A Fantastic State of Ruin

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A Fantastic State of Ruin tells the story of the painted towns of Shekhawati in rural Rajasthan, India. These small settlements owe their origins to the trade caravans that once crossed the Thar Desert. Prosperous merchants financed the construction of ornate houses in the towns and commissioned visiting artists to decorate them with exquisite murals depicting local life and society.

For centuries, the painted buildings served the towns as trading houses, pleasure palaces, temples, caravansaries, and private homes. Eventually, the merchant families left Shekhawati for India’s burgeoning cities, abandoning their opulent structures. Some were left in the charge of caretakers; squatters took up residence in many; most simply remain vacant. The buildings have slowly deteriorated over time, ravaged by climate and neglect, and now lie scattered among the desert settlements as an elegiac collection of beautiful living ruins – a crumbling open-air gallery set amid the ordinary affairs of small town life.

This photo book portrays the fascinating ruinous beauty of the painted towns, and, along the way, provides an intimate look at life and landscape on the arid fringes of Rajasthan. The book includes an Introduction written by Abha Narain Lambah, India’s foremost conservation architect, and an Afterward by Cecile Charpentier, a Paris-based art restoration expert.

The Asia Institute Crane House and the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana present this talk by David Zurick. Stories of the  “painted towns” of Shekhawati in rural Rajasthan, India. These small settlements owe their origins to the trade caravans that once crossed the Thar Desert.

Cost:

Free to attend, but registration is required on the Crane House website

Global Trivia Night

Join the World Affairs Council for our October “Global Trivia Night”! November 6 falls on Election Day, so you guessed it! At least one round of November’s trivia will be around the theme of elections!

// LOCATION: Gravely Brewing Co
// TEAM REGISTRATION STARTS: 6:30 PM
// TRIVIA BEGINS: 7:00 PM
// $5 PER PERSON SUGGESTED DONATION

November 6’s Global Trivia Night is brought to you by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana!

Your donation to play is the cost of a beer and supports the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana‘s educational programs in Kentucky!

Reach out to us with questions! [email protected]

THANKS TO OUR TRIVIA PARTNERS!

 

African Region | U.S. Elections

November 4 – 7, 2018


Countries: Burundi, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo

Project: U.S. Elections

No. of Visitors: 7-8

Eleven international visitors from nine different African countries will visit Louisville, KY to observe the November elections. They will meet with local constituents to hear about their experiences, concerns and priorities; visit with local media about election coverage; meet with local elections officials; observe polling stations on Election Day; and meet with political science professors to analyze election results. The group will be split for two home hospitality dinners and explore some of Louisville’s cultural offerings such as a distillery tour, the Muhammad Ali Center, and more. 

African Region | NGOs and Civic Activism

October 27 – 31, 2018


Countries: Cameroon, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Zambia

Project: NGOs (Nongovernmental Organizations) and Civic Activism

No. of Visitors: 6

Six international visitors from Africa are visiting Louisville to explore NGOs and their role in promoting civic activism. Themes include:

  • Civic activism through the lens of civil rights
  • Grassroots support for marginalized communities
  • Foundation support for local nonprofits
  • University training in NGO leadership and management

Visitors will participate in a community service project. A home hospitality dinner will allow visitors a glimpse into the “everyday American family life.”

H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union Ambassador to the U.S.

The Most Diverse Continent: The Future of the African Union

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The African Union is the most diverse continental union on Earth, representing more individual languages, religions, and ethnic groups than any other, meaning it faces a unique set of challenges to cooperation. Despite centuries of exploitation and the imperialist rule throughout the early 20th century, the African continent’s standard of living is rising as its political and economic cooperation with the world grows.
Join us as the ambassador of the African Union to the United States discusses the African diaspora, the origins and lingering effects of colonialism, and the future of the continent. Following the event will be a private dinner with the speaker at Saffron’s Persian Cuisine, 131 W. Market St. Tickets to the dinner are an additional $35, and are in very limited supply. This talk will be moderated by local broadcast journalist Jean West.
5:30 Reception
6:00 Program
7:30 Dinner at Saffron’s
HE Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao is the African Union Ambassador to the United States. Dr. Chihombori-Quao is a native of Zimbabwe who emigrated to the United States in 1977. She obtained her medical degree in 1986, spending three years in general surgery in New York and 25 years providing family medicine in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In 2012 she became Chair of the African Union—Diaspora Health Initiative and in 2016 was appointed African Union Ambassador to the United States.
Jean West is Louisville’s local host for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She is an accomplished journalist with more than 30 years of experience, whose reports have won Emmy awards and been featured on NPR and ABC. She recently served as Executive Director of Communications for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and is currently the Owner/Producer of Facewest Productions.

Cost:

$20 for Public
$10 for Students
Free for WAC Members
+$35 for post event dinner with the speaker

Global Trivia Night

Join the World Affairs Council for our October “Global Trivia Night”! The month of October will honor Hispanic Heritage Month and our incoming “Young Leaders of the Americas” Professional Fellows by having categories reflecting Latin America and the Caribbean as the month’s theme!

// LOCATION: Gravely Brewing Co
// TEAM REGISTRATION STARTS: 6:30 PM
// TRIVIA BEGINS: 7:00 PM
// $5 PER PERSON SUGGESTED DONATION

October 2nd’s Global Trivia Night is brought to you by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana!

Your donation to play is the cost of a beer and supports the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana‘s educational programs in Kentucky!

Reach out to us with questions! [email protected]

THANKS TO OUR TRIVIA PARTNERS!

 

Open World | Russia | E-Commerce

September 28 – October 6, 2018


Country: Russia

Project: E-Commerce

No. of Visitors: 5

Host families needed!

Six visitors from Russia will arrive in Louisville for a one-week exchange as they learn about developing and expanding e-commerce.

Bridging the Americas: Welcome Reception & Networking

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Where can you sample the finest bourbon from Louisville distillery Rabbit Hole, see the new workshop of local leatherworkers Clayton & Crume, and learn about education programs in Jamaica all at the same time? Where else but with us?

Join us as we kick off the 2018 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. The program brings ten social entrepreneurs from South America and the Caribbean to Louisville to partner with ten local businesses for the month of October.

This event will include catered refreshments by The Mayan Cafe, a cash bar, a bourbon tasting with Rabbit Hole Distillery, a leatherworking station with Clayton & Crume where you can make souvenirs, and samples of our visiting entrepreneurs’ products. Come learn about some of the most inventive and inspiring ventures from all across the Americas!

Agenda:

5:30 // Registration
6:00 // Elevator pitches by our visiting fellows
6:30 // Networking

Thank you to our 2018 Louisville Fellowship Hosts:
Clayton & Crume | Foxhollow Farm | Healthcare Asset Network | Just Creations | Kale & Flax (Wild Accelerator) | Kentucky Refugee Ministries | Open Grain Woodwork | Rabbit Hole Distillery | Rainbow Blossom Natural Markets | Waterstep

Hosted in partnership with Prospanica Louisville & Clayton & Crume!

 

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

September 22 – October 20, 2018


Countries: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, & Trinidad & Tobago

Visit the YLAI webpage to learn more!

Join us at our Welcoming Reception:

Multiregional | U.S. State and Local Governance

September 21 – 26, 2018


Twelve international visitors from an array of different countries will be in Somerset and Frankfort, Kentucky in September to explore “U.S. State and Local Governance.” More details to come…

Home hospitality dinner host needed! Contact Laura Duncan, Visitor Program Manager, with questions at [email protected].