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  • Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey

    Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.

    The University Library presents Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey.

    Wednesday November 14, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    Saint Clare Room, 3rd Floor Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library

    In 1962, a newly-minted college graduate answered the call of President John F. Kennedy and joined the fledgling Peace Corps. Leslie Noyes Mass was assigned to Pakistan and given the directive to start a program-any kind of educational program she could muster-in a small Muslim village where she was the only Westerner and the only Peace Corps volunteer. After a year, she left the village, frustrated and feeling that she had made no impact at all.
    Nearly 50 years later, she returned to discover a much-changed Pakistan-and a village that still remembers her. She tells both her stories, from 1962 and today, by deftly interweaving her journal entries from 50 years ago with her current day story as a volunteer training female teachers for a Pakistani non-governmental institution. Leslie Noyes Mass captures the heart and the attention of the reader with her story of Pakistanis in 1962 and those of a new generation who are engaged in building a sustainable education system for their country's forgotten children. In a series of interviews with Pakistanis from every social class and educational level, Mass gives voice to those who are taking responsibility for their country's educational problems and solving these problems within the traditions, culture, and religious understanding of their people. Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey is a compelling look into a country as it goes from its infancy into the 21st century.
    Leslie Noyes Mass earned her Ph.D. at the Ohio State University in early and middle childhood education.  She became the director of the Early Childhood Center at Ohio Wesleyan University, from which she retired in 2007.  Dr. Mass is also the author of In Beauty May She Walk:  Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60 and the former editor of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. 

    Join us as Leslie Noyes Mass, author of Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey, shares her inspiring journey and offers a comprehensive and real picture of the education crisis in Pakistan. 

    This free event is open to the public.

    For more information, please contact Helene Lafrance