Interviews tagged "Volunteer/Aid Work"

  • Oral History Interview with Peter Hofman

    Peter Hofman was born on November 12th, 1946 in Scarsdale, New York. Politically active at an early age, Peter worked for democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson, and was heavily influenced by the Ethical Culture movement. Peter has one younger brother, and his father was a member of the Dartmouth class of 1936. Mr. Hofman attended Dartmouth as a 3-2 student at Tuck Business School, graduating in 1969 (undergraduate Class of 1968). With a 1-A draft status, Mr. Hofman joined the Peace Corps MBA program in the summer of 1969. He trained in Escondido, California before going to Tacna, Peru in 1969. While there, Peter was assigned to work with the local branch of the government's economic development agency writing reports on a factory feasibility study. After this, Peter worked for the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture on a direct farm-to-market pilot project and market research of agriculture. After a catastrophic earthquake in 1970, Peter worked alongside US Marines doing relief work for the thousands affected. Since returning home from the Peace Corps, Peter has worked in the public sector largely in environmental work.
  • Oral History Interview with Donald Cohon

    J. Donald Cohon. Class of 1965. Oral history interview with the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Cohon describes his childhood in Hartford, CT, and later being sent to the Taft School. He shares his challenges as a Jewish student at an Episcopalian boarding school. Cohon also describes the challenges he experienced growing up with an alcoholic father. He describes his Dartmouth experience to be that of the “traditional Dartmouth man.” Cohon describes his many activities as a Dartmouth student. He was an English major, was president of the fraternity Chi Phi (later named Chi Heorot), was a member of the Dragon Society, and played lacrosse under coach Aiden H. “Whitey” Burnham. Cohon describes his experience teaching English to students in White River Junction as a practicum for his English major. Cohon discusses applying to the Peace Corps and the International Voluntary Services (IVS). He chose to go to Vietnam to teach English with IVS. Cohon describes becoming very interested in learning Vietnamese and was placed in a town called Vũng Tàu. Cohon shares that after Vietnam he moved to the High Hope Farm in Plainfield, NH. He explains how he lived there for a few months and then received his draft notice. Cohon discusses enlisting in the U.S. Army Security Agency where he learned Mandarin and was then sent to Taiwan. He shares that after the Army he attended University of Southern California for his graduate and Ph.D. work in clinical psychology. His post-doc work was completed at California Pacific Medical Center where he began his Vietnamese speaking psychology work. Cohon discusses the various work he has done in his career to support Vietnamese refugees and other refugees with settlement.
  • Oral History Interview with Mark Battin

    Oral history interview with Mark Battin '68, Dartmouth alum who went on to serve in the Peace Corps after graduation. Battin discusses his experience as a college student during the Vietnam War and his perceptions of the political climate at the time.
  • Oral History Interview with Jeff Eagan

    Eagan, Jeff Interview Abstract: 1. Growing Up in Milwaukee, WI 2. Dartmouth Experience and Growing Political Consciousness 3. Occupying Parkhurst and Finding Activism 4. Post-Grad Career in Community Organizing and Environmental Policy
  • Oral History Interview with Lewis Stein

    Lewis J. Stein oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Stein describes growing up in New York City and attending Hunter College. He shares why he applied for the Peace Corps to avoid the draft. Stein describes attending Peace Corps training in French language immersion and cultural education at Dartmouth College. He discusses being assigned to a Peace Corps position in Togo. Stein describes what life was like in Togo and the work that he did with the Peace Corps. He explains how his experience in the Peace Corps reinforced his feelings of being in opposition to the Vietnam War. He shares why and how he petitioned to be a conscientious objector and what his two year service assignment was. Stein describes attending graduate school at the University of Connecticut and his career in special education administration.
  • Oral History Interview with John Keane

    Keane, John Interview Abstract 1. Childhood and Political Awareness in Huntington, NY 2. Time at Dartmouth 3. Peace Corps Experience in Colombia 4. Time in Vietnam with the Foreign Service 5. Post-War Career and Final Thoughts
  • Oral History Interview with Rick Detwiler

    Detweiler, Richard Interview Abstract 1. Early Childhood and Coming to Dartmouth with ROTC 2. College Experience 3. Transitioning into the Navy 4. Field Advising in Vietnam 5. Serving as a Naval Race Relations Specialist 6. Graduate School and Joining the Peace Corps 7. Additional Travel and Settling Down
  • Oral History Interview with David Dawley

    Long history of patriotism and military service on his fathers side of the family. Dates back to 1635 in New England. Growing up in Gardner Ma, diversity in town – Applying to Dartmouth Choate dorms Freshmen beanies Coxswain crew Freshmen teams vs varsity teams President of Dartmouth rowing club Beta Happy as all male school – all male campus culture Coached freshman crew as a student Undergraduate Judiciary Committee ROTC freshman year only Lived in Casque & Gauntlet Didn’t know what to do after college so joined peace corps Honduras New Mexico for training Honduras – setup a clinic – went to Caribbean to setup a track & field event for kids Organized student protests while at Michigan Marched in Belzoni Mississippi Freedom Now movement to Black Power movement - At the event in Greenwood Mississippi Got in touch with PBS Eyes on the Prize series – they wanted to know about transition to Black Power – only white witness they could find Protesting the war Dinner with McNamamara Worked for Warren Wiggins in Chicago Wrote a book about the Vice Lords Got a grant from Rockefeller Foundation to improve life with Vice Lords Returned to Mass and began working for the state/governor Worked at Dartmouth in development office Guilt of not going
  • Oral History Interview with David Barton

    David P. Barton. Class of 1966. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Barton describes growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland. Barton shares that he attended Dartmouth because his brother was a student when he applied. He describes being very interested in sports as a child and continued playing tennis as a student at Dartmouth. He also discusses his involvement in the Dartmouth Christian Union, Delta Upsilon fraternity, Cask and Gauntlet, and the foreign study abroad program in France his junior and senior years. He describes his involvement with anti-Vietnam War activism on campus with events such as film screenings and teach-ins. Barton describes a breakfast he shared with Malcolm X when he was living in Cutter Hall at Dartmouth. Barton discusses his experience as a teaching fellow at Philips Andover Academy and as a graduate student at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He explains how he became involved with the American Friends Service Committee where he and his wife were sent to Quảng Ngãi Province in Vietnam. Barton describes the relationships he had with the Vietnamese people during the war. He discusses how the CIA was torturing political prisoners near the rehabilitation center where he worked. Barton describes how he was called to testify before Lee [H.] Hamilton’s subcommittee in Congress about what he knew of the torture of the political prisoners in Vietnam. Barton explains his involvement in the House-Senate Joint Inquiry into the 9/11/2001 attacks and his relationship with democracy in the United States and US foreign policy.