Sometimes, in order to see the status quo, it takes a little distance. When MU’s Peace Corps Fellows return to the United States, they bring their global perspectives to the University of Missouri campus in order to open the minds of students, staff, and community members. Nathan Jensen, Jennifer Keller, Amy Bowes, and Andy Craver are among this year’s fellows. Their work in distant countries has changed them, helping them grow. Now they’re sharing their experience and newfound attitudes with MU.
Stealey shares the influence her supportive family had on her creativity and the unique ways in which their talents precluded her own.
Some of the most powerful things the fellows brought back to the U.S. are their memories. Jensen loved attending ceremonies in his community, Bowes was touched during an inter-school debate, and Craver’s favorite memories center around the concept of family. Keller remembers her mentor and the moment when a maternity clinic she helped to create finally opened. “People from all over came. Everyone was dressed up, and all of the local hunter associations came and performed dances wearing their traditional mud-cloth outfits,” she says. “I gave a speech in Bambara, and I thought, ‘Who am I to be giving a speech in Bambara over a microphone?’”
Gompper’s work has also become his hobby. He discusses how his family has also become involved in his work.
The time-consuming but gratifying process of data-gathering via face-to-face interviewing and observing couples in their natural contexts.
Revisiting the old theory: Who is actually playing the “gatekeeper” role in household purchases?
Couples in these households going to elaborate lengths to avoid or disguise the wife’s role as primary earner.
Who controls the proverbial purse strings? Husband and wife decision-making in nonconventional households (in which the wife is the primary income earner).