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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 Jewish Influence on American Popular Music

9:00 am on Thursday, April 25, 2013
5:30 pm on Thursday, April 25, 2013
Richards-Roosevelt Room in Mugar Library
Contact Name:
Daniel Singer
The Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology and the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies are happy to present a one-day event to examine and celebrate the central role that Jewish writers and composers had in shaping American popular music throughout its history. Guest speakers include Ben Sidran, author of There was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream and Seth Rogovoy, author of Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet, which traces the Jewish influence on Dylan and his songs. Professor Jeremy Yudkin of BU's Music Department will trace the overall history of Jewish accomplishment in the American popular music scene, particularly in jazz.