Archive - March 2014

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Kinky Friedman(Borneo 1967-69) Running on Pro-Pot Platform in Texas
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Timeless: Photography of Rowland Scherman (PC/HQ 1961-64)
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American University's Peace Corps Collection
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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"
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Barbara Joe (Honduras 2000-03) To Read From Her New Book in Coral Gables

Kinky Friedman(Borneo 1967-69) Running on Pro-Pot Platform in Texas

VOTE TODAY FOR KINKY FRIEDMAN (BORNEO 1967-69) Willie Nelson’s bud Kinky Friedman wants to become Texas’ next Agriculture Commissioner. So it should come as no surprise that he’s made the upcoming election “a referendum on lifting the prohibition on pot and hemp.” “Prohibition simply doesn’t work,” Friedman writes on his campaign website. “Lifting the prohibition is not about long-haired hippies smoking dope; it’s about the economy, the environment, water conservation, education, the border, health care, criminal justice (and injustice!). It’s about the future of this great state.” On the homepage of the site, it reads in big letters: “Kinky Says Legalize Now!” Musician, author, humorist and political hopeful, Friedman is best known as the leader of his band, the Texas Jewboys. These days he’s set his sights on making a difference working at the highest level of state government. Friedman has lost several previous races but is trying again to win the upcoming . . .

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Timeless: Photography of Rowland Scherman (PC/HQ 1961-64)

Timeless: Photography of Rowland Scherman Edited by Michael E. Jones and Christine Jones Foreword by Judy Collins “Where’s that kid with the camera?” – 1961 Peace Corps administrator Tom Matthews I wore my Leica under my jacket for some reason. I moved my lapel back to show them and said, “Here I am.” –Excerpt from Rowland Scherman’s Timeless essay on his first assignment with the Peace Corps. Photographs include: Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Arthur Ashe, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, John Lennon and the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Barbara Walters, and many more. From the Foreword by Judy Collins “Rowland became a freelance photographer for LIFE magazine in the mid-sixties and the next time we met, I had a big hit with Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now,” in 1967 on my album Wildflowers. Irene Nieves, a top editor at LIFE, decided she wanted to do a cover story on my career. . . .

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American University's Peace Corps Collection

Erik Lang (Guatemala 1987-90) is an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He works in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices.  Erik is also a Screener for AFI Docs, a documentary film festival in Washington DC that is held every year in June. His blog is  Worthy Mouse Clicks. Erik was nice enough to send me a heads up on this link to the Amrican University Peace Corps collection. He wrote me: I made the video above about the Peace Corps Archive at a recent history event organized by Jesse Bailey who is the Historian of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington (RPCV/W).  He moderated a panel discussion about the history of RPCV/W.  The participants were all former board members of RPCV/W.  There were even many audience members who were very steeped in the history of the Peace . . .

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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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Barbara Joe (Honduras 2000-03) To Read From Her New Book in Coral Gables

From Books & Books press release Barbara Joe will read from Confessions of Secret Latina: How I Fell Out of Love with Castro & In Love with the Cuban People March 2, Sunday 4 p.m. 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, Florida Whatever your ethnic background or personal opinion of Fidel Castro, you will find something new and revealing in this book. It offers a frank firsthand account of one woman’s journey, not only through Cuba, but through a life filled with unique challenges and tragedies. When Castro first rose to power, Barbara Joe, like so many Americans, was entranced by the romantic vision of a scrubby revolutionary defeating the hated dictator Fulgencio Batista. But her years of direct experience with Cubans and within Cuba itself gradually eroded that vision. Then, unexpectedly, she found herself being attacked by a once close friend of Latino heritage, who not only vehemently disagreed with . . .

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