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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Americans have had a lot on their mind lately. Soldiers are battling insurgents in Iraq, a resurrection of violence has erupted in Afghanistan, not to mention the recent domestic tragedies of Hurricane Katrina and Rita, which displaced millions and killed thousands of Americans.No, these aren’t tranquil times at all. How have we possibly weathered the last few years so punctuated by violence, scandal, and tragedy of mammoth proportion? We shop. Just as easily as the evening news transitions from reporting another soldier’s death to a commercial for … [Read more...]
by Staff Writer The Shorthorn (University of Texas at Arlington) November 02, 2005 Americans for Informed Democracy is sponsoring a Dallas-Fort Worth Town Hall meeting at noon today in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom. According to the organization’s press release, the event is “part of a global initiative to commemorate Sept. 11 with citizen dialogue in the U.S., Europe and Islamic world on how to improve Western-Muslim relations.” The event is part of the national organization’s “Hope not Hate” series, and this is the … [Read more...]
by Staff Writer San Antonio Express-News November 02, 2005 A town hall meeting on "The Future of Western-Muslim World Relations" is scheduled for 7:30 tonight in St. Mary's SBC Technology Center Room 108. The meeting will feature an expert on Islam and the Muslim world, Michael Kraig, who is the director of policy analysis at the Stanley Foundation in Muscatine, Iowa. The event is aimed at improving Western-Muslim relations through an initiative called "Hope not Hate." "The goal of this unprecedented series is two-fold," said Ambassador … [Read more...]
by Staff Writer The Ponka City News November 2005 STILLWATER — The Americans for Informed Democracy chapter and the Eurasian Student Association at Oklahoma State University are hosting a public screening of "The Peacekeepers," a new documentary about the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The documentary, not yet released to the public, documents the struggle to save "a failed state," taking the viewer back and forth between the United Nations headquarters in New York and events on the ground in the … [Read more...]
by Angie Brunkow Omaha World-Herald November 2005 A group of Omaha college students wants to help local residents from different religious backgrounds get to know more about one another. Americans for Informed Democracy will hold a town-hall meeting on the "Future of Western-Muslim Relations." The group invited local speakers with expertise or background in the Muslim faith or the Middle East. "We have such a huge, diverse population here in Omaha," said Jenn Piatt, president of Americans for Informed Democracy-Omaha. "The more we know about … [Read more...]
by Richard Holden E-Journal USA (Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State) November 2005 Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, is an independent, liberal arts college committed to providing the highest-quality education in the context of a Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) institution. With an emphasis on learning and respecting the truth, the college encourages students to be active, questioning learners and to combine their intellectual pursuits with a life stressing global education, peaceful resolution of conflict, equality of … [Read more...]
by Adam Kommel Bowdoin Orient 10/31/05 Three oil-dependency experts debated possible policies for alleviating rising gas prices earlier this week. The panel, sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) at Bowdoin presented the event to raise awareness and dialogue on campus around issues of foreign oil dependency. The event, held on Monday in Kresge Auditorium, began with a presentation by Deron Lovaas, an environmentalist on the Natural Resources Defense Council, about the general facts of U.S. oil dependency. He suggested a three-step … [Read more...]
by Stephanie Bernhard The Brown Daily Herald 10/31/05 Rami Khouri, editor at large of the Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star and longtime journalist, gave a lecture Friday afternoon concerning strategies for creating peace in the Middle East. Students and professors filled the Joukowsky Forum of the Watson Institute for International Studies beyond capacity to hear Khouri speak. Khouri began by listing problems currently plaguing the Middle East, citing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Iran's fuel … [Read more...]
by Laurel Rapp Watson Institute October 28, 2005 Rami Khouri, editor at large of the Daily Star (Beirut), spoke to an audience that spilled out into the hallways of the Joukowsy Forum this past Friday, October 28th. Khouri spoke generally of democracy promotion, America’s neo-imperialism, and the relationship between the governing and the governed in Middle East politics. More specifically, he discussed Islamist groups—Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood— and their interest in participating in mainstream politics. The talk was organized by … [Read more...]
Official promotes oil conservation: SUVs, demise of public transport to blame for increase in climate change
by Michael O'Brien The Heights (Boston College) October 27, 2005 Deron Lovaas, a representative of the Clean Air and Energy department of the National Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Washington, D.C. office, warned of the critical situations concerning global climate change and depletion of oil in his lecture Tuesday evening. The NRDC is an environmentalist organization comprised of about 1 million lobbyists. It aims to ensure a healthy environment for all living things, said Lovaas. Lovaas focuses on transportation and its effects on the … [Read more...]