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PEARL and College Freshman

2015 First Year Experience Conference

I had the privilege of participating in the 2015 First Year Experience Conference in Dallas, Texas this past February.  It was a chance for me to talk with college administrators and educators who are committed to providing the best possible experience for students adjusting to college life and academics.  This was an especially exciting opportunity for me because I’m a big believer in the lasting impact teachers can make on individual lives.

My first year read was Chinua Achebe’s THINGS FALL APART, which was a brilliant selection.  College is a time when young adults are pushed to look within just as much as they are encouraged to learn about the world around them.  It’s a unique and important period of intro- and extro-spection.  Here’s my talk on how PEARL fits in with the first year theme.

Huffington Post Live: After Elections, What’s Next For Afghan Women?

On May 15, 2014, Nadia participated in a panel discussion on Huff-Post Live moderated by Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. Other panelists included Manizha Naderi of Women for Afghan Women and Esther Sharma, a maternal health expert working in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s elections are supposed to secure greater rights for women in the country. But how far will they? HuffPost Live speaks to Afghan women in the country and in the U.S. to discuss self-emancipation and human rights.

Winnipeg Free Press Reviews The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Novel details parallel plights of Afghan women across generations

Reviewed by Nadia Kidwai on May 10, 2014.

One Nadia reviews another in the Winnipeg Free Press print edition:  “Readers cannot help but root for both Rahima and Shekiba. Despite going through insurmountable challenges, both women are resourceful and determined to fight — not only against their oppressors, but (most importantly) against the mental barrier of resigning themselves to their fate.”