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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by Jessica Jones Oakland Times 9/23/2005 SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco State University students joined their peers from around the country and the world earlier this week in an effort to understand and fight global poverty. Knowledge is power, the students agreed. And, so, as a first step, they learned about poverty in other parts of the world and began talking about ways to fight its causes. The San Francisco State students joined students from the Philippines, East Timor, Wisconsin and Utah in a video conference that is part of a nationwide … [Read more...]
by Bernie Zipprich The Heights (Boston College) Thursday, September 22, 2005 Scholars at a town hall discussion on Monday expressed hope about the prospect of bridging the gap between the Western and Muslim worlds. Scholars squared off Monday at a town hall meeting focused on the nature and future of Western-Muslim world relations. The event, intended as a call to action out of the ashes of the Sept. 11 tragedy, was sponsored by the Americans for Informed Democracy as part of the group's "Hope not Hate" initiative - a movement meant to promote … [Read more...]
Connected by a common concern: MU students talk to others worldwide about helping poor nations reach goals
by Kevin Mundt Marquette Tribune September 22, 2005 Students from around the world connected via videoconference Tuesday night to discuss ways that countries such as the United States can assist underdeveloped nations reach their U.N. Millennium Development Goals. Representatives from the Philippines, Timor-Leste, San Francisco State, the University of Utah and Marquette participated in the "Realizing the Millennium Development Goals" forum at the John P. Raynor, S.J. Library's Distance Learning Center. During the conference, participants also … [Read more...]
by Deborah Bulkeley Deseret Morning News Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Technical difficulties didn't stop a handful of University of Utah students from joining a global video conference on ending poverty Tuesday evening. The recent tragedy of Hurricane Katrina reminded the world of the devastation the impoverished face in natural disasters, U. junior David Thatcher said, using a cell phone to call in because of a faulty Internet connection. "We live in a time when we have more resources than we ever have before," Thatcher said. "What is … [Read more...]
Video Conference Held to Discuss Poverty, Disease and Environmentalism: Conference is part of nationwide series
by Katrina Van Loan San Francisco State XPress September 21, 2005 What do students in East Timor, the Philippines, Utah and Wisconsin have in common with students at SF State? Plenty, it seems. Nonprofit organization Americans for Informed Democracy held a videoconference on Tuesday, Sept. 20 that allowed students to discuss issues ranging from poverty and disease to environmentalism. The videoconference was held as part of a nationwide series, “Fighting for What’s Right,” which seeks to generate national and international dialogue about … [Read more...]
Coming to the AID of democracy: U.N. representatives open up to university students for discussion on global poverty during World Summit
by A-J ARONSTEIN Cavalier Daily September 20, 2005 "This summit has been an incredible failure," said Peru's U.N. representative Tina Vargas. She was speaking viavideo conference to students around the nation, including approximately 40 University students in Zehmer Hall Friday. The conference, organized by Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), gave students the opportunity to speak directly with leaders at the U.N. World Summit in New York. "I was excited about the turnout," said fourth-year College student Alaina Moonves, who represented … [Read more...]
There’s an interesting piece in this week’s Economist (see link) on a poverty-alleviation policy in Latin America called conditional cash transfers (known as “CCT’s”). Last weekend many of us AID-ers gathered in New York City for the Young Global Leaders Summit on Realizing the Millennium Development Goals. We learned how increasing levels of foreign aid, ensuring smarter foreign aid and canceling debt are some of the key policies that we in developed nations can undertake to ensure development in the third world. Some attendees, including … [Read more...]
The following post comes from Sam Abrams, an American who has just moved to Dubai. “Don’t they all hate Jews there?” asked my 17 year old brother. “Yes,” answered my grandmother. The dialogue had not skipped a beat, but the rhythm of the conversation did not convey the colossal difference in the thought of the two speakers. My brother had asked the question in an attempt to sincerely yet nonchalantly inquire about how my Jewish identity would affect my four month stay in Dubai. My grandmother’s response though was far more literal. To … [Read more...]
by Daniel Hartill Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME) September 17,2005 WORLD VIEW: Bates College student Emily Hoffer, left, was part of group of students participating in a videoconference with a United Nations panel on Friday. Bates College was one of several colleges throughout the country participating in the conference. LEWISTON - Before they could aid efforts to fight worldwide poverty, a classroom of Bates College students gathered Friday to join a nationwide link. Huddled around a conference table and big-screen TV, the 17 local students … [Read more...]
by Jenna Fernandes Brandeis Hoot September 16, 2005 Salameh Nematt, Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Hayat International Arab Daily in London, gave a talk and fielded questions Monday afternoon regarding Islamic-Western relations. The event, entitled “Hope, not Hate,” focused on the “long-term strategy for improving relations between the West and the Islamic world” and was a commemoration of the four year anniversary of September 11th, according to the Brandeis Calendar description for the event. He began his talk with a diagnosis of what … [Read more...]