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===2008: San Francisco Black Film Festival Establishes St. Clair Bourne Award for Best Documentary Film===
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Ave Montague, founder and director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) announced today that a special tribute to the late documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne (1943-2007) will take place during the 10th annual San Francisco Black Film Festival in June. The tribute will consist of screening of selected films including Making "Do The Right Thing," The Black And The Green, John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk, a panel discussion with Bay Area documentary filmmakers, and the first St. Claire Bourne Award will be presented to the winner in the documentary category  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2207203.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  PR Web.  "San Francisco Black Film Festival Establishes St. Clair Bourne Award For Best Documentary Film"  February 15, 2008.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2206261.html Headlines: February 2008]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2027351.html Peace Corps Tunisia]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4792.html Directory of Tunisia RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1498.html Messages and Announcements for Tunisia RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027640.html Film]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027640.html Movies]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027609.html Documentary Films]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027671.html Hollywood]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027563.html African American Issues]  <ref>[http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/02/prweb698963.htm PR Web.  "San Francisco Black Film Festival Establishes St. Clair Bourne Award For Best Documentary Film"  February 15, 2008.]</ref>''
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===2008: Deb Peterson writes: After my husband and I got married, we joined the Peace Corps as one of the first married couples===
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After my husband and I got married, we joined the Peace Corps as one of the first married couples. We were in Puerto Rico training to go on to Peru when we found out I was pregnant. The Peace Corps sent us home because they were not equipped to deal with a pregnant woman in Peru. I got involved with raising our kids and wasn't in the workplace for a number of years and in 1982, I became a Coro fellow.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2207892.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  St. Louis Post Dispatch.  "Coro Fellow Spreads Efforts Across Spectrum"  March 11, 2008.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2206263.html Headlines: March 2008]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027709.html Marriage]  <ref>[http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/columnists.nsf/debpeterson/story/C9EA7D79630F8619862574090011CA77?OpenDocument St. Louis Post Dispatch.  "Coro Fellow Spreads Efforts Across Spectrum"  March 11, 2008.]</ref>''
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===2008: Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens writes:  Death Be Not Proud===
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When I talked to Peter at his home a few weeks ago, I asked Peter what he thought his legacy would be.  "I think it will be my daughters.  I am really proud of them," Peter said.  "You know they are very kind and I think that kindness is about the most important human attribute." I think Peter had kindness in him. In the years I worked with him I never once heard him raise his voice or lose his temper. Peter always believed that the facts would speak for themselves and it wasn't necessary to present emotional arguments to support a position. When Peter discovered he had cancer he approached the problem like any other.  "A weaker individual would have succumbed to self-pity," wrote Jeanne Mignon. "Peter, true to form, researched and advocated for every possible avenue for cure, remission or delay of the tumor engulfing his system." Peter had a quiet dignity as he faced his condition philosophically. There was a strength in Peter that bordered on divine - you could feel it in his presence.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2210136.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Personal Web Site.  "Death Be Not Proud"  May 17, 2008.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2206265.html Headlines: May 2008]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027617.html Engineering]  <ref>[http://peacecorpsonline.typepad.com/poncacityweloveyou/2008/05/death-be-not-pr.html Personal Web Site.  "Death Be Not Proud"  May 17, 2008.]</ref>''
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===2008: Ecuador RPCV Lynn Lurie took six years to write her novel, “Corner of the Dead" about Peru's Shining Path===
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Lurie, a former Peace Corps volunteer, drew upon her experiences and set the story in Peru during the time of the Shining Path guerillas.  “My theory was that terrorism is much like an illness,” she said. “You don’t know who is going to be dead or alive in the morning. It is the same sense that your world is turned upside down.”  She added, “The cries of the children in the book are not from the Andes but the NYU pediatric neurology ward.”  Rewriting the novel meant brushing up on her Spanish and studying the 2,000 pages of testimonies from the Peruvian reconciliation commission hearings, mostly accounts of villagers in the Andes.  Lurie served as a volunteer in Ecuador, but recalled visiting Lima, the capital of Peru, during the early 1980s.  “The Shining path was really active in Lima,” she said. “There were blackouts and you couldn’t go out after six o’clock.”  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2210133.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Item of Millburn & Short Hills.  "Novelist Writes Of Social Unrest In South America"  May 29, 2008.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2206265.html Headlines: May 2008]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030730.html Peace Corps Ecuador]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4497.html Directory of Ecuador RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2334.html Messages and Announcements for Ecuador RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027811.html Writing - Ecuador]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027811.html Writing - Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027824.html Terrorism]  <ref>[http://www.theitemonline.com/page.php?page=3234 Item of Millburn & Short Hills.  "Novelist Writes Of Social Unrest In South America"  May 29, 2008.]</ref>''
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===2008: An Interview with PCOL===
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"The goal of PCOL is simple, to serve as a resource for Returned Volunteers and Friends of the Peace Corps and to further the third goal of Peace Corps.  I have never liked the term "Former Peace Corps Volunteer."  To me once you are a volunteer, you are a volunteer for life and I like to think of myself as continuing to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer primarily by contributing to the third goal through my web sites."  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/3210426.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Will's Blog.  "Interview With Hugh Pickens Founder And Administrator Of Pcol"  July 4, 2008.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2206267.html Headlines: July 2008]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027693.html Journalism]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027748.html Expansion]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027683.html Internet]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2050367.html RPCV Hugh Pickens (Peru)]  <ref>[http://www.willdickinson.com/2008/07/06/interview-with-hugh-pickens/ Will's Blog.  "Interview With Hugh Pickens Founder And Administrator Of Pcol"  July 4, 2008.]</ref>''
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===2008: Daniel Pickens, son of RPCV Hugh Pickens says: "Pinto como si estuviera escribiendo"===
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"Mis abuelos coleccionaban pinturas de Josué Sánchez, el artista de los murales del monasterio de Ocopa. Crecí entre sus cuadros. Entonces empecé a imitar sus trazos y colores, hasta que a pocos fui encontrando mis propias líneas", afirma el artista. "Yo no dependo de nadie. Me tomo todo el tiempo para trabajar mis cuadros, por eso cada día voy agregando cosas a mis cruces. Si miras con cuidado, yo voy como escribiendo pequeñas cositas. Por ejemplo, conocí a esta chica, me ocurrió algo, lo coloco. Así, hasta que acabo de pintar la cruz." Daniel Pickens is the son of Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/3210418.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  La Republica.  ""Pinto Como Si Estuviera Escribiendo""  July 23, 2008.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2206267.html Headlines: July 2008]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027226.html Art]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2070520.html Galleries]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027706.html Painting]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2093060.html Fathers]  <ref>[http://www.larepublica.com.pe/component/option\,com_contentant/task\,view/id\,233818/Itemid\,0/ La Republica.  ""Pinto Como Si Estuviera Escribiendo""  July 23, 2008.]</ref>''
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Latest revision as of 23:21, 11 August 2008

The Peace Corps first opened a program in Peru in 1962. Volunteers worked in grassroots development projects targeting health, agriculture, education and business development. The program in Peru supported over 2,600 Volunteers from 1962 until Peace Corps' departure in 1975. On December 12, 2001, Peru's then-president, Alejandro Toledo, officially invited the Peace Corps to return to Peru . Peace Corps Volunteers now serve in Peru by providing support to communities in four primary areas: small business development, community health promotion, environmental awareness, and youth outreach. Currently, about 170 Volunteers serve in Peru.

Sharing borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile, Peru is a large and diverse country. Its unique environmental variations include the arid coastal desert, the Andean Mountains and valleys, and the Amazonian tropical forests. With so many ecosystems and climatic zones, Peru is a country rich in biodiversity, with many rare species of flora and fauna. The country is home to approximately 25 million people of various cultures. The Peace Corps first opened a program in Peru in 1962. Volunteers worked in grassroots development projects targeting health, agriculture, education and business development. The program in Peru supported over 2,600 Volunteers from 1962 until Peace Corps' departure in 1975. On December 12, 2001, Peru's then-president, Alejandro Toledo, officially invited the Peace Corps to return to Peru . Peace Corps Volunteers now serve in Peru by providing support to communities in four primary areas: small business development, community health promotion, environmental awareness, and youth outreach. Currently, about 170 Volunteers serve in Peru.[1]

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[edit] 2008: San Francisco Black Film Festival Establishes St. Clair Bourne Award for Best Documentary Film

Ave Montague, founder and director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) announced today that a special tribute to the late documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne (1943-2007) will take place during the 10th annual San Francisco Black Film Festival in June. The tribute will consist of screening of selected films including Making "Do The Right Thing," The Black And The Green, John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk, a panel discussion with Bay Area documentary filmmakers, and the first St. Claire Bourne Award will be presented to the winner in the documentary category Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: PR Web. "San Francisco Black Film Festival Establishes St. Clair Bourne Award For Best Documentary Film" February 15, 2008.


[edit] 2008: Deb Peterson writes: After my husband and I got married, we joined the Peace Corps as one of the first married couples

After my husband and I got married, we joined the Peace Corps as one of the first married couples. We were in Puerto Rico training to go on to Peru when we found out I was pregnant. The Peace Corps sent us home because they were not equipped to deal with a pregnant woman in Peru. I got involved with raising our kids and wasn't in the workplace for a number of years and in 1982, I became a Coro fellow. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch. "Coro Fellow Spreads Efforts Across Spectrum" March 11, 2008.


[edit] 2008: Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens writes: Death Be Not Proud

When I talked to Peter at his home a few weeks ago, I asked Peter what he thought his legacy would be. "I think it will be my daughters. I am really proud of them," Peter said. "You know they are very kind and I think that kindness is about the most important human attribute." I think Peter had kindness in him. In the years I worked with him I never once heard him raise his voice or lose his temper. Peter always believed that the facts would speak for themselves and it wasn't necessary to present emotional arguments to support a position. When Peter discovered he had cancer he approached the problem like any other. "A weaker individual would have succumbed to self-pity," wrote Jeanne Mignon. "Peter, true to form, researched and advocated for every possible avenue for cure, remission or delay of the tumor engulfing his system." Peter had a quiet dignity as he faced his condition philosophically. There was a strength in Peter that bordered on divine - you could feel it in his presence. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Personal Web Site. "Death Be Not Proud" May 17, 2008.


[edit] 2008: Ecuador RPCV Lynn Lurie took six years to write her novel, “Corner of the Dead" about Peru's Shining Path

Lurie, a former Peace Corps volunteer, drew upon her experiences and set the story in Peru during the time of the Shining Path guerillas. “My theory was that terrorism is much like an illness,” she said. “You don’t know who is going to be dead or alive in the morning. It is the same sense that your world is turned upside down.” She added, “The cries of the children in the book are not from the Andes but the NYU pediatric neurology ward.” Rewriting the novel meant brushing up on her Spanish and studying the 2,000 pages of testimonies from the Peruvian reconciliation commission hearings, mostly accounts of villagers in the Andes. Lurie served as a volunteer in Ecuador, but recalled visiting Lima, the capital of Peru, during the early 1980s. “The Shining path was really active in Lima,” she said. “There were blackouts and you couldn’t go out after six o’clock.” Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Item of Millburn & Short Hills. "Novelist Writes Of Social Unrest In South America" May 29, 2008.


[edit] 2008: An Interview with PCOL

"The goal of PCOL is simple, to serve as a resource for Returned Volunteers and Friends of the Peace Corps and to further the third goal of Peace Corps. I have never liked the term "Former Peace Corps Volunteer." To me once you are a volunteer, you are a volunteer for life and I like to think of myself as continuing to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer primarily by contributing to the third goal through my web sites." Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Will's Blog. "Interview With Hugh Pickens Founder And Administrator Of Pcol" July 4, 2008.


[edit] 2008: Daniel Pickens, son of RPCV Hugh Pickens says: "Pinto como si estuviera escribiendo"

"Mis abuelos coleccionaban pinturas de Josué Sánchez, el artista de los murales del monasterio de Ocopa. Crecí entre sus cuadros. Entonces empecé a imitar sus trazos y colores, hasta que a pocos fui encontrando mis propias líneas", afirma el artista. "Yo no dependo de nadie. Me tomo todo el tiempo para trabajar mis cuadros, por eso cada día voy agregando cosas a mis cruces. Si miras con cuidado, yo voy como escribiendo pequeñas cositas. Por ejemplo, conocí a esta chica, me ocurrió algo, lo coloco. Así, hasta que acabo de pintar la cruz." Daniel Pickens is the son of Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: La Republica. ""Pinto Como Si Estuviera Escribiendo"" July 23, 2008.


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