This is FON's annual meeting held in conjunction with the Peace Corps Connect meeting of the NPCA. Every 5 years it is held in Washington DC, on a 5-year anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps. The theme of this year's Peace Corps Connect meeting is "Beyond Peace Corps".
We will hold a FON-specific session on the Thursday of the Peace Corps Connect meeting, instead of joining other NPCA members in lobbying Congress.
The organizing committee is arranging speakers, and we anticipate a showing of the David Schickele film, "Give me a Riddle", introduced by Roger Landrum. The speakers include Margee Ensign, president of American University of Nigeria, Emmanuel Ogebe, a Nigerian American directly involved with refugees from Boko Haram, John Campbell, former US Ambassador to Nigeria, and Amaka Anku, a Nigerian with a law degree from Harvard, who frequently visits Nigeria.
FON has negotiated a special rate of $121 per night plus tax at the Marriott Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn Hotel. Reserve your room by calling Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 321-2211 and reference the Friends of Nigeria Alumni Room Block at the Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn on or before August 31, 2016 to make your room reservations. Alternatively, click on the following link to reserve your room electronically: Book group rate for Friends of Nigeria Block. After 8/31, you can still book a room, but you will not get the preferred rate.
Latest update on accomodations: We have used up all the rooms set aside at $121. The best we have been able to do is to set aside an additional block of rooms at $159 per night. To get these rooms reference Friends of Nigeria 2 at the Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn. Again, this rate is only good until 8/31/2016.The hotel is 3 blocks from the Rosslyn Metro station, which is one stop from the Foggy Bottom / GWU Metro station that serves George Washington University where all our meeting sessions will be held.
Several FON members who have expertise in Nigeria will speak as well. Herbert Howe will talk about Biafran issues he did his dissertation on. Don Cosentino will talk about Yoruba culture on both sides of the Atlantic. Chuck Larson will talk about teaching African Literature for 50 years. Abdullahi Edward (Ed Tomasiewicz) will talk to us electronically about his current view of events in Nigeria, and ideally respond to our questions via Skype.
We will also host a Nigerian Dinner on Thursday night at the Mott House.
If you want to see who else is registered, click on the blue link just to the right of the Registered label on the left-hand side. It says # registrants. Just below Location Washington DC.