50th anniversary of Peace Corps to be celebrated Mar. 1

The Iowa Peace Corps Association will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a panel discussion of former volunteers Tuesday, Mar. 1. The discussion begins at 7 p.m. in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library and will center on “Global Issues I Care About: the Impact of 50 Years of Peace Corps.” This event is free and open to the public.

Four former Peace Corps volunteers will discuss how their volunteer experiences changed their lives and changed the world. They will also share international issues that have been especially important in their lives.

The panel includes David Osterberg (Iran, 1966-68), Matt Lozier (Honduras 1999-2001), and Christopher and Nora Roy (Burkina Faso, West Africa, 1970-1972).

Osterberg is an associate professor and Lozier is a recent doctoral graduate in the College of Public Health. Christopher Roy is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

More than 585 UI alumni and 2,164 Iowa residents have served in the Peace Corps since it was established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy.

This event is sponsored by the Iowa Peace Corps Association and UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Katy Hansen at kwhansen@ia.net or 319-466-3119.

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