posted Nov 5, 2011, 5:27 AM by Terry Dougherty   [ updated Nov 7, 2011, 1:06 PM ]

A 1965 graduate of Mount Holyoke College Ms. Amin-Arsala also has an M.S. in Community Development from Southern Illinois University.  She served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Afghanistan.   Beginning in 1969 she began working as Science Policy Analyst for the Program of Policy Studies in Science and Technology of the George Washington University.  As a consultant for five years, she specialized in Technology Assessment and carried out that research at the U. S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment.  A stint doing social impact assessment and as assistant to the Director of the Center for International Development and Technology at Dames & Moore was followed by nine years as Project Manager for Biomass Energy Systems and Technology, a USAID funded world wide program first under the Tennessee Valley Authority and later Winrock International.  In 1991 Ms. Amin-Arsala started her own business brokering private sector joint ventures in India in the post-harvest technology arena.

 Currently, Ms. Amin-Arsala makes presentations about the historical cultural background of Afghanistan and volunteers with the International Tracing Service of the American Red Cross.

 Ms. Amin-Arsala has made presentations on Afghanistan at the following venues:

  •  IRG (International Resources Group), Luncheon Seminar Series, Washington, D.C. (Winter 2002), “Education and Small Business Opportunities for Women in Afghanistan”
  • Washington International School, Washington, D.C. (Winter 2003)”Human Rights in Afghanistan”
  • The John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago, Illinois (November 2003), “Afghanistan:  A View Through a Personal Window”
  • The International Human Rights Law Institute, College of Law, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois (Noveber 2003) “Background on Human Rights Development in Afghanistan”
  • The 25th Anniversary Conference of the National Peace Corps Association, Chicago, Illinois (August 2004).  Panel discussion titled  “Afghanistan and Iraq:  How to Heal a Tortured Place”
  • The International Human Rights Law Institute, College of Law, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois (January 2005) “The Future of Human Rights in Afghanistan”
  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts (May 2005), Class of 1965 40th Reunion, after dinner lecture titled “If you were an Afghan woman, would you be wearing a chauderi?” (full body veil)
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (October 2005), “Conversations about World Affairs – South Asian Women’s Issues”, all-university evening forum.
  • Mount Holyoke Club of Washington, Dacor Club (October 2005), panel discussant,“Current Challenges to U.S. Policy in Afghanistan and Iraq”
  • Politics and Prose Bookstore aegis, Georgetown Library (March 2006), co-presentation with Masuda Sultan, author of “My War At Home,” memoir of an Afghan-American girl
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Washington, D.C. (November 2006), lecture titled “Afghanistan 2006: The Time and The Place”
  • Arlington Lifelong Learning Institute, Arlington, Virginia (November 2007), presentation titled “Afghanistan 2007:  The Time and The Place”, part of a class titled “Global Hotspots”
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Denver, Colorado (December 2007), presenter at the Bill Beaney Annual International Symposium titled “Afghanistan:  Perspectives and Insights, 2007”
  • Arlington Lifelong Learning Institute, Arlington, Virginia (March 2008), presentation titled “Afghanistan:  Then & Now, Can We Make it to the Future?” part of a class titled “Global Hotspots”
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Washington, D. C. (November 2009), presentation titled “The Context for Afghanistan”
  • Day Alliance, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Arlington, Virginia (February 2010), presentation titled “Creating a Context for Understanding Afghanistan”
  • Adult Forum on Hot Current Issues, Bethesda, Maryland (March 2011). “Where is Afghanstan Going Now?”