March 4, 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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Coalition looks to curb oil dependence

by Greg Harman Hometown News (Florida) March 31, 2006 MELBOURNE - The use of fossil fuels for transportation in the United States has been compared by some, including President George Bush, to an addiction. Experts say this addiction has compromised our country's economy, environment and security. But one alternative a group of lobbyists has proposed features a radical set of policies and requirements, which is designed to gradually curb the country's insatiable thirst for oil. The lobbying group recently met at the Florida Institute for … [Read more...]

Peace and Justice discussions: International Crimes Court awareness

by Megan Blank The Goshen College Record March 29, 2006 Continuing to raise awareness of United States and global issues, about 25 students, teachers and community members attended a Town Hall meeting on Sunday to discuss the future of U.S. involvement in the International Crimes Court. The meeting, "Darfur and Beyond: The Role of the International Crimes Court,'' was hosted by PAX, along with the Goshen College chapter of the Americans for an Informed Democracy. John Clark, a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, and … [Read more...]

Environmental town meeting at St. Mike’s on Thursday

by Burlington Free Press Staff Writer March 29, 2006 A town hall meeting scheduled Thursday at St. Michael's College will explore U.S. security, the global environment and how relatively small communities like Colchester can improve the environment, locally and globally. The event will feature a presentation from Julie Starr, a population and environmental specialist with the National Wildlife Federation. Her topic is called "Thinking Globally and Acting Globally: Why Population, Gender and the Environment Matter for International Policy." The … [Read more...]

GFDD/FUNGLODE presented ‘The Silent Killer’

by Staff Writer Global Foundation for Democracy and Development Newsletter March 27, 2006 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic On March 24, 2006, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), with the collaboration of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), presented ‘The Silent Killer' , a powerful one-hour documentary on the unfinished campaign against global hunger, followed by a discussion panel of international and national experts which included Maria Salas, World Food Program … [Read more...]

Co-Founders of UR-AID Hope to Raise Global Awareness

by Staff Writer Jepson School of Leadership Studies Newsletter March 2006 Elleni Ghebremicael and Ashley Weathersbee, both leadership studies minors, and fellow University of Richmond student Alicia Surdyk co-founded a campus chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) last spring after attending one of the organization’s conferences in Berlin. AID, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a mission to raise global awareness, engages college and university students in education and advocacy in support of a collaborative U.S. role in the … [Read more...]

Video Conference: U.S. – Asian Relations: AID attempts to raise global awareness

by Belinda Wong SFSU XPress March 25, 2006 A video conference linked university students and SF residents with leaders and students in the Philippines, China, Thailand, Papa New Guinea and East Timor, at the J. Paul Leonard Library at SF State. The student organization - Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) - held the event on March 23, from 5: 50 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m., in an effort to promote global awareness among college students, and to discuss the future of U.S.-Asian Relations. "Due to the high degree of attention given by the media to … [Read more...]

Penn State links to Asia by miracles of technology

by Brad Groznik Penn State Daily Collegian March 24, 2006 Caption: Heidi Lynch (senior-German and international politics) participates in last night's videoconference with students and leaders from the United States and Asia. Last night, students were given an opportunity that only technology could allow, when nine universities from the United States and Asian countries linked up for a videoconference. "I think it's really cool that we can do something like this," Heidi Lynch (senior-international politics and German) said. Lynch set up the … [Read more...]

Teleconference bridges Western, Muslim worlds: AU students participate in videoconference with other U.S. and Turkish students

by Susanna Reid The Eagle (American University) March 23, 2006 Before Spring Break, AU students gathered to watch and participate in a videoconference with students from Wellesley College, Marquette University and the Turkish University in Izmir. The AU Foreign Policy Association partnered with Americans for Informed Democracy to host the discussion. AUFPA co-founder and president Kristy Mordhorst, a grad student and Masters candidate in international peace and conflict resolution at AU, is an Americans for Informed Democracy campus coordinator … [Read more...]

America’s oil use topic of forum

by staff writer Florida Today March 23, 2006 Deron Lovaas, director of the Oil Security Campaign at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., will speak today about America's oil dependence at Florida Tech. Lovaas' talk will focus on what communities can do to reduce America's oil consumption. The title of Lovaas's presentation is "Securing America: Solving Our Oil Dependence Through Innovation." After his presentation, members of the community will have the opportunity to make brief comments. The free event begins at … [Read more...]

Melbourne Citizens to Weigh in on America’s “Oil Addiction”

by By Rachel Anderson Florida Institute of Technology Newsroom March 23, 2006 MELBOURNE, FLA. - Florida Tech students will host a town hall meeting to discuss “U.S. security and the global environment and to specifically consider how communities like Melbourne can help improve the environment locally and globally,” said event organizer Jennifer Bucheit. The meeting is on March 23 at 3 p.m. in the Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room. The center is located in the heart of the Florida Tech campus, off Country Club Rd. The event is free and open to the … [Read more...]