Happy Hour – Friday, August 22nd – The City Beer Hall in Downtown Albany
Hi Everyone,We are holding another Happy Hour on Friday, August 22nd at 6PM. This time we will be at the City Beer Hall (42 Howard Street, Albany). Please feel free to bring your family, friends or anyone else who would like to join us. We have reserved area on the back patio, so when you arrive just head out back (go past the bar, take a right then take a left before you get to the kitchen on the first floor).
The Beer Hall has excellent local beers on tap and each beer comes with a free pizza. (They also have wine and spirits). If pizza is not your thing, their menu is quite good too. You can check out their website for more information: http://thecitybeerhall.com/about-us/
Sarah J set up a Facebook Event for us (and to share with others who might be interested in attending). Please let us know if you are able to make it (just so we can make sure we have enough tables reserved at the Beer Hall). You can either e-mail me (address below) or on the Facebook event page.
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.