By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at 5:04 pm in Moraga.
The president of the National Peace Corps Association will speak at Saint Mary’s College this month to recognize the 50th anniversary of the volunteer organization.
Kevin Quigley’s lecture, “Peace Corps at 50: Realizing the Promise of the Next 50 Years,” will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the college’s Soda Activity Center.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
A visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Quigley will spend the entire week on campus meeting with students and visiting classes to discuss the Peace Corps anniversary, said Michael McAlpin, a spokesman for Saint Mary’s College.
President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps in 1961 to provide trained volunteers to developing countries and improve understanding between those countries and the United States. The NPCA provides mentoring and networking opportunities for returning Peace Corps volunteers.
Since the organization’s founding, 129 Saint Mary’s alumni have participated, McAlpin said. Some of them will meet with Quigley during his time in Moraga. Four alumni are currently serving in the Peace Corps, McAlpin added.