Interview with John Rude, February 4, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

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John Rude served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1962-1964 in a part of Ethiopia that is now Eritrea. He discusses training at Georgetown University and talks about his work teaching English to students at a small secondary school in the desert town of Teseney near the Sudanese border, and then in a larger secondary school in Adi Ugri (now called Mendefera) in the highlands. He provides historical context for his experience, including his group being personally welcomed in Ethiopia by Emperor Haile Selassie; the Italian cultural presence in Eritrea; the British curriculum he was supposed to teach; the assassination of President Kennedy; the incorporation of the U.N. protectorate of Eritrea into the Ethiopian Empire; and the beginnings of the 30-year war for independence of Eritrea from Ethiopia. He talks about having his appendix removed, and studying Arabic at the U.S. military base in Asmara. He also discusses his continued engagement with Eritrea and the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience.

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2021oh0086_pcrv0111

Interviewee Name

John Rude

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2021-02-04

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Rude, John Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 04 Feb. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rude, J. (2021, February 04). Interview by E. Ganzglass. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Rude, John, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. February 04, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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