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MICA Hosts Film Screening and Panel Discussion of Afghan Women: A History of Struggle, Dec. 1

Four Afghanistan Experts Come to MICA

Posted 11.16.09 by MICA Media Relations

Photo credit: Fahima Vorgetts

BALTIMORE--MICA presents a film screening of Afghan Women: A History of Struggle along with a panel discussion, A History of Struggle: War, Occupation and Afghanistan's Women, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7-10 p.m., in Falvey Hall, Brown Center (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.).

From election fraud to a weak and corrupt central government, rampant warlordism and a Taliban insurgency strengthened by the unruly tribal groups that populate both sides of the Afghanistan/Pakistan border in the North-West Frontier Province, and 30 years of uninterrupted war, the country finds itself in a perpetual humanitarian crisis. In times of hardship, those predominantly affected are generally the most powerless, and this group is overwhelmingly made up of women and children.

In order to get a clearer sense of what is happening in Afghanistan, politically as well as in regards to the general population living in the country, MICA is hosting an international panel of four Afghanistan experts, Afghan-German economist A.G. Ghaussy; Afghan-American humanitarian activist Fahima Vorgetts; American psychologist Anne Brodsky; and American filmmaker Kathleen Foster, whose film Afghan Women: A History of Struggle will be screened and will serve as a springboard for discussion.

Admission will be free to the general public. There will be a sale of Afghan handcrafts and carpets before and after the event.

For more information, contact MICA faculty Soheila Ghaussy at ghaussys@hotmail.com.

Photo credit: Fahima Vorgetts

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.