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.
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.