How do we, as individuals, begin to not only make sense of the world we live in, but find a way to impact it positively? Answering this question can feel overwhelming. As an avid traveler, I have found that the only way I can begin to make sense of a place or a culture is through people. In this presentation, I will share stories of individuals who I have met through travels on five continents. Through these stories, I will try to show how I became an advocate for them. In sharing their stories, I hope to inspire and inform action in you, to listen to other peoples stories and learn from them. These unique individuals will be the subjects of my stories: Hailu, the guide and local political activist in Lalibela, Ethiopia...Natasa, the Bosnian Serb who was "stateless" during the war in the Balkans...Sunday, the pastor and community advocate in Ekori, Nigeria...Nadia, the university student leader in Arad, Romania...Ernesto, the 30 something living through the changing times in Havana, Cuba... and finally Salonique, a community leader in Gonaives, Haiti.
Speaker: Janet Oberle, Associate Director of Athletics, Avid Traveler, active volunteer for International Assist Medical Missions (www.iammspringfield.com)