I've decided to do something every week that's both (1) out of the house and (2) somewhat intellectually stimulating. Last week I went to an event at SAIS on Stanley Karnow’s Southeast Asia. I read In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines in college - it informed and enraged me at the same time. To my knowledge there hasn't been any other exhaustive and accessible book about the US-Philippines relationship written by an American or Filipino. On Sunday MoBob and I went to his colleague's house for a retirement party. As always it's nice to meet and catch up with MB's co-workers. The hosts prepared Indian food; better than any restaurant. Then today I stayed for the first panel discussion of the ceremony honoring Asian-American/Pacific Islander Champions of Change at the White House. Really proud to see the winners as well as the audience members. So inspirational!
Coming up: I'm speaking on careers in international development at BYU Political Affairs Society national conference. In some ways I'm kind of glad I can hide my church membership on my resume. A lot of BYU alums have told me that it's led to awkward questions. The only hint is that I used to put the BYU Women's Research Institute (when it still existed) and the BYU International Society as professional affiliations.