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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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Ideapod: Thought Leaders and Intellectuals Demonstrating the Power of Ideas on the Web

4:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2013
6:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2013
Dept. of International Relations, 154 Bay State Road, 2nd floor
A number of threats to global peace and security require inspiring ideas and new solutions Yet during a time of information explosion on the web, it can be difficult if not impossible to directly share creative ideas with the organizations and social movements that can put these ideas into action. How can thought leaders and intellectuals harness the power of the digital revolution and provide new directions moving forward with their ideas? This presentation, by Ideapod co-founder Justin Brown, will focus on these issues and more, while providing an overview of a new approach to idea sharing on the web. Ideapod is tailored to the needs of thought leaders and intellectuals, helping them provide context for idea sharing. Ideapod launches in July in partnership with many international organizations and education institutions, including UNESCO, UNDP, OECD, Boston University and the London School of Economics. For more information on Ideapod, please see and You can also visit Ideapod on Facebook and Twitter. Open to students, faculty, local and visiting researchers. To RSVP, please send an email with your name and institutional affiliation.