May 23, 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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West Africa Democracy Radio

As recent AID videoconferencing initiatives have no doubt highlighted, infrastructure is one of the principle challenges facing Africa today.  Whether in fighting HIV/AIDS or providing legal remedies to rural communities, its difficult to understate the importance of good roads and adequate sanitation.  This is also true with regard to democratic governance in that infrastructure allows people to act in concert, articulating their vision of the future.  Although internet access is slowly permeating the landscape, large numbers of … [Read more...]

Middlebury hosts video conference on Katrina

y Staff writer Middlebury Campus March 16, 2006 On March 17, the College's American's For Informed Democracy chapter will host a videoconference entitled "More Than Six Months After Katrina: A Report Card for America." Held in Meeker House, the videoconference will enable Middlebury students to discuss the current state of the rebuilding effort with community leaders and residents of New Orleans. The sponsoring organization seeks to ensure that Americans continue to understand the changing situation in New Orleans as well as the ways in which they … [Read more...]

Stony Brook Hosts Forum on Cartoon Row

by Rachel O'Brien Stony Brook Independent March 10, 2006 After months of violence in the Muslim world and heated discussions about the Danish cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad, Stony Brook University decided to hold a discussion panel in which the speakers were asked to discuss the religious and political implications of the cartoons, the Muslim response to the cartoons and freedom of the press. Radeyah Hack, a Muslim student at Stony Brook and campus coordinator for AIDemocracy, an organization that she said uses discussion to bring … [Read more...]

UWGB will hold Citizen Diplomacy Summit

by Staff Writer Green Bay Press Gazette March 10, 2006 The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host its first Citizen Diplomacy Summit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Phoenix rooms of UWGB's University Union. The event is aimed at K-12 and postsecondary educators, students, business leaders and others who are interested in international issues and events. Onsite registration runs from 9 until 10 a.m. Saturday. Same-day tickets are $8, which covers activities, lunch, materials and refreshments. The summit will feature presentations … [Read more...]

Video conference for international women

by Sarah Rohrer The Goshen Record March 10, 2006 Twenty-one students met in Wyse 318 for a face-to-face dialogue through video conferencing with women around the world in celebration of International Women's Day. Approximately 30 women from the Philippines, Nepal and Afghanistan, along with 70 individuals from Goshen College and other colleges in the U.S. participated in the video conference called, ``Imagining Ourselves: Women's Emergent Roles in a Changing World,'' on Tuesday. ``The video conference is part of a series of international … [Read more...]

Students To Protest UNC’s Reluctance To Label Pit Incident Terrorism

by Staff Writer WRAL March 9, 2006 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Protests are planned for Monday in the same area of campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where, authorities said, a former student plowed a sport utility vehicle into nine people Friday afternoon. The College Republicans, Americans for an Informed Democracy and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies are sponsoring the event, scheduled for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday in "The Pit," a central area of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The event is open to the public and free … [Read more...]

K College students conference with women from around the world

by Nora Seilheimer Kalamazoo Index March 9, 2006 On the night of International Women's Day, Tuesday, March 7, the K College chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) celebrated women all over the world with a global video conference entitled "Imagining Ourselves: Women's Emergent Roles in a Changing World." Utilizing the Upjohn Library's new global classroom, K students were given the opportunity to speak directly with other college-aged women from Afghanistan, Nepal and the Philippines about the progression of women's role in each of … [Read more...]

Live Feed Honors International Women’s Day: Video conference on women’s issues brings together students from all over the world

by Briana Bartle March 7, 2006 Golden Gate XPress A worldwide live video conference celebrating the eve of International Women’s Day took place at the J. Paul Leonard Library at SF State. Around 15 SF State students exchanged dialogue with other students from the University of Colorado Springs, Franklin University, Marquette University, and Goshen College as well as the Philippines, Nepal, and Afghanistan on March 7 at 6 p.m. to discuss women's struggles on a cultural, political and global scale. The video conference streamed live cameras from … [Read more...]

Summit strengthens international ties

by Josh Palubicki The Fourth Estate March 6, 2006 Area citizens had the opportunity to learn about international issues and discover a variety of ways to connect themselves to the global community at the first Citizen Diplomacy Summit held at UW-Green Bay Feb. 25. The Phoenix rooms in the University Union looked like a global culture collage with their walls decorated in native clothing from many countries, some of which were represented by people attending the summit. Along with the clothes, music from around the world played. There also was … [Read more...]

U.N. videoconference at Baruch

by Nino Makharadze The Ticker (Baruch College) March 06, 2006 “United Nations is a global village, everyone is interconnected,” said Abdelkader Abbadi, former deputy director of security Council and one of the members of the expert panel at the videoconference held last Tuesday. During this event, which was hosted by student-run non-profit Organization AIESEC and non-partisan, non-profit organization Americans for Informed Democracy, four expert presenters were invited to talk and discuss the Future of the United Nations. The issue raised during … [Read more...]