February 1, 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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Rampant sex crimes occurring in Darfur claims RIC professor

by KAREN LEE ZINER Providence Journal February 23, 2006 PROVIDENCE -- Rape and other sexual or gender-based violence against women and children flourishes "in a culture of impunity" that exists in the Darfur region of Sudan, Dr. Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, a Rhode Island College anthropology professor and Sudan scholar said yesterday. Fluehr-Lobban joined other speakers at a daylong forum that examined the genocidal crisis in Darfur, an eastern region of Sudan where government-backed militias known as the Janjaweed have been killing civilians since … [Read more...]

Conference unites students, leaders

by Charlotte Martin Yale Daily News February 21, 2006 A crowd of students and community members gathered at the Yale Law School Monday for a videoconference dialogue between leaders and students around the world, focusing on the role of youth in the future of relations between Muslims and Western countries. Major topics of discussion included freedom of expression and the responsibilities that come with such freedom in the global, multicultural community. The videoconference connected students at six universities in the United States, Africa and … [Read more...]

Area Students Speak To Islamic Leaders Via Video Link

by Reporter NYC 1 News February 20, 2006 Area college students were given the chance to speak to Islamic leaders about various topics, including controversial Danish cartoons, half way around the world Monday. A special video conference was held at the Brookings Institute on the Upper East Side where students talked with leaders from Qatar, Egypt and Jordan on topics ranging from politics to religion to the future of foreign relations. Students also spoke about the violent protests in the Muslim world over cartoons showing the Prophet … [Read more...]

ICAR Students to Host Town Hall Meeting on ‘Africa and Beyond’

by Staff Writer The Mason Gazette February 20, 2006 Students from George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s International Criminal Court project will host a Washington, D.C., area town hall meeting on ”Africa and Beyond: The Role of the International Criminal Court and the United States,“ on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from noon to 2 p.m. on the Arlington Campus. The meeting will be held in the Truland Building, Room 555. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The town hall will allow students at … [Read more...]

AIDing cultural awareness: New student group promotes dialogue about pressing issues

by Kristen Trotter Crimson White February 17, 2006 Standing in front of a group of third graders at Englewood Elementary, Courtney Sanders stumped the class when she asked them what they had in common with Egyptian children. Finally, one student found an answer: "We're human, and they're human!" This is the kind of cultural understanding Sanders, who studied for a semester in Cairo, said she wants to foster. Last semester, Sanders founded Americans for Informed Democracy, a UA student group. She was teaching at Englewood as part of Crimson … [Read more...]

U.N. future subject of speech

by Kristin Pratt Daily Tarheel February 15, 2006 Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once said, "Even superpowers need friends." Gillian Sorensen, a former United Nations assistant secretary-general, said that statement is as true as ever when looking at the United States and its relationship with the U.N. Sorensen, a senior adviser at the United Nations Foundation, discussed the U.N.'s reform movement and the need for the United States' involvement during a speech to 25 students Tuesday afternoon at Graham Memorial … [Read more...]

Students discuss AIDS epidemic: Global HIV video conference highlights problems

by Joanna Borns Indiana Daily Student February 15, 2006 IU students participated in a live debate and discussion Tuesday with members of several African and South American countries on how the United States should respond to the growing AIDS epidemic abroad, how the drastic low level of education is further worsening the crisis and other obstacles the world must face to prevent the spread of the disease. The global conversation was presented via video conference as the students talked live with representatives in five different countries and … [Read more...]

Students address HIV concerns in videoconference

by Jasett Chatham Daily Northwestern February 15, 2006 Thirteen Northwestern students interacted with counterparts from across the globe via videoconference Tuesday afternoon to discuss how to fight the global spread of HIV. The Forum Room of University Library held two TV screens projecting nine pictures, each showing live video feed of representatives from Brazil, Indiana University, University of Kansas, Marquette University, Stanford University, and African countries Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. Americans for Informed … [Read more...]

Students called to action at Darfur panel discussion

by Miranda Yaver Bowdoin Orient February 10, 2006 Colby College Professor of Sociology Jonathan White called students to action at the Darfur Teach-In Thursday evening and urged them to work together to end conflict and human rights abuses in Sudan. "There's a massive university movement that is taking place," White said. "It is student action from the United States that led the way to the divestment movement. You have no right to say that you can't make a difference," he said. The Darfur Teach-In, sponsored by Global Justice, Democratic … [Read more...]

Documentary Ideas…

This post is from AID's Grove City College leader Bethany Egan: I had the incredible opportunity this week to view two really moving videos that I want to share with you and AID! The first is called Osama and it is the first movie to be filmed in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime. The movie portrays the hopelessness and despair brought by the regime through the eyes of a young girl, who must be disguised as a boy to keep her family from starving. This is by no means an entertaining film, but it is extremely artistic and presents a strong … [Read more...]