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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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Dean’s Notes

Remembering Susan Jackson

Professor Susan Jackson passed away peacefully on June 30, surrounded by her loving family, including her husband Richard, son Nathaniel, and daughter Hannah. At the time of her death, Susan was assistant provost for general education implementation; before that, she served as the senior associate dean in charge of undergraduate... read more

July 11th, 2017 in Dean Notes, Features

Reflecting on the Academic Year’s Achievements

If you ever have any doubt about whether we in the College of Arts & Sciences succeed in conveying to our students our commitment to critical thinking, understanding, and truth, whether they share our passion for liberal education, then all you need to do is read about student speaker Maxwell... read more

May 23rd, 2017 in Dean Notes, Features

A Note from the Dean: Celebrating Advising

Last week, at the final College of Arts & Sciences faculty meeting of 2016-17, I had the pleasure of honoring eight faculty members with awards for excellence in teaching or advising. At the end of the previous academic year I focused my dean’s note on the teaching awards; today I... read more

May 8th, 2017 in CAS, Dean Notes, Features

A Note from Dean Cudd: Supporting the Humanities as vital to a flourishing, democratic future

The sciences are often thought to be the main source of innovation, but arguably one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of the twentieth century was made in the humanities – the invention of the sex/gender distinction. When Simone de Beauvoir wrote “One is not born, but becomes a woman,”... read more

April 24th, 2017 in CAS, Dean Notes, Uncategorized

A Note from Dean Cudd: Recruiting Undergraduate Students to the College of Arts & Sciences

This month all across the nation and, indeed, around the world, high school seniors are deciding where to spend their next four years. Nearly 61,000 applied for admission to Boston University for Fall 2017, and we accepted approximately 25% of them; now it’s their turn to decide whether to choose... read more

April 11th, 2017 in Dean Notes, Features

A Note from Dean Cudd: Play Ball!

On Monday, April 3, the Boston Red Sox will open their season playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at 2:05 pm at Fenway Park. On Tuesday, April 4, author Bill James will give the Silas Peirce lecture at 6 pm in the BU Law Auditorium. His topic: “The Arts & Sciences of... read more

March 28th, 2017 in Dean Notes, Uncategorized

The BU Hub: Spreading liberal education across the curriculum

Now is the time for the faculty and departments of CAS to get to work to create enticing new courses—with dynamic, interdisciplinary pedagogies—that take advantage of the opportunities the BU Hub offers. read more

March 15th, 2017 in Dean Notes

A Note from Dean Cudd – Neuroscience: Probing Minds, Brains, and Behavior

Boston University has made significant investments in neuroscience graduate and undergraduate programs. As a result, the study of the brain at BU is a booming enterprise, already world class, and poised to be at the very top. read more

February 28th, 2017 in Dean Notes

A Note from Dean Cudd: Freedom of Speech, Protest, and the Idea of a University

In this political moment of stark, sometimes violent, partisan divisions, we as a university community must reaffirm our first principles and consider how to react to these and other threats to our fundamental ideals and mission. read more

February 14th, 2017 in Dean Notes, Features

A Note from Dean Cudd: Confronting the Grand Challenge of Inequality

Economic inequality is rising in the US, and the academic study of inequality is thriving today as never before. read more

January 31st, 2017 in Dean Notes