December 19, 2012
Knox College graduate Elyse Callahan, who is serving in the Peace Corps in Africa, will give a talk, "Stomping Out Malaria: My Peace Corps Service in Zambia," at 4 p.m., Monday, January 7, in Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union, on the Knox campus in Galesburg, Illinois. The lecture is free and open to the public.
After graduating from Knox in 2010 Callahan entered the Peace Corps and was assigned to Mali. She worked as a health educator, focusing on maternal and child health and nutrition.
After a coup forced the evacuation of Peace Corps members in April 2012, Callahan was then assigned to Zambia as a community malaria surveillance officer. She is currently working with the Peace Corps' Stomp Out Malaria program and MACEPA, the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa. MACEPA is a cooperative venture of an international philanthropic organization, PATH, working with African governments and the United Nations.
Following her lecture at Knox, Callahan is returning to Zambia to complete her Peace Corps service. Callahan reports on her experiences in Mali and Zambia in her personal blog, www.elyseinmali.blogspot.com.
Originally from Janesville, Iowa, Callahan is a graduate of Cedar Falls High School. She graduated from Knox with a major in psychology and minors in French and social service.
Callahan's lecture is sponsored by the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies and the Peace Corps Preparatory Program at Knox College.