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Music for Troubled Times

Music for Troubled Times

On Sunday evening, my husband and I attended a concert meant to broaden our horizons — Three Letters from Sarajevo, by Goran Bregović, a diversely talented Serbian-Croatian musician. For much of the evening, I found my thoughts drifting to the horrific shooting...

The Throes of History

The following semi-fictional piece was originally published in Italian on March 7, 2016 in la Repubblica. I wrote it in honor of International Women’s Day. In 1979, when Soviet tanks rolled into Afghanistan to begin a decade long invasion, my parents decide to...

How the Afghan Friends Network is Opening Doors

For an uplifting read, check out this blog post highlighting the eagerness students have for education in Afghanistan and a group of folks looking to help them realize their dreams. Taken from the Afghan Culture Unveiled website: Humaira Ghilzai is the co-founder of...

Afghanistan’s Female Sons

I recently wrote a piece on the bacha posh custom for Foreign Affairs. The photographs included in the piece are quite stunning.  While it is intriguing to see young girls dressed as boys, it is very remarkable to see an adult woman dressed as a man, cooly walking...

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...

Rage for Farkhunda

On March 19th, 2015 the streets of Kabul ran red with Farkhunda’s blood. She lived a pious life.  They called her a heretic. She loved the Quran.  They claimed she burned it. She tried to speak in her own defense.  They silenced her. She wanted to dress modestly. ...