A recent outreach project brought together the American University of Afghanistan and four world renowned US universities with branch campuses in Qatar’s Education City. Librarians in Qatar often collaborate with each other, but this unusual effort was the first time their collaboration reached across international borders to extend assistance to another country. The experience became a cultural exchange that brought together these dramatically different worlds. By utilizing technologies that make connecting and collaborating so easy these days, four librarians with backgrounds in public and technical services worked together to share their expertise, culminat-ing in a learning visit by an AUAF library assistant to Doha. The sharing of skills and knowledge was a wonderful experience on many levels and made a distinct difference in a part of the world that needs and wants so much to change.
Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea," discusses his experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since 1997, Mortenson's Central Asia Institute has raised funds to build 64 schools in remote tribal areas of the two countries. Mortenson demonstrates the potential of one person as a force of positive influence. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded January 15, 2008.
Detail of the small Buddha's face at Bamiyan before destruction in March 2001 by the former Taliban government of Afghanistan.
Veteran globe-trotting correspondent Willy Stern talks about his experiences as the only journalist to have been inside Afghanistan's "secret" prisons. Stern found many surprises in these facilities. He also shares an inside look at the U.S. military's new strategy on detentions and interrogations. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded November 15, 2010.