Archive - 2020

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Harvard Students Want to Keep Former PC Director Gearan “In House”
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Third Goal Efforts of RPCV Betty & Bill Graff (Ethiopia)
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A Writer Writes: “Trauma in Togo” by Mark Wentling (Honduras)
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Sen. Ricky Scott slams PC Director Jody Olsen in WSJ
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RPCV Sabra Ayres (Ukraine) covers her host country for LA TIMES
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New Screening Dates for A Towering Task
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Mildred Taylor (Ethiopia) publishes ALL THE DAYS PAST, ALL THE DAYS TO COME
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Two RPCVs Finalists for 2019 NBCC Awards
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What Global Issues Do You Care About? The NPCA Wants To Know
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Wuhan, China U.S. Consul General RPCV Jamie Fouss (Samoa)

Harvard Students Want to Keep Former PC Director Gearan “In House”

Harvard Solicits Nominations for Permanent Winthrop Deans Amid Student Calls to Keep Interim Leaders Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana announced the next stages of the search for new Winthrop House faculty deans in an email to Winthrop residents Tuesday. By Juliet E. Isselbacher and Declan J. Knieriem, Crimson Staff Writers Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana announced the next stages of the search for new Winthrop House faculty deans in an email to Winthrop residents Tuesday. In his email, Khurana said the College would soon begin accepting nominations for faculty dean candidates, a process he called a “critical first step.” Current interim faculty deans Mark D. Gearan ’78 and Mary Herlihy-Gearan have led the House since August, following the College’s decision to not renew former Winthrop faculty deans Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. and Stephanie R. Robinson’s contract amid a controversy over Sullivan’s decision to represent Hollywood producer and accused sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein. Gearan and Herlihy-Gearan wrote in . . .

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Third Goal Efforts of RPCV Betty & Bill Graff (Ethiopia)

  Third Goal Efforts by RPCV Betty & Bill Graff (Ethiopia 1963-65) I am continually impressed by what former Volunteers have done in their host countries in the years since their tours. Former Volunteers have continued to work in-country, spending time and money over the years to help the schools and sites where they taught and lived, to build school and community libraries, to find scholarships for students, to improve the medical conditions in their villages. One example is Bill and Betty Graff who were in Ethiopia from 1963-65. Recently I heard from Bill about his and his wife’s history of helping their school and region of Ethiopia where  they lived as PCVs in their second year in-country. Bill wrote . . . When Betty and I arrived in the Wolaita Region of southern Ethiopia in 1964 it was a pre-wheel society of about a million people.  We opened the . . .

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A Writer Writes: “Trauma in Togo” by Mark Wentling (Honduras)

    Trauma in Togo by Mark Wentling (Honduras 1967-69) Published in American Diplomacy, February 2020 April 1991, while I was serving in Lomé, Togo as the USAID Representative for Togo and Benin, protests in Lomé against the dictatorial regime of President Eyadéma reached the boiling point. One night, President Eyadéma’s barbaric soldiers entered the original neighborhood of Lomé, Bè, and killed a couple dozen people or more. They collected the bodies and threw them into the lagoon which cut across the northern part of old Lomé. Their morbid idea was that when the people saw the dead bodies, they would cease revolting against Eyadéma, his cronies and all for which they stood. The opposite happened. Angrily, the people of Bè gathered the dead bodies and put them in a dump truck. Thousands of people marched with the truckload of bodies from Bè, on the eastern side of Lomé, into the . . .

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Sen. Ricky Scott slams PC Director Jody Olsen in WSJ

  Letter in the Wall Street Journal, January 30 —   In “The Peace Corps Cuts and Runs” (op-ed, Jan. 24), Michael Meyer claims that I, and my colleague Marco Rubio, “don’t understand [the Peace Corps’] mission” in Communist China. I can assure you this isn’t the case. I would argue it’s the defenders of the Peace Corps’ presence in Communist China who don’t understand and can’t explain its mission there. I’ve met with the Peace Corps director multiple times and asked her what the volunteers did in Communist China and why they were there. Her response? The Peace Corps has been in Communist China for the last 25 years because Communist China had asked for volunteers. She said volunteers did not teach American values or capitalism and did not coordinate their activities with the office of the U.S. Secretary of State. When I asked what the return on investment . . .

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RPCV Sabra Ayres (Ukraine) covers her host country for LA TIMES

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Steven Boyd Saum (Ukraine 1994-96)     Pompeo heads to a Ukraine that can’t seem to catch a breath By SABRA AYRES Moscow Correspondent Los Angeles Times JAN. 29, 2020 LA Times Moscow Correspondent Sabra Ayres first went to Ukraine with the Peace Corps (1995-97). It seems Ukraine can’t catch a break from getting dragged into U.S. political drama. In the fall, the quid pro quo scandal emerged and gave Ukraine’s newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, an unwanted leading role in what is now the impeachment trial of President Trump. Then in early January, Iran shot down a Ukraine International Airlines passenger jet flying out of Tehran that it mistook as a potential American attack on one of its military bases after it had fired missiles at military bases in Iraq to retaliate for the U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani. All 176 passengers and crew aboard were . . .

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New Screening Dates for A Towering Task

    FEB 22 12:00 PM Minnesota History Theatre St. Paul Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:00 PM 3:30 PM VIEW EVENT → 0 Likes Share FEB 27 4:00 PM American University Thursday, February 27, 2020 4:00 PM 7:00 PM VIEW EVENT → 0 Likes Share MAR 1 4:00 PM John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Sunday, March 1, 2020 4:00 PM 7:00 PM VIEW EVENT → 1 Likes Share MAR 3 6:30 PM University Of Wisconsin, Madison Tuesday, March 3, 2020 6:30 PM 9:00 PM VIEW EVENT → 0 Likes Share MAR 7 1:00 PM Corazon Cinema And Café St. Augustine Saturday, March 7, 2020 1:00 PM 4:00 PM VIEW EVENT → 0 Likes Share MAR 8 12:00 PM University Of North Florida Sunday, March 8, 2020 12:00 PM 3:00 PM VIEW EVENT → 0 Likes Share NOV 17 7:30 PM Reston Community Center In Reston, Virginia Tuesday, November 17, 2020 . . .

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Mildred Taylor (Ethiopia) publishes ALL THE DAYS PAST, ALL THE DAYS TO COME

    The saga of the Logan family — made famous in the Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry — concludes in a long-awaited and deeply fulfilling story In her tenth book, Mildred Taylor (Ethiopia 1965-67) completes her sweeping saga about the Logan family of Mississippi, which is also the story of the civil rights movement in America of the 20th century. Cassie Logan, first met in Song of the Trees and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her from Toledo to California, to law school in Boston, and, ultimately, in the 60s, home to Mississippi to participate in voter registration. She is witness to the now-historic events of the century: the Great Migration north, the rise of the civil rights movement, preceded and precipitated by the racist society of America, and the often violent confrontations that . . .

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Two RPCVs Finalists for 2019 NBCC Awards

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Steven Saum (Ukraine 1994-96) This year, two RPCV writers are nominated for the 2019 book awards. They are George Packer (Togo 1982-83) and Peter Heller (China 1996-98) Finalists for the 2019 NBCC Awards The board of the National Book Critics Circle announces the finalists for its 2019 awards in six categories: Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry. The winners will be announced at a celebration on March 12 in New York. In addition, today the recipients of three annual honors, the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award and the John Leonard Award for First Book are announced — they can be found below the finalists. Autobiography Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother’s Disappearance as a Child by Laura Cumming (Scribner) Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (Little, Brown) . . .

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What Global Issues Do You Care About? The NPCA Wants To Know

What global issues do you care most about? Which do you think the Peace Corps community is in the best position to help address and affect real change? These are among the critical questions National Peace Corps Association is asking in a short survey. Your input will help us identify the global issues our community cares about most and the actions we might take together to address them.   Please take a few minutes to take the survey prior to January 31 and be eligible to win a free trip to Peace Corps Connect 2020 in Seattle.   Thank you, Glenn   Survey URL: http://highpoint.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HhxY1D9SJ3tzb7   Glenn Blumhorst RPCV Guatemala (1988-91) President and CEO

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Wuhan, China U.S. Consul General RPCV Jamie Fouss (Samoa)

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Arnold Zeitlin (Ghana 1961-63)     Wuhan, China — U.S.Consul General RPCV Jamie Fouss (Samoa) Jamie Fouss(Samoa 1981-83) arrived in Wuhan to serve as the Consul General in August 2017. His previous postings have been in Taipei, Beijing, Guangzhou, Dhaka, and Hyderabad. Prior to joining the Department of State, Jamie worked for five years at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC), preparing Southeast Asian refugees to resettle in the United States. He also worked with Peace Corps for several years as a country desk officer at Peace Corps headquarters and then associate director in Western Samoa—where he had served as a volunteer—and country director in the Marshall Islands. Jamie has also worked as a cross-cultural training curriculum developer with Berlitz Cross-Cultural and later with Training Management Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey. Jamie grew up in a military family and graduated from high school in . . .

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