Sunday, May 17, 2009

Aseel al-Awadhi goes to Parliament

Congratulations to Texas philosophy Ph.D Aseel al-Awadhi, who is among the first four women to win election to the Kuwaiti Parliament. I overlapped with her in grad school, and we once had a fun multiethnic Super Bowl party together. Kuwaiti women only got the right to vote and run for office in 2005, so things are moving fast. In other good news, Sunni fundamentalists lost a lot of seats.

Now when your students ask you what you can do with a philosophy education, you can tell them: become a member of Parliament in Kuwait!


Anonymous said...

''a fun multiethnic Super Bowl party together'' really? what was she like back then.

Neil Sinhababu said...

Yeah, it was pretty neat. I think I and my Nebraska roommate were the only people born in the states, and thus the only people into the game. We ate all sorts of yummy things.

She was just really nice. Smart, friendly, and fun to talk to.

AJD said...

I can beat that! Krisjanis Karins, a former cabinet minister in Latvia, is a Penn linguistics PhD.

Max Goss said...

Liz and I could hardly believe it when we heard Aseel on NPR. Martinich's students are the greatest.