Archive - March 2, 2014

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Carrie Hessler-Radelet: The Volunteer who Stayed
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Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65) Panelist on "Balancing the Personal and the Political"

Carrie Hessler-Radelet: The Volunteer who Stayed

[Kitty Thuermer (Mali 1977-79) attended the Peace Corps Acting Director’s talk at the National Press Club last week and was kind enough to send me her impressions of Carrie Hessler-Radelet and the presentation by the Peace Corps.] • How fitting that Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Acting Peace Corps Director, spoke in the Edward R. Murrow room at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on February 27th. Imagine CBS News broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, tall, lanky and cranky — the man whose voice signaled hope to a generation of World War II fighters — imagine him as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Sporting a bush jacket, head wreathed in a cloud of cigarette smoke, he would be just the guy to help launch a community radio program in rural South America. Murrow would also be the first to embrace new technology and wrestle it into service in the field.  Which is exactly what . . .

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Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65) Panelist on "Balancing the Personal and the Political"

Balancing the Personal and the Political Thursday, March 6, 2014, 7 p.m. Kripalu Center Lenox, Mass Panel Discussion with Carol Ascher, Laurie Lisle and Marnie Mueller Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Route 183, Lenox, 7 p.m.  Seating is limited, pre-registration required.  Please call 866-200-5203 Three feminist writers, each with different rich experiences and long-developed perspectives, will explore the potential challenges and conflicts of simultaneously “writing the self” and “righting the world.” Although the writers on this panel have spent years deeply concerned about environmental dangers to our planet as well as other burning political issues, we are predominantly writers of memoir and fiction. In our everyday lives we have taken strong activist positions, though when we sit down to write, our outrage at the world’s injustices more often than not serves as subtext in our work. The desire to right the world can be hidden in personal obsessions, or . . .

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