Author - John Coyne

1
RPCV Teacher of the Year shares speech she says Trump wouldn’t let her read during award ceremony
2
PC Director Olsen to represent US at Sierra Leone inauguration on May 12 in Freetown
3
RPCV Mandy Manning National Teacher of the Year (Armenia)
4
Gathering in celebration of the life of Nancy Graham
5
Peter Hessler (China) writes on the Egyptian revolution and raising twins on the Nile
6
Review — TRAVELS IN SOUTH AMERICA by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras)
7
The History of Peace Corps Writers
8
Review — MAGIC HOURS by Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan)
9
Peace Corps Volunteers Archival Collection at the Kennedy Library
10
Audiobook—The Way To Tell Your Peace Corps Story

RPCV Teacher of the Year shares speech she says Trump wouldn’t let her read during award ceremony

  Thanks to the ‘heads up’ from Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65) • Teacher of the Year shares speech she says Trump wouldn’t let her read during award ceremony  BY JOHN BOWDEN The Hill 5/5/2018   Teacher of the Year shares speech she says Trump wouldn’t let her read during award ceremony Mandy Manning (Armenia 1999-2000), this year’s National Teacher of the Year, read a speech on CNN Saturday that she said President Trump wouldn’t let her give during her award ceremony at the White House. In an interview with CNN’s Van Jones, Manning read from her speech, which referenced the immigrant and refugee students she teaches, as well as her support for LGBT and other marginalized students. Manning said her purpose is to tell her students “that they are wanted, they are enough, and they matter.” In her appearance on CNN, she listed the names of her students who she says rely on America’s “policy of welcoming immigrants . . .

Read More

PC Director Olsen to represent US at Sierra Leone inauguration on May 12 in Freetown

  Thanks to the ‘heads up’ from Dale Gilles (Liberia 1964-66 & PC/W 1968-73 & 1990-93) • President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Sierra Leone to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Julius Maada Bio Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen, a life long Republican and one of President Trump’s greatest supporters has been selected by the President to lead the U.S. delegation to Sierra Leone. President Donald J. Trump announced on May 3 the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Sierra Leone to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Julius Maada Bio on May 12, 2018, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Jody will lead the delegation.  Members of the Presidential Delegation: Maria E. Brewer, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone Cyril E. Sartor, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council Stephanie S. Sullivan, Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary, . . .

Read More

RPCV Mandy Manning National Teacher of the Year (Armenia)

  Thanks to a ‘heads up’ from Dan Campbell (El Salvador 1974-77)  •   • The winner of the National Teacher of the Year award handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from refugee and children in her classroom during a ceremony in the White House. Mandy Manning (Armenia 1999-2000), who teaches English to newly arrived immigrants and refugees at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, was announced as the winner of the annual award after the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) praised her methods for helping children to “overcome their fears and seek out new experiences.” While accepting the award, Manning staged a silent protest against the president by wearing a number of political badges. The badges included one reading “Trans Equality Now,” one promoting the Women’s March which took place following Trump’s inauguration and a rainbow-colored apple. After the ceremony, Manning told the Associated Press that she used a private . . .

Read More

Gathering in celebration of the life of Nancy Graham

  Gathering in Celebration of the Life of Nancy Graham May 10, 1926 ~ January 12, 2018 We hope you will join the Graham family and friends for a gathering in memory of Nancy Graham. Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:30am Temple B’nai Israel (new site) 7199 Tristan Drive Easton, MD 21601 A reception with light refreshments will follow. We look forward to seeing you. John and Dawn, Nan and Mark, Dick and Audrey, Hoey and Ronnie, Busy and Stew Feel free to send a card, a story, a poem, or a photo for the memory book to: busygraham@gmail.com or to P.O. Box 87, Royal Oak, MD 21662. • Here is what appeared in the Washington Post: Nancy Graham, Peace Corps official Nancy Graham, 91, who served as a special assistant to four Peace Corps directors from 1976 to 1982 and also served on many nonprofit boards, died Jan. 12 at her home in Royal Oak, Md. The . . .

Read More

Peter Hessler (China) writes on the Egyptian revolution and raising twins on the Nile

  Peter Hessler’s essay “Morsi the Cat” appears in the May 7, 2018 issue of The New Yorker. The subtitle of the essay is “Making a home in Cario during a revolution.” Peter and his wife Leslie and their newly born twin daughters, Natasha and Ariel, spent five years living in Cairo. As new parents, daily they had to deal with and worry about raising their twins while living through a revolution. They were also confronted (as all cat owners are) with the daily antics of their household pet, Morsi, named after Mohamed Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and president of Egypt.  The Hesslers had adopted the cat to rid their Cariro apartment of invading mice, living as they were in a first floor apartment in Zamalek, a neighborhood on a long, thin island in the middle of the Nile. While in Egypt, Peter wrote pieces for The . . .

Read More

Review — TRAVELS IN SOUTH AMERICA by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras)

Travels in South America by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975–77) CreateSpace 418 pages December 2017 – second edition $22.95 (paperback) Reviewed by Bob Arias (Colombia 1964-66) • “Che! Loco!” This is not the first book I have reviewed written by “traveler” Lawrence Lihosit. Lihosit and his Mejicana wife Margarita, and her sister Licha, took me to Mexico City and the wedding of friends… Jesus Was Arrested in Mexico City and Missed the Wedding.  Who can turn away from Jesus being arrested and not making it to the wedding? I was hooked. Travels in South America is not a quick tour of South America…not Lorenzo’s style. He, Margarita and Licha feel they are home among new friends in exciting environments. Go with them as they explore Quito, meet the Incas, and share a bus ride with a goat and some chickens. This is the way to travel. Pack a copy of the book, add . . .

Read More

The History of 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 RPCV Conference in 1986. Marian, also an Ethiopia I (1962-64) Volunteer, agreed to help me. She designed, published and circulated the quarterly newsletter. We saw our newsletter 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 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 last . . .

Read More

Review — MAGIC HOURS by Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan)

  Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation by Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996) Vintage — Reissue edition 352 pages March 2018 $16.95 (paperback), $11.99 (Kindle)   Reviewed by Dan Campbell (El Salvador, 1974-77) • TOM BISSELL IS AN AWARD WINNING writer from Escanaba, Michigan. He studied English at Michigan State University and in 1996, Bissell joined the Peace Corps and served for seven months with the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan. In an interview in BookBrowse, Tom describes how illness and personal crisis forced him home early and states that his experience in Uzbekistan “was extremely haunting for me personally and I felt I had really failed the people I joined the Peace Corps to help.” Magic Hours is a thoughtful collection of eighteen essays. In the introduction, he states that “to create anything, whether a short story or a magazine profile or a film or a sitcom, is to believe, . . .

Read More

Peace Corps Volunteers Archival Collection at the Kennedy Library

In 1986 the Peace Corps celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. As part of the preparation for that event, an effort was made to establish a repository for the personal papers of returned volunteers relating to their experience in the field. This project was carried forward after the anniversary by a small committee of RPCVs, including Suzy McKee Charnas (Nigeria 1961-62), Roger Landrum (Nigeria 1961-62), Margaret Pollock (Korea 1966-68), and myself under the auspices of the then NPCA known as the Natonal Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. While the official records of the Peace Corps are preserved in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., no institution at the time had been systematically saving personal papers and documents of the former Volunteers and staff. With the passage of time it had become increasingly urgent to gather and preserve the irreplaceable records and observations of PCVs service all over the world. That is . . .

Read More

Audiobook—The Way To Tell Your Peace Corps Story

A recent article in Poets & Writers points out that since 2012 sales of audiobooks have posted double-digit gains every years, including a whopping 34 percent boost in 2016. That year publishers sold nearly ninety million audiobooks, more than double the number they sold five years earlier. Thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and the ease of downloading titles online, revenue from the audiobooks at Simon & Schuster, for example, jumped nearly 40 percent last year. According to Audio Publishers Association, an industry trade group, publishers have sold nearly ninety million audiobooks, more than double the number they sold five years earlier. However, audiobooks sales account for less than 4 percent of the  roughly 2.7 billion books sold in all formats each year, but with overall books sales essentially flat and the once booming e-book sector declining, writers have new reason to pay close attention to the increasingly valuable audio . . .

Read More

Copyright © 2016. Peace Corps Worldwide.