Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Event

February 8, 2011

On February 27th at 12:30pm a potluck will be held in the Longhouse at The Evergreen State College. Everyone is invited to attend and mark the founding of the Peace Corps.

Al Guskin, former Chancellor of Antioch University and member of the first Peace Corps group to travel overseas, met with President Kennedy at the U. of Michigan in 1961 and urged him to set up such a program which became the Peace Corps.

Bob Textor developed the original training materials used by the Peace Corps to prepare volunteers for their assignments and went on to serve on the faculty of Stanford University for many years. Al and Bob will share with us those heady early days of the Kennedy Administration.

In keeping with the spirit of the Peace Corps, attendees are asked to bring a dish from around the world to share, as well as plates and utensils to reduce the amount of trash left over.

The event is co-sponsored by Olympia World Affairs Council (OWAC), the Olympia Area Peace Corps Association and The Evergreen State College, Center for Community Based Learning and Action.