Archive - August 10, 2017

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Review — LEARNING TO SEE by Gary Engelberg (Senegal)
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Random comments from 1965 Peace Corps Conference (Washington, D.C.)

Review — LEARNING TO SEE by Gary Engelberg (Senegal)

  Learning to See and Other Short Stories and Memoirs from Senegal by Gary  Engelberg (Senegal 1965–67; staff/APCD Senegal 1967–69; Regional Training Officer/west and central Africa 1969–72) BookBaby September, 2017 164 pages $25.19 (paperback) [pre-order now] Review by Leita Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993-96) • GARY ENGELBERG HAS LIVED in Senegal, West Africa for over fifty years. He is co-founder, along with Lillian Baer, former Director and current Board Chairman of Africa Consultants International (ACI), a non-governmental organization that promotes cross-cultural communication, American Study Abroad programs, health and social justice, including LGBTI rights. It’s otherwise known as The Baobab Center in Dakar. I became acquainted with Gary, Lillian and ACI when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Sine-Saloum region of Senegal from1993 to 1996. I have cherished their friendship and that of the staff at ACI that has become almost entirely Senegalese since Gary’s retirement a few years ago. Reading . . .

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Random comments from 1965 Peace Corps Conference (Washington, D.C.)

“One businessman conducted a market survey among the returned Volunteers to find out if it was really true that Peace Corps members preferred beer to whiskey. His conclusion is that this is a misguided myth of the past.” Newton Minnow Former Director of the Federal Communications Commission.   • “My definition of a coward is a Volunteer who returns from work overseas and then goes to work for Peace Corps, Washington.” Dick Irish (Philippines 1962-64) Dick worked at the Peace Corps in the Office of Volunteers Support. • “I was one of those white Southerners that had to go out of the country to really become enlightened on the problems of race in the South and so I feel that it is my obligation to go back to the South and do something about it.” Don Boucher (Chile 1962-64) • “A special participant said he was pleased with the showing of former . . .

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