Will Reid, member of Newtown Friends Meeting, former Peace Corps volunteer, and Political Science Professor, will speak on Discovering I am a Quaker at the historic Quaker Meetinghouse, 219 Court Street, Newtown, Sunday, March 12 at 9:45 AM. Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends will follow at 11 a.m. The public is invited.
Reid said, “The highlights of my talk will be a reflection on perspectives I have gained from a variety of people and experiences over my lifetime.”
Will Reid grew up in Illinois, Egypt, and Georgia. He graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio and then joined the Peace Corps as a Volunteer in a small village in Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina.
Reid served on the faculty of St. Mary’s College in Maryland, specializing in Latin American Politics and teaching a wide range of political science courses. He also worked professionally on a variety of projects, including ones in the New York Office of the American Friends Service Committee, recipient of the 1947 Nobel Peace prize “on behalf of all Quakers.”
Reid worked professionally on election campaigns for fifteen years for Democratic Party candidates and plans to discuss and contrast the different political cultures of three distinct areas of the country: McKeesport, Pennsylvania; Alexandria, Virginia; and Boise, Idaho.
Will Reid is a Resident of Pennswood Village, the Quaker retirement community on the edge of the George School campus in Newtown.
Newtown Friends Meeting, co-founded by the Quaker artist and minister, Edward Hicks, in 1815, holds services every First Day (Sunday). During the school year, First Day classes for children and adults are at 9:45 a.m. and Meeting for Worship at 11:00 a.m. Professional childcare is provided. All meetings are open to the public and visitors are warmly welcomed.