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Prof and Alum to Present Afghanistan Status Report

Michael Snarr and Matt Southworth Visited Afghanistan in August "Under the State Department's Radar"

April 4, 2012

Matt Southworth (left) and Michael Snarr are pictured in Kabul in front of the former presidential palace.

Matt Southworth (left) and Michael Snarr are pictured in Kabul in front of the former presidential palace.

Two men with close ties to Wilmington College that visited Afghanistan last summer will speak on the current situation in that troubled country and what can be done leading up to the NATO summit at a program Tuesday (April 10), at 7:30 p.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center.

Michael Snarr and Matt Southworth will address “Afghanistan: What’s Happening and What You Can Do about It.”

Snarr is a professor of social and political studies at WC and Southworth, a 2009 WC graduate, is an Iraqi War veteran that currently serves as a legislative associate with the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

They received a first-hand look at the ravages of war complemented by testimonials from Afghans representing many walks of life during a weeklong visit to Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, in August.

Snarr and Southworth were part of a delegation that also included Capitol Hill staffers, journalists and international policy experts. They spent the week meeting with some 20 entities representing “people on the ground” in this global flashpoint.

Southworth organized the trip “under the radar” of the U.S. Department of State, which, Snarr noted, tends to pick and choose with whom American officials meet on fact-finding missions. Without the State Department’s endorsement, the delegation lacked U.S. military protection and was forced to rely on their Afghan hosts.

Their presentation is being held in conjunction with the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center’s exhibit, Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan.

Running from April 2 through June 29, it features 45 murals by American and international artists that memorializes the war’s civilian casualties. Also, the artwork of Afghan children reflects living with war for much if not all of the their lives.

The Quaker Heritage Center and American Friends Service Committee are co-sponsoring the exhibit.

Normal gallery hours are weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by special appointment. Extended hours include April 12 and 13, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; April 14 and 15, noon to 5 p.m.; and June 9, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.