Sir John Tenniel. Public Domain. 1878. URL.
Political cartoon depicting the Afghan Emir Sher Ali with "friends" the Russian Bear and British Lion
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a multiethnic, mountainous, landlocked country located in South and Central Asia.
Afghanistan stands at a critical juncture. For the first time in the 18-year American-led war, real prospects exist for a peace deal. We offer an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the Columbus community to engage with one of the most critical issues of our time -- women's voices and the refugee crisis -- through witnessing a range of performance events grounded in Afghan experience. Other featured artistic practices -- photography and film -- provide a sense of the layered, nuanced ways one can view and come to understand other cultures. While wars do not define Afghanistan, they are critical for understanding the country today, and for connecting to Afghan history. -- Lesley Ferris, with Janet Parrot and Kevin McClatchy.