Archive - September 2016

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Thirsters: Yet another model for Cafe Discussions with a special connection to Peace Corps
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Peace Corps Writers at Washington, D.C. NPCA Conference

Thirsters: Yet another model for Cafe Discussions with a special connection to Peace Corps

  Thirster meetings have been described as “a salon that comes together for camaraderie, beer, and to discuss issues of common interest.” Dr. Robert Textor was a young cultural anthropologist who worked at Peace Corps in the very first year.  He created the “In, Up, and Out,” policy, helped to train Thailand I, and edited the classic “Cultural Frontiers of the Peace Corps.” When he moved to Portland, Oregon after his retirement from Stanford, he organized the Thirsters – A moveable Feast!  John Dougherty now co-coordinates this group and would be willing to help start a Thirsters in Washington, DC. Here is the description by John Dougherty: “Thirsters:  Originally organized by Robert B. Textor (Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Stanford) as a worldwide network in about 1997, Thirsters is an informal group of Peace Corps graduates, academics, public servants, business leaders, and other questioning individuals who discuss issues of peace, freedom, . . .

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Peace Corps Writers at Washington, D.C. NPCA Conference

Marian Haley Beil and I will be holding two workshops at the upcoming NPCA Conference in Washington, D.C. on the afternoon of September 21. As the registration for the Conference says:  a workshop led by John Coyne, co-founder of Peace Corps Writers (2:45-3:45 pm, repeated 4:00-5:00 pm) a panel discussion with published RPCV authors led by Marian Haley Beil, co-founder of Peace Corps Writers (2:45-3:45 pm, repeated 4:00-5:00 pm) Marian’s two panel discussions will feature RPCV authors who have published memoirs of their experiences as Peace Corps Volunteers. It will be an opportunity for you to listen to published authors talk about their books and how they went through the process of bringing their stories to print. My two sessions will be on the history of Peace Corps writers, how RPCV books fit into the long American tradition of expatriate writers and what RPCV writers are doing today in writing their . . .

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