Archive - October 2011

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How would you like this LATIMES Columnist in your Peace Corps Site?
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Watching the Congressional Hearing
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Friends of Nigeria Archive at American University
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Nancie McDermott's (Thailand 1975-78) Pies Aren't Perfect
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RPCV Chuck Ludlam Says "No" to Peace Corps Monument, Part I
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RPCV Chuck Ludlam Says "No" to Peace Corps Monument, Part II
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Article on "The Truth about the Peace Corps in Journal of Foreign Relations
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Tony D'Souza Novel 'Mule' Optioned By Hunting Lane Films
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Congressional Hearing: The Peace Corps, The Next 50 Years (Open to the public, i.e., RPCVS)
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Future of Books–eeeeeeeeeeeeeee

How would you like this LATIMES Columnist in your Peace Corps Site?

[The views of this woman tells us why we still need a Peace Corps] Op-Ed Daum: The Amanda Knox moral – there’s no place like home Relief at her return is due at least partly to Americans’ fear of travel in foreign lands. By Meghan Daum October 6, 2011 I didn’t have a huge investment in the fate of Amanda Knox, the 24-year-old American whose conviction for killing her roommate four years ago in Italy was overturned Monday. I was generally too put off and confused by the media circus surrounding the case to try to figure out the whole story. Still, in the moments before the appeals decision was announced, I found myself on the edge of my seat, constantly refreshing my Internet browser until the word “acquit” flashed across the screen. Then I exhaled, a far bigger sigh of relief than I thought I had in me. The . . .

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Watching the Congressional Hearing

Watching the Congressional Hearing today chaired by Senator Menendez and entitled “Peace Corps, The Next 50 Years,” and then reading Chuck Ludlam (Nepal 1968-70) testimony that he gave to the House Committee on Natural Resources regarding a Peace Corps Monument, I came up with the notion that the Peace Corps is a lot like the late great heavyweight boxing champ, Rocky Marciano. Do you remember Rocky? I mean, the real one, not the movie. Rocky Marciano was a hero of my youth. I watched him fight on a small black-and-white television in the livingroom of my farmhouse back in Illinois. No one could take out Rocky. He defended his title six times and never lost.  He didn’t have much style. He wasn’t another Kid Gavilan or Sugar Ray. No fancy footwork or dazzling smile. He was called The Brockton Blockbuster. Rocky kept coming at you regardless of how many times he was hit. He never seem to get hurt. The Peace Corps . . .

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Friends of Nigeria Archive at American University

American University in cooperation with the Peace Corps alumni group, Friends of Nigeria, has established an Archive to preserve items from Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in Nigeria. The Archive is over a year old and is another example of the special association between American University and Nigeria. American University of Nigeria is affiliated with American University.  For further information on this archive, please contact Susan McElrath, the archivist for this collection, copy and paste this email:  archives@american.edu In an earlier posting, I had identified the Friends of Colombia Peace Corps Archive at American University as the only Peace Corps country to have its own archive. The Friends of Nigeria Archive at American University is also a member of that very select group of two.  Many their number increase.

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Nancie McDermott's (Thailand 1975-78) Pies Aren't Perfect

By ANDREA WEIGL – McClatchy Newspapers Nancie McDermott wants you to bake pies. But she doesn’t insist on a homemade pie crust. Her recipes don’t assume you own a Kitchen Aid standing mixer. Your pies do not have to turn out as pretty as the pictures in her latest cookbook, “Southern Pies: A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes from Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan.” “I would like to be the enemy of perfectionism,” McDermott says. “There’s so much of that in food.” Rather, she says, “let the beautiful thing inspire you, not intimidate you.” This is the 10th book from McDermott, of Chapel Hill, N.C., whose previous books include “Southern Cakes” and “Real Thai,” along with a series of cookbooks with quick-and-easy recipes. McDermott said being a Peace Corps volunteer led her to become a food writer. Raised in High Point, N.C., McDermott graduated from the University of North Carolina . . .

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RPCV Chuck Ludlam Says "No" to Peace Corps Monument, Part I

[The world is falling apart, they are demonstrating on Wall Street and across the country, Greece is hanging on to its last Drachma, the Arab Spring has become the Financial Fall, and the great Steve Jobs has just died….Still, a few faithful RPCVs, God love them, are protesting and rallying against the Peace Corps as we celebrate this month our 50 years of service. N ow, here is that old curmudgeon, Chuck Ludlam, who makes me look like a passivist when it comes to criticizing the Peace Corps, taking on the agency and the NPCA about a possible Peace Corps Monument on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Now, I have been reading about a ‘Peace Corps Monument’ since Shriver days of old, so what gives? I guess the idea is still alive and kickin’, and Chuck is out to kill is before one stone is set in stone. Here is his testimony . . .

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RPCV Chuck Ludlam Says "No" to Peace Corps Monument, Part II

[After his written testimony, Chuck Ludlam has more to say and moves away from the Peace Corps Monument to what is ‘really on his mind’.] Oral Testimony: Chuck Ludlam Chairman Bishop and Members of the Subcommittee. Let me make four points. First, more important than listening to what I have to say would be viewing the ABC 20/20 report of its investigation into epic scandals in the Peace Corps. The Subcommittee should let these scandals run their course. It should be wary of authorizing a Monument that would, in effect, enable the Peace Corps to “change the subject” and gloss over these unresolved scandals. I am aware of at least three more installments in these scandals that may become public in the coming months.  If the Subcommittee authorizes this Monument, it risks being blind-sided by upcoming developments. Over a period of years, we will have the verdict of history regarding . . .

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Article on "The Truth about the Peace Corps in Journal of Foreign Relations

[Taylor Dibbert holds a BA in political science from the University of Georgia and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 2006-2008. His work has been published in Slow Trains Literary Journal, Scarlett Rosebud and elsewhere. He is the author of the recently published book, Fiesta of Sunset: The Peace Corps, Guatemala and a Search for Truth. ]  The Truth about the Peace Corps September 29, 2011 by Taylor Dibbert As the Peace Corps turns fifty, now is an auspicious time to discuss Peace Corps reform. With annual expenses of less than $500 million, the organization costs little when considered in the broader budgetary debate on Capitol Hill. Over the past ten years, two disparate narratives have encompassed most talk surrounding the organization. The first has to do with Peace Corps volunteer . . .

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Tony D'Souza Novel 'Mule' Optioned By Hunting Lane Films

Hunting Lane Films, which earlier this year unveiled a development fund to option and develop movie projects in the $6 million-$20 million range, has optioned Tony D’Souza’s third novel, Mule. The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt title, released in September, is a contemporary story of one couple’s unlikely foray into “muling” marijuana as a way to survive the recession. Hunting Lane is topped by producer Jamie Patricof; its previous films include the Ryan Gosling-starrer Half Nelson, Derek Cianfrance’s Gosling-Michelle Williams starrer Blue Valentine last year and this year’s Sundance title Little Birds as well as Bravo TV’s The Rachel Zoe Project.

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Congressional Hearing: The Peace Corps, The Next 50 Years (Open to the public, i.e., RPCVS)

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs HEARING: Peace Corps, The Next 50 Years Presiding: Senator Menendez When & Where: Thursday, October 6, 2011 10:30 am Room 419 Senate Dirksen Office Building WITNESSES: Panel I Chris Dodd Former Senator from Connecticut Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Harris Wofford Former Senator from Pennsylvania Panel II Aaron Williams Peace Corps Director Panel III Kathy Buller Peace Corps Inspector General Office of the Inspector General Washington, DC Kevin Quigley President National Peace Corps Association Washington, DC Karestan Koenen Associate Professor Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health New York, New York

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Future of Books–eeeeeeeeeeeeeee

An article in The New York Times on Monday, October 3, 2011, says it all. Written by Julie Bosman, the news account begins, “The Perseus Books Group has created a distribution and marketing service that will allow authors to self-publish their own e-books.” This venture is called Argo Navis Author Services and at the moment is only available to authors who are represented by an agency that has signed an agreement with Perseus. One major agency, Janklow & Nesbit Associates has signed up so far.  The article goes onto say: “The new service will give authors an alternative to other self-publishing services and a favorable revenue split that is unusual in the industry: 70 percent to the author and 30 percent to the distributor. Traditional publishers normally provide authors a royalty of about 25 percent for e-books.” Perseus is not alone. Last week I heard from my own agent and agency, . . .

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