Archive - March 20, 2013

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Robert Pastor (Malaysia 1970-72) of American University and the White House
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Dennis L. Carlson’s (Libya 1968-69) Volunteers of America – The Journey of a Peace Corps Teacher

Robert Pastor (Malaysia 1970-72) of American University and the White House

[American University’s Alumni Association, School of International Service, and University Library are  presenting “Waging Peace Through a Lifetime of Service” on Thursday, March 21, 2013. This event will celebrate the launch of American University’s Peace Corps Community Archive.  [One of the key speakers is Robert Pastor (Malaysia 1970-72) who is a professor at AU in the School of International Service; Director of the Center of North American Studies; Co-Director of the Center for Democracy and Election Management.  In 2009, Pastor would write, “”I have viewed each experience as an opportunity u to build on what I learned in the Peace Corps, and I was deeply grateful to have been awarded the Sargent Shriver Humanitarian Service Award in 1995. Peace Corps is a community, and I am proud to be part of that.” Longtime friends, colleagues and family, including former President Jimmy Carter, former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and AU president Neil . . .

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Dennis L. Carlson’s (Libya 1968-69) Volunteers of America – The Journey of a Peace Corps Teacher

Volunteers of America: The Journey of a Peace Corps Teacher by Dennis L. Carlson (Libya 1968-69) Sense Publishers, $38.00 paperback. $98.00 hardcover April 2012 Reviewed by Martin R. Ganzglass (Somalia 1966-68) Relying on a forty five year old journal he kept on almost a daily basis, Dennis Carlson has written a timely and thoughtful view of his service as a Peace Corps teacher in Libya. The book mainly chronicles his life in the small village of Igsaya, and his teaching experiences in that village and an even smaller school five kilometers away. Carlson describes the impact of Colonel Qaadafi’s 1969 coup on Igsaya and Tripoli: the food shortages and suffering of villagers due to the closing of market places and a ban on inter-village bus travel; the initial calm in the capital, followed by the threatening presence of armed soldiers, the beginning of anti-American rhetoric and subsequent street demonstrations, the . . .

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