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Afghanistan Legacies: Confronting the End of America’s Longest War

About the Event

Informed by the work of the Vietnam Legacies Project, this virtual event will provide context for the end of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan, the unfolding humanitarian and political crises in that country, and the lessons to be learned from previous conflicts like America's war in Vietnam. Featuring perspectives from journalists, refugees, NGO and veteran activists and historians.
Event Details

Date and Time

Friday October 22, 2021 12:00 Noon - 1:30 pm EST


Online Learning Session


Afghan journalist and refugee

Bilal Sarwary has worked for 14 years for BBC as fixer and translator and then producer and reporter based in Kabul. He has also worked for ABC News America and Abu Dhabi TV. Between 2005 and 2010 he studied links between warfare, drugs and terrorism in the United States. He started the social media campaign #AfghanistanYouNeverSee to highlight the beauty of his country. In 2018 he ran unsuccessfully for parliament to represent Kunar province as an independent. His final dispatch from Afghanistan was published days before the final withdrawal of US troops.

Executive Director, Roots of Peace

Heidi Kuhn is Co-Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, a humanitarian-nonprofit organization founded in September 1997 with a vision to transform MINES TO VINES replacing the scourge of landmines with sustainable agricultural farmland. Her pioneering work empowers families living in war-torn regions with hope leading to the economics of peace through export and trade.

Afghan lawyer and refugee

Khadeja Farahmand is originally from Afghanistan. She is the first from her village in Kunduz Province to attend school and obtain a law degree. She currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Baltimore Office of Equity and Civil Rights and is earning a jurist doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She was a human and women rights activist and a law professor in Afghanistan. In addition, her work history in Afghanistan includes service with USAID and work as a foreign relations officer and a gender specialist.  Prior to her work in Baltimore with the Office of Equity and Civil Rights, Khadeja worked with the Baltimore City Law Department.

Khadeja has two law degrees, one from India and another from the University of Dayton Law School.

Afghan War veteran and member of Vets for Peace

Jeremiah Knowles is a US Army veteran who served in Kabul in 2008. As an intelligence analyst, Jeremiah conducted threat assessments, screened information, and organized data to be presented to commanders. Now over a decade later, Jeremiah is a peace activist and active member of Veterans for Peace. Jeremiah received his bachelors in Education at SUNY Oneonta and received his masters in Social Work from University at Buffalo. After returning to the US, attending college, and working with families through Child Protective Services, Jeremiah realized the immense waste of the military industrial complex and conflicts abroad. Currently, Jeremiah works at Nazareth College in Upstate New York providing mental health services to students and focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion on the campus.

Professor of History at Washington & Jefferson College and author of Signature Wounds

David Kieran is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the American Studies concentration at Washington & Jefferson College. In addition to Signature Wounds he is the author of Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory and editor of The War of My Generation: Youth Culture and the War on Terror. 


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