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February 12, 2008

Local Peace Corps woman to speak

ONEONTA _ A Cooperstown woman who recently returned from a stint with the Peace Corps in Africa will speak about her experiences at Pine Lake on Wednesday.

Susan Lettis will give a talk titled "Peace Corps and After" at 7 p.m. in the Strawbale House at Hartwick College's Pine Lake Environmental Campus, as part of the "Conversations at the Lake" series.

Lettis will discuss her time as a volunteer in West Africa and her future. She graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 2000 and then spent a year in Hungary as a Rotary Exchange student.

Upon her return, Lettis studied at Syracuse University and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in international relations. After graduation, Lettis joined the Peace Corps and was posted for 28 months in a rural village in northern Benin, in West Africa.

Her primary project was teaching English in a local middle school, but she also coordinated the building of three classrooms and one office for a primary school, and organized a three-day girls' camp in her village.

Lettis plans to return to Benin next month and stay there until September _ not with the Peace Corps, but instead to volunteer with a Beninese nonprofit, Victory Way.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Pine Lake Environmental Campus at Hartwick College.

For information, contact Pine Lake Program Coordinator Dan Morse at 431-4520 or morsed@hartwick.edu.

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