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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow to Recognize Peace Corps 50th Anniversary at Saint Mary's

MORAGA, Calif. (Feb. 08, 2011) - In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, the President of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Kevin Quigley will deliver a lecture at Saint Mary's College of California entitled "Peace Corps at 50: Realizing the Promise of the Next 50 Years." The lecture will be held Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the College's Soda Activity Center and is free and open to the public.

A Visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Quigley will spend a week at the College, from Feb. 20-24, 2011. While at Saint Mary's, he will speak with student groups and visit classes to discuss the anniversary of the Peace Corps, the life-changing experience of overseas service, international philanthropy and how combining the study of the liberal arts with public service is a great way to start a career.

Four Saint Mary's alumni are currently serving overseas in the Peace Corps and 129 of the College's students have participated in the service since President John F. Kennedy established the independent U.S. government agency. Officially launched on March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps was created to provide trained volunteers to developing countries, foster a better understanding of the United States abroad and create a better understanding of international needs among U.S. citizens.

Saint Mary's alumni who served as Peace Corp Volunteers will gather for a reception with Quigley, prior to his lecture, to discuss their service experiences and recognize this important anniversary.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent non-academic professionals to campuses across the United States for seminars, workshops and lectures.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, Quigley serves today as President and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association, which represents more than 185,000 Peace Corps alumni. The NPCA provides networking and mentoring for returning volunteers and assists them with continued service opportunities. He has held senior positions in civil society, government and various research institutions. His non-profit leadership includes serving as Acting CEO of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities, Vice President of Policy and Business at the Asia Society and Director of Public Policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

For more than three decades Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows have introduced students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement. Saint Mary's College has participated in the Visiting Fellows program for 19 years.

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