Thailand I Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary In Portland, Oregon and Visits Thirsters

 

Thanks to John Dougherty, Co-Coordinator, Thirsters, for this notice.

* VISIT FROM PEACE CORPS THAILAND GROUP 1 – OCTOBER 20th 2016

Dear Thirsters in Residence:

On Thursday, October 20th, some of the folks from Peace Corps Thailand Group 1 will visit with us at McMenamin’s. They are in Portland to celebrate their 55th anniversary on October 17-21. Bob Textor was one of their teachers and a friend until his death, and Bob attended the 50th reunion in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the Friends of Thailand website:

http://www.friendsofthailand.org/thailandrpcvs/groups/thai01/Thai01.html

On the website, take a look at Sumner Sharpe’s Recollections, the 1972 January Graduation: Thai I Group and the 50th Anniversary. Sumner talks about Bob Textor in his recollections. At the 1972 graduation and the 50thAnniversary in Washington, DC, there are pictures of Bob.

UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION TOPICS:

November 3rd: What users want from smart phones – Zara Logue

November 10th: Post-election discussion

November 24th: No Thirster meeting! Happy Thanksgiving Day!

December 1st: Historic Preservation Research in Micronesia – Paul Erlich

THIRSTER MEETING LOCATION: MCMENAMINS BROADWAY PUB, 1504 NE BROADWAY (AT NE

15TH AVE), PORTLAND, OR 97232.

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, creativity, development, ethics, fairness, sustainability and respect for cultural differences. Most often examining topics through a social science lens, Thirster meetings have been described as “a salon that comes together for camaraderie, beer, and to discuss issues of common interest.” “Intercultural understanding” has often been identified as the primary concern of Thirsters.

 

John Dougherty offered to help anyone who would like to start a Thirsters gathering in Washington DC.

Dr. Robert Textor was an staffer at Peace Corps in 1961.  He wrote the original plan for limited tenure for Peace Corps staff, “In, Up, and Out.”  A cultural anthropologist, Dr. Textor helped train Thailand I.

 

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