The accidental tourist (guide) [with apologies to Anne Tyler]

All I said was “Sure, I’ll host a dinner and discussion at my house.”

The university where I teach sponsors a conference each Spring semester to focus on integrating our academics with global issues (the Jared T. Burkholder Conference on Global Engagement). This year’s keynote speaker is Phil Payne with Living and Learning International in Quito, Equador.

We also have a special plenary session featuring Mark Weber with PovertyCure. In conjunction with his appearance, I’m hosting dinner and a discussion of a video series PovertyCure developed to examine and explain their entrepreneurial emphasis for addressing global poverty.

When I agreed to host the discussion I didn’t know anything about the organization or their ideas. Now I find PovertyCure seems to be part of an emerging movement seeking to reconsider and reconfigure Western conceptions of charity. It’s exciting, and needful, and it’s a bit of a strange feeling to have accidentally stepped into what seems to be a powerful movement.

*Anne Tyler’s book is the reference in the post title.

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