‘Bacha bazi’ presents cultural challenges for U.S. troops

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre On the coattails of a September New York Times article that seriously questioned the U.S. foreign policy position to ignore the practice of bacha bazi in Afghanistan, IU undergraduate and former U.S. Marine Miles Vining shared his experience regarding the gap between high-level policy and the reality of […]

Lecture, workshop to assess Afghanistan’s troubled history, uncertain future

Perhaps no other country has experienced so much political and social upheaval for such a long time as Afghanistan. And a new chapter is about to begin, as the U.S. and its allies prepare to withdraw most of their military forces by the end of this year. What comes next for Afghanistan and its people? […]

Human Trafficking Awareness Week includes lectures, discussions, film

The organizers of Human Trafficking Awareness Week at IU Bloomington have put together a full schedule of lectures, discussions and other activities. The Oct. 21-25 schedule is so packed that audiences will have to choose between events taking place at the same time. Here’s a partial list: Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa will speak on “Digging […]

So many lectures and seminars, so little time

If you want to keep up on world events, there are probably few better places to be than Bloomington, Ind., for the next week or so. The IU Bloomington events schedule is packed with lectures and seminars that are sure to be informative and thought-provoking. Let’s start with tonight, when IU scholars will examine the […]

School of Journalism speaker: Afghan history should have given us pause

Americans usually focus on the shortcomings of our Afghan partners when we talk about what’s gone wrong in Afghanistan, Rajiv Chandrasekaran told an Indiana University audience this week. “We should have focused more on our own,” he said. Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor of the Washington Post, spoke Wednesday in Ernie Pyle Hall […]