Writing assignments I've committed to:
* how Peace Corps turned me Mormon for Exponent II
* essay about my grandmother as recounted in my last post for the Peace Corps/Philippines alum group contribution to the 50th anniversary
Yesterday evening I went back to my grad school alma mater to hear the new Peace Corps director speak about public service. I didn't stick around for the Q&A, but the event was a (much-deserved) self-congratulatory celebration of PC service. First there was a video showing volunteers over the years, and then Mr. Williams spoke. He's a great speaker, and he definitely catered to the returned volunteers who made up the majority of the audience. Though I have mixed feelings about SAIS, I do have some fond memories. I had arrived a little earlier so I went to the library and said hello to some of the staff who'd made my life in grad school a little easier, and then in the venue itself I'd sat between the dean of students and the director of career services, both of whom surprisingly remembered me.
I told MoBob that Mr. Williams mentioned an 85 year old Peace Corps volunteer currently serving in southern Morocco. Wow.