Archive - September 2022

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LATEST LIST OF RPCV AMBASSADORS
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Marian Haley Beil talks about her work for the Peace Corps community (Ethiopia)
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Review–Perception and Deception by Joe Lurie (Kenya)
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RPCV Peter Navarro (Thailand) contempt of Congress case
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FOREVER TRAVELING HOME by Regina D. Landor (Macedonia, Romania)
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Former Director of the Peace Corps Mark D. Gearan returns as President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Associated Press Appoints Sabra Ayres as Chief Correspond in Ukraine
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Peace Corps Night at the Nationals | Sept. 13
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One Morning in September – Remembering 9/11
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CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN DURING COVID by Steve Kaffen (Russia)
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Founder and Executive Director of HPP — Martha Ryan (Ethiopia)
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Review — A FIVE FINGER FEAST by Tim Suchsland (Kazakhstan)
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When Christ Stopped At Eboli
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Marian Haley Beil Interviewed on E&ERPCV September Virtual Event
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Peace Corps Celebrated The 60th Anniversary In Nepal

LATEST LIST OF RPCV AMBASSADORS

LATEST LIST OF RPCV AMBASSADORS—8/20/2018 Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, U.S. Ambassador to Malta (2012-16); (PCV Oman 1980-82) Charles C. Adams Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Finland (2015-2017); (PCV Kenya 1968-70) Frank Almaguer,U. S. Ambassador to Honduras (1999 to 2002); (PCV Belize 1967–69) & (PC/CD Honduras 1976-79) Larry E. André, Jr, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia  February 2022-present; to Djibouti from 2018 to 2021, and to Mauritania from 2014 to 2017 Michael R. Arietti, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda (2005-2008); (PCV India 1969-71) Charles R. Baquet III, U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Djibouti (1991-93); (PCV Somalia 1965-67) Robert Blackwill, U. S. Ambassador to India (2001-03); (PCV Malawi 1964-66) Donald T. Bliss, U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (Montreal) 2006-09; PCV Micronesia 1966-68 Julia Chang Bloch, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal (1989-1993); (PCV Malaysia 1964-66) Parker Borg, U.S. Ambassador to Mali (1981-1984) & Iceland (1993-1996); (PCV Philippines 1961-63) Richard Boucher, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2009-2013), (PCV . . .

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Marian Haley Beil talks about her work for the Peace Corps community (Ethiopia)

Event 8pm ET / 5pm PT Marian Haley Beil talks about her work The Ethiopia & Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Board invite you to our September Virtual Event featuring Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia 1962-64), one of the first Volunteers in Ethiopia. Time: Sep 14, 2022 08:00 PM Eastern Time / 05:00 PM Pacific Time Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88412702135?pwd=S3NncjJKUjNHWHJaMVZqVGJVMVpQUT09 Meeting ID: 884 1270 2135 Passcode: 595459 One tap mobile: +12532158782,,88412702135#,,,,*595459# US (Tacoma) +13462487799,,88412702135#,,,,*595459# US (Houston) Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 444 9171 US +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 719 359 4580 US +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 646 931 3860 US +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 309 205 3325 US +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 386 347 5053 US +1 564 217 2000 US Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbgCVI0yEz We . . .

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Review–Perception and Deception by Joe Lurie (Kenya)

Perception and Deception: A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures by Joe Lurie (Kenya 1967-68) Published by Nipporica Associates 262 pages June 2018 (2nd edition) $9.95 (Kindle); $16.95 (Paperback)  Reviewed by Mark D. Walker (Guatemala 1971-73  The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. — Henri Bergson  I learned of Joe’s work and book from an interview on the Global TV Talk Show—whose host, Ed Cohen, asked many revealing questions. I learned that Joe and I are contemporaries—he was in Kenya with the Peace Corps when I was in Guatemala, but he took his knowledge of cross-cultural communications to new levels, and we have a more tolerant world as a result—at least among those who have read his book or participated in one of his classes/courses. I contacted Joe through the host of Global TV Talk Show, and he sent me a copy of his book. Although the book . . .

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RPCV Peter Navarro (Thailand) contempt of Congress case

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Dale Gilles (Liberia 1962-67) Former Trump White House advisor Peter Navarro (Thailand 1973-76) suffered a setback Monday ahead of his November trial on contempt of Congress charges, as a federal judge rejected his bid to pursue government records that he claimed would show political influence behind his criminal prosecution. In a 13-page opinion, Judge Amit Mehta forcefully denied Navarro’s request to seek records to prove that political animus motivated his prosecution on charges he defied the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Navarro had argued that he was facing a selective prosecution, but Mehta — an Obama appointee confirmed in 2014 — on Monday said the evidence raised by the former White House trade advisor “falls well short of prying open the door to discovery.” A grand jury indicted Navarro in early June on a pair of contempt of Congress . . .

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FOREVER TRAVELING HOME by Regina D. Landor (Macedonia, Romania)

  Disheartened by staying with a man she loves but who doesn’t want children, the author makes a complete life-change and joins the Peace Corps. Living in rural Macedonia with a host family she feels she’s known all her life, this is her ticket to heal – until an imminent civil war forces an evacuation of country’s Peace Corps Volunteers. Determined to stay her course, the author relocates to Romania where she ends up meeting her future mate. Now settled in the States, married and with children, her husband gets hired to move back overseas. The author braves the emotional and physical challenges of moving from her quiet, midwestern town back to Eastern Europe, this time with kids. Narrated with intimacy and humor, the author overcomes unexpected obstacles and decides that the risks of leaving, and the pangs of saying goodbye are unequivocally worth it in the end. • Forever . . .

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Former Director of the Peace Corps Mark D. Gearan returns as President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Following Resignation of Joyce Jacobsen, Gearan Returns as President   Five years after leaving HWS for Harvard, President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan L.H.D. ’17, P’21 returns to HWS   The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees has announced the selection of President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan L.H.D. ’17, P’21 as the 30th president of Hobart and the 19th of William Smith. Gearan takes on the role following the resignation of President Joyce P. Jacobsen who presided over HWS from 2019-2022, engineering a period of exceptional innovation at the Colleges. Jacobsen will join the faculty at HWS as professor of economics.Gearan previously was president of Hobart and William Smith from 1999-2017 and during that time the Colleges’ endowment doubled as he oversaw a capital campaign that raised $205 million to support facilities and annual giving, established 168 new scholarships, and completed 80 significant capital projects. During his first presidency, Gearan made . . .

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Associated Press Appoints Sabra Ayres as Chief Correspond in Ukraine

  Sabra Ayres (Ukraine 1995-97) is a journalist with extensive experience in Ukraine, Russia and Eastern Europe. She comes to the position with a rich portfolio spanning nearly two decades and multiple continents, having worked in Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, Europe and India. Her coverage of Ukraine includes coverage of the 2004 Orange Revolution, the 2014 Maidan protests and their impact on Ukrainian politics and civil society, the Russian annexation of Crimea and Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine since 2014. She was a PCV in Ukraine from 1995 to 1997. The Associated Press is one of the world’s largest and largest US news agencies. Founded in 1846. Headquartered in New York.

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Peace Corps Night at the Nationals | Sept. 13

Join fellow members of the Peace Corps community for a special game as the Washington Nationals host the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park on September 13. Opening ceremonies start at 6:10 p.m. Eastern. Festivities include the Peace Corps Parade of Nations, featuring flags from around the world. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend, so please spread the word about this exciting Peace Corps event. Pre-Game Parade of Nations | 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Eastern (check back for exact time) Game Start | 7:05 p.m. EasternDiscounted seating and pricing are available for sections in Outfield Reserved or Scoreboard Pavilion. Purchase tickets here.

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One Morning in September – Remembering 9/11

To Preserve and to Learn One Morning in September by Edwin Jorge (Jamaica 1979–81)   Edwin Jorge was the Regional Manager of the New York Peace Corps Office and was at work in Building # 6 of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The building was destroyed when the North Tower collapsed. At a  commemoration service held at Headquarters in Peace Corps/Washington a year after the attack, Edwin spoke about what happened to the Peace Corps Office. His comments follow. ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, on the morning of September 11, 2001, I sat down at my office desk and turned on my computer. As the computer booted to life, I glanced up and looked out of the windows of my office on the sixth floor of the Customs House in the heart of the financial district of New York. From where I sat, I could see the corner . . .

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CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN DURING COVID by Steve Kaffen (Russia)

  Europe was slowly transitioning from the worst effects of COVID-19 in spring 2022. The Mediterranean region is stunning in spring, and author Steve Kaffen felt that by exercising reasonable precautions, he could create and execute a memorable trip. “Courageous!” was the reaction of family and friends. The better word was probably “escape,” critical rejuvenation after spending much of the prior two years indoors and glued to the never-ending stream of COVID news. The travel and the timing turned out to be ideal, with uncrowded trains and buses, immediate seating in restaurants, hotel upgades upon request, and half-full cruise ships with unusually personalized service. Join the author on two unique cruises in “the Med,” visit its ports and islands, and engage with other “courageous” travelers. As with many of his books, the author uses a combination of extensive photos plus narrative and explanations, to present the story of grand travel . . .

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Founder and Executive Director of HPP — Martha Ryan (Ethiopia)

  “I wanted to make the world better. That’s what we’re supposed to do, right?” Ask Martha Ryan (Ethiopia 1973-75), who says Peace Corps Ethiopia put her on her path.   Face-to-face with dire need Martha returned home to the Bay Area after her tour as a PCV in Ethiopia. She earned a nursing degree, and took a job at San Francisco General Hospital, and worked in intensive care. But then she found herself pulled back to Africa, where she’s cared for refugees fleeing civil war in camps in Sudan and Somalia, and travelled with a team of nurses to Uganda. But short-term trips weren’t enough. After a few weeks or months back in the U.S., Martha longed to return to Africa to live. It was where, she believed, she could most be of service — a value that was ingrained in her while at the University of San Francisc0 . . .

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Review — A FIVE FINGER FEAST by Tim Suchsland (Kazakhstan)

  A Five Finger Feast: Two Years in Kazakhstan, Lessons from the Peace Corps by Tim  Suchsland (Kazakhstan 2007–09), author and illustrator Peace Corps Writers, May 2022 395 pages $19.99 (paperback) Reviewed by Philip Montgomery (Kazakhstan 2007–09) • Travel is one of the greatest educators in life. Even more educational — worldview shaping even — is living in a country that is not your own, understanding what it means to be the outsider, the guest, the stranger. In this sense, all travel is not equal. Some journeys break up the monotony of everyday life, while others leave immense, immeasurable impacts on the sojourner, the kinds of experience that shape us more completely. Tim Suchsland’s A Five Finger Feast is an account of one such journey. In this memoir, Suchsland takes the reader along with him through his 2-year adventure of travel, growth, and discovery. Rather than presenting a superficial touristy version . . .

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When Christ Stopped At Eboli

by John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64) (First published in Dec 13 2009)   The other weekend when visiting a small used bookstore appropriately named the BookBarn in rural Columbia County in upstate New York, several miles from where we have a weekend home, I spotted on a shelf in this low ceiling cluttered store a copy of Carlo Levi’s Christ Stopped At Eboli. It is a book that I haven’t seen in some forty plus years, in fact since I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. This book was one of appropriately 75 paperbacks that Sarge Shriver and the first administration of the Peace Corps put together in a portable ‘booklocker’ for Volunteers. The books were to be read and left in country, to become seeds for new libraries in the developing world where we were serving. The used copy I found in the Bookbarn was a later edition, a TIME Reading Program Special Edition, first published in . . .

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Marian Haley Beil Interviewed on E&ERPCV September Virtual Event

Peace Corps Ethiopia & Eritrea Through The Years Marian Haley Beil Debre Berhan 1962-1964 The Ethiopia & Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Board are pleased to announce our September Virtual Event featuring Marian Haley Beil, who was among the first volunteers in Ethiopia. Save the date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT Marian Haley Beil was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, where she received a BA in math from a small Catholic girls college. She went to the University of Maryland for one year to study math, and it was there, in early 1962, that she had the great idea…  to volunteer for the Peace Corps. By midsummer, she was in a training program with 324 others at Georgetown University to be a math teacher in Ethiopia. Since returning to the USA, she has worked tirelessly for the returned volunteers of Ethiopia and Eritrea. She . . .

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Peace Corps Celebrated The 60th Anniversary In Nepal

Peace Corps Celebrated The 60th anniversary of the first group of volunteers arrived in Kathmandu According to the U.S. Embassy FaceBook Page, this month, the Peace Corps is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first group of Volunteers’ arrival in Kathmandu in September 1962. Since then, thousands of Americans and Nepalis have worked together to create lasting change and achieve the Peace Corps mission – to promote world peace and friendship. Congratulations Peace Corps on this historic anniversary! “Happy Anniversary Peace Corps! 60 yrs ago, Nepali families & communities welcomed the first Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) where they formed lasting bonds. Wherever I go I hear stories of PCVs & the good they brought to their communities. Do you have a story to share?,” tweets U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry.

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