July 26, 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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DePaul University Report on UN NGO-DPI Workshop featuring AID

by Staff Writer DePaul Univ. School of Learning November 6, 2005 58th Annual NGO/DPI Conference NGO Mid-Day Workshop: 7 September 2005 Achieving Collective Security: Partnerships to Prevent Fear, Violence, Genocide and Terrorism Through Targeting the MDG Goals Panelists in this workshop discussed the assault on human rights through acts of violence, genocide, exclusion, discrimination and gender inequality. It was their collective consensus that we, civil society and world governments, must adopt a horizontal decision making style to address … [Read more...]

Students Bring Fresh Ideas to WorldFuture 2005

by Cynthia G Wagner Futurist November/December 2005 Students at this year's conference not only attended sessions as listeners and learners, but also actively participated in several sessions devoted to showcasing their work and ideas. The Future Problem Solving Program, which has sent teams of students to Society conferences for a number of years, brought four high schoolers-Kyle O'Herron, Jacque Quinn, Traci Sanford, and Paul Marks-from Genoa, Illinois, to describe a six-step problem-solving methodology and its use in solving a specific problem … [Read more...]

Mall Patriotism

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...]

Town halls’ meet to discuss global issues, honor Sept. 11

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 second … [Read more...]

Town Hall meeting eyes Muslims and the West

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...]

Film Offers Inside Look At United Nations Mission

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...]

Muslim relations topic of town hall

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...]

International Students Find a Home and a Global Purpose

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...]

Oil debate heated

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...]

Lebanese editor calls for change from within Mideast countries

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...]