; the poetics and esthetics of marginality; and the linguistic dynamics of intercultural encounter. The conference seeks a common ground for interdisciplinary dialogue by examining how distinct areas of scholarly endeavor approach a problem of universal resonance but elusive definition. To support the project's commitment to fostering dialogue, paper abstracts and selected passages from works to be discussed will be available online shortly in advance of the conference event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact