Archive - January 2013

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Two Poems….Dreams of Summer This Winter
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Thirsters to Celebrate the Life of Robert Bayard Textor
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Dr. Robert Textor's CD Selection Criteria
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Dr. Robert B. Textor, Early Consultant to the Peace Corps, Dies in Portland, Oregon
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The Peace Corps Community Won't be Marching in the Presidential Inaugural Parade
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You're Invited to a Reading of "My People" by David Taylor (Mauritania 1983–85)
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Chic Dambach (Colombia 1967-69) Former Head of NPCA, Author, Congressional Chief of Staff Calls It Quits
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Wordrunner publishes THE OLD FEVER by Rick Gray (Kenya 1988-90)
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EYE ON THE SIXTIES: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman (PC/W 1961-65)

Two Poems….Dreams of Summer This Winter

Two Poems of the Mediterranean Archipelago Majorca The woman in the hotel pool swam in steady lengths, Mindless of the Mediterranean, The yellow sun on harbor walls, The dance of docked white yachts. Mindless as well of my gin and tonic, Or Robert Graves, buried in the thick crust of Deya. Her blond hair combed the turquoise water. Beyond the high tips of palm trees, Palma de Malorca rushed by, While she kept pace in her wet world. Swimmers know nothing but their breath, The pull of muscles, coolness of flesh. She did not know us, watching her slight body, Tan limbs framed in red. I moved my drink with the care given antiques, Wanting to hold the yellowness of light Caught in the glass, Wanting to hold this last image Of the island, the woman, and the sea. Then she rose from the water with a rush, Spraying the . . .

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Thirsters to Celebrate the Life of Robert Bayard Textor

A note from the Textor family: ROBERT BAYARD TEXTOR, MARCH 13, 1923–JANUARY 3, 2013 Dear Thirsters in Residence and in Absentia, Many of you will already have heard the sad news that our father passed away in the early morning hours of January 3, 2013. Robert Bayard Textor was born, not so peacefully, in his parents’ bed in the middle of a Minnesota snowstorm; he died, peacefully, in his own bed, in the city he loved, full of excitement about the coming day’s “barn-burner” of a Thirster talk. In the interim, he lived in half a dozen countries, learned half a dozen languages, and had enough adventures to make Phileas Fogg (and possibly even Don Draper) green with envy. Reflecting on our father’s life, it occurs to us that the sheer unexpectedness of his passing is, in a way, the greatest possible testament to him. If the death of an . . .

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Dr. Robert Textor's CD Selection Criteria

Joanne Roll (Colombia 1963-65) who blogs on the site at: Peace Corps: Public Records was kind enough to send me this email after we learned of the death of Dr. Textor. I thought you might like to see it. As you may know Robert, in the fall of 1961, then a graduate student consultant at the Peace Corps, wrote the original memo “In, Up & Out,” for his boss, Franklin Williams, who gave the memo to Shriver and it, almost overnight, became Peace Corps policy. In that memo is this passage on the selection criteria for Peace Corps Representatives, i.e. Country Directors. It is, I think, generally agreed that the position of the CD is the most important one in the Peace Corps. Here’s what Bob thought. “The candidate…should be the opposite of ethnocentric. He should start out with a genuine humility toward other peoples’ way of life.  It should be an article . . .

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Dr. Robert B. Textor, Early Consultant to the Peace Corps, Dies in Portland, Oregon

Dr. Robert B. Textor, the author of the original, 1961  “In, Up and Out” memo that became the foundation for the so-called “Five Year Rule,” died Thursday, January 3, 2013. Dr. Textor made significant contributions to the development of the Peace Corps in the early days. In 1966, he edited Cultural Frontiers of the Peace Corps, published by M.I.T. Press. Early in his academic career, he was an Associate Professor of Education and Anthropology at Stanford, served as a consultant to the agency, and lectured on cultural adjustment to Volunteers in twenty-two training programs. For the last 15 years–among many other activities– he organized gatherings of the Thirster an informal worldwide community that met in Portland, Oregon, to discuss issues of peace, freedom, creativity, development, ethics, fairness, sustainability and respect for cultural differences. It was a salon of sorts that came together for camaraderie, pitcher beer and to discuss issues of common interest. We will . . .

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The Peace Corps Community Won't be Marching in the Presidential Inaugural Parade

The word came down by email about ten days ago that RPCVs weren’t invited to join the Presidential Inaugural Parade this January. It is the first time in years that the PCVs won’t be represented for the work they do for America. The impressive display of flags from countries where we have worked and served, appears not to hold any value with the current administration, while marching high school bands are warmly welcomed. So much for “Ask what you can do your country!”   The official reason given to RPCV/W was that the Administration wanted a smaller Inaugural. The “Peace Corps Community” (i.e., RPCV/W) submitted a formal application to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), not the NPCA. The NPCA at the moment while having a salaried staff and offices, but appears not to have the ability to do the necessary work.)    However, RPCVs working in Washington volunteered (as always) and drafted the lengthy application. Led by RPCV/W President Chris Austin (Paraguay . . .

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You're Invited to a Reading of "My People" by David Taylor (Mauritania 1983–85)

David A. Taylor (Mauritania 1983–85) is the author of three books, including Ginseng, the Divine Root, winner of the 2007 Peace Corps Writers Award for Travel Writing, and Success: Stories, a fiction collection finalist in the Library of Virginia’s 2009 Literary Awards. His recent book is Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America, selected as a Best Book of 2009 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He wrote and co-produced a documentary film of Soul of a People, nominated for a 2010 Writers’ Guild award. He has also written for documentaries on PBS, Smithsonian Channel and National Geographic. You’re invited to a staging of: My People Writers Guild of America Screenplay Reading Series January 9, 2013 David is invited us to a staged reading in New York of a new screenplay based on my book about the 1930s, Soul of a People. The plot goes this way: Three . . .

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Chic Dambach (Colombia 1967-69) Former Head of NPCA, Author, Congressional Chief of Staff Calls It Quits

[In a late December, 2012 letter to friends, Chic tells the Peace Corps Community about his decision to retire. Chic is the author of  Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, self-published in 2010. We wish Chic well in his retirement years. His letter to friends.] Dear Friends, I am about to wrap up my final tasks here in the office and move on to the next stage in my life – retirement!  It will be an active retirement with some teaching, consulting, lecturing, and service on a few nonprofit boards, but it will also include lots of reading, good music and some canoeing and fishing. Congressman Garamendi has agreed to name Chris Austin as the Acting Chief of Staff. He can be reached at chris.austin@mail.house.gov.  Chris will continue to be the Legislative Director in addition to his new responsibilities. I can’t tell you what an . . .

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Wordrunner publishes THE OLD FEVER by Rick Gray (Kenya 1988-90)

Wordrunner eChapbooks it is a quarterly online literary publication of fiction, poetry or memoir, usually a collection featuring one author, plus the occasional anthology.  They are trying to provide a launch for new works as well as encouragement to the authors, who are actually paid for their writing (albeit a token). They charge no fee for submissions. They can be reached at: www.echapbook.com/submissions.htm. Two Peace Corps memoirs were submitted to Wordrunner in 2012. Both were under consideration, but according to editor and publisher,  Jo-Anne Rosen, Rick Gray’s The Old Fever: A Memoir of Kenya was the more compelling of the two. The Old Fever is really about Kenya’s spell — the fever of the place that got into the author’s blood and never left, making a return to everything that came before impossible.  Let The Old Fever cast its spell over you at www.echapbook.com/memoir/gray, where hyperlinks to photos, videos and background articles have been added to enhance and deepen the . . .

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EYE ON THE SIXTIES: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman (PC/W 1961-65)

  EYE ON THE SIXTIES: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman Jan 13 7 PM All tickets: $10 Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Chris Szwedo’s newest work is an intimate portrait of LIFE magazine photographer Rowland Scherman and the photojournalist process. It’s also a piece of American history, documenting how one man’s photographic genius worked within one of the country’s most transformational eras — the 1960s. In the documentary, Scherman’s candid recollections of the time combine with his breathtaking photographs, offering rare glimpses of major celebrities, politicians, and the monumental events of the day, including the dawning of the Peace Corps, the March on Washington, Dylan’s entree at the Newport Folk Festival and Woodstock. Appearing in the film are singer Judy Collins, noted former LIFE Washington Bureau Chief and PEOPLE magazine founder Richard B. Stolley, close personal friends of Scherman; and cameo appearances by commentator Bill Moyers and American Idol . . .

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