Archive - November 1, 2018

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Alice Gilbert, First Woman Director of a Peace Corps Division
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Philippines’s First Peace Corps Staff (Part Two)

Alice Gilbert, First Woman Director of a Peace Corps Division

After Alice Gilbert took her degree at Radcliffe in American government (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude), she fell into a debate with herself on whether to enter Government service or go to law school. “My father finally convinced me that training for law was just excellent training in general,” she now says, “and besides, once I got into law, I found I liked it.” Her decision—which brought her to Yale Law School, where, in her senior year, she became a member of the Law Journal—was doubtless assisted by the fact that both her father and mother are lawyers. “But so is everyone else in the family,” she adds—which might be explained by the fact that her grandfather was the late Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis. If Ms. Gilbert’s second alternative—entering Government service—is now also fulfilled, that can large be credited to the Experiment in International Living, the organization in . . .

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Philippines’s First Peace Corps Staff (Part Two)

Harris Wofford, the principal founder of the Student Federalists, had been the organization’s first president. Fuchs, then a student at New York University, followed tradition when he became president by interrupting his studies to spend one year traveling and speaking. He had already postponed his college work once before, when he served a wartime stint in the Navy Hospital Corps. But he had his Phi Deta Kappa key in 1950 when, at the age of 23, he graduated with honors in political science. Five years later, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard, three years after he had already joined the faculty at Brandeis University. By 1959, Dean of Faculty at Brandeis, he had already written two books, The Political Behavior of American Jews and a lengthy social and political history of Hawaii entitled Hawaii Pono. As an activist as well as a theoretician inn politics, Fuchs was receptive to the . . .

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