The Kim Barker event was a wonderful success! Every time I read a book or watch a movie, I am left with unanswered questions. However, this was the very first time I was able to get my questions answered. What happened to Farouq, how has Kim’s life changed since moving back to the states? These questions and many more were answered on the record and a few were answered off the record. Check out my interview with her on the CGS youtube page!
After our eye opening interview, Kim Barker gave a phenomenal lecture to over 100 students, faculty and staff on Afghanistan’s foreign policy. She even cracked a few jokes about the election, which brought some dark humor to Katz Auditorium. Her lecture was based on five lessons she learned on her journey; do your research, adapt to the culture, figure out a strategy and stick to it, know how to get out and while you may not be able to change the world you can make a difference in someone’s life and they can change yours. After answering a few questions, Barker signed a few books and chatted with a few of the audience members.
Lectures like this make this internship extremely rewarding.