Mark & Katherine Fulford, Serving in the Peace Corps in Swaziland

31 Jan 2016 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

In its feature on Peace Corps volunteers over 50, USA Today wrote, “While other couples their age enjoy the perks of retirement in the USA, the Fulfords live in a two-room, tin-roofed hut on a rural homestead with no running water.” The homestead where Mark Fulford ’70 and his wife Katherine lived for two years was in Swaziland, one of the few absolute monarchies left on the planet.

With Mozambique to the east and South Africa to the north, south, and west, it is a land of stunning beauty but one in which its people suffer from the world’s highest incidence of HIV infection. The sole mission of the Peace Corps there is AIDS prevention. Yet the Fulfords experience is a much richer one than that outlined in a guidebook or Peace Corps manual, and Mark’s thoughtful chronicle is available at sanibonanifromswaziland.blogspot.com. Welcoming CYA members into their home, they hope other Peace Corps veterans will attend and share their experiences as well, but the gathering offers insight into a people, a place, and current developments in southern Africa. You are asked to bring an appetizer…something light to eat…and or a beverage (wine, beer, soda, etc.).

Sunday, January 31, 5-7:00 pm
740 Franklin Street, Denver

RSVP: steph@artscribe.net


Michael P. Totten, “Prosperity through Zero-Emissions Energy Economy”

28 Jan 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Michael Totten ’72 has been a warrior for alternative energy and sustainability for four decades. During that time, he served as Executive Director of President Carter’s Clearinghouse for Community Energy Efficiency and, as Senior Advisor to Congresswoman Claudine Schneider, authored the landmark Global Warming Prevention Act of 1989.

In the 90s, Totten pioneered the use of digital interactive media and the Internet for promoting ecologically sustainable economic development, while also co-leading the World Bank’s first financed large-scale energy-efficiency project in Mexico. He has been Conservation International’s Chief Advisor on green and clean technologies and policies and currently is Senior Energy Advisor for the Green Sports Alliance. Clients of his consulting services include the WWF, the National Hockey League, and Pearl Jam, and he was recently a Senior Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Totten is lead co-author of the book A Climate for Life, Meeting the Global Challenge, and interdisciplinary perspective on preventing catastrophic climate change and human-triggered species extinction and on ending poverty while greening robust economic growth. Totten has offered more than 1500 presentations, seminars , and workshops as well as produced scores of publications. With emphasis on solutions, his talk “Prosperity and Well-Being through Pursuit of a Zero-Emissions Energy Economy” will draw upon his in-progress web-accessible book on prosperously phasing out emissions.

Thursday, January 28, 6-8:00 pm

Alliance Building, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Beverages available at Marley Coffee/Bar; snacks provided

Fee: $5

Make ckecks payable to Colorado Yale Association, P.O.Box 911, Denver, CO 80201

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Doug & Janet Schofield: Bhutan “…the Land of Gross National Happiness”

24 Jan 2016 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Doug Schofield ’67 and Janet Schofield will give a talk “Treading a New Path in a Remote Land: Education in the Land of Gross National Happiness.” The Schofields have spent nearly seven years in Bhutan, first helping to start and subsequently helping to run Bhutan’s first private college. They will describe this remote Himalayan kingdom and its fascinating culture and some of their experiences there (including Thanksgiving brunch with the king and being adopted by a baby yak) and then provide an introduction to the challenges and accomplishments of Bhutan’s rapidly changing educational system. If you are considering a trip to Bhutan or just want to know more about this Buddhist country, which gave birth to the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) and which has environmental protection clauses in its constitution, please join us. There will be refreshments and plenty of time for questions and discussion.

RSVP: steph@artscribe.net

Boulder Public Library, Boulder Creek Meeting Room, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue

Sunday, January 24, 2-5:00 pm (room is booked til 5:00)