Seeking to combat decreasing coverage of Afghanistan in the late 1980s, the Pakistan-based Afghan Media Resource Center (AMRC) facilitated trips from 1987 to 1995 to Afghanistan for journalists, cameramen, video crews, and photographers. These photos, television reports, and audiotapes from remote regions (some of which required travel of up to a month to reach) were dispatched to media outlets including the BBC, CNN, and Time. Edwards, in recognizing the importance of the AMRC archive-as well as the danger posed to the archive by Pakistan's hot and dusty climate-is working to digitalize and preserve the
Edwards is professor and departmental chair of Anthropology at Williams College. He has published articles on religious ideology in Afghanistan (again, long before most of the rest of us thought to take notice). His book, Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad (1998), is from the University of California Press.
Professor Edwards delivers the fourth annual L. J. Kutten Lecture on Philosophy and Religion, made possible through the generosity of CMC alumnus L. J. Kutten '74.