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S. Wali Ahmadi, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies at the University of California–Berkeley, will speak on the history, culture, and contemporary politics of Afghanistan on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Vollum lounge. The lecture, sponsored by the David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights and Reed’s political science department, is free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

S. Wali Ahmadi is the founder and editor of Critique & Vision (Naqd va Ârmân): An Afghan Journal of Culture, Politics, and History (spring 1995–present). He is also a recipient of the 2001 UC Berkeley junior faculty research fellowship. Ahmadi’s current projects include the writing of Persian Modernity and the Rise of the Novel: Towards a Sociology and Cultural History of Persian Narrative Fiction. He is also compiling The Barren Sky of Hope, an anthology of English translations of contemporary Persian poetry in exile. Ahmadi earned his Ph.D. in Persian and comparative literature from the University of California–Los Angeles in 1997, where he also earned his C.Phil. in Persian and comparative literature and his M.A. in Iranian studies. He received his B.A. in political science from California State University–Hayward.

The David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights was established in honor of David Robinson, a longtime friend of Reed. The memorial fund was instituted to support visiting lecturers, to purchase books and periodicals for Reed's library, and to help finance special research by faculty and students in the area of human rights.