Special Pre-Release Screening Event

The release of the movie version of The Kite Runner is being delayed until December 14 to allow time to mitigate safety issues for the child stars. (see for example recent articles in the New York Times).

However, students at HSU or College of the Redwoods need not wait to see this wonderful screen adaptation. A “Special Pre-Release Screening” has been arranged for you! The Minor Theatre in Arcata will show the film on November 6 at 7 PM. Tickets will not be sold at the theatre for this event. You MUST OBTAIN YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE from:

You will need to show your student ID to obtain tickets, 2 tickets max.

HSU Student Life Director Rees Hughes and HSU President Rollin Richmond have arranged this unique opportunity so everyone give them a big thanks!

Published by admin on October 26th, 2007 tagged Events, Kite Runner, Related Viewing | 1 Comment »

HSU Library Event – Unveiling the Book of the Year

A reception focused on The Kite Runner, the HSU/CR Book of the Year, will be held on Monday, October 15, 2007 from 5 to 6:30 PM in the HSU Library’s second floor Fishbowl Room (L209). HSU President Rollin Richmond will provide a brief reading from the text, and Prof. Susan Bennett’s classes will present and lead discussions. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Published by admin on October 2nd, 2007 tagged Events, Kite Runner | Comment now »

The Kite Runner – the Film

The film version of the novel is scheduled to open on November 2. Check out the trailer:

This morning NPR broadcast a story on heightened tensions in Afghanistan related to the movie’s forthcoming appearance. There are growing worries over the film’s depiction of ethnic tensions, the depiction of the Taliban, and on a personal level, distress in the families of the children who starred in the movie, allegedly unaware of the plot details since the novel was published in English.


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Two More Afghanistan Videos

New to the HSU Library Collection and available for your viewing pleasure:


The new generations of Afghan people who have lived in a continuous state of warfare for the past 24 years are the focus of this documentary by Afghan-American filmmaker, Taran Davies. Davies and producer Walied Osman traveled from Queens, N.Y. to the Afghanistan frontline during the U.S. invasion, chronicling the lives of ordinary people who have never seen peace, yet still have hopes and dreams for the future. DVD


Inspired by true events, this powerful film from Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf tells the story of an Afghan-born Canadian journalist’s return to Afghanistan in order to find her sister, who has lost both legs to a landmine and threatened to kill herself in three days. During her frantic search, she sees firsthand the destruction and injustice that her homeland and its people have endured at the hands of the Taliban government. The winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, this film is a breathtaking and moving portrayal of a country oppressed. “Kandahar has the immediacy and authenticity of a documentary and the poetry of a strong dramatic feature” (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle). In Farsi and English with English subtitles. DVD

Published by admin on August 9th, 2007 tagged Kite Runner, Related Viewing | 2 Comments »

Why the Kite Runner for Book of the Year?

The title was chosen last Spring, and the rationale is described in this announcement:
HSU and CR Announce Book of the Year

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NPR Interviews Hosseini

Since Kite Runner appeared in 2003, National Public Radio has done a series of interviews and reports on the book and the author. Most recently, NPR rebroadcast its August, 2005 interview. If you missed this feature, you can listen online to this and several others at Khaled Hosseini, Spinning Tales of a Faraway Home.

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Do You Need a Glossary?

A glossary is a list of special or foreign language terms used in a book, together with their meanings. Since few Americans know many Farsi, Pashto or Dari words, reading the Kite Runner is easier if you can look up non-English terms as you encounter them.

You can take advantage of an online glossary developed to help readers of this book – there are several. A good one is from Niagara University: Glossary of Terms in the Kite Runner .

Published by admin on August 1st, 2007 tagged Kite Runner, Related Reading | Comment now »

Local Conference To Offer Kite Runner Session

The Fall English Studies Conference Uniting Educators (FESCUE), which is co-sponsored by the HSU English Department, the Redwood Writing Project, and the Redwood Chapter of the California Teachers of English, is offering a series of special sessions. Susan Bennett, HSU English Department chair, Susan Bennett, will lead one focusing on the Kite Runner as well as Afghani culture and history. The conference is scheduled for Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 in Founders Hall on the HSU campus. Participants will register through HSU Extended Education or matriculated student registration. As specifics become available, You can check out http://www.humboldt.edu/~rwp/FESCUE.htm (the Redwood Writing Project website) for details on conference sessions.

Published by admin on July 24th, 2007 tagged Events, Kite Runner | Comment now »

Library Videos on Afghanistan


Sonali Kolhatkar at HSU, April 15, 2006

(VIDEO 5986) 2006 DVD 102min

Lecture presented at Humboldt State University on April 15th, 2006 by Sonali Kolhatkar (RAWA), as part of Take Back the Night 2006. Hosted by the HSU Women’s Resource Center.

Beyond the Frame: Alternative Perspectives on the War on Terrorism

(VIDEO 5652) 2004 DVDS 146min

In twenty-three interviews, using a question and answer format, experts from academia, the media, government, and non-governmental organizations, place the causes leading to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in historical context. Issues surrounding the War on Terrorism are also discussed. Chapter 3: Women and the Afghan War (12min.)

The Oil Factor Behind the War on Terror

(VIDEO 5765) 2004 DVD 60min

Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy assess the results of the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq and the connection to world wide oil production.

Afghanistan Year 1380: Collateral Damages

(VIDEO 4844) 2002 VHS 54min

“Filmed in Afghanistan in October through December 2001, the film follows the continuing challenges for surgeon Gino Strada and medical coordinator Kate Rowlands from the human rights group “Emergency”. Having joined forces to set up a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, they saw it shut down by the Taliban. In October, 2001, they decided to re-open the hospital while the city was still under heavy attacks in order to guarantee medical and humanitarian support to civilian war victims.”

Campaign Against Terror

(VIDEO 4811) 2002 VHS

“On the one-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Frontline tells the behind-the-scenes story of the U.S. and world response. The first hour of “Campaign Against Terror” chronicles, through interviews with key players, how complex diplomatic maneuvering led to the formation of an international coalition against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. It also details how the White House, Pentagon, and the CIA moved quickly to develop a plan for fighting a new kind of war. The second hour of this documentary focuses on how this first war of the 21st century was fought.”


Jung (War) : In the Land of the Mujaheddin

(VIDEO 4851) 2001 VHS 84min

In 1999, a surgeon and a war correspondent join forces to found a hospital in Afghanistan, a country that has been devastated by civil and border wars for the last twenty years.

President Jimmy Carter

(VIDEO 1424) 1991 VHS 60min

President Carter discusses the presidency from the perspective of a Washington outsider who sought to make human rights a centerpiece of his administration. Carter reflects upon the nature of presidential leadership, illustrated by the Camp David accords, the Iran hostage crisis, the Panama Canal Treaty, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the energy crisis.

The Taliban Legacy

(VIDEO 4406) 2001 VHS 35min

A report on current conditions in Afghanistan. The program focuses on the havoc created by the Taliban regime, which has resulted in two million Afghans fleeing the country.

Bob Bovier, Working with Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

(VIDEO 1910) 1991 VHS 28min

An HSU alumnus presents film footage of his work with the International Rescue Committee Rehabilitation Program involving irrigation, public health, innoculation programs, agriculture, and training for administrative management. Constraint factors such as civil war, refugees, tribal feuds, and environmental disaster are discussed.

The Kirghiz of Afghanistan

(VIDEO 4531) 1975 VHS 60min

The Kirghiz, who are skilled at herd management, have adapted well to a cold and difficult environment on the “Roof of the world.” In working, celebrating, interacting with each other, and adapting to new ways in a new environment, the Kirghiz demonstrate the dignity and purpose of their lives.

Published by admin on July 20th, 2007 tagged Kite Runner, Related Viewing | Comment now »

Listen to Traditional Music

You can sample traditional Afghan music by listening to CDs in the HSU Library Collection. Look for
Music from Kabul (collection of folk music) – CD-4891
Memories of Heart: instrumental music of Afghanistan – CD-3782
in the second floor Audio & VideoCollection.

Published by admin on July 20th, 2007 tagged Kite Runner, Related Listening | 2 Comments »