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Turtle Soup: Swahili on the Plains

January 24, 2020  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Feed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.

This week, David Goldenberg presents, "Swahili on the Plains."

In the midst of the Vietnam War, 59 young men gathered at a former army base outside Bismarck, North Dakota. For the next three months they would learn Swahili and train for extremely responsible jobs to serve the Peace Corps in Kenya. Share this experience with several of those former volunteers.

“We were farmers, mechanics, engineers, and Ivy League graduates,” says David A. Goldenberg, a Peace Corps member. “To test our adaptability, they sent us to live with families on the Standing Rock Reservation.”

Peace Corps members will show a 40-minute film, followed by a post-screening discussion.

David A. Goldenberg, Ph.D., graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968. After the Peace Corps, he returned to Kenya for field research, earning his doctorate in anthropology from Brown University. He had a long career working for nongovernmental organizations in 36 countries. Since 2000, he’s made documentaries on a wide range of subjects. He lives in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Alan Johnston is a retired international demographer and health policy specialist who worked in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, and a dozen other African and Asian countries. He graduated from Brown University in 1968 and did graduate work at Ohio University and at the University of North Carolina. He’s visited 81 countries in pursuit of his birding hobby and lives in Kensington, Maryland.

J. A. Diffily graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1968. After a career as an international engineer and senior port engineer, he earned an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He then joined the U.S. Foreign Service and was posted to Mexico, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Lebanon. He was also the Chargé d’affaires at the embassies in West Africa and Belize. He now builds boats and restores vintage vehicles in Azle, Texas.

Bob Gribbin built rural water systems as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya. Afterward, he earned his master’s from the School of Advanced International Studies and joined the U.S. Foreign Service. He has served as a diplomat in 17 African countries and seven times to the United Nations. He was an ambassador to the Central African Republic in the early ‘90s, ambassador to Rwanda in the years after the genocide, and interim ambassador to Mauritius, Burundi, Djibouti, Chad, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. He has written a memoir and three novels.

Connie Gribbin used her journalism degree from the University of Missouri to join the Peace Corps and teach English in western Kenya. She has since worked at various embassies in Africa, managed an international school in Uganda, and arranged programs for the African Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.

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