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    The magazine for the Peace Corps community earns top honors for a special 60th anniversary cover illustrated by artist Tim O’Brien. 

     

    By NPCA Staff

     

    THERE WERE CHEERS for the Peace Corps community Tuesday night at the FOLIO Magazine gala in New York City. WorldView magazine earned top honors for the cover of the “Peace Corps at Sixty” edition, recognizing six decades of service by Peace Corps Volunteers around the world. Artist Tim O’Brien created the portrait of John F. Kennedy for the cover under the art direction of Pamela Fogg.

    The EDDIE and OZZIE Awards recognize excellence in journalism and design across all sectors of the publishing industry. Hosted by FOLIO Magazine for nearly 30 years, they are one of the broadest and longest-running competitions for editors. The EDDIE Awards recognize achievements in writing and editing, and the OZZIE Awards recognize outstanding work in design. The awards draw hundreds of entries from around the world. This year the gala was held at the City Winery in New York.

     

    “It’s wonderful to see this cover recognized in this moment,” says editor Steven Boyd Saum. “It speaks to the vision behind the Peace Corps — and, more than that, to the hundreds of thousands of Volunteers and staff and partners in communities who have worked together across the decades and around the world on a mission of building peace and friendship. That work is far from finished.” 

     

    This marks the second year in a row that WorldView has brought home top honors in these awards. The flagship publication for the 240,000-strong Peace Corps community, WorldView has been published for more than 30 years by National Peace Corps Association. Since 2020 it has been edited by Steven Boyd Saum, who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine (1994–96), partnering with Pamela Fogg as art director. 

     

    WorldView magazine cover, 60th Anniversary Edition. John F. Kennedy and words The Peace Corps at Sixty

     

    “It’s wonderful to see this cover recognized in this moment,” says Saum. “It speaks to the vision behind the Peace Corps — and, more than that, to the hundreds of thousands of Volunteers and staff and partners in communities who have worked together across the decades and around the world on a mission of building peace and friendship. That work is far from finished.” 

    The award-winning cover marks Tim O’Brien’s first for WorldView — though millions around the world have seen his work. His illustrations have appeared numerous times on the cover of Time Magazine, Der Spiegel, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Smithsonian, and many other periodicals. They have been featured in Esquire, GQ, National Geographic, The New York Times, New York Magazine and many more. O’Brien has illustrated several U.S. postage stamps, and his paintings are among the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    In addition to winning top honors this year, WorldView was a finalist in two more categories: best full edition, for the special 60th anniversary edition; and best series of articles, for "An Anniversary. A Pandemic. Peace Corps Response.” 

     

     

    WorldView covers and 2022 FOLIO finalist announcement

     

    BEST COVER | WINNER!

    The Peace Corps at Sixty | Illustration by Tim O’Brien, art direction by Pamela Fogg. 

     

    BEST OVERALL EDITION | FINALIST

    Special 60th Anniversary Edition. Six decades after this Peace Corps endeavor took flight, we ask: Where are we going? Where have we gone?

     

    BEST SERIES OF ARTICLES | FINALIST

    “An Anniversary. A Pandemic. Peace Corps Response.” Originally established as Crisis Corps in 1996, Peace Corps Response was created to send Volunteers on short-term, high-impact assignments. An important story for us to tell is that the government program has its roots in grassroots efforts by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who were working in Rwanda when the genocide unfolded. They organized efforts to assist in refugee camps, and they inspired the government agency to harness the experience and commitment that so many Peace Corps Volunteers bring. Congratulations to the contributing writers in this series, including interns Emi Krishnamurthy, Ellery Pollard, and Sarah Steindl; and writers Hilliard Hicks and Joshua Berman.

     

     September 16, 2022
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    Hopeful work, as Volunteers return to serve alongside communities overseas. And crucial work to ensure Ukraine survives.

     

    By Steven Boyd Saum

    Illustration by Anna Ivanenko

     

    For so much of the Peace Corps community, the months since March have been brimming with optimism, bringing news of Volunteers returning to service in countries and communities across the globe. In Africa, they’ve returned to countries including Zambia and Madagascar, Ghana and The Gambia, Senegal and Sierra Leone. They have returned to the Eastern Caribbean and the Dominican Republic. In Latin America, Volunteers have been welcomed in countries including Paraguay and Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica, Ecuador and Belize. In Asia, Volunteers have returned to the Kyrgyz Republic. In Europe, they’re back in Kosovo. The litany runs to some two dozen countries, and invitations are out for Volunteers to return to twice as many — as well as to launch a new program in Viet Nam.

    At the same time, legislation has now been introduced in the Senate as well as the House to reauthorize the Peace Corps — and bring the most sweeping legislative reforms in a generation. That’s thanks in no small part to tremendous efforts by the Peace Corps community. All of those who took part in the Peace Corps Connect to the Future town halls and summit in 2020 played a role. Those who helped shape the community-driven report created a road map for the agency, executive branch, Congress, and the Peace Corps community. I know first-hand how hard colleagues worked as part of those efforts, some of us putting in 80- to 100-hour weeks for months on end to carry this effort forward; we understood that there would be a narrow window in Washington for these reforms to come to fruition in legislation. 

    That work isn’t done yet. (A familiar refrain, that. It comes with the territory for an institution charged with the mission of building peace and friendship.)  

    As Volunteers begin serving alongside communities once more, Europe is in the midst of its most horrific land war since 1945. The genocidal campaign launched by Russia against Ukraine continues to unfurl new atrocities day by day: In July, rockets fired on civilian infrastructure in Vinnytsia in central Ukraine — far from any front line — killed two dozen, including a young girl with Down’s syndrome. Grisly stories, photos, and videos of torture and mutilation of Ukrainian captives draw cheers from those backing the invaders.

     

    Lies and disinformation, false accusations meant to obfuscate the truth and distract from misdeeds. As if we needed to say it, when it comes to countering those, the work isn’t done yet.

     

    After apparently staging a mass execution of Ukrainian POWs in Olenivka, Russian disinfo serves up the claim that Ukrainian troops targeted their own. Olenivka lies just southwest of the city of Donets’k. Recall that not far to the northeast of Donets’k is where a Russian Buk missile downed the flight MH-17 in 2014, and the torrent of untruths about what had happened began.

    Lies and disinformation, false accusations meant to obfuscate the truth and distract from misdeeds. As if we needed to say it, when it comes to countering those, the work isn’t done yet.

     

    One of the cities under Russian occupation since the beginning of the war is Kherson, a port city in the south, not far from Crimea. In the wake of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine—which showed starkly the power of a democratic uprising as an existential threat to autocracy—I served as an observer in Kherson for the presidential election. When a polling place closes, the doors are supposed to be locked; no one is supposed to come or go until the counting is complete, the ballots wrapped up, and election protocols and ballots have been taken to the district electoral commission. It’s a good idea to come prepared with food and water to get you through a long night. The evening of that election, at the central grocery store in Kherson, just off Freedom Square, I stocked up: piroshki stuffed with cabbage and meat, along with smoked cheese, water, and some chocolate. The woman behind me was buying buckwheat, wrapped up in a clear plastic bag from the bulk foods section. She pointed at the credentials I wore on a lanyard. 

    “You’re an observer, yes?”

     

    "The young people of Ukraine are smart and they deserve a chance. We need to bring an end to all this —”

     

    I nodded.

    “Thank you for being here,” she said. “We’ve been living under bandits for twenty years. They’ve all been bandits. Putin, too. He’s a bandit. It’s like slavery. The young people of Ukraine are smart and they deserve a chance. We need to bring an end to all of this—”

    She waved her hands in the air over her head: the flutter and turmoil.

    Railway Station: “In recent months, we have said goodbye and hello so many times,” writes illustrator Anna Ivanenko. “I don’t know how many more hugs there will be during this war, but I hope most of them will be greetings.” Illustration by Anna Ivanenko

     

    I have thought of her often in recent months. Then, as now — and there, as well as here — one election does not make a democracy. Instead, though, what we have now is a politics of grievance in Russia that has fueled a war of aggression and lies. And the turmoil includes forced deportation of children and planned sham referenda in an attempt to expropriate yet more land and people from Ukraine.

    When it comes to stopping that, the work isn’t done yet.

     

    This essay appears in the Spring-Summer 2022 edition of WorldView magazine.

     


    Steven Boyd Saum is editor of WorldView and director of strategic communications for National Peace Corps Association. He served as a Volunteer in Ukraine 1994–96.

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    A tribute to decades of work by children’s author Mildred D. Taylor. This year, Peace Corps Writers recognized her with the Writer of the Year Award.

     

    By John Coyne

    Illustration by Montse Bernal

     

    Mildred Delois Taylor is a critically acclaimed author of children’s novels. In 1977, she won the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature, for her historical novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It was the second book in a series of ten novels focusing on the Logan family, and portraying the effects of racism counterbalanced with courage and love. Her latest book, All the Days Past, All the Days to Come, published last year, is the final novel in the series. 

    Since receiving the Newbery Medal, she has won four Coretta Scott King Awards, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN Award for Children’s Literature. In 2021 she received the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, honoring an author whose books have made a significant and lasting contribution to literature for children. In presenting the award, Dr. Junko Yokota said of Taylor’s storytelling, “It shows how courage, dignity, and family love endure amidst racial injustice and continues to enlighten hearts and minds of readers through the decades.”

    Mildred Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1943. Her paternal great-grandfather, the son of a white Alabama plantation owner and a Black woman forced to serve him as a slave, became a successful farmer in Mississippi. His large extended family thrived despite the racism they encountered. 

    Her parents, Wilbert and Deletha, wanted their daughters to grow up in a less racist society. Mildred was only four months old when they, like thousands of other African American families, boarded a segregated train bound for the North. 

    Arriving in Toledo, Ohio, the Taylors stayed with friends until they earned enough money to buy a large duplex on a busy commercial street. This house soon became home to aunts, uncles, and cousins, all moving away from Mississippi in search of a better life.

     

    “I learned a history not then written in books but passed from generation to generation on moonlit porches and beside dying fires in one-room houses, a history of great-grandparents and of slavery and the days following slavery; of those who lived still not free, yet who would not let their spirits be enslaved.”

    Mildred stored in her memory the tales she heard as a child at family gatherings. Many of these stories would later become plots in her novels. In her author’s note to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Taylor acknowledged her debt to this family who generously shared stories of their history, and to her father in particular. “By the fireside in our northern home and in the South where I was born, I learned a history not then written in books but one passed from generation to generation on the steps of moonlit porches and beside dying fires in one-room houses, a history of great-grandparents and of slavery and of the days following slavery; of those who lived still not free, yet who would not let their spirits be enslaved. From my father the storyteller I learned to respect the past, to respect my own heritage and myself.”

     

    Illustration of Mildred Taylor

    Illustration by Montse Bernal. Originally commissioned for O The Oprah Magazine

     

     

    In addition to the oral stories, books also played an important role in Taylor’s life from an early age. 

    “I can’t remember when I received the very first book of my own,” she says today, “but reading, at times, caused trouble. At night I would sit in the closet when I was supposed to have long been asleep. And I got into trouble during the daytime, too, when I would be reading in hiding when I was supposed to be doing my chores.”

    In 1965, Mildred Taylor applied to be a Peace Corps Volunteer. Milly, as she was always known in-country, was sent to teach secondary school in the town of Yirgalem in southern Ethiopia. She was one of a large group of new PCVs to that rural location 260 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. She lived with another Volunteer; a woman older than herself who had previously taught overseas at a U.S. Army base. The two women became the best of friends.

     

    “Reading, at times, caused trouble. At night I would sit in the closet when I was supposed to have long been asleep. And I got into trouble during the daytime, too, when I would be reading in hiding when I was supposed to be doing my chores.”

     

    It was in Yirgalem that I first met Milly, when I was serving as associate Peace Corps director for Ethiopia. I remember her as someone who caused no trouble, made no demands, and was a silent observer of other Volunteers, some of whom in her town were real “characters” — but she never wrote about them in her novels.

    What none of us knew was that Milly was already an accomplished writer. By the time she arrived in Ethiopia, she had completed her first novel. At the age of 19, she wrote Dark People, Dark World, the story of a blind white man in Chicago’s Black ghetto, told in the first person. Publishers were interested in the book, but Milly disagreed with the revisions they wanted, and the novel was never published.

    Returning home from Ethiopia, she worked as a Peace Corps recruiter, and she also trained new Volunteers for Ethiopia. She then enrolled at the University of Colorado School of Journalism and earned a master of arts. While a graduate student, she worked with university officials and fellow students and structured a Black Studies program at the university.

    In 1971, she moved to Los Angeles to write full time, and she supported herself by doing temporary editing and proofreading. She also married and gave birth to a little girl. Her life and career, however, were about to change. When she was offered a position to work as a reporter for CBS, she declined it, knowing her future was in writing novels, not reporting news. In 1973, she entered a contest sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children. Her book, Song of the Trees, won first prize in the contest’s African American category and was published by Dial Books in 1975. The New York Times listed it as an outstanding book of the year.

    This book, about the Logan family, was to be the first in a series of ten novels based on stories from Milly’s own family history. One of her best-known books, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, was nominated for the 1982 National Book Award and received the Coretta Scott King Award in 1983.

    Having grown up immersed in family stories, Milly often revisited her great-grandfather’s house, built at the turn of the past century and without running water or electricity. Memories of those visits found their way into her Logan family stories, most notably Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the 1977 Newbery Medal winner. Taylor’s stories reveal struggles, racial tension, and tragedy, as well as triumph, pride, and family honor.

    In an interview published in Book Links, Milly talks about her family and the novels she has written about growing up in a Black family in the South. 

    “All of my books are based on something that happened to a family member or a story told by a family member, or they are based on something that happened to me when I was growing up,” she says. 

    “I write about history because I was very affected by it as a child. When I was in school, many people did not know about the true history of Black people in America. I wanted to tell the truth about what life was like before the civil rights movement.”

    Milly Taylor is an example of someone who has made a difference overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer and also here at home as a novelist. 

    Recently she wrote me that it was an honor to be included with so many fine writers who are former Peace Corps Volunteers. “Being in the Peace Corps was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I cherish the memories of my days in Ethiopia. So many times now I find myself wishing I could relive it all.”

    Don’t we all, Milly. Don’t we all.


     

    TOO REAL  

     

    3 covers of books by mildred taylor

    Mildred Taylor’s honest depictions of racial injustice have inspired many readers over the years. Some who lived through the eras she writes of extol how the stories echoed their firsthand experience; others comment on how the books opened their eyes for the first time to the horrors of racism. Not surprisingly, that honesty has also brought a different kind of scrutiny. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry made the American Library Association’s top 100 list of banned and challenged books for 2000–2009. It came in at No. 66, a few below Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and a few above Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. 

     

     

    This essay appears in the special 2022 Books Edition of WorldView magazine.


    John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962–64) is the author of more than 25 fiction and nonfiction books and is the co-founder of Peace Corps Worldwide.

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    The editorial and creative teams who put together the Spring-Summer 2022 edition of WorldView magazine for digital and print

     

     

     

     

     

    PUBLISHER Kim Herman

    EDITOR | Steven Boyd Saum

    EDITOR EMERITUS | David Arnold

    ART DIRECTOR Pamela Fogg

    CONTRIBUTING EDITOR | John Coyne

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR, GLOBAL STORIES | Tiffany James

    DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER | Orrin Luc

    WORLDVIEW INTERNS | Catherine Gardner, Jordan Simmons

     

     

    CONTRIBUTORS
     

    COVER 

    Design by Pamela Fogg. Illustration by Sandra Dionisi

     

    ILLUSTRATION

    Roman Bailey, Sandra Dionisi, Anna Ivanenko, Maria Krasinski, Alejanda Marroquin, Izabiriza Moise, Nasser Mejia Moreno, Carlos Violante, Laura Watson

     

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    Simone Barbieri, Bucha School No. 5, Clary Estes, Lawrence Jackson, Jewish Refugee Assistance Library, Brett Simison, Volodymyr Titov, Juris Zagarins, Elëna Zhukova

     

    WRITING

    Raisa Alstodt, Natalka Bilotserkivets, Kathleen Coskran, Clary Estes, Catherine Gardner, David Jarmul, Natalia Joseph, Ali Kinsella, Katie McSheffrey, Marnie Mueller, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Jonathan Pearson, Victorya Rouse, Sonia Scherr, Jordan Simmons, Cathy Sunshine, Nathalie Vadnais

     

    COPY EDITING

    John Deever, Allison Dubinsky, Jordan Simmons

     

    RESEARCH

    Catherine Gardner, Jordan Simmons

     

    EDITOR, PEACE CORPS COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENTS

    Peter Deekle

     


    WorldView magazine is published by National Peace Corps Association, a national network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, former staff, and friends, to provide news and comment about communities and issues of the world of serving and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Diverse views published in the magazine are not intended to reflect the views of the Peace Corps or those of National Peace Corps Association. 

    NPCA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational and service organization that is independent of the federal agency, Peace Corps. 

    WorldView (ISSN 1047-5338) is published four times per year (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) by National Peace Corps Association (1825 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20009-5708). Periodicals postage paid at Washington, D.C., and additional mailing offices. 

     


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    Letters, emails, LinkedIn and Instagram comments, Facebook posts, tweets, and other comments. We’re happy to continue the conversation here and our social media platforms. One way to write us: worldview@peacecorpsconnect.org

     


    Cover to Cover

     

    I want to congratulate you and the whole NPCA team for producing an outstanding magazine. Yesterday I read through the two most recent issues cover to cover and found the content to be rich and very informative. You should be proud of the role that WorldView plays in supporting and connecting the Peace Corps community.

    Tony Barclay
    Kenya 1968–70, NPCA Board Chair 2011–15

     

    I have been reading your magazine for a while. I thought your last magazine was just wonderful — as were many before that — and want to congratulate you.

    Kathleen Harnig
    Bulgaria 1998–2000, Liberia 2013–14

     

    You should be proud of the role that WorldView plays in supporting and connecting the Peace Corps community.

     

    Congratulations on your special books edition. I found the quiet time to read this issue (as I try to read most issues of WorldView) from cover to cover. Your page 11 article on Ukraine is powerful and personal. I will be sharing it with a Ukrainian friend who is a former choir director at UC Berkeley and organized two concerts of Ukrainian religious and folk music to raise funds for the country of her origins. One was hosted here at our parish; the other at the concert hall on campus. 

    I also need to thank you for the Book Locker and your extraordinary overviews of the books you reviewed. I joined Peace Corps (India 30, 1966–68) at the height of the idealism and call to service that brought PC into existence and led to its times of great success and accomplishment. But as transformative as the experience was for me, and as consequential as I think it was for some of the people with whom we worked, I have to see it as a small contribution to the larger movement of a nation and its people.  

    I was part of a series of Peace Corps groups that were sent to Andhra Pradesh in south India to help high school science teachers teach using an investigative approach in place of the old British “learn by rote” Cambridge exam approach. Since commercial laboratory equipment was expensive and therefore unavailable to small village level schools, we taught ways of improvising laboratory apparatus using materials available in any village setting.

    The impact of this effort is impossible to measure concretely, but in the years following our service, Andhra went from scoring very low on the Indian National Science test to being among the highest in India, I’ve been told. Whatever the contribution of Peace Corps, it was the Indians who took the resources that were made available to them and turned them into something transformative. 

    The cover line of the most recent edition of WorldView, “The Stories We Tell,” fits well with my own embrace of my PC experience. We went to India and did what we were invited to do, and things changed. We may have been only a small part of the cause, but change definitely happened in a remarkably good way, and so we rejoice with and for the people we served.

    Steve Bossi
    India 1966–68


    Great job on the latest PC mag. Especially liked all the books.   

    Peter von Mertens
    Nepal VIII (1966–68)

     



    The Book Locker and the Third Goal

     

    During the first few years of the Peace Corps, Volunteers were given book lockers. Mine included a copy of War and Peace, which I still have — and still have not read. Among books in the lockers were Animal Farm, Learning English, the James Beard Cookbook, Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care, and The Wonderful World of Peanuts by Charles Schultz. So it is fitting that at the Ohio State University we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps this spring in the Jean and Charles Schultz Lecture Hall.

    In the early 1960s, a group of Peace Corps parents in Columbus established the Columbus Peace Corps Service Council — either the first or second one in the U.S. In part, their purpose was to help fulfill the third goal of the Peace Corps: To help promote a better understanding among Americans of other peoples of the world. To do this, they set about informing the community about Peace Corps through news stories, booths at fairs, festivals and conferences, TV interviews, and exhibits at the OSU library, among many other activities.

    But I’ve always thought another reason for those first parent-organized service councils was to try to understand where their children had gone and what exactly they were doing there. As a result of those first service councils, similar groups were formed in every state. Today there are four affiliate groups of the National Peace Corps Association in Ohio.

    For the public, for those considering joining the Peace Corps, and even for returned Volunteers, the Third Goal has always been a bit of an afterthought. It’s more fun to talk about what we did instead of what we need to do now to strengthen, promote, and expand the Peace Corps. Whether you have just been accepted, if you’ve recently returned, or if you’ve been home a few years: It is your voice that will keep Peace Corps alive and keep Volunteers in the field.

    Wallis Harsch
    Panama 1966–68

     


    The Peace Corps and Rotary International

     

    In the special 60th anniversary edition of WorldView, Shaylyn Romney Garrett, co-author with Robert Putnam of The Upswing: How American Came together a Century Ago and How We can Do It Again, posits a policy prescription for the administration “that would help us move to an ‘upswing’ (a return to the ‘we’ of service to others, vs. the ‘I’ of self-service that has prevailed since the 1960s). National Service is my absolute go-to answer.” As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Rotarian for 27 years, I can attest that we already have vibrant national and international service organizations.

    There have been many calls for a national service; AmeriCorps, the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps, has been a partial answer. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a former commander of international forces in Afghanistan and head of the “Serve America. Together.” campaign, called on the president to invest in universal national service for 1 million young Americans annually as “the most important strategy we can implement to ensure the strength and security of our nation.” But the foremost national and international service organization is Rotary International, dedicated to the motto “Service Above Self.”

    As of 2006, Rotary had more than 1.4 million members in over 36,000 clubs among 200 countries and geographical areas. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkey and have been able to continue my community development work as a Rotarian; I have been involved in countless local community projects and international projects, such as in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo assisting in its recovery from the various civil wars it suffered. More important, I am a founding board member of Partnering For Peace, an NPCA affiliate that has joined with the Peace Corps to support Peace Corps projects worldwide. That is a natural partnership of like minds and hearts, committed to both national and international service. It is time to acknowledge Rotary International’s role in both foreign and domestic public service for its growth and vitality. It is a testament to how well Rotarians and the Peace Corps Community are already working together. I already see this “upswing” happening for millions worldwide, as well as in the U.S.

    Harlan Green
    Turkey 1964–66



    CORRECTION: Our Words

    In the print edition, the review of On Corruption in America by Sarah Chayes (p. 22) included a brief excerpt in italics with one extra line in italics at the end: “There is no comforting answer to that.” Those were our words, not hers. Sorry about that.

     

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    The magazine for the Peace Corps community is up for best cover, best full edition, and best series of articles.

     

    By NPCA Staff

     

    BIG NEWS for WorldView: The magazine published for the 240,000-strong Peace Corps community has been named a finalist in three categories in the FOLIO Magazine EDDIE and OZZIE awards — the most prestigious awards program celebrating excellence in editorial and design in the publishing industry.

     

    WorldView covers and 2022 FOLIO finalist announcement

     

    BEST COVER

    The Peace Corps at Sixty | Illustration by Tim O’Brien, art direction by Pamela Fogg. 

     

    BEST OVERALL EDITION

    Special 60th Anniversary Edition. Six decades after this Peace Corps endeavor took flight, we ask: Where are we going? Where have we gone?

     

    BEST SERIES OF ARTICLES

    “An Anniversary. A Pandemic. Peace Corps Response.” | Originally established as Crisis Corps in 1996, Peace Corps Response was created to send Volunteers on short-term, high-impact assignments. An important story for us to tell is that the government program has its roots in grassroots efforts by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who were working in Rwanda when the genocide unfolded. They organized efforts to assist in refugee camps, and they inspired the government agency to harness the experience and commitment that so many Peace Corps Volunteers bring. | Congratulations to the contributing writers in this series, including interns Emi Krishnamurthy, Ellery Pollard, and Sarah Steindl; and writers Hilliard Hicks and Joshua Berman.

     

    “We’re thrilled to share this exciting news,” says editor Steven Boyd Saum, “which is really recognition for the important work done by community members and Volunteers alike over the decades and around the world. It’s the mission of WorldView to tell those stories — and tell them well.”

    Last year was the first time in its history that the magazine was recognized with a FOLIO Award, garnering top recognition for both editorial and design excellence.

    Winners of the 2022 awards will be announced at the FOLIO Awards Gala on September 13 at the City Winery in New York City. 

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    Two dozen countries have welcomed them back. And some fifty countries have issued invitations for Volunteers to return.

     

    By Steven Boyd Saum

     

    Two years after all Peace Corps Volunteers were brought home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they began returning to service overseas in March 2022. We shared the exciting news in the previous edition of WorldView that the first Volunteers had returned to Zambia and the Dominican Republic.

    In the months since, posts around the world have been busy welcoming back Peace Corps Volunteers and Response Volunteers to work alongside communities. As of August 2022, Volunteers have returned to some two dozen countries — more than a third of the posts where Volunteers were serving in 2020. That includes nations in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe. There will be more Volunteers beginning service overseas in the months ahead, in those countries and dozens more. By our counting, invitations are out for Volunteers to return to 51 countries — more than three quarters of the posts where Peace Corps Volunteers had been serving in 2020. 

    In order for the agency to issue invitations for Volunteers to return, each post must meet robust reentry criteria which involve health, safety, and other logistical factors. Living with COVID-19, a horrific war in Europe and consequent economic mayhem, as well as other regional turmoil, it’s crucial to ensure safety of Volunteers and communities alike. Indeed, despite global tumult, this is a hopeful time for the agency, with this return also representing a rededication to the mission of the Peace Corps.

     

    Despite global tumult, this is a hopeful time for the agency, with this return also representing a rededication to the mission of the Peace Corps.

     

    Earlier this year, a group of departing Volunteers met with First Lady of the United States Jill Biden. On July 19, the first cohort of Volunteers to return to Panamá met with Second Gentleman of the United States Doug Emhoff at the White House. Emhoff also hosted the soon-to-be Volunteers and Peace Corps CEO Carol Spahn for a roundtable. “It’s always incredible to meet with young people dedicated to changing the world,” Emhoff posted on Twitter afterward. And, to the Volunteers, he wrote: “I know you’ll bring great passion and energy to your projects.” 

    Based on conversations and leadership that has shaped the return of Volunteers to service overseas, humility and a spirit of cooperation in a changed world are a crucial part of the mix, too. 
     

    Sendoff from the Second Gentleman: Doug Emhoff, center, with the first Volunteers returning to Panamá, as well as agency leaders. Photo by Lawrence Jackson / The White House

     

    Where Volunteers Have Returned

    These include 23 posts and 26 countries — since the Peace Corps post in the Eastern Caribbean includes four countries.
     

    Zambia | March 2022
    Dominican Republic | March 2022
    Colombia | April 2022
    Namibia | May 2022
    Uganda | May 2022
    Mexico | May 2022
    Ecuador | May 2022
    Eastern Caribbean | May 2022 (Includes four countries: Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and Grenada)
    Belize | May 2022
    Peru | May 2022
    Paraguay | May 2022
    Togo | June 2022
    Senegal | June 2022
    The Gambia | June 2022
    Benin | June 2022
    Rwanda | June 2022
    Kyrgyz Republic | June 2022
    Ghana | June 2022
    Sierra Leone | June 2022
    Costa Rica | July 2022
    Kosovo | July 2022
    Madagascar | July 2022

     

    Photos courtesy Peace Corps posts

    Invitations Are Out

    Here are the additional posts that have met safety criteria and for which there are invitations for Volunteers to begin serving in 2022 and beyond. Including the countries to which Volunteers have already returned, invitations are out to 47 posts and 51 countries. Take note of the last post on this list: Viet Nam. In summer 2020, the Peace Corps formally signed an agreement to launch that new program. It is one that, needless to say, is loaded with tremendous historical significance and a long-term sense of what it means to build peace and friendship. 

    These posts are listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily in order to which Volunteers will be returning in 2022. As the past two years have taught — with lessons sometimes repeated again and again, to the frustration of would-be Volunteers and host communities alike — there may be contingencies that push back planned dates for Volunteers to return.

     

    Albania and Montenegro (Includes two countries: Albania and Montenegro)
    Botswana
    Cambodia
    Cameroon
    eSwatini
    Fiji
    Georgia
    Guatemala
    Guinea
    Guyana
    Indonesia
    Kenya
    Lesotho
    Malawi
    Mongolia
    Morocco
    North Macedonia
    The Philippines
    South Africa
    Tanzania
    Thailand
    Timor-Leste
    Viet Nam

    By October 2023, Volunteers are expected to be back in most of the 60 countries where they were serving in 2020. In addition, programs will be reopened in Sri Lanka and Kenya. 

     

    This story appears in the Spring-Summer 2022 edition of WorldView Magazine

     


    Steven Boyd Saum is the editor of WorldView.

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    An EDDIE award recognizing a series of stories about Volunteers evacuated from around the world. And a cover asking “What’s the Role of Peace Corps Now?” These awards mark the first time that the magazine published for the Peace Corps community has earned these top honors.

     

    By NPCA Staff

     

    For the first time in its more than three-decade history, WorldView magazine has brought home top honors in the FOLIO Awards honoring magazine editorial and design excellence. Published by National Peace Corps Association, WorldView is a winner of both an EDDIE and OZZIE in the 2021 awards. 

    WorldView earned EDDIE top honors for a series of articles in the Summer 2020 edition that tell the stories of Peace Corps Volunteers who were evacuated from around the world in 2020. The series captures the Volunteer experiences and the communities in which they were serving, and the unfinished business they left behind.

     

    Magazine spread from summer 2020 WorldView magazine about Volunteers being evacuated in 2020

    The magazine earned OZZIE top honors for the cover of the Fall 2020 edition, featuring an illustration by award-winning artist David Plunkert. With a dove of peace inside a cage-like COVID-19 molecule, the cover asks: “What’s the role of Peace Corps now?” Plunkert’s work has appeared in the pages and on the covers of The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, and elsewhere.

     

    OZZIE Award next to Fall 2020 cover of WorldView magazine

    The awards were presented on October 14 at the FOLIO gala in New York City. The EDDIES and OZZIES have been presented for more than a quarter century and draw competition from across the United States and internationally. This year marked the return of an in-person awards ceremony. Other top winners this year include California’s ALTA Journal, Variety, environmental news publication Grist, People, National Geographic Kids, and more. 

    WorldView is edited by Steven Boyd Saum, and Pamela Fogg serves as art director. The recent digital edition also bears the handiwork of Orrin Luc, who serves as digital content manager. And just joining the editorial team is Tiffany James, who comes on board as associate editor, global stories.

    “This is an unprecedented time for the Peace Corps, and it’s heartening to see WorldView recognized for the importance and caliber of the work we’re doing,” says Saum. “There are dozens of people who shared their stories to help readers understand what thousands of communities and Volunteers have gone through — and a small but dedicated team of writers who helped give these stories shape and form. Every one of those Volunteers and writers deserve credit for the editorial award.”

    As for the award-winning cover, Saum says, “That asks a question we’re still seeking to answer. And just like when Peace Corps Volunteers first embarked on this mission of building world peace and friendship 60 years ago, in the months to come it will be up to the Volunteers — and all of us in the Peace Corps community — to help define that role in a changed world.”

    Read the current edition of WorldView — and those editions that have brought accolades — at worldviewmagazine.org.
     

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    WHY I GIVE: From Mongolia to the San Francisco Police. For Kenneth Syring, it’s about service. 

    A Conversation with WorldView Magazine
     

    Kenneth Syring joined Peace Corps when Volunteers didn’t choose their destination. He was thrilled when Peace Corps asked him to go to Mongolia. That’s the country he had in mind when this Bakersfield, California native applied. He soon was teaching English and tackling human trafficking. Now he’s an investigator with the San Francisco Police Department. Their motto, in part: Oro en paz — “gold in peace.”

     

    How did Peace Corps shape your path? 

    Peace Corps gave me a bug for service. I like to get my hands on a problem and work with it. I’ve always valued community improvement, helping others, leaving things better than I found them. I was an English teacher in a secondary school in eastern Mongolia 2006–08 with four other PCVs and other volunteers in the community. Human trafficking is a consistent and significant issue in Mongolia. Working with Save the Children, local police and leaders, and the Peace Corps country office, we started an anti-human trafficking awareness initiative. That helped Mongolians mitigate and prevent trafficking in the region. 

    My experience in Peace Corps drove my interest in studying anti-human trafficking in graduate school at the University of London. After working with international development nonprofits in Washington, D.C., I found an opportunity with the San Francisco Police — first as a patrol officer and then in the Crime Scene Investigation unit. I’ve been able to work on a number of issues that I encountered during Peace Corps service, including human trafficking. 

    I’ve been with SFPD more than seven years. I work with incredibly service-oriented people — and I’m one of five RPCVs! At a time when there is massive tension between communities and police, I see policing as a development opportunity — where police are members of the community. 

     

    Look toward the future: A young girl plays in western Mongolia. Photo by Kari Aun/Shutterstock

     

    How did you become active in Returned Peace Corps Volunteer activities?

    I moved to San Francisco and sought out connection with the Peace Corps Community through the Northern California Peace Corps Association. I’ve attended events and have donated to them, and I’ve been involved with NPCA affiliate group Friends of Mongolia. 

     

    You’ve made a generous gift to NPCA and are a member of the Shriver Circle of donors who give $1,000 annually. Why?

    I knew about NPCA from reading World-View during Peace Corps service. I’m a big believer in the Third Goal, in the mission of NPCA, and what NPCA does for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and in advocating for Peace Corps. The way foreign policy is currently conducted, coupled with rising geopolitical instability, Peace Corps is absolutely needed. Helping people throughout the world learn about Americans — and Americans learn about others — that’s one of the most important things we can do.

     

    Advice to your RPCV cohorts?

    The majority of us consider our service in Peace Corps as a defining time in our lives — and in our sense of contribution to the world. A major reason I donate to NPCA is because I want to help advocate for continued opportunities for Americans to experience the world in this way. I want citizens of our partner nations to experience the best of what America represents—and to have an impact in a service that I deeply admire. I believe NPCA and its affiliates are the best vehicles that we have to focus our support for the Peace Corps’ mission in a meaningful way.

     

    Mongolian sunset. Photo by Kenneth Syring

     

    Spending a few years assisting with local development in a similar way as Peace Corps service is really helpful. I believe that the police are uniquely positioned to help develop the communities they serve. So I strongly encourage RPCVs to explore serving in this capacity for a few years—to infuse their community development and cross-cultural experience into the American policing mindset. 

    To volunteers just returning, looking to reconnect, or make a different kind of impact, I’d say: By virtue of being an RPCV and the way you see the world, you’re already making changes you might not even notice. A lot of people in mid-career search for a big accomplishment. Instead, just know we’ve been doing it all along. Our impact is cumulative since we started. Keep it up. 

     

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    The editorial and creative teams who put together the special 2022 Books Edition of WorldView magazine for digital and print

     

     

     

     

     

    PUBLISHER  Glenn Blumhorst

    EDITOR | Steven Boyd Saum

    EDITOR EMERITUS | David Arnold

    ART DIRECTOR Pamela Fogg

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR, GLOBAL STORIES | Tiffany James

    DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER | Orrin Luc

    WORLDVIEW INTERN | Nathalie Vadnais

     

     

    CONTRIBUTORS
     

    COVER AND BOOKS FEATURE PACKAGE

    Design by Pamela Fogg. Photography by Brett Simison

     

    ILLUSTRATION

    Montse Bernal, George Mkumbula, Mark Smith

     

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    Thomas F. Aleto, Dennis Briskin, Art Buck, Lisa Ferdinando, Drew Havea, Ambika Mohan Joshee, Robin Moyer, Kai Pfaffenbach, Erin Scott, Lev Shevchenko, Brett Simison, Jonathan Slaght, Terrell Starr

     

    WRITING

    Jake Arce, Glenn Blumhorst, Leo Cecchini, Chiara Collette, John Coyne, Chic Dambach, Michael Hassett, Tiffany James, D.W. Jefferson, Ambika Mohan Joshee, Marnie Mueller, Jonathan Pearson, Ursula Pike, Bill Preston, John Ratigan, Paul Theroux, Nathalie Vadnais, Rich Wandschneider

     

    SPEAKERS AT EVENTS FEATURED IN THIS EDITION

    Jeffrey Janis, Olena Sergeeva

     

    COPY EDITING

    Allison Dubinsky, Tiffany James, Nathalie Vadnais

     

    RESEARCH

    Jake Arce, Tiffany James, Orrin Luc, Jonathan Pearson, Nathalie Vadnais

     

    EDITOR, PEACE CORPS COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENTS

    Peter Deekle

     

     

     


    WorldView magazine is published by National Peace Corps Association, a national network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, former staff, and friends, to provide news and comment about communities and issues of the world of serving and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Diverse views published in the magazine are not intended to reflect the views of the Peace Corps or those of National Peace Corps Association. 

    NPCA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational and service organization which is independent of the federal agency, Peace Corps. 

    WorldView (ISSN 1047-5338) is published four times per year (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) by National Peace Corps Association (1825 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20009-5708). Periodicals postage paid at Washington, D.C., and additional mailing offices. 

     


    Submissions and Correspondence 

    Write us: worldview@peacecorpsconnect.org. We consider proposals and submissions. We welcome letters on specific articles. Guidelines here. 

     

    Digital and Print Subscriptions 

    To receive WorldView, visit peacecorpsconnect.org and click on Join Now. Gift subscriptions available. Questions? 202-293-7728 | worldview@peacecorpsconnect.org

     

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    Four recent contestants — and one champion

     

    By NPCA Staff

     

    Geographer Charles Fogelman. Photo courtesy “Jeopardy!”

     

    Here’s your clue: This University of Illinois geographer served with the Peace Corps in Lesotho 2003–05, once hosted Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso for dinner in Harlem, nailed questions in the category “The Equator” … and became champion on “Jeopardy!” on February 16.

    Answer: Who is Charles Fogelman?

    The one-day winner on the show was one of four recent RPCV contestants. The day before, Jimmy Rollins (Albania 2005–07), an international economic development consultant with Deloitte, leaned on his knowledge of Hemingway to finish second on the show.

    In November, Taylor Mills (Kyrgyzstan 2009–11), a development finance manager originally from Texas, went up against a formidable new champion, Amy Schneider — who was just beginning an epic 40-game winning streak — and took third. It so happened that Maria Krasinski (Georgia 2017–18) came up against Amy Schneider on the penultimate game in Schneider’s streak. Krasinski, an artist and illustrator who also serves as managing editor for News Decoder, tapped into her knowledge of coral (“What is the Great Barrier Reef?”) to finish second.

     

    Ken Jennings and Maria Krasinski on the Jeopardy set

    “What is the Great Barrier Reef?” Maria Krasinski, right, with “Jeopardy!” host Ken Jennings. Photo courtesy “Jeopardy!”

     

    Just Got Real

    While we’re catching up on Peace Corps trivia: May 2021 brought a double hit. The category “Outlaws & In-Laws” led with the clue “JFK’s brother-in-law Sargent Shriver was president of this intl. sports program for people with intellectual disabilities.” (“What are the Special Olympics?”)

    The category “Just Got Real” served this softball for WorldView readers: “This government program got off the ground when a group of volunteer teachers landed in Ghana Aug. 30, 1961.”

    Answer: What is the Peace Corps?

     


    This story appears in the special 2022 Books Edition of WorldView magazine. Story updated May 6, 2022.

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    Larry André is the new U.S. ambassador to Somalia.

     

    Photo courtesy the U.S. Secretary of Defense

     

    Larry André, who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal 1983–85, is the new U.S. ambassador to Somalia. A career foreign service officer, he arrived in Mogadishu in January. It wasn’t his first visit.

    Back in 2007, André developed the U.S. mission in Somalia. In his current post, he will seek to foster peace and democracy in the country — at a time when Somalia is facing its worst drought in a decade.

    André previously served as U.S. ambassador to Djibouti and Mauritania and worked with USAID, assisting in the reconstruction of post-war Chad. After service as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he worked at agency HQ as regional environment officer for East Africa, overseeing work in 14 countries, including Somalia.

     


    This story appears in the special 2022 Books Edition of WorldView magazine. Story updated May 6, 2022.

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    Peace Corps Volunteers and the Making of Korean Studies in the United States

    Edited by Seung-kyung Kim and Michael Robinson

    Center for Korea Studies, University of Washington

     

    Reviewed by Steven Boyd Saum

     

    The Peace Corps sent more than 2,000 Volunteers to South Korea 1966–81, to teach English and advise on healthcare. “Their experiences affected their worldview, individual politics, aesthetic sensibilities, and views on gender discrimination,” notes the introduction to this anthology. Those experiences also fueled scholarship on Korea in the States. A small yet significant number of the Volunteers returned to the U.S. and entered academia, forming the core of a second wave of Korean studies scholars.

    This volume includes essays by 11 individuals, nine of them returned Volunteers. Years in an impoverished nation still recovering from war — and in which authoritarian regimes sometimes brutally oppressed democratic uprisings — influenced their work: from studies in history, culture, and politics to literary translations and work with Amnesty International and as part of congressional staff.

    Carter Eckert (1968–71) describes life in Korea under the dictatorship of Chung-hee Park, a time of censorship, curfews, and surveillance. Laurel Kendall (1970–71) recounts gender discrimination and asks, “Did Women Have a Peace Corps–Korea Experience?” Don Baker (1971–74) writes about traveling to the city of Gwangju just after an uprising there was brutally put down. Other contributors who served in the Peace Corps include Edward J. Baker (1971–73), Donald Clark (1967–69), Bruce Fulton (1978–79), Linda S. Lewis (1970–72), Michael Robinson (1968–71), and Edward Schultz (1966–67). Co-editor Seung-kyung Kim and scholars Okpyo Moon and Clark W. Sorensen make it clear this project is far more than collective cheerleading.

    Kathleen Stephens, who served as a Volunteer in South Korea 1975–77, provides the afterword; a career diplomat, she returned to Korea as U.S. ambassador 2008–11, the first woman — and the first Korean speaker — to serve in that role.

     

    This review appears in the special 2022 Books Edition of WorldView magazine.


    Steven Boyd Saum is the editor of WorldView.

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    Recognition for three members of the Peace Corps community. And an RPCV appointed to the North Carolina Legislature.

     

    By NPCA Staff

     

    Photo: Shelton Johnson, recipient of the 2022 American Park Experience Award. Courtesy National Park Service

     

     

    Shelton Johnson | Liberia 1982–83

    Shelton Johnson received the 2022 American Park Experience Award for his years of advocating for diversity in national parks and helping families and youth feel welcome by seeing their stories told there. Johnson has worked for the past 35 years as a ranger with the National Park Service at Yellowstone and now Yosemite National Park. His storytelling talents landed him a prominent role in Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. In 2010, Johnson hosted Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King on a multi-day camping trip that was captured on national television and broadcast around the globe. He credits his work with Oprah as a significant breakthrough in introducing Black Americans to the wonders of America’s national parks.

     

    Antarctic Service MedalLawson Scott Glasergreen | Guatemala 1994–96

    Peace Corps Volunteers have never served in Antarctica — but Lawson Scott Glasergreen, currently a FEMA contractor, celebrated what he believes to be the first Peace Corps Week there in 2015. Last year he was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal by the Secretary of Defense for his work at the South Pole in 2014 and 2015, during the continent’s summer months. Glasergreen worked as a preventative maintenance coordinator and supervisor for on-site infrastructure and operation management practice and program management leadership on a Pacific Architects and Engineers contract with Lockheed Martin.

    Inspired by his experience in Antarctica, Glasergreen is publishing a volume of writings and photographs. That follows on a previous book of journal entries and artworks, SPIRITO America, about the gifts of personal and social service. Glasergreen is also a visual artist and has Cherokee roots. He was among a dozen Indigenous artists featured in Native Reflections: Visual Art by American Indians of Kentucky, a traveling exhibition that completed a two-year tour of the state in Louisville in March 2022.

     

     

     

    Kayla Canne newspaper headline

     

    Kayla Canne | Ghana 2018–20

    Journalist Kayla Canne won a National Press Foundation award for her work with the Asbury Park Press investigating deplorable living conditions and discrimination in taxpayer-funded rental housing in New Jersey. In the series “We Don’t Take That,” Canne exposed the barriers that exist for low-income tenants in their search for clean, safe, and affordable housing.

     

     

     

     

     

    Caleb Rudow | Zambia 2012–14

    Caleb Rudow was appointed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to the state legislature on February 1. He is serving out the remainder of the term for Rep. Susan Fisher, who represented District 114 and stepped down December 31. The term Rudow now serves ends in January 2023. Redrawn electoral maps were unveiled February 23. The new boundaries have Rudow running for reelection next year in neighboring District 116 — in the Asheville area, like his current district. Prior to this role, Rudow worked as a research and data analyst at Open Data Watch in Washington, D.C., where he conducted research on open data funding, patterns of data use, and technical issues around open data policy.

     

    This story appears in the special 2022 Books Edition of WorldView magazine. Story updated May 3, 2022.

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    Letters, emails, LinkedIn and Instagram comments, Facebook posts, tweets, and other missives. We’re happy to continue the conversation here and on all those nifty social media platforms. One way to write us: worldview@peacecorpsconnect.org

     


    Thanks to NPCA as We Return to Service

    As we prepare to return to Zambia in May 2022, we want to say thank you to each of you (and all of the NPCA staff/interns) for your continued support of us — first, as many of you are RPCVs yourself, and then advocates for Peace Corps even before our service, and throughout our first service, and then as evacuees, and through COVID, and then other important issues of the day these past two years, all really showing that this organization makes an effort to care about and hear the voices of (R)PCVs and country counterparts. We are going back to Zambia appreciative of all the people like you who’ve got our backs while we’re there — and for RPCVs everywhere. Thank you.

    Adam Greenberg and Lianne Bronzo

    Zambia 2018–20, returning to Zambia in May 2022

     

     


    The Peace Corps at Sixty

    Magnificent! Fabulous! Great! Superb! I hope to use the 60th anniversary edition of WorldView whenever I have a chance to let people know of our current situation as well as our historic and triumphant past.

    Patt Behler

    Peru 1962–64


    Congratulations on a spectacular special 60th anniversary edition. Your coverage of the 2021 Peace Corps Connect Conference captured the core of key sessions. The article about the “I-We-I” trend tracked by Shaylyn Romney Garrett knocked my socks off. It was consoling to see our current social and political situation in an historical context. I’m still pondering — and talking about — her plausible explanation for what we experience now in the midst of deeply entrenched racism, impotent partisan politics, and staggering numbers of impoverished people. Can we push this insightful article out to a wider audience? Every service organization committed to social and economic justice would find its long view encouraging. The data is there, visible for all to see. I hope we don’t have to wait another half century to pull ourselves out of the trench.

    Pat Wand

    Colombia 1963–65

    President, Museum of the Peace Corps Experience

     

     


    We Can Do It! Again!

    The special anniversary edition was a powerful invitation to discuss, debate, and create a better Peace Corps by those who know it best. I disagree, however, with Shaylyn Romney Garrett’s recommendation that our government sponsor millions of national service jobs which somehow would lessen economic inequality, cultural narcissism, and social fragmentation by creating a spirit of solidarity. There is no research suggesting national service would accomplish such goals. Our government does not have the authority to create programs to change citizens’ values and political orientations. Garrett is absolutely right, however, when she says there is much work to be done. Let us continue.

    Joanne Roll

    Colombia 1963–65

     

    Highly pronounced trends in urban areas around the country — a commitment to green architecture, expand renewable energy, green public and private transportation, recover recyclable materials from the waste stream, expand parks and open space, democratize food security, make public education and healthcare more comprehensive, improve urban air quality, and more wisely manage water resources — demonstrate that the social justice and environmental movements have morphed into something institutionalized on a once-unimagined scale. Urban governments now have a “sustainability agenda.” That took collective action. Protests after the George Floyd case have been an immense show of citizen concern about systemic racism. The crisis of climate change will compel more collective action, as it already has. There remains within our citizenry a deep longing for community, fellowship, and common cause. Our challenge is not to be deceived by demagogues who wish to seize on what divides us to fuel their warped political ambitions. We need steady purpose and earnest, honest leadership now more than ever. I agree we can do it again. And I believe we will.

    Jim Quigley 

    Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia 1977–80

     

    It seems that an obvious cause of social pathology is the breakdown of the family unit. There is no mention of this phenomenon in analysis of the “I-We-I” cycle in American cultural history. The sexual revolution, which took off in the 1960s, certainly highlighted personal gratification. It also deteriorated family unity. Yet sociologists of the Left seem unwilling to consider this perspective. For the sake of a more just and peaceful society, it is necessary to understand and act upon the abuses which the revolution engendered.

    Carmen Mele, O.P.

    Malaysia 1969–72

     


    Fix Public Service Loan Forgiveness 

    I did Peace Corps in the ’90s. My loan was put into forbearance not only for the two years I was serving, but also the year after I returned when I was very sick. Interest accrued for three years. It didn’t matter how I filled out the forms, what I reported to them. Nothing. Proud to say I paid it off anyway, but really a punch in the back to those of us who served.

    Mary Kay Diakite

    Mali 1996–98

     

    The [Public Service Loan Forgiveness] program was very misleading. Almost none of my fellow Volunteers were able to benefit. Neither was I.

    Lauren L. Breland

    Thailand 2014–17, via LinkedIn

     

     


    Peace Corps Progenitors 

    Thank you for highlighting Operation Crossroads Africa. As an alum of both, I can attest to the fact that they are wonderfully aligned and are both powerful programs, both for volunteers and those with whom they collaborate. I often think that OCA does not get the recognition it deserves, specifically in regard to its being an inspiration for the Peace Corps — so I’m appreciative of WorldView for taking the time to do so!

    Lori Halvorson

    OCA Senegal, Summer 2006

    RPCV Burkina Faso 2007–09

     


    Safety and Security

    The discussion on “Peace Corps Safety and Security” revealed that the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act gave rise to the Office of Victim Advocacy (OVA) — but, oddly enough, within the Peace Corps itself. Such a delegation with potentially opposing transparency objectives is somewhat akin to relegating the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates aviation accidents, to a division within one of the most accident-prone air carriers. OVA should more appropriately be matrixed onto the Office of Inspector General (OIG), which has congressionally mandated independence, whistleblower protections, plus the authority to access all of the Peace Corps systems of records. The current alignment could hardly be termed best practice. Congressional records have shown that the Peace Corps and OIG have had in the past a very public and bitter spat over the independence of IGs, including their access to agency systems of records besides the detection of waste, fraud, and abuse. 

    Henry Mulzac

    Belize 1975–77
    NYPD Detective 
    1981–2002
    Peace Corps OIG 2002–07

     


    CORRECTION: Gabon

    In edited remarks from Hermence Matsotsa-Cross in our fall 2021 edition (p. 37 in the print edition), we misstated where her mother was from. We should have said: “My father was a Volunteer in Gabon in the early ’70s, where he met my mother, a Gabonese woman from one village he worked in.” We’re sorry for the error. 
     

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