January 30, 2015

Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow

Kasturi is a senior at American University in Washington, D. C. and is majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. Originally from a rural town in Massachusetts, she has worked in the development sector of non-profit organizations around the Capital and has enjoyed learning new and innovative ways of communicating with donors and foundations. She is looking forward to exploring new methods of promoting the cause of Americans for Informed Democracy and reaching out to the greater D. C. community in the process. As a student of a highly politically engaged university in the nation’s capital, she believes that students must be heard and can contribute greatly to the country’s endeavors on the international scale. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dance and cooking.

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Oil Security Campaign chief visits UF today

by Janine Young Sikes Gainesville Sun March 22, 2006 Deron Lovaas, the director of the Oil Security Campaign with the Natural Resources Defense Council, will be the featured speaker today at a town hall meeting at the University of Florida to talk about steps students and others can take to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. The event, sponsored by the Conservation Biology Society and Americans for Informed Democracy, aims to shed light on the role local communities should play in helping protect life on Earth amid a changing global … [Read more...]

'Civil War': By Any Other Name

The question everyone seems to be asking is, is Iraq disintegrating into civil war? We know that over 700 people have been killed since the February 22 Samara bombing, and that reprisal attacks are most likely far from over. Interethnic conflict rages on - around 85 bodies were found within a 24-hour period on March 14th, killed execution-style. Bodies are dumped in various parts of Baghdad, be it in mass graves or even more in bomb attacks. Many of them are unable to even be identified as Sunni or Shia. The violence in Iraq is clearly far from over, … [Read more...]

Meeting on Darfur set for Sunday at college

by Staff Writer South Bend Tribune March 21, 2006 A town hall meeting on the topic "Darfur and Beyond: The Role of the International Criminal Court" is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at Goshen College. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be in Room 17 Newcomer Hall. The event is intended to launch a conversation about reforms to the United Nations. Speakers will include John Clark, a senior fellow at Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, and Dan Thomann, of the Chicago Alliance for the International Criminal Court. A year ago, … [Read more...]

West Africa Democracy Radio

As recent AID videoconferencing initiatives have no doubt highlighted, infrastructure is one of the principle challenges facing Africa today.  Whether in fighting HIV/AIDS or providing legal remedies to rural communities, its difficult to understate the importance of good roads and adequate sanitation.  This is also true with regard to democratic governance in that infrastructure allows people to act in concert, articulating their vision of the future.  Although internet access is slowly permeating the landscape, large numbers of … [Read more...]

Middlebury hosts video conference on Katrina

y Staff writer Middlebury Campus March 16, 2006 On March 17, the College's American's For Informed Democracy chapter will host a videoconference entitled "More Than Six Months After Katrina: A Report Card for America." Held in Meeker House, the videoconference will enable Middlebury students to discuss the current state of the rebuilding effort with community leaders and residents of New Orleans. The sponsoring organization seeks to ensure that Americans continue to understand the changing situation in New Orleans as well as the ways in which they … [Read more...]

Stony Brook Hosts Forum on Cartoon Row

by Rachel O'Brien Stony Brook Independent March 10, 2006 After months of violence in the Muslim world and heated discussions about the Danish cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad, Stony Brook University decided to hold a discussion panel in which the speakers were asked to discuss the religious and political implications of the cartoons, the Muslim response to the cartoons and freedom of the press. Radeyah Hack, a Muslim student at Stony Brook and campus coordinator for AIDemocracy, an organization that she said uses discussion to bring … [Read more...]

UWGB will hold Citizen Diplomacy Summit

by Staff Writer Green Bay Press Gazette March 10, 2006 The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host its first Citizen Diplomacy Summit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Phoenix rooms of UWGB's University Union. The event is aimed at K-12 and postsecondary educators, students, business leaders and others who are interested in international issues and events. Onsite registration runs from 9 until 10 a.m. Saturday. Same-day tickets are $8, which covers activities, lunch, materials and refreshments. The summit will feature presentations … [Read more...]

Video conference for international women

by Sarah Rohrer The Goshen Record March 10, 2006 Twenty-one students met in Wyse 318 for a face-to-face dialogue through video conferencing with women around the world in celebration of International Women's Day. Approximately 30 women from the Philippines, Nepal and Afghanistan, along with 70 individuals from Goshen College and other colleges in the U.S. participated in the video conference called, ``Imagining Ourselves: Women's Emergent Roles in a Changing World,'' on Tuesday. ``The video conference is part of a series of international … [Read more...]

Students To Protest UNC’s Reluctance To Label Pit Incident Terrorism

by Staff Writer WRAL March 9, 2006 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Protests are planned for Monday in the same area of campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where, authorities said, a former student plowed a sport utility vehicle into nine people Friday afternoon. The College Republicans, Americans for an Informed Democracy and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies are sponsoring the event, scheduled for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday in "The Pit," a central area of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The event is open to the public and free … [Read more...]

K College students conference with women from around the world

by Nora Seilheimer Kalamazoo Index March 9, 2006 On the night of International Women's Day, Tuesday, March 7, the K College chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) celebrated women all over the world with a global video conference entitled "Imagining Ourselves: Women's Emergent Roles in a Changing World." Utilizing the Upjohn Library's new global classroom, K students were given the opportunity to speak directly with other college-aged women from Afghanistan, Nepal and the Philippines about the progression of women's role in each of … [Read more...]