My name is Meghan Kallman, and I am a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. I am writing a dissertation about the relationship between organizations and social change work. I am interested in civic participation, the third sector, and development; in other words, what happens when people try to make their worlds better, and what do formal organizations have to do with that process?
I have elected to write my dissertation on the Peace Corps because I am interested in the effects of volunteering on people’s lives: how are volunteers’ biographies, identities, and politics shaped by participation? How do individual volunteers carry their Peace Corps experience with them throughout their lives and careers? How does this sort of international service experience permanently affect people?
As a part of it, I have created a survey for RPCV’s asking about their experiences abroad. I would be extremely grateful if you would distribute it to your listserv, via Facebook or your social media outlets, and to any other RPCVs in your personal or professional networks. The link is here: https://brown.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0v3sObMYOUf8N0N
You should find the survey intuitive and enjoyable, and it should take about twenty minutes to complete.
This research has been approved by the Brown University Institutional Review (ethics) Board and is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns. I very much appreciate your consideration.
Several meetings ago we had some speakers present to us from the Albany branch of USCRI (The US Committee for Refugees and Immigration). One of the ways they thought our RPCV community might be able to help was with language skills. They sometimes need volunteers to help translate. I will compile a list of people who are willing to possibly help and then I will share the information with USCRI.
If you are interested please send me your full name, phone number &/or email, and languages. Also please specify your language level – beginner, intermediate or fluent.
Waging Peace, a documentary about the Peace Corps directed by RPCV Allan Mondell, will be screened at Upstate Film in Rhinebeck on November 20 at 6pm. The screening will be followed by a Skype Q & A session with Allan. … Continue reading →
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing next Wednesday, November 6th, for President Obama’s nomination of Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Samoa 1981-83) to serve as the next director of the Peace Corps.
The hearing will be held at 10:30 AM in Room 419 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will preside over the hearing.
The hearing is also scheduled to be available by webcast. Follow this link for more details.
Hessler-Radelet has been serving as Acting Director of the agency since September 2012. This past July, she was nominated to become Peace Corps’ 19th Director. The National Peace Corps Association will provide full details of the confirmation hearing as part your November advocacy update, due out late next next.
Four recently returned Peace Corps volunteers and two Master of Public Health students who completed internships will talk about their experiences from 11am to 1pm on Friday, Oct. 4th at the School of Public Health in Rensselaer in the Auditorium.
November 22, 2013, will mark the 50thanniversary of the passing of John F. Kennedy. We intend to turn the focus away from his passing and back to his life, and the ways his legacy lives on today.
Together, with the participation of the JFK Library and Museum, we are teamed to produce: “An Idea Lives On”; a digital extension of the library and museum that will collect stories from all over the world about how JFK’s values, policies and ideals continue to thrive today.
These stories will take many forms. Video, audio, text, photos, tweets. We are inviting former Peace Corps volunteers to share their stories. Their stories about how their lives and work have been influenced by this iconic figure that was taken too soon. Their stories about how JFK lives on today.
Their stories will be one of many, creating a collection of testimonials demonstrating how JFK and his inspirational ideas still live on in our everyday lives. We are hoping to facilitate our project by getting in touch with former Peace Corps volunteers.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Karen Dola at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. She is in charge of the project for the JFK Library and Museum.