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Peace Corps 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of Service

February 1, 2012 • 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST

Part of the Chevron Forum on Development

Framing Remarks:

Harris Wofford
Former Senator (D-PA), U.S. Senate

Panel Discussion Featuring:

Aaron S. Williams
Director, Peace Corps
The Honorable Sam Farr
Congressman (D-CA), U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Thomas Petri
Congressman (R-WI), U.S. House of Representatives
With Introductory Remarks by:

John J. Hamre
President and CEO, CSIS

Moderated by:

Johanna Mendelson Forman
Senior Associate, Americas Program, CSIS

Over the last fifty years, the Peace Corps has played an important and evolving role in U.S. foreign policy and development objectives. Peace Corps volunteers undertake the vital work of grassroots development with projects ranging from information technology to small business development, education to health and HIV/AIDS awareness. Through their service, volunteers not only help achieve development goals, but also promote peace and understanding between the United States and the communities in which they serve. As the Peace Corps enters its next half century of service, we will discuss the agency’s achievements, lessons learned, and its role as part of U.S. international engagement.