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Oct. 6, 2004

UI Graduate Student To Speak On Peace Corps Experience Oct. 11

UI graduate student Tokey Boswell will share his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa on Monday, Oct. 11, from noon to 1 p.m., in the International Center Lounge. This lecture, which is sponsored by UI International Programs, is part of the International Mondays lecture series and is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

In "A Hut with a View: My Peace Corps experience in West Africa," Boswell will relate how he worked as a health extension volunteer primarily with residents of remote villages on water sanitation issues. He was also involved in projects that included food hygiene and HIV/AIDS education outreach.

During his stint in the Republic of Guinea, Boswell lived in the town of Tormelin, which had no electricity or modern plumbing. "Highlights of my time in Africa included making peanut sauce, biking through waterfalls, and meeting Nam the Muppet Girl," he said.

Boswell graduated from the UI with a bachelor's degree in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology and was a Peace Corps volunteer from 1999 to 2001. He is currently finishing his master's degree in urban and regional planning at the UI, working in the City of Iowa City Planning department, serving on the board of directors of the Iowa Renewable Energy Association, and acting as the Peace Corps representative for the UI.

The Peace Corps is a government organization that sends American volunteers around the world for two-year assignments in education, business, agriculture/environment, health, and community development. For more information on the Peace Corp, contact Boswell at or (319) 335-6447.

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345. Writer: Po Li Loo