Virtual Interactive Program Co-hosted by Museum of the Peace Corps Experience and National Peace Corps Association
Historically, Peace Corps has evolved from a race-blind policy at its founding to race consciousness today. Participants will reflect on how their Peace Corps experience has influenced their own racial self-identity and their perception of others.
DATE: Wed. Dec 7, 2022 8 pm EST / 5 pm PST
LENGTH : 90 min.
RSVPs: required; attendance limited to first 100
REGISTER Go to National Peace Corps Association, peacecorpsconnect.org Events Calendar. After registering, participants will receive zoom link to the program and resources for reading.
Virtual interactive program with speaker, panel, and facilitated participation. (Will be recorded.)
- Welcome and introductions by Diane Hibino, RPCV Bolivia 1967-70; CD Bolivia1991-96. Moderator.
- Framing the discussion. Jonathan Zimmerman, RPCV Nepal 1983-85. Professor, University of Pennsylvania.
- Moderated a 4-person panel with returned Peace Corps volunteers and host country nationals addressing personal identities and race in the Peace Corps context
- Breakouts with a facilitated discussion on personal identity, race, and your Peace Corps experience.
- Summary and closure
After registering, participants will receive zoom link to the program and resources for reading.
1) W.E.B. DeBois, The Souls of Black Folks. First published in the U.S. by A.C. McClung & Co. 1903.
2) Jonathan Zimmerman. “Beyond Double Consciousness: Black Peace Corps Volunteers in Africa; 1961 – 1971.” Journal of American History, Oct. 1995, pp.999-1028.
3) Jonathan Zimmerman. “Memoirs of a White Savior.” Liberties; Culture and Politics. Advanced reader copy. pp.169-193. libertiesjournal.com.
The program is co-hosted by Museum of the Peace Corps Experience and National Peace Corps Association.