The Other Afghanistan: From the Ground Up

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 06:00pm to 07:30pm EDT (GMT -0400)

Communications Building
Room 1032

Please join us for a conversation with Pulitzer Center journalist Anna Badkhen as she describes her immersion in Afghan villages, telling the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Badkhen has spent the past year and half traveling in northern Afghanistan on a grant from the Pulitzer Center on a project called "Afghanistan by Donkey". She felt that she could only understand the country if she slowed down and lived at an Afghan pace. She spent time doing the everyday things--laundry, preparing food, doing dishes--to give her an inside glimpse into the lives of Afghan people and the challenges they face.

Anna Badkhen writes about people in extremis. She is a journalist and the author of Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories and Waiting for the Taliban. She has covered wars in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including The New Republic, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. Her wartime journalism won the 2007 Joel R. Seldin Award for reporting on civilians in war zones.