Week in Review Oct. 23-Oct. 27: Afghan Voices

The City University of New York hosted three panels featuring Afghan/Afghan-American activists, writers, and poets. These four days were some of the most transformative days for me. Afghan and Afghan-American experiences differing and sometimes disagreeing with one another is not always seen. I was very fortunate to have co-curated these panels with Padmini Biswas for the Faultlines Afghanistan Panel Series at the Graduate Center and with Aniqa Islam and Jawied Nawabi for the Asian/Asian American Research Institute.

Oct. 23, 2009

Witness to War: Afghan Poetry and Narratives

Co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics & The Humanities Institute

City University of New York, Graduate Center.

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Masood Kamandy, contributor to Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature
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Sedika Mojadidi, contributor to Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature
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Naheed Elyasi, contributor Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature
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Sahar Muradi, co-editor of Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature
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Afifa Yusufi, contributor to Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature

The evening was the first time Sahar Muradi and I, co-editors of the Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (forthcoming) saw eight years of work come to life in this beautiful space. The voices were strong, powerful and eloquent. Keep an eye out for more events, especially after the book has been released!  As of now, the status is: re-editing the intro! Wish us luck.

Oct. 24, 2009

Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords

Activist Malalai Joya spoke about her activism in Afghanistan and made very clear about what her political stance was on American troops in Afghanistan.

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The Panel: Laura Flanders (Moderator), Nasrine Gross, Awista Ayuba and Malalai Joya

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