Peace Corps Writers Journals of Peace      
Morton E. Braunstein (Philippines 1966-68)
Monday, November 21
6:03 pm

About the Journals of Peace

Pamphlet announcing the Journals of Peace

Instructions for vigil participants

Schedule of Vigil participants and links to their reading

Vigil participants (alphabetically)

Washington Post article 11/22

Washington Post article 11/23

ANDY WARHOL PREDICTED in the 1960’s that “in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” Well, I was famous, rich, and handsome too for 21 months while teaching in a small city on Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines.
     The constant attention wherever I went — focused on me, my American background, on my teaching — forced me to be more aware of how I impressed those around me. Naturally, I wanted to present a good image. Working on that image and the interpersonal relationships with co-teachers, friends, and my Filipino “family” contributed greatly to shaping me and my personality.
     I learned a lot about myself, my values, and what is important to me as an individual and as an American. That is perhaps the most valuable gift I received from the Peace Corps experience; that is the springboard from which I enact John Kennedy’s goal of “Promoting a greater understanding on the part of Americans of other people,” and, may I add, of ourselves.
     To understand other people we must first understand ourselves. Understanding is not accomplished in two years, however, it’s an ongoing process. But, for getting a good step up on it, Peace Corps is tops.

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