Maliha/Bennington College

any questions?   I’m Maliha, a sophomore at Bennington, originally from Karachi, Pakistan. My work here has to do primarily with the Social Sciences, Public Action and Math (currently I’m interested in deconstructing, designing, mapping and tapping the decision-making and conflict-management aspects of public systems, especially with regard to political economy and political philosophy). Some of the classes I have taken have been about deconstructing the Occupy movement, conducting equity research and managing an investment portfolio, reading literary diaries and journals, managing intractable conflicts, singing in the sacred harp tradition etc. Usually found napping, arguing or eating.

Earlier this year, I submitted a project proposal to Bennington College and was awarded a Davis Projects for Peace grant. The project was a two-phase effort to facilitate collective community building in my hometown Karachi, Pakistan. I worked with my teachers and grant advisors to give shape to the idea, design the specifics of the project, and set up a Core Team consisting of myself and a few friends to help with the aspects of accounting, logistics, design and writing.

In the first phase, I conducted a discussion-based workshop for sixteen high-schoolers from Lead High School in Nazimabad No. 4, Karachi. The workshop aimed at developing critical thinking skills and a sense of civic responsibility in these students so they could begin to ask the whats, the whys, and the hows of the problems they see around them, and try to find possible solutions.

In the second phase of the project, the participants of the workshop, along with the Core Team, applied the critical thinking and project management skills they had acquired torevamp and restore the nearby Sehba Akhtar Library, a defunct public library in the region. We collaborated with local policy-makers, leaders and community members to ensure sustainability. 

The project has led to the creation of an NGO, which is currently in the process of registration. You can read the blog entries about the workshop sessions and the library restoration here:

-Maliha Ali ‘14

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this is also Bennington

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this is Bennington

this is Bennington

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classes I’m taking this term

1. Human Rights with Mansour Farhang (who was revolutionary Iran’s first ambassador to the United Nations and resigned in protest when Khomeini’s regime refused to accept the UN’s recommendation to release its US hostages, yeps)

2. Solving Intractable Conflicts with Susan Sgorbati (I took this class to temper my cynicism and I think it might be working; one of our assignments is to help redesign USEPA’s defunct communications system)

3. Economic Liberalism and Its Critics with Michael Rolleigh (a very cool class with very heated discussions)

4. Sacred Harp Singing School with various sacred harp singing folks (this is a strange and awesome class, absolutely tone-deaf and music-illiterate people like me can take part and we somehow end up making beautiful sounding music)

…so, if you have any burning questions about these classes or what being at Bennington is like, ask and I shall answer.

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3 pictures of me

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