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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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Bulgarian Voices at Boston University

7:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, 2013
9:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, 2013
Boston University Photonics Center, Room 206, 8 St. Mary's Street, Boston, MA
Journalist Eleonora Gadjeva, the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation and the Bulgarian American Cultural Center Madara will greet you with stories from the living memory of Bulgarian crafts and traditions. The flavor of tradition and the authentic colors of love for the past and its roots are collected in 25 stories, and preserved in an album book. At the event dedicated to the Days of Bulgarian Education, Culture and Slavonic Literature, the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation will present its Storytellers project, showcase its Living Heritage project through a photo gallery, a 30-minute movie, and highlight the work of the foundation. You will be able to enjoy also the live performance by the Bulgarian singing group Omaia, accompaniment by Zornitsa (Boston-based Balkan men's vocal ensemble), directed by the Taniana Sarbinska, and the Bulgarian folklore singer Elena Mancheva. The event takes place as part of the Bulgarian Folk Festival in the US (May-June, 2013) in support of the Bulgarian foundation “I can too” (, supporting children with special needs in Bulgaria. The Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation (WCIF, is a non-profit organization, registered in 2001 in accordance with the Law on Not-For-Profit Legal Entities. WCIF encourages different communities to take responsibility and work actively for social development efficiently using local resources.