Archive - January 2019

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New York Times: “Harris Wofford, Ex-Senator Who Pushed Volunteerism, Dies at 93”
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Congressman John Garamendi Remembers Senator Wofford (Both Ethiopia)
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Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 92
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New Books by Peace Corps writers — October, November, December 2018
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HONORABLE EXIT By Thurston Clarke (Tunisia)
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RPCV Patricia McArdle: PCV, Diplomat, Novelist, Solar Cook (Paraguay)
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Ask Trump, He’ll Fix It!
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RPCV Jason Spindler (Peru) killed in Kenyan hotel attack
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Peter Hessler’s New Book on Egypt (China)
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RPCV Writer Hits it Big (Kenya)

New York Times: “Harris Wofford, Ex-Senator Who Pushed Volunteerism, Dies at 93”

  By Robert D. McFadden Harris Wofford with President Bill Clinton during the first national recruitment effort for AmeriCorps volunteers at the University of Maryland in 1999. Mr. Clinton named him to lead the service organization after Mr. Wofford left the Senate.     Harris Wofford, a former United States senator from Pennsylvania whose passion for getting people involved helped create John F. Kennedy’s Peace Corps, Bill Clinton’s AmeriCorps and other service organizations and made him America’s volunteer-in-chief, died on Monday night in Washington. He was 92. His son Daniel said his death, at a hospital, was caused by complications of a fall at Mr. Wofford’s Washington apartment, The Associated Press reported. By the time he became a senator in May 1991, appointed after his predecessor was killed in an aircraft accident, Mr. Wofford was already 65. He had been a lawyer, an author, a professor, the president of two colleges, . . .

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Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 92

Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 93 By Elaine Woo January 22 at 1:42 AM Harris Wofford, a Democratic senator from Pennsylvania, university president and lifelong crusader for civil rights who made a crucial contribution to John F. Kennedy’s slender victory in the 1960 presidential contest, died Jan. 21 at a hospital in Washington. He was 92. The cause was complications from a fall, said his son, Daniel Wofford. The scion of a wealthy business family, Mr. Wofford attracted national media attention as a teenager during World War II. He helped launch the Student Federalists group, an organization that sought to unite the world’s democracies in a battle against fascism and to keep the postwar peace. Mr. Wofford became one of the first white students to graduate from the historically black Howard University Law School in Washington. He was an early supporter of . . .

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New Books by Peace Corps writers — October, November, December 2018

To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com — Click on the book cover, the bold book title, or the publishing format you would like — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance from your purchase that will help support the site and the annual Peace Corps Writers awards. We are now including a one-sentence description — provided by the author — for the books listed here in hopes of encouraging readers  1) to order the book and 2) to volunteer to review it. See a book you’d like to review for Peace Corps Worldwide? Send a note to Marian at peacecorpsworldwide@gmail.com, and we’ll send you a copy along with a few instructions. • Figuring in the Figure (poetry) Ben  Berman (Zimbabwe 1998–2000) Able Muse Press 2017 88 pages $18.95 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle) The poems in Figuring in the Figure are laden with aphorisms, puns, and witticisms meditate on shapes, angles, thinking about thinking, marriage, and . . .

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HONORABLE EXIT By Thurston Clarke (Tunisia)

  “America’s years in Vietnam were full of shame, but the last days of the war saw a remarkable effort at redemption. Breaking rules set by their higher-ups, ordinary Americans—servicemen, diplomats, spies, private citizens—moved heaven and earth to get their Vietnamese friends and allies to safety. Thurston Clarke’s Honorable Exit brings this little-known story to light with the speed and power of a riveting thriller. It challenges us to remember a time when Americans refused to abandon desperate people in a far-off country. It’s a kind of Schindler’s List for America’s lost war.” —George Packer (Togo 1982-83), author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq and The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America • In 1973 U.S. participation in the Vietnam War ended in a cease-fire and a withdrawal that included promises by President Nixon to assist the South in the event of invasion by the North. But in early 1975, when North Vietnamese . . .

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RPCV Patricia McArdle: PCV, Diplomat, Novelist, Solar Cook (Paraguay)

RPCVs are amazing people, and some are more amazing than others. Especially those who also write (sorry, I’m bias.) Thanks to Greg Engle (Ethiopia CD 2012-14) for the ‘heads up’ about Patricia McArdle an RPCV who has had an amazing life and is an amazing writer. I found Patricia’s email address (thanks to the NPCA 2016 Peace Corps Community Directory) and contacted her in California. Patricia wrote back to tell me about her long career in the foreign service and how she came to be first published. Patricia, right out of school, was a PCV health educator in Acahay, Paraguay (1972-74). She came home to join the U.S. Navy as an officer and went to Morocco from ’74 to ’77 where she was one of the first two female Naval Officers at a remote U.S. communications base. Next she attended the Thunderbird School of Global Management, receiving her MBA, and . . .

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RPCV Jason Spindler (Peru) killed in Kenyan hotel attack

Jason Spindler (Peru 2005), founder and managing director of I-DEV International, died in the attack on the DusitD2 compound, an upmarket cluster of shops and hotel facilities in the capital of Nairobi, his company said. Jason, who was also in the attack on 9/11 joined the Peace Corps after that and was a PCV in Peru. His company had an office at a space for entrepreneurs called Metta located in the hotel complex. Colleagues confirmed Spindler was having a meal when the attack happened. He was the only American killed in the Nairobi attack. Photo: I-DEV International • CNN gave more information about Jason Spindler at:https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/16/us/kenya-american-jason-spindler-killed/index.html “Spindler was working in the World Trade Center 17 years ago when planes hit the towers, an I-DEV spokesman said. Spindler’s mother, Sarah Spindler, told NBC News on Tuesday night that her son “was trying to make positive change in the third world in . . .

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Peter Hessler’s New Book on Egypt (China)

When Peter Hessler graduated from Princeton, he went to England as a Rhodes Scholar. Finishing school, he decided in 1994 to travel home by way of China. On the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing, via Mongolia, he observed traders carrying odd products, from speedometers to Mongolia and Russian-speaking clocks to China. He wrote an essay about his trip and sent a blind submission to The New York Times. They published his article. “It was a shock to me,” Peter recalls. “And it was first time I had been published in a newspaper.” His trip took six months, and Peter continued to write articles for publication. An essay about camping on the Great Wall of China appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer; he then wrote a humorous piece about eating ice cream in Vietnam. These short essays would be his first small steps into a publishing career. “My initial trip around the world taught . . .

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RPCV Writer Hits it Big (Kenya)

Today, Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Kristen Roupenian (Kenya 2003-05) first collection of short stories You Know You Want This is being published by Gallery/Scout Press. It has been named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vogue, Huffpost, Entertainment Weekly,and Kirkus Review among others. Kristen Roupenian, who graduated from Barnard College, holds a PhD in English from Harvard, as well as an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Her short story, “Cat Person,” published in The New Yorker late in 2017 went viral amid the growing #MetToo movement and made Kristen an overnight writer sensation. We have written about Kristen previously on this site at: http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/pcv-writer-cat-person-authors-bad-date-story-and-her-date-with-fame-kenya/ Kristen had finished most of this collection of short stories when it sold in a $1.3 million two-book deal the week after “Cat Person” was published. Now HBO is developing an anthology project, according to Ellen Gamerman in an . . .

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