Interview with Leora Kurtzer, July 31, 2020

Project: Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project

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Leora Kurtzer served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Southwest China from April 2018 to February 2020 when she was evacuated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She discusses teaching English at the university level and a western art history class, and friendships she made with fellow teachers and some students. She praises Peace Corps' evacuation efforts in China. She comments on her disappointment regarding the closing of the China program, which she sees as politically motivated, especially at a time when person-to-person contacts between people from the 2 countries could save the relationship. She also talks about her distanced social activism with other China Peace Corps volunteers since her return.

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2020oh0311_pcev0012

Interviewee Name

Leora Kurtzer

Interviewer Name

Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-07-31

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Kurtzer, Leora Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 31 Jul. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kurtzer, L. (2020, July 31). Interview by E. Ganzglass. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Kurtzer, Leora, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. July 31, 2020, Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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