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RPCV National Teacher Award winner sticks it to Trump
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RPCV Teacher of the Year shares speech she says Trump wouldn’t let her read during award ceremony
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PC Director Olsen to represent US at Sierra Leone inauguration on May 12 in Freetown
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RPCV Mandy Manning National Teacher of the Year (Armenia)
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Gathering in celebration of the life of Nancy Graham
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Peter Hessler (China) writes on the Egyptian revolution and raising twins on the Nile
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Latest Update: Unoffical Guide to Resource for Peace Corps History
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Review — TRAVELS IN SOUTH AMERICA by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras)
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The History of Peace Corps Writers
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Review — RAW DAWGIN’ by David Mather (Chile)

RPCV National Teacher Award winner sticks it to Trump

  Manning wore six badges on her black dress. According to a pooled report, they included one with a poster for the Women’s March that followed Trump’s inauguration, one that said “Trans Equality Now” and one in the shape of an apple with a rainbow. The badges also represented the teacher of the year programme, National Education Association and Peace Corps, where she began her teaching career.

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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 . . .

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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, . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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Latest Update: Unoffical Guide to Resource for Peace Corps History

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 . — J Roll This list of locations is independent of the Peace Corps and was created without the assistance or authorization of the Peace Corps.  The archives and/or organizations each maintain their collections and have their own rules and procedures for accepting donations and accessing the collection. It is necessary to contact each directly for further information. (Update: April 30, 2018   This is the latest information we have. Please comment, correct and contribute.) 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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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Review — RAW DAWGIN’ by David Mather (Chile)

  Another* page-turner by David Mather! • Raw Dawgin’ by David J. Mather (Chile 1968–70) Peace Corps Writers March 2018 380 pages $14.95 (paperback)   Raw Dawgin by David Mather is a fascinating tale about the interactions — sometimes volatile and other times heartwarming — between commercial fishermen and recreational boaters and sports fishermen seeking to enjoy the pleasures of modern day Florida. Add drug cartel mafiosos and retired law enforcement undercover agents to the mix, and you have an exciting and thoroughly entertaining story. Mather has skillfully woven in many players — long time blue collar residents and fun-seeking recent arrivals — who one can find in present-day Florida. The reader can almost smell the salt air and sense the many “critters” found in the “piney woods” and cypress swamps of Florida’s Gulf Coast. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read! • Reviewer Carl M. . . .

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