September 18, 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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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...]

Group gets local community talking about world poverty

by Nikolaus Olsen Coloradoan November 17, 2005 Eliminating debt owed by the world's poorest nations would pay immense humanitarian dividends, visitors at a town hall meeting on global poverty were told Wednesday. As governments of many third-world nations pay interest on decades-old debts, the people of those nations struggle through difficult situations. In an effort to spark conversation about poverty at a local level, the Colorado State University chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy hosted a forum covering the issues of world … [Read more...]

Students sort out some responses to poverty

by Doyle Murphy The Greeley Tribune November 17, 2005 More money will end poverty. Avoid money -- give tools; they can't be corrupted. If world lenders wiped away debt for poor countries, the Third World could fight poverty with its own resources. No, educate the poor and they'll learn how to pull themselves out of poverty. Answers to the poverty problem are tricky. University of Northern Colorado students filled a conference room Wednesday evening to help sort through a few of them. The UNC chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy, along … [Read more...]

Panel Analyzes Evolving Face of Chinese Politics

by Blair Robin Cornell Daily Sun November 16, 2005 In an attempt to inform the public on China and integrate the community, the Americans for Informed Democracy held a forum yesterday highlighting China’s political development and international security. The discussion featured three speakers, each representing a distinct issue; the panelists included Taiwanese Ambassador Andrew Hsia; Irving J. Stolberg, member of the United Nations U.S. Board of Directors; and Prof. Allen Carlson, government. Hsia began the forum, focusing on Taiwan’s … [Read more...]

Town-hall poverty meeting tonight

by By Nikolaus Olsen The Coloradoan (Fort Collins, CO) November 16, 2005 During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, images flashed across televisions and in magazines and newspapers exposed a festering poverty often unseen. The images showed that economic inequality is no stranger to the United States, like in hundreds of nations across the globe. To spark a discussion and raise awareness of the issue of poverty, nationally and abroad, a town-hall style meeting will be hosted by Americans for Informed Democracy. The meeting will begin at 7 … [Read more...]