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Colleges to Host Panel Discussion on the Peace Corps

October 20, 1999 Geneva, NY – Since his arrival in Geneva, many people have approached new Hobart and William Smith President Mark Gearan about the Peace Corps. So Gearan, who served as director of the Peace Corps from 1995 until July of this year, decided to bring together several HWS professors who served in the Peace Corps, as well as Chief of Staff of the Peace Corps in Washington D.C., to discuss the Peace Corps with anyone interested in learning more about it.

The panel discussion, “How Far Are You Willing to Go to Make a Difference?” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. The public is cordially invited.

Gearan will talk about his experiences as Director of the Peace Corps, and will be joined by faculty members Alan Frishman, professor of economics, who served in Nigeria from 1966 until 1969; Michael Bogin, professor of art, who worked in Ghana from 1968 until 1970; David Belding, associate professor of math, who served in Sierra Leone from 1974 until 1976, and Richard Salter, assistant professor of religious studies, who was in Dominica from 1986 until 1988. Also sitting on the panel will be Thomas Tighe, the Chief of Staff at the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., who served as a volunteer in Thailand. All panel members will tell a bit about their experiences and take questions from the audience.

“I'm looking forward to bringing together our distinguished faculty members who have served as Peace Corps volunteers to discuss their service,” said Gearan, “Today's Peace Corps is still the toughest job you'll ever love.” Those in attendance will also see a short video used by the Peace Corps, and printed material will be available.

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