The hourlong talk on his book, “It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. The lecture and book signing afterward are sponsored by the UofL College of Arts and Sciences and its peace studies program, ROTC and military science program, social change program and the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society.
Barcott’s book details his co-founding of the nongovernmental organization Carolina for Kibera a decade ago while he was an undergraduate student at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He continued his work with the organization while serving as a Marine in Iraq, Bosnia and Africa. Barcott later earned master’s degrees in business and public administration from Harvard University and now works in North Carolina for Duke Energy’s sustainability office.
Carolina for Kibera is considered an example of the participatory development movement that tries to develop a new generation of leaders within a place — in this case, the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi. The work has gained Barcott designation this year as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader as well as media attention that includes recognition for him and the organization from Time magazine as a Hero of Global Health and “ABC World News” as 2006 Person of the Year.