October 21, 2014

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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Bed-hopping TV characters skip right over reality

by Sylvester Brown Jr. St. Louis Post Dispatch November 29, 2005 Television makes me feel like an old fuddy-duddy. After watching "Joey" or "Jack" or "Samantha" jump from bed to bed with total strangers on "Friends," "Will & Grace" and "Sex in the City," I find myself thinking things like: "Hey, Joey, that's somebody's daughter!" or "Samantha, do you even know that guy's name?" Has anyone in Hollywood even heard of AIDS? It wouldn't seem so. A report released this month by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a private nonprofit group focusing … [Read more...]

A More Selfless Us

by Sarah Carr The Daily November 28, 2005 After a four-day Thanksgiving weekend, which includes the biggest shopping day of the year, it's easy to get caught up in the culture of consumerism we all so willingly practice. But for the more than two billion people in the world who live on less than two dollars a day, the holidays are the same as every other day -- a struggle for survival. Last Tuesday, the UW chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) held a town meeting about global poverty. Specifically, the four speakers on the panel … [Read more...]

Speakers urge action to end global poverty

Speakers urge action to end global poverty by Jennifer Sullivan The Seattle Times November 23, 2005 The only way to end global poverty is for individuals to take action, the father of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates said at a lecture in Seattle Tuesday night. Nearly 100 people crowded into a University of Washington hall to hear national experts discuss how to end global poverty. "People are dying, and we need to save them," said William Gates Sr., co-founder of the Initiative for Global Development, an alliance of private-sector leaders … [Read more...]

Leaders: Alleviation of poverty possible

by Andrew Sengul The Daily (University of Washington) November 23, 2005 Leaders in the academic, business and nonprofit fields gathered last night to deliver a simple message to UW students: "This is the first generation in world history that has the resources, the technology, and hopefully the political will to alleviate poverty," said Scott Jackson, a senior vice president of the international relief group World Vision. Jackson addressed a capacity crowd in Smith Hall last night along with Thomas Reynolds, a regional director of the poverty … [Read more...]

Zambian princess addresses AIDS

by Emily Alpert Chicago Maroon November 18, 2005 Students gathered in the Biological Sciences Learning Center Thursday night to hear Princess Kasune Zulu of Zambia, a renowned HIV/AIDS activist. Zulu is employed by the World Vision Organization’s HIV/AIDS HOPE Initiative in Zambia, where she trains physicians in patient care and teaches prevention measures to Zambian youth. She has also helped raise funds to fight the pandemic through her international speaking engagements. Zulu herself was orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, to which she lost both … [Read more...]

UNC professor discusses global poverty

by Erik Myers The Mirror (University of Northern Colorado) November 18, 2005 “I don’t know how many of you have seen poverty … I have.” Kelechi Kalu, University of Northern Colorado political science professor, said this to an audience in the Columbine A room. “When you see children running nude, a mom or dad with no idea what to feed their child, people like you and I sleeping under a bridge, you are looking at into the face of poverty.” Kalu’s definition of poverty was part of the Americans for Informed Democracy panel discussion on global … [Read more...]

Uniting with the World

by Peter Nelson Maroon News (Colgate) November 18, 2005 Caption: America Isolated: The Honorable Irving Stolberg spoke on America´s relationships with the UN and the world. Irving J. Stolberg, a leading democracy consultant and president of the Connecticut chapter of the United Nations Association, urged students to take interest in foreign affairs when he visited campus on Tuesday. His presentation on the future of relations between the United States and the United Nations strongly suggested that the U.S. prepare itself for a coming era of … [Read more...]

‘Peacekeepers’ documentary shown tonight

by Kevin Miller Roanoke Times Thursday, November 17, 2005 A Virginia Tech group will host a screening tonight of "The Peacekee pers," a documentary about United Nations peacekeeping efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The documentary focuses on U.N. efforts between the summer of 2002 and spring 2004 to promote stability in the Congo. The documentary has not yet been released publicly but is being shown by Tech's chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy, which is participating in the nationwide The People Speak series to encourage … [Read more...]

Students localizing hot topics: Group wants to increase campus discourse

by Tara Brite Web Devil (Arizona State University student newspaper) November 17, 2005 Global issues aren't just for White House officials. A group of 15 ASU students hopes to bring discussions on topics like poverty, the environment and war to campus using techniques they learned at last week's Southwest Student Leadership Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The event was sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy, a national nonpartisan organization that promotes global understanding within small communities. Samantha Winter, an English, … [Read more...]

Panel to address issues of global poverty

Panel to address issues of global poverty by Erik Myers The Mirror (University of Northern Colorado) November 17, 2005 Greeley is a city just like any other; there are spots of diminished buildings and hungry wanderers all across its streets. These signs of poverty can be found in any city in the country and throughout the world, according to KellyRose Olson, vice president of legislative affairs for the Student Representative Council. To fight poverty on local streets and overseas, the Americans for Informed Democracy organization (A.I.D.) is … [Read more...]