N e w
 
 l a y e r

Upcoming events

    • October 28, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
    Register


    Please register for this free program, if you haven't already. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom webinar login information.

    About the Program

    An Afghan Perspective From Those Who Escaped After the US Withdrawal…and Those Left Behind

    For twenty years, the US provided funds and support to educate and train young Afghans to bring hope and advancement to Afghanistan in matters of peace, security, and conflict resolution; education and health care; human rights and women’s rights; and to further an emerging civil society under rule of law.  This came to a crashing halt when the Taliban – claiming they were “taking back” their country – seized all of Afghanistan and reimposed a rigid, authoritarian rule that undermined all these efforts.  
     
    Hopes of a more enlightened future for Afghanistan are not lost, however. Thousands of young Afghan refugees – all of whom came of age during those two hopeful decades -- remain committed to their country. They are eager to share their perspectives on the progress that was made under American oversight, what the immediate future might hold for them, and what is happening to their families, friends and colleagues left behind.  

    The Indiana Council on World Affairs presents two separate programs featuring young Afghan refugees now residing in the US, Canada, and Ukraine. They will share their first-hand accounts of life in Afghanistan, their harrowing escapes, and reflections on the future of their country.

    All the panelists are graduates of either the American University of Afghanistan or the American University of Central Asia. Each is now working to restart a career in a new country while attempting to help family members still in Afghanistan to find some way to leave the poverty-stricken country as the population faces hunger and cold this winter under a strict and capricious Taliban rule.

    About the Panelists

    Qais Faqiri, a broadcaster for Voice of America, was serving as Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Kabul when the Taliban entered the city and barely escaped with his life.

    Zahid Jalali, a diplomat, was responsible for coordinating matters pertaining to peace affairs in the office of the Deputy Foreign Minister.

    Henna Shaiq, a journalist who worked with the Afghan National Security Department as a media specialist, assisted with the evacuation of the more than 1000 AUAF alumni. 

    About the Moderator

    Dr. Kenneth Holland, former senior civilian adviser to the NATO mission in Afghanistan and President Emeritus of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in Kabul, will moderate this discussion with three panelists who describe their personal experiences studying and working in Afghanistan prior to the US withdrawal and reflect on the country’s future under Taliban rule.

    • November 04, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom & Indiana Humanities, 1500 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
    Register


    Please register for this free program, if you haven't already. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom webinar login information.

    This is our first hybrid event!

    5:30 - 6:30 PM - Networking (in person only)

    6:30 - 8:00 PM - Program (hybrid)

    You may either register as a Zoom attendee or an in-person attendee. If you decide to change how you'd like to attend after registering, please send an email to info@indianaworld.org so that we have an accurate count of attendees for the refreshments. The Zoom link will be provided in the confirmation email. 

    Indiana Humanities is generously providing light refreshments and beverages. Free street parking is available. The event is wheelchair accessible. 

    ***Mask policy: Please note, for in person attendees masks are required when not actively eating or drinking***

    About the Program

    An Afghan Perspective From Those Who Escaped After the US Withdrawal…and Those Left Behind

    For twenty years, the US provided funds and support to educate and train young Afghans to bring hope and advancement to Afghanistan in matters of peace, security, and conflict resolution; education and health care; human rights and women’s rights; and to further an emerging civil society under rule of law.  This came to a crashing halt when the Taliban – claiming they were “taking back” their country – seized all of Afghanistan and reimposed a rigid, authoritarian rule that undermined all these efforts.  
     
    Hopes of a more enlightened future for Afghanistan are not lost, however. Thousands of young Afghan refugees – all of whom came of age during those two hopeful decades -- remain committed to their country. They are eager to share their perspectives on the progress that was made under American oversight, what the immediate future might hold for them, and what is happening to their families, friends and colleagues left behind.  

    The Indiana Council on World Affairs presents two separate programs featuring young Afghan refugees now residing in the US, Canada, and Ukraine. They will share their first-hand accounts of life in Afghanistan, their harrowing escapes, and reflections on the future of their country.

    All the panelists are graduates of either the American University of Afghanistan or the American University of Central Asia. Each is now working to restart a career in a new country while attempting to help family members still in Afghanistan to find some way to leave the poverty-stricken country as the population faces hunger and cold this winter under a strict and capricious Taliban rule.

    All are invited to join either one or both programs. 

    About the Panelists

    Ajmal Burhanzoi, currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in Canada, was evacuated in August from Kabul where he was teaching at AUAF and conducting his dissertation research. 

    Suhailla Jalali served as Project Coordinator for the United Nations Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security on behalf of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

    Jawed Samsor, an adjunct instructor at AUAF, worked in Kabul as a Program Manager for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and was evacuated on the day of the deadly ISIS bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport.  

    About the Facilitator

    Masouma Tajik, an AUAF alumna and former free-lance journalist for the Wall Street Journal, and data analyst who helped monitor Afghan humanitarian and development programs will facilitate this discussion with three other young Afghan professionals. As Masouma attempted evacuation, she was whipped by the Taliban as she approached the airport.

    About the ICWA Host

    Dr Betty Tonsing, visiting academic and researcher at the American University of  Central Asia and founder of the long-running American Studies in Central Asia Symposium will introduce the program.

    • February 26, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • University of Indianapolis 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 46227
    • 189
    Register

    REGISTER TEAM BY FEBRUARY 15, 2022 COMPETITION: Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

    About Academic WorldQuest 2022, a Live, Virtual-Hybrid Event

    The Indiana Council on World Affairs organizes the Academic WorldQuest Global Studies and Competition, with co-sponsors the Indiana Council for the Social Studies and the City of Indianapolis Teacher and Student Outreach Committee.

    With long-term sponsor University of Indianapolis, Dr. Douglas Woodwell, International Relations Professor, serves as QuizMaster.

    New for 2021, and continuing for 2022, is sponsor Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School’s National Resource Centers.

    Any Indiana teacher in any Indiana high school (public, charter, private, home school* (or combination of two schools*) can participate by registering their school for the competition. There is no need to register students at this time. *Upon confirmation per ICWA & WACA.

    To prepare for the competition, a teacher usually recruits as many students who are interested and provides guidance and independent access to the Study Guide (release date October, 2021).

    For the competition, students are organized into teams of four for the quiz-style event that tests knowledge of global politics, geography, international economics, history, and world cultures.

    It is a quick-paced event featuring 10 questions on 10 topics for a perfect numerical score of 100. (Under certain conditions, such as a time limitation, fewer than 100 questions may be presented, in which case, scores are expressed as a percent, for a perfect score of 100%.)

    Although Academic WorldQuest has been an in-person event for 2021, the quiz was held virtual using Zoom Rooms and gaming software with touch-screen or point-and-click answering of questions. For Academic WorldQuest 2022, the quiz will be organized for live, hybrid-virtual format.

    An example of the FREE AWQ "Official Study Guide 2020-2021" is available for examination. The AWQ Study Guide 2021-2022 is scheduled for release October, 2021.

    For teachers who register a team, the Indiana Council on World Affairs (ICWA) will provide:

    • FREE Membership in the ICWA for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons.
    • Invitations to ICWA programs, at member pricing. Some at no charge.
    • FREE registration to ICWA Great Decisions Series.
    • One Great Decisions 2021 Briefing Book for each school upon request and while supplies last. (Additional books may be purchased on the ICWA web site: "Books I ICWA (indianaworld.org"
    • One Great Decisions 2021 Teacher's Guide digital pdf site license. (Additional site licenses may be purchased on the ICWA web site: "Books I ICWA (indianaworld.org"
    • Announcement of teacher training programs offered by the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), the Foreign Policy Association, and other social studies organizations (some offer free tuition and travel stipends).
    • Access to World Affairs Councils of America online news interviews.

    The competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2022.

    Program planning details are in the formative stages and the Preliminary Schedule follows:

    Event starts with AWQ 2022 "Country of Focus Cultural Presentation" 

    Doors Open 10 :00 AM

    Competition 11-1:30 PM

    Doors Close 2:30 PM

    For over 17 years, the Indiana Council on World Affairs has presented the World Affairs Councils of America's Academic WorldQuest for high school students. The Indiana Council on World Affairs has been unwavering and 2022 will be the 18th year of its participation in Academic WorldQuest, a nationwide program of the World Affairs Councils of America.

    When the event is in-person, it is held at the University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, Indy Hall, 1400 E. Hanna, Indianapolis, IN 46227.

    For more information about AWQ: www.IndianaWorld.org Contact ICWA at: info@IndianaWorld.org or 317-704-4689

    Presenter: Indiana Council on World Affairs (ICWA) www.IndianaWorld.org

    Co-Sponsors: Indiana Council for the Social Studies (ICSS) www.indianasocialstudies.com; and City of Indianapolis Sister Cities Teacher and Student Outreach Committee (TASOC) www.Indytasoc.org

    University Sponsors: Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School's National Resource Centers (HLS) https://hls.indiana.edu; and University of Indianapolis, International Relations (UIndy) www.uindy.edu/

    Corporate Sponsor: Morgan Stanley www.morganstanley.com

    National Sponsors: World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) www.worldaffairscouncils.org ; and Foreign Policy Association (FPA) www.fpa.org

    For more information contact: www.IndianaWorld.org or info@IndianaWorld.org (AWQ)


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software