Boston University “Ready to Vote” Program to Address Current Situation in Afghanistan

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – On January 23, the year-long “Ready to Vote” program at Boston University will continue with an evening dedicated to raising awareness of the current situation in Afghanistan. Hosted by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, the event will feature a student reading of prize winning playwright William Mastrosimone’s play Afghan Women, and a panel discussion on the issues and problems that are facing Afghanistan today.

According to Vita Paladino, Director of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, “Afghanistan is making headlines in newspapers around the world. With the resurgence of the Taliban, the assassination of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto, the accusations of political corruption and the escalation of violence, it is important that students understand the state of Afghanistan and its role in the upcoming election.”

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, January 23
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free, Open to the Public (Tickets Required; Call 617-353-8725)
Contact: 617-353-1218; archives@bu.edu; www.bu.edu/archives

Afghan Women is the compelling story of an Afghan-American woman who returns to her homeland to volunteer at an orphanage, which comes under attack from a rogue warlord. Desperate to save her country, and her young charges, she must take part in a battle she never expected, and in doing so, offers her enemies the chance to reject the old ways and embrace the reality of a new Afghanistan.

Participating in the panel will be William Mastrosimone, Professor Nick Mills (COM Journalism), Professor Tom Barfield (CAS Anthropology), Professor Charles Dunbar (CAS International Relations) and Dr. Abudullah Osman, Director of Operations in Afghanistan for the International Orphan Care Organization, among others. Through the discussion, panelists will explain concerns regarding the current situation and what can be done to halt the growing strife and unrest in Afghanistan.

The goal of the “Ready to Vote” program is to help students become better citizens by showing them that their voices and their votes do count. The program consists of a student advisory board that works with HGARC director Vita Paladino to make students more informed and interested in politics. The top priority is to register students to vote, to have a proxy vote ready if needed and to teach them that voting is a citizen’s greatest civic duty, as well as a fundamental tool for social change. Additionally, the program seeks to inform the student body about the issues they should be concerned about for the upcoming presidential elections.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public.