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Facilitator: Stephen Nadler
Name of Course: AFGHANISTAN: At the crossroads of history
In the late 19th century the geopolitics of the British Empire and Russia crossed paths in Afghanistan. During the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union Afghanistan once again was at the crossroads. And now at the beginning of the 21st Century Afghanistan is once again in the cross hairs of geopolitics.
The facilitator was a Peace Corps Volunteer to Afghanistan between 1965 and 1967. He was a founder of the Afghan Refugee Relief Committee of Colorado during the early 1980’s in Denver.
Steve has remained fascinated by this remote, economically poor, historically and culturally rich and complex land and people. He will facilitate presentations and discussions.
Objective: To learn about Afghanistan and its importance in today’s world of geopolitics and ideology.
Session 1: Overview/survey presentation and discussion about Afghanistan, where it was in 1965-67, significant events in 1973, 1979, 1989, 1998, 2001 and where it is today. Presentation, discussion
Session 2: Overview history, geography, culture, economics, politics
Session 3: Afghanistan and Colorado – How they have been connected.
Session 4: Case study about a current economic development project in Afghanistan today by a Denver business man. Presentation, discussion
Session 5: Afghanistan and its place in today’s Central Asia and Middle East.
Presentation and discussion
Session 6: An Afghan’s personal story and perspective.
Presentaion and discussion
Session 7: Afghan Carpets: how they are made, their beauty and economic importance
Presentation and discussion – American carpet dealer and expert in Afghan carpets. This could be a field trip to the carpet store in Denver.
Session 8: Summarization, wrap up, follow up, etc. to previous 7 sessions.
Facilitator’s Phone# 303-322-3624 E-Mail SchlomoX@msn.com
Session dates and times:
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 from 9:30 am to 11:30 amWednesday, November 7 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am