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Talking with Meghan Elizabeth Kallman about THE DEATH OF IDEALISM
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EPCV Isabella Black: Pre-Pandemic Moments
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Peter James Caws, early Peace Corps supporter, passed away on April 20th
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“The Yang of Travel: Traveling Solo” by Mark D. Walker (Guatemala)
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Peace Corps Announces $1,500 Wellness Stipend For ERPCVS
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“We Are Living in a Failed State” by George Packer (Togo)
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Don Dirnberger –Noah’s Ark The Event (Antigua)
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The latest on developments about the U.S. Peace Corps and COVID-19 global evacuation 
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Pelosi appoints Rep. Donna Shalala (Iran) to coronavirus oversight panel
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Review — ENCOUNTERS WITH RONGELAP by Richard Sundt (Marshall Islands)

Talking with Meghan Elizabeth Kallman about THE DEATH OF IDEALISM

    Meghan Elizabeth Kallman is a graduate of Smith College with an MA from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Brown. She lives in Pawtucket, RI where she is on the City Council, and where she lives with her husband Tim. (Neither of them were PCVs.) She is also an assistant professor at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. The Death of Idealism: Development and Anti-Politics in the Peace Corps is Meghan’s second academic book. It was published this April by Columbia University Press in New York. In her acknowledgment, she writes, “I deeply, deeply appreciate the many Peace Corps volunteers and staff who permitted me to sit in, take notes, observe, pry, and explore their experiences and their gatherings. In giving me access, you gave me a gift.” In her book, Meghan mentions that she visited three . . .

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EPCV Isabella Black: Pre-Pandemic Moments

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Dale Gilles (Liberia 1964-67)     When Life Felt Normal: Your Pre-Pandemic Peace Corps Moments New York Times, 4/25/2020 Readers share memories, images and videos from before the coronavirus became a pandemic, and reflect on what they mean now. . An early return home Isabella Black Reston, VAI   After my evacuation and termination from the Peace Corps, I feel for what could have been. We prepared for two years of service in Senegal, but we got only a moment of our host families, the language, the service, and the country. We had just begun training on how we could help to facilitate community economic development when we received word we had to go home. We had the chance to meet community leaders, families, and facilitators who were so eager for our continued service in the country. To return home so early from what I . . .

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Peter James Caws, early Peace Corps supporter, passed away on April 20th

    Peter James Caws never worked at the Peace Corps but he was an important person to help the agency in its early days. Late in 1962, when Pat Kennedy, first director of the Division of Volunteer Support (DVS),  began to think about how to support Volunteers when they were completing the service. Pat wanted to create a Career Information Service, but the new agency did not have money to establish such an office. Pat decided to look outside the government for funding. At the time Peter Caws, a British citizen, was at the Carnegie Corporation in New York. Pat went to meet Caws, who had his Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale and was an officer at the corporation. Caws liked Kennedy’s idea for helping returning Volunteers, knowing that many RPCVs would be entering graduate studies. Caws convinced Carnegie to give the agency $100,000 to establish the Career Center . . .

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“The Yang of Travel: Traveling Solo” by Mark D. Walker (Guatemala)

The Yang of Travel: Traveling Solo by Mark D. Walker (Guatemala 1971–73)   • “What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn’t come every day.” –George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion   I began my global journey in the early ’70s as a Peace Corps Volunteer, training in Ponce, Puerto Rico. What better way to see the world and learn a new language than join the Peace Corps? A lifetime of travel would change me radically as well as those around me. But over the years my decisions on what and how to travel would be changed by the relationship with my wife Ligia. This dynamic was best reflected by the symbol of “Yin & Yang” where a balance is struck between two opposites. The one life lesson I’d come away with as a Peace Corps Volunteer was . . .

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Peace Corps Announces $1,500 Wellness Stipend For ERPCVS

  The advocacy efforts of  the NPCA and the RPCV Community on behalf of the evacuated Volunteers have been successful. https://www.peacecorps.gov/news/library/peace-corps-announces-wellness-stipend-evacuated-volunteers/?fbclid=IwAR1cXq7iOjaLIOqonbXs1MmWJecopuw6AI6SxWXyR1u_cWo81aw_QEXkY6s April 22, 2020 WASHINGTON – Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen announced the agency will provide additional financial support to the 7,000 volunteers and trainees who were evacuated from their posts last month due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Our volunteers returned to the United States during a very challenging time, so I am pleased to announce this $1,500 wellness stipend,” said Director Olsen. “We are able to provide this one-time stipend thanks to the strong support of the Administration and Congress, which recently authorized a supplemental appropriation for the Peace Corps to cover costs associated with the evacuations and post-service benefits for volunteers.” The new stipend is intended to help returned volunteers and trainees cover near-term health and wellness costs. These funds will be provided in addition to the evacuation . . .

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“We Are Living in a Failed State” by George Packer (Togo)

    We Are Living in a Failed State The coronavirus didn’t break America. It revealed what was already broken. SPECIAL PREVIEW: JUNE 2020 ISSUE Atlantic Monthly George Packer (Togo 1982-83) Staff writer for The Atlantic This article appears in the Special Preview: June 2020 issue. • The crisis demanded a response that was swift, rational, and collective. The United States reacted instead like Pakistan or Belarus — like a country with shoddy infrastructure and a dysfunctional government whose leaders were too corrupt or stupid to head off mass suffering. The administration squandered two irretrievable months to prepare. From the president came willful blindness, scapegoating, boasts, and lies. From his mouthpieces, conspiracy theories and miracle cures. A few senators and corporate executives acted quickly — not to prevent the coming disaster, but to profit from it. When a government doctor tried to warn the public of the danger, the White House took the mic . . .

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Don Dirnberger –Noah’s Ark The Event (Antigua)

  Noah’s Ark The Event by Don Dirnberger (Antiqua 1977-79) Self-published/Amazon 88 pages April 2020 $0 (kindle); $29.99 (paperback)   Noah’s Ark The Event is about The Wobble and the aftermath upon the marble we call Earth. This book is sci-fi with a basis in reality. The events which have been occurring around us gave me a pause to consider the possibility of life on the planet after the predicted happened. It has long been stated in many civilizations and with scientific evidence that The Wobble is a real event. We are past due for it to occur. The book is a simple explanation of what might happen given the likelihood of history repeating itself. That repeat may have caused the extinction during the eons of the life cycle of the planet. Read with the open mind that should it occur we will either perish or survive based on our . . .

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The latest on developments about the U.S. Peace Corps and COVID-19 global evacuation 

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Dale Gilles (Liberia 1964-67)       Click for  The latest on developments about the U.S. Peace Corps and COVID-19 global evacuation  By Robert Nolan with Greg Emerson, and Maricarmen Smith-Martinez at Flipboard.com.  

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Pelosi appoints Rep. Donna Shalala (Iran) to coronavirus oversight panel

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Dale Gilles (Liberia 1964-67)     Pelosi appoints Rep. Donna Shalala to coronavirus oversight panel BY TAL AXELROD – 04/18/20    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tapped Florida Rep. Donna Shalala (D) (Iran 1962-64) to serve on the five-member congressional commission overseeing the Trump administration’s implementation of the latest $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package. Shalala was elected to her seat in the Democratic wave in 2018, but before that served as Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary under President Clinton, experience Pelosi said made her well-suited to serve on the commission. “Congresswoman Donna Shalala is a deeply respected and highly accomplished leader in the Congress and country, who has for decades led the fight to defend the health and economic security of the American people at the highest levels of government,” Pelosi said in a statement Friday night. “Her leadership as Secretary of Health and Human Services will serve . . .

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Review — ENCOUNTERS WITH RONGELAP by Richard Sundt (Marshall Islands)

  Encounters with Rongelap: 1968-1969 Fourteen Years After the Nuclear Fallout — Life & Environment Around a Great Lagoon by Richard Sundt (Marshall Island 1968-69) Self-published 132 pages October 2019 $30.00 (print); $1.99 (Ebook) [Buy from: blurb.com.] Reviewed By Bob Arias (Colombia 1964-66) • “Rongelap was my home away from home!” Author Richard Sundt brings us “three books” in one that is an exciting look at his Peace Corps experience on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. Encounters with Rongelap takes us to his Peace Corps site in Rongelap Atoll, home for two years, 1968-1969, which was fourteen years after the nuclear testing on the Bikini Atoll, a distance of 94 miles away,  in 1954 . An awesome cover with a view of the Pacific introduces you to an exciting book filled with lots and lots of photos, and detailed reports home to his parents. Book One consisted of the numerous reports . . .

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