Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
I picked the date for my blog with purpose. It might appear that I chose one of the last spots so I wouldn’t have to worry about it, so I could put it off, put it out of my mind. That is not the case. I selected one of the last spots because I knew I wanted to make my blog a recollection of my time spent at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University.
When I began reflecting, going through my notes, my journal entries, the concepts we learned, places we visited, and work we’ve done, there was one constant in all of it: Each experience was memorable because of the people I had them with.
It was then that I understood my blog would be an ode to my classmates.
I quickly realized words alone couldn’t express my thoughts. So I took to my craft. I made a film about them, for them. It’s a film that is equally about me and for me. And it’s a film about being a Rotary Peace Fellow for Rotary Peace Fellows.
In the documentary I recite a poem by Walt Whitman. You’ll hear it in the film, but it’s meant to have its time in words, so you can read over them. Hopefully, again, and again, and again.
I Dream’d in a Dream
I dream’d in a dream, I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth;
I dream’d that was the new City of Friends;
Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust love—it led the rest;
It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city,
And in all their looks and words.
Robert A. Emmons Jr., USA
Rotary Peace Fellow
June 2013 Session