Discussion Panel hosted by Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
THE OTHER'S STORY: THE COMPLEXITIES AND CHALLENGES OF TELLING STORIES FROM ABROAD
The Returned Peace Corps volunteer Washington DC (RPCV/W) is a DC-based non-profit organization established in 1990 with a commitment to Peace Corps’ Third Goal: bringing the Peace Corps experience back to our community. It's mission is to do this through social events, service projects and professional development programs. RPCV/W also collaborates with locally-based organizations to seek a better understanding of other countries.
Atlas Corps Fellow, Serving at CorpsAfrica MA, International Education, SIT Graduate Institute
Emmanuel was born and raised in the Eastern region of Rwanda. Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Chemistry from National University of Rwanda in 2009, and has worked in cultural immersion and service-learning programs for American students in Rwanda and Senegal. He also worked as a Language and Cross Culture Facilitator for US Peace Corps in Rwanda. Emmanuel is currently an Atlas Corps Fellow serving at CorpsAfrica in Washington D.C.
“I love sharing our historical complexity with people from other cultures and learning about my own culture in the process.”
JAY O. SANDERS
Jay O. Sanders has had a 40 year career as an actor. A graduate of S.U.N.Y. at Purchase, he started out in NY’s Shakespeare in the Park, then joined the resident company here in D.C. at Arena Stage. Moving freely between film, TV, and voice work, Sanders’ central passion has always been the theater where he has played many of the great roles in Shakespeare and other classics and has devoted much of his time to birthing new American plays. He is an original company member of Richard Nelson’s Apple Family series, created over the course of four years at the Public Theater, filmed for WNET in 2013, which recently toured Europe. Sanders has also travelled extensively with Bryan Doerries’ Theater of War, taking Greek tragedy into U.S. military communities, as a tool for promoting healing dialogue about PTSD. His feature films include The Day After Tomorrow, Half Nelson, JFK, Edge of Darkness, Tumbleweeds, Glory, andAngels in the Outfield. On television, he recently appeared as tv evangelist Billy Lee Tuttle on the first season of HBO’s cult hit True Detective and had recurring roles on Person of Interest, American Odyssey, and this year’s Blindspot. Sanders’ voice can be heard narrating a long list of documentaries for PBS and National Geographic. On May 11, 2014, Unexplored Interior was performed as a special concert reading to mark the 20-year Commemoration streamed live as a Google+ Hangout-on-Air from NYC’s Museum of Jewish Heritage to an audience of survivors and students at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda with people watching online in ten other countries across the world. Sanders is deeply honored that his play’s premiere, under Derek Goldman’s direction, is the inaugural production of the exciting new Mosaic Theater Company. He salutes its entire staff and board.
MODERATED BY BOB SCHLEUBER
Bob Schlehuber is originally from Rockford, Illinois and has been based in Washington, DC since 2011. Working on his own and in partnership with other individuals and organizations Bob produces initiatives that creatively bring together broad and diverse individuals and organizations within a community. Bob's efforts not only serve to bring together community members they also serve to improve a community's ability to address a range of policy and social issues; including housing, homelessness, education, economic and social equality, economic and work force development, civility, mutual understanding, and international peace and conflict resolution.
Bob holds a B.A. in Communication and Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University's School of International Service.