Brian Baskerville, graduate student in Geography, will present "Morocco: The Crossroads of the World," at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in Hardin Hall, Room 228. Baskerville served in the Peace Corps in Morocco.
During my time in the Peace Corps I was fortunate to experience the best and worst that Morocco had to offer. My life as a volunteer was largely shaped by the layers of physical and cultural geography spread across the landscape and my work was largely dictated by where I was on that landscape. The goal of the talk is to expose the audience to those layers that shaped my experience and hopefully paint a picture in their minds of the land the Arabs once called “the farthest land of the setting sun.”
I grew up on a farm in Northwest Iowa. From an early age I developed a love for the outdoors, traveling, history, and culture. This led me to study Environmental Science and History at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, before transferring to South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., to finish a degree in History with a minor in Biology.
After graduation I fought wildland fires and worked as the research and writing coordinator for a gubernatorial campaign in South Dakota before entering the Peace Corps as an environmental education volunteer. While in the Peace Corps I earned another degree in Global Studies from SDSU.
All of my experiences and interests collided during the months right before the Peace Corps, which led me to the light and made me realize that I needed to be studying Geography. So, while in the Peace Corps, I began to search for good schools and programs that would allow me to combine all of my interests. This led me to the School of Natural Resources here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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