Archive - February 16, 2014

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College Student Studies 'High Risk/High Gain'

College Student Studies 'High Risk/High Gain'

Kathleen Kanne, a senior in the American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota, is doing a research project on the “deselection” process in the early days of Peace Corps training (primarily through the 1960s and 70s). She is looking to interview RPCVs from this era who had colleagues who were deselected or who were deselected themselves. I wrote her about her study (one of my hopes is that we can get more and more academic studies done about the Peace Corps at the college and university levels) and Kathy wrote back, “My project is in its early stages, but it is tentatively focused on PCVs as representatives of American culture abroad and specifically the role deselection played in creating that image in the early days of the movement. “Because it seems to be more prevalent in the 60s and early 70s, that is the time frame I have been focusing on, . . .

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