Afghanistan expert to speak |

Afghanistan expert to speak

Wanting to find out how 23 years of warfare affected the arts and cultural institutions of Afghanistan, Sacramento resident Glenda Marsh joined a Global Exchange-sponsored delegation that recently traveled to Kabul.

“Our purpose was to assess these institutions and determine what steps, if any, could be taken to help restore them to their potential,” said Marsh, a biologist for the state of California.

Marsh said she became interested in Afghanistan’s cultural heritage when, in March 2002, she helped coordinate an Afghan cultural event through Sacramento-Yolo Peace Action.

The subsequent trip with Global Exchange – an international human rights organization – “was about seeing for myself what I had been hearing in the press about ‘the war on terrorism,’ the Afghan people, and the impact of the current US policy there as people recover different aspect of their society. Participating in a cultural delegation was the perfect window.”

Marsh currently is sharing her experiences and reporting on the delegation’s findings in Afghanistan at community presentations, through which she hopes to generate local support for art and cultural organizations in Kabul.

One topic of these presentations will focus on how Afghan arts and cultural organizations, from government ministries to schools, are responding to conflicting social and political agendas regarding artistic and cultural expression in Afghanistan right now.

Sponsored by the Green Party and El Dorado Peace and Justice Community, Marsh will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fairlane, Placerville.

Donations to Glenda Marsh for her continuing work on this project will be accepted.

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