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Peace Talks

Lissa and Kent Barker

Friday, June 5, 2009
8:30 PM–9:30 PM

Peace Corps volunteers reminisce about their experiences while stationed in Nepal from 1962 to the present.
Lissa and Kent Barker joined the Peace Corps as a married couple in 1965 after graduating from Syracuse University. Following training at Southern Illinois University and in Hawaii, their group (Nepal V), consisting of English teachers and bridge engineers, arrived in Nepal. The couple was assigned to a school in Tamghas, Gulmi District, a village about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. They taught in Kathmandu for the last eight months of their two-year stay.

After returning to the United States in 1967, they settled in Falls Church, Virginia, where they raised two children and pursued their careers: Kent as an international economist with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Lissa as an addictions counselor with several in-patient treatment programs in the Washington, D.C. area.
Both are now retired and living in New Canaan, Connecticut, where they are active in a number of community organizations.