On November 16, UMBC's Shriver Center and the Maryland Returned Volunteers welcomed Scott Stossel, author of the recent biography of Sargent Shriver "Sarge," to the 2nd annual "Peace Corps History" series.
RPCV Joby Taylor, head of the Shriver Center at UMBC, welcomes guests to the campus.
Scott Stossel spoke to the crowd about Sargent Shriver and the birth of the Peace Corps.
Paraguay RPCV Christa Bucks-Camacho presents Scott with an award for his contribution to documenting the history of the Peace Corps. The award is an annual award sponsored by Peace Corps Online and the Maryland Returned Volunteers.
Scott signed over 100 copies of his book "Sarge" for members of the audience.
The University of Maryland contributed refreshments for the event. The event was held at UMBC’s Albin O Kuhn Library in the Gallery.
Officers of the Maryland Returned Volunteers, (standing) Joby Taylor, Joanna Allen, Scott Stossel, Hugh Pickens, Chris Seremet, and (seated) Christa Bucks-Camacho with Scott after the event.
Scott stayed after the event to discuss Peace Corps history and issues with RPCVs. As part of the event, Scott also led a graduate seminar in the afternoon and appeared on the Mark Steiner radio show earlier in the day to promote the event.
When this story was posted in November 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:
The Birth of the Peace Corps
UMBC's Shriver Center and the Maryland Returned Volunteers hosted Scott Stossel, biographer of Sargent Shriver, who spoke on the Birth of the Peace Corps. This is the second annual Peace Corps History series - last year's speaker was Peace Corps Director Jack Vaughn.
Vote "Yes" on NPCA's bylaw changes
Take our new poll. NPCA members begin voting this week on bylaw changes to streamline NPCA's Board of Directors. NPCA Chair Ken Hill, the President's Forum and other RPCVs endorse the changes. Mail in your ballot or vote online (after Dec 1), then see on how RPCVs are voting.
Charges possible in 1976 PCV slaying
Congressman Norm Dicks has asked the U.S. attorney in Seattle to consider pursuing charges against Dennis Priven, the man accused of killing Peace Corps Volunteer Deborah Gardner on the South Pacific island of Tonga 28 years ago. Background on this story here and here.
Your vote makes a difference
Make a difference on November 2 - Vote. Then take our RPCV exit poll. See how RPCV's are voting and take a look at the RPCV voter demographic. Finally leave a message on why you voted for John Kerry or for George Bush. Previous poll results here.
Kerry reaches out to Returned Volunteers
The Kerry campaign wants the RPCV vote. Read our interview with Dave Magnani, Massachusetts State Senator and Founder of "RPCVs for Kerry," and his answers to our questions about Kerry's plan to triple the size of the Peace Corps, should the next PC Director be an RPCV, and Safety and Security issues. Then read the "RPCVs for Kerry" statement of support and statements by Dr. Robert Pastor, Ambassador Parker Borg, and Paul Oostburg Sanz made at the "RPCVs for Kerry" Press Conference.
RPCV Carl Pope says the key to winning this election is not swaying undecided voters, but persuading those already willing to vote for your candidate to actually go to the polls.
Take our poll and tell us what you are doing to support your candidate.
Finally read our wrap-up of the eight RPCVs in Senate and House races around the country and where the candidates are in their races.
Director Gaddi Vasquez: The PCOL Interview
PCOL sits down for an extended interview with Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez. Read the entire interview from start to finish and we promise you will learn something about the Peace Corps you didn't know before.
Plus the debate continues over Safety and Security.
Read the stories and leave your comments.