Saturday, Sep 08, 2018 7:00p -
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Lectures & Conferences
As part of "ESCAPE INTO A BOOK: IT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE! series, ARTSpace is honored to present spirited, witty, and with a great sense of life and humor, Diane Shugrue Gallagher.
She will be recounting her life-changing experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer In Cape Verde, West Africa with readings from her book: "Lure of Service: My Peace Corps Adventures at Middle Age"
About Diane Shugrue Gallagher
A New York City born and longtime Brookline (MA) resident, mother of 4 and nana to 2, who attended Lesley University and Colby Sawyer College, with a career as a newspaper columnist as well as an actress among many other meaningful achievements and details of her life, Diane chose to take a much less traveled path to service at age 53.
Inspired by JFK’s 1961 speech launching the Peace Corps, she and her husband were willing candidates, but life had other plans as their first child was about to be added to their family. And as life proved, her dream to serve was only stored in the fold of her heart, to be revisited at a later date.
In fact, it was while exploring ways to give back for all of her life’s blessings, that she dared applied for the Peace Corps, was accepted, and assigned to serve in Cape Verde, West Africa. Upon opening the acceptance letter, she admitted to a full range of emotions, ranging from her usual sunny optimistic views to sheer panic at learning new cultures and languages.
The reward for this strong willed woman’s leap of faith and for those she crossed path with in Cape Verde was first of all friendship. This very significant element brought about the establishment of a woman’s sewing association that is still thriving, the development of very creative presentations and lectures for AIDS prevention that are still in use, and setting up a children’s library, along with many dance parties, celebrations of life’s essence, selfless kindness, and grog, much grog, among many other precious practical and personal exchange of blessings.
Deeply convinced that the Peace Corps is a relevant and important force for peace in the world, Diane published her book “Lure of Service: My Peace Corps Adventures at Middle Age” as a memoir of her life changing experiences, a travel guide, a spiritual guide to successfully serve as a PCV, and an adventure book.
Diane, or Deana PACIM as she was called by her many Cape Verdeans friends, has won numerous awards such as the United States President’s Volunteer Award, the Lillian Carter Award, the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission of the Status of Women.
Presently, while working as a nursing history archivist at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Diane also serves on the advisory board of the Cape Verde Children Coalition and is a member of the Harvard Host Family Program.
Diane hopes that her book, with all the ups and downs, and all the tunes played in between, will encourage one and all to serve others, because it’s never too late to serve!