April 26, 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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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...]

Talk Urges Oil Alternatives

by By Rachel Anderson The Alligator (University of Florida) March 23, 2006 America is addicted to oil, and Deron Lovaas wants people to know the consequences. UF's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Americans for Informed Democracy, known as AID, sponsored a town hall lecture on oil dependency Tuesday afternoon at UF's Communicore Building. AID, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that educates young people in global issues, paid for the event, which was free and open to the public. Lovaas is the oil security campaign director … [Read more...]

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...]