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The Strauss Center Presents Aaron Williams, Director of the U.S. Peace Corps

AUSTIN, Texas-- Feb. 10, 2010-- The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law presents "A Conversation with Aaron Williams, Director of the U.S. Peace Corps" on Monday, March 1, at 5:00 pm in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center’s Connally Ballroom. 

As the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps approaches, Ambassador Gregory W. Engle (Ret.), Associate Director of the Strauss Center and a former Peace Corps Volunteer, will engage Williams in a conversation about the role of the Peace Corps in the world today and his vision for the years to come.

Aaron Williams became the eighteenth Director of the Peace Corps on August 24, 2009.  He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1967-1970, and upon completing his service became the coordinator of minority recruitment and project evaluation officer for the Peace Corps in his hometown of Chicago.   Williams’ career has focused on the development and implementation of worldwide assistance programs.  He was a vice president for International Business Development with RTI International and a senior manager at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he attained the rank of Career Minister in the U.S. Senior Foreign Service. He also served as executive vice president of the International Youth Foundation. As USAID Mission Director in South Africa,  Williams led a billion dollar foreign assistance program during President Nelson Mandela’s administration. In addition, he has extensive experience in the design and management of assistance programs in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The event is free and only open to students, faculty and staff of the The University of Texas at Austin. Seating is limited and a ticket is required for entry.  Tickets are available the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (Third Floor Dean's Office, SRH 3.384), the International Office (600 W. 24th Street), and at the Texas Union Student Events Center (Room 4.300).  You must show a UT ID card to receive a ticket to the event.

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