Global Issues Conference: Understanding Afghanistan

For more information, contact: R. Dianne K. McHutchison
Marketing and Public Relations
Manchester Community College
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Global Issues Conference: Understanding Afghanistan

Manchester, CT (October 25, 2011)…The Global Issues Conference, now in its 23rd year, is presenting Understanding Afghanistan on Saturday, November 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium on the campus of Manchester Community College. The Global Issues Conference began as a grassroots effort to improve the understanding of international issues, critical to world peace, by presenting a free program of distinguished, internationally known speakers to the public.
This conference is sponsored by the MCC Cultural Programs Committee, the Manchester Community College Foundation and the World Affairs Council. The program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended. An optional luncheon featuring Afghan food from the Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan will be available following the program at a cost of $20.00.

Invited speakers:
Ms. Rina Amiri, Senior Advisor to the Special Afpak Representative Frank Ruggiero.

Dr. Thomas Barfield, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. He is the President of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies.

Dr. Jennifer Fluri, Assistant Professor of Geography and Women’s and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College

Dr. David Mansfield, Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Senzil Nawid, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, specializing in the history of Afghanistan.

Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration and Mini Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-9:05 a.m. Welcome remarks
9:05 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Panel on the History and Culture of Afghanistan
Presentors: Senzil Nawid, “Border Issues and Border Politics in Afghanistan: Historical Overview” and Thomas Barfield “The Road to 2014-Pitfalls in Seeking Stability in Afghanistan”
10:30-10:40 a.m. Break
10:40-11:30 a.m. Presentor: David Mansfield “Drugs, Shocks and Stabilization Outcomes in Eastern and Southern Afghanistan”
11:30-11:40 a.m. Break
11:40-1:00 pm Panel on Women in Afghanistan
Presentors: Jennifer Fluri “Gender, Aid and International Geopolitics in Afghanistan” and Rina Amiri,

For more information contact Diana Hossain at 860-512-2678 or Fatma Antar at 860-512-2788.

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.