Dr. J. Larry Brown

Volunteer: Dr. J. Larry Brown

Bio:

Serving many years on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. J. Larry Brown riveted national attention to the existence of hunger in America in the 1980′s, when he led a team of prominent doctors on field investigations into twenty-five states. The founding director of the Center on Hunger and Poverty, Brown also founded the Feinstein Famine Center and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy.  Dr. Brown chaired the board of Oxfam America, and also chaired the medical task force of USA for Africa and Hands Across America. He is the author of numerous articles in both lay and scientific journals, such as Scientific American and Encyclopedia Britannica, and several books including Living Hungry in America. He has appeared often on national television including CNN, Good Morning America, Today Show, and network news programs, and testifies frequently before Congress. A young Peace Corps Volunteer in rural India in the late 1960s, Brown later served under President Carter as Assistant Director of the Peace Corps. He recently served a stint as Country Director for the Peace Corps in Uganda, and now resides with his wife, Judi Garfinkel, in Oman, where they head programs for World Learning/SIT.

2008 - 2009


Contributions from Dr. J. Larry Brown

  1. Uganda Chapter 18: Mona and Omar’s Village

    (Excerpted from Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty (2011), by Dr. J. Larry Brown, Country Director of Peace Corps in Uganda 2008/09)Lungujja Kitunzi truly fit the image of a village downtown. The self-contained community sat on the outskirts of Kampala, a bustling city of nearly a million and a half. As our driver navigated us through the Friday afternoon traffic, the journey of only several kilometers took an unexpected forty-five minutes. Suddenly we turned off one of ...

  1. Uganda Innocence conquers all

    Dr. Larry Brown, Country Director of Uganda (2008/9) and author of the recently published Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty, surrounded by children at an IDP camp in Uganda.    

  2. Uganda Children taking care of children

    In Uganda, the harsh realities of life often oblige parenting responsibilities to be learned at an early age.   This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  3. Uganda Lunchtime for the dispossessed

    Two young Ugandan boys forced to scavenge for food in a garbage dumpster.  This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  4. Uganda Seeking refuge from terror

    A mud hut camp built to house families seeking refuge from the Lord’s Resistance Army.  This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  5. Uganda The irony of recycling

    Tin cans that held food aid become a door in a refugee camp in Uganda.  This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  6. Uganda Bananas on bicycles

    Tons of bananas, a staple of Uganda, are transported each day by bicycle on dirt roads.  This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  7. Uganda Natural beauty

    The striking beauty of wildlife in Uganda's national parks towers in sharp contrast to the harsh lives of villagers.    This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  8. Uganda Market day

    Market day in a small Ugandan town.  This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  9. Uganda How do you winnow millet?

    Two women winnowing millet in a small village in Uganda.   This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  10. Uganda A working mom

    Peasant women typically care for children while working in the fields.  This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  11. Uganda Peace Corps Uganda welcomes new PCV's

    Dr. Larry Brown, Country Director of Uganda (2008-2009) and his staff welcome a new group of Peace Corps Volunteers.  This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  12. Uganda Obama Grocery

    The "Obama Grocery" reflects African awareness of news events around the world.   This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  13. Uganda The bonds of a human family

    A Peace Corps Volunteer during my directorship of Uganda, who originally professed to know nothing about children, but quickly learned!   This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  14. Uganda Uganda's orphans

    A day school in Uganda where children were often caned by the nuns that ran it.  This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  15. Uganda Health Fair in Uganda

    A Peace Corps Volunteer and her local counterpart host a village health fair.   This photo appears in Dr. Brown's latest book, Peasants Come Last: A Memoir of the Peace Corps at Fifty.

  1. Uganda Ways to improve the Peace Corps

    PEASANTS COME LAST author Dr. J. Larry Brown discusses ways that Peace Corps can be improved. Learn more about this pivotal book online at www.peasantscomelast.com.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.