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Photographer Displays Photos of Afghanistan during Residency at Catawba

March 19, 2007

Category: Academics, Events, Politics


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World-renowned photographer Luke Powell, a native North Carolinian and UNC Chapel Hill alumnus who has traveled and worked extensively in Afghanistan spent a week-long residency on campus March 12-16. He exhibited his photographs in Peeler Crystal Lounge on campus, offered commentary in various classes, and offered several lectures focused on his own Afghan experiences.

Powell's residency was planned to help Catawba's first-year students further explore Khalid Hosseini's "Kite Runner." "Kite Runner," Hossseini's best selling first novel about coming of age in Afghanistan, is Catawba's common reading selection this year for all new students.

"Kite Runner" has provided both a starting point and a context for a year-long conversation between students and their faculty about globalization and consilience.

Singh is just one of several guests to campus whose visits have provided a common thread for intellectual discussion throughout the first-year experience.

"Kite Runner," written by Afghan immigrant Hosseini, was published in 2003. It is the tale of a friendship between two Afghan boys and how one's betrayal of the other affects their adult lives in Kabul and California. Incorporating universal themes, the novel's storyline stretches across several decades of Afghan history, from the monarchy of Mohammad Zahir Shah through the bloodless coup of 1973, the Communist takeover in 1978, the Soviet invasion in 1979 and the reign of the Taliban ending after the American invasion in 2001.


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