Archive - 2017

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Could you qualify for the Peace Corps today?
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Christopher Hill (Cameroon) new Professor of Diplomacy at Denver University
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Press 53 Call For Short Story Submissions
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More on Elaine Chao’s Scandal….But is it Fake News?
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Former Peace Corps Director Elaine Chao busted for financial corruption
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Talking with Sandi Giver (Uganda), author of ONE OF US
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Third Goal Initiative–Peace Corps Writers
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Is there still a Peace Corps?
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RESOURCES – Unofficial guide to Peace Corps and its history
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Review — EVOLVING BRAINS, EMERGING GODS by Fuller Torrey (Ethiopia)

Could you qualify for the Peace Corps today?

  Lora King served as an agriculture and environment Volunteer in Ethiopia from 2012-14. She primarily worked with farmers on crop production, but also worked with students from local primary and secondary schools, and on after-school clubs and summer camps. She currently works as a Peace Corps Placement Officer for Ethiopia. • To qualify for the Peace Corps by Lora King (Ethiopia 2012–14)   AS A PLACEMENT OFFICER,  I often get asked at the end of the interview, “How can I be more competitive for this position?” This is a great question and one that I’d encourage anyone applying to become a Peace Corps Volunteer to think about. Why do I need to be more competitive? In 2015, the Peace Corps received a 40-year high of nearly 23,000 applications for approximately 4,000 open positions. Hard skills are some of the first things I see when I look at an application, and I’d . . .

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Christopher Hill (Cameroon) new Professor of Diplomacy at Denver University

  From The Denver Post — • DU creates professor of diplomacy post, aims for a bigger role in world events By MONTE WHALEY | mwhaley@denverpost.com | The Denver Post October 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm     “The University of Denver says it wants to play a bigger role in world events and is kickstarting those efforts by giving former ambassador to Iraq Christopher R. Hill [Cameroon 1974–76] a new job. Hill, dean of DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies for the past seven years, on Tuesday was named chief adviser to the chancellor for global engagement and professor of the practice of diplomacy, a first-of-its-kind role for a major American university, school officials said. In this newly created role, Hill will provide leadership on the global stage, drawing upon his experience and relationships with people, governments and organizations around the world, DU chancellor Rebecca Chopp said. “We are living . . .

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Press 53 Call For Short Story Submissions

Volume III of Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet will be published by Press 53 in the fall of 2018. The editor is open for submissions from now until November 30, 2017. The anthology series includes short stories of any length set in countries around the world. The first two volumes included several RPCV writers, who tend to have deep understanding of the culture they’re writing about. As an RPCV (Korea 197-77), Cliff welcomes submissions from current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Writers should review the submissions guidelines carefully. Note that he will not repeat any of the countries covered by the first two volumes (except the US, where we won’t repeat states), so he has included a list in the guidelines. https://press53.submittable.com/submit/94181/everywhere-stories-short-fiction-from-a-small-planet-volume-iii Clifford Garstang, Author of In an Uncharted Country and What the Zhang Boys Know (Winner of the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction) and Editor of Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small . . .

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More on Elaine Chao’s Scandal….But is it Fake News?

Thanks to a ‘heads up’ from Dale Gilles (Liberia 1964 & 67; PC/W 1968-73 & 1990-93) Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao may be forced to resign in scandal from Donald Trump’s cabinet From the Palmer Report http://www.palmerreport.com Bill Palmer Updated: 8:10 pm EDT Sat Sep 30, 2017 Even as Donald Trump has spent the day frantically tweeting angry and defensive rhetoric about Puerto Rico and other controversies, he has yet to address the exploding scandals within his own cabinet. It’s already prompted last night’s resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price, and at least four other cabinet members have been caught in similar infractions. But the next cabinet member to resign may be due to a different kind of financial scandal: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Chao is best known for three things. 1) She was embroiled in a drug shipment scandal before Trump appointed her (link), and objectively speaking, should not have . . .

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Former Peace Corps Director Elaine Chao busted for financial corruption

Thanks to a ‘heads up’ from Dale Gilles (Liberia 1964 & 67; PC/W 1968-73 & 1990-93) Trump cabinet member Elaine Chao, wife of Mitch McConnell, busted for financial corruption scandal by Bill Palmer Palmer Report Updated: 11:09 pm EDT Fri Sep 29, 2017 Donald Trump’s cabinet is fully awash in scandal this weekend, with HHS Secretary Tom Price having already resigned due to inappropriately taxpayer-funded private charter flights, and four other cabinet members caught up in similar scandals which may cost them their jobs. Now another member of Trump’s cabinet has been busted for financial corruption: Elaine Chao, who just happens to be married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Chao already had a history of scandal before Donald Trump picked her to be his Secretary of Transportation, a move which many have derided as an attempt on Trump’s part at ensuring McConnell’s loyalty. Now it turns out Chao is . . .

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Talking with Sandi Giver (Uganda), author of ONE OF US

In June 2017 Sandi Giver published One of Us: Sex, Violence, Injustice.  Resilience, Love, Hope with Peace Corps Writers. She describes the book this way: It is “a book with a mission, challenging societal perceptions, and a community of love :-).” Here Sandi answers some questions put to her by Peace Corps Worldwide. • Where and when did you serve in the Peace Corps? In Pader, Uganda from 2009 to 2011. What was your Peace Corp project assignment? I was a Community Health/Youth Development Specialist. Tell us about where you lived and worked. Pader  is a small village with one main road linking the simple market and small stores. It is a former internally-displaced-persons [IDP] camp established during the 21+ years of conflict by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) with the Ugandan government. Originally, I lived on a compound in a thatch-roof hut. Due to the potential safety risk that a villager might . . .

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Third Goal Initiative–Peace Corps Writers

In April, 1989, Marian Haley Beil and I published a 4-page newsletter entitled RPCV Writers. I had — as a writer — been tracking other Peace Corps writers, and had already organized a panel discussion about Peace Corps books for the 25th Anniversary Conference in 1986. Marian Haley Beil, also an Ethiopia One Volunteer, agreed to help me. She designed, published and circulated the quarterly newsletter We saw our publication as a way of sharing information about publications, readings, writing grants, and teaching positions for RPCVs. To recognize and promote Peace Corps writers, in 1990, we established annual awards for outstanding writing in a variety of genre. We funded the award prizes ourselves and have (so far) given out 143. In July of 1991 we changed the publication’s name to RPCV Writers & Readers and increased the number of issues to six a year. In November 1998, we published our . . .

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Is there still a Peace Corps?

  This is data from the Peace Corps Performance Report for FY2016. Thanks  to the “heads up” from Joanne Roll (Colombia 1963-65). — J.C. • FY 2016 Progress Update: In FY 2016, the Peace Corps saw its second-highest number of applications for the two-year Volunteer program in 40 years—21,600 applications for Volunteer service (23,987 applications total, when including Peace Corps Response applications). This is only 6 percent less than the record-breaking 22,956 applications (24,848 total, including Peace Corps Response applications) in FY 2015. The dramatic influx of high-quality applications over the past three years indicates a strong desire among Americans to volunteer for service abroad. ”

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RESOURCES – Unofficial guide to Peace Corps and its history

  RESOURCES An unofficial guide to the locations of resources describing the Peace Corps, and its history.  This list is a cooperative effort with Alana deJoseph, producer of the documentary in progress, A Towering Task, her team and the many archivists and librarians at the places cited. Thank you to all .   Peace Corps is a federal agency staffed by civilian service employees, who may or may not have served in the Peace Corps and who are responsible for managing the agency. Peace Corps Volunteers are private citizens serving in a public capacity in foreign countries and doing the actual work of the Peace Corps. That work is in pursuit of the Three Goals: To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served. To help promote a . . .

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Review — EVOLVING BRAINS, EMERGING GODS by Fuller Torrey (Ethiopia)

  Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion E. Fuller Torrey (Staff/MD Ethiopia 1964–66) Columbia University Press September 2017 312 pages $35.00 (hardcover), $33.25 (Kindle) By Patricia Taylor Edmisten (Peru 1962-64) • “The gods were born following a pregnancy lasting approximately two million years. It took that long for hominin brains to evolve structurally and functionally from being primate-like brains to being brains that possessed the cognitive faculties of modern Homo sapiens.” Thus begins E. Fuller Torrey’s masterful book on the evolution of religion. He has reviewed, compiled, and applied the pertinent fields of paleontology, anthropology, archaeology, anatomy, brain science, psycholinguistics, and social science that contribute to his theme. Torrey had been “looking for God,” since he was a child. As an undergraduate, he majored in religious studies; as a graduate student, in anthropology. He went on to become a physician and psychiatrist who has published . . .

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