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Jeannie Hatcherson

WCSU Volunteers ‘GLOW’ in Bulgaria

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In a leadership session this morning with Leadership Academy GLOW (girls leading our world), I learned that a good leader is one who inspires others to accomplish a goal. I guess I’m a good leader! In June, 2013, the Peace Corps will leave Bulgaria and no longer participate in the GLOW program, which they founded […] [Read More]
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Role Models

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In 1977 I learned about Jodie Richers and Americans for International Aid (AIA) in Atlanta, GA, a group of airline volunteers who used their travel privileges to bring adopted orphans back from foreign countries to their new parents – saving these families thousands of dollars in airfare and hotel expense. I was a flight attendant […] [Read More]
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This Woman’s History

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I loved Woody Allen‘s, Midnight in Paris, but it was my joy at seeing Gertrude Stein’s targeted nurturing of the artists and writers of Paris in the twenties, as portrayed by Kathy Bates, for me stole the film. It is a lovely  coincidence that from February 28 to June 3, 2012, Metropolitan Museum of Art in […] [Read More]
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Clowning for Health

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In Medical Anthropology class this semester at WCSU, students are learning about healers a little different from those who graduate from US medical schools. In reading Anne Fadiman’s classic story, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, they learned about Lia Lee, a Hmong child with epilepsy, whose parents believed her illness made her […] [Read More]
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Volunteer India

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At Prayrona 2: I like this better than “Jeannie”! I just returned from a Humanitarian Travel Abroad trip to India and, once again, besides being overwhelmed by the warm welcome we received from the children and teachers, I was humbled by the people I met who follow their hearts to make a difference in the lives […] [Read More]
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Palestinian Circus School

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Circus school in Palestine? Yup! I read about the Palestinian Circus School on the blog ePalestine. The school, founded in 2006, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization registered with the Palestinian Authority since February 2007. In the their own words: We believe a future Palestine is possible, with people who dream of a better life and […] [Read More]

Dalits of India PLace Hopes in the “Goddess of English”

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The other day I started watching “The Sound of Mumbai.” As I travel to Kolkata, India each year to volunteer with slum children I was drawn of course to this film. In my time with poor Indian children, I always feel I learn and gain in many ways much more from the experience than what […] [Read More]
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“Officially” Transgendered

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While in the US attitudes towards gays, lesbians and transgendered people are changing, there is still a stigma present that makes it difficult for many young people exploring their sexuality to do so freely and safely. While on the one hand there is the tragic story of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after […] [Read More]
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Music as Medicine

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Anaesthetist Dr Erol Can (left), playing a yayli tanbur, an Ottoman violin with Professor Bingur Sönmez holding a flute. Doctors in the Istanbul hospital are reviving ancient musical therapy for a variety of illnesses. Photograph: Jonathan Lewis Anyone working in an operating room during surgery is familiar with the fact that doctors bring their own […] [Read More]
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Amerasians: Left By Ship

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Photos above, Korea, 1979, 1981 ‘Amerasians’ refers to the offspring of foreigners and women in Asia. ‘Dust of life’ refers to something or someone of no importance. Generally, the word ‘Amerasians’ speaks to the illegitimate children of soldiers – US soldiers – who’ve been stationed or experienced their “R & R” in Korea, the Philippines, […] [Read More]
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