John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
March 5, 2011

50 Years of Peace Corps

Open Press/Open to the Public

The Pavilion

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

10:00-3:00       Recruitment event with tables with RPCVS from around the world, Meet your Fellows and MI schools, World Wise Schools and our partners AmeriCorps and City Year
10:45 a.m.       Customs From Around the World: Coffee*
11:45 a.m.       Customs From Around the World: Tea*
12:45 p.m.       Customs From Around the World: Cocoa*

*Demonstrations by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers on the importance of coffee, tea and cocoa traditions as observed in their countries of service.

Smith Hall   

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 10:30 a.m.       Opening remarks
10:45 a.m.       Documentary Premiere: “The Toughest Job We Ever Loved:50 Years of Peace Corps”
11:10 a.m.       Storyteller Len Cabral
11:45 a.m.       Panel Discussion featuring Peace Corps host country nationals whose lives were positively impacted by Volunteers:

                                                Moderator Allyson Snell (Guatemala, 2006-2008)
                                                Mustapha Fofana-Sierra Leone 
                                                Basile Komla Koumi-Togo
                                                Indalecio “Indy” Vallejos-Belize

1:05 p.m.                     Tony Vacca’s World Rhythms
1:55 p.m.                     Special acknowledgments by Aaron S. Williams,Peace Corps Director (Dominican Republic, 1967-1970)

 A Legacy of Service at Home and Abroad

Open Press/Invitation Only

Smith Hall

3:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

3:00 p.m.         Doors open, background music by Tony Vacca

3:30 p.m.         Moderator Juliet Sorensen (Morocco, 1995-1997), daughter of Ted Sorensen, opens the event

Welcoming remarks by Thomas Putnam, Director of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

                       Remarks by Peace Corps Director Williams
                      Passing of the Torch Ceremony:

  • Music of Ghana tribute by percussionist Tony Vacca
  • The 5 Generations of Peace Corps Presentation: Ghana 1 members (first Peace Corps group from 1961) will place Kente cloth over the shoulders of the newly departing Peace Corps trainees (Senegal, Mexico and Panama) in a traditional African departure ceremony

Remarks by Caroline Kennedy

Video presentation “A Legacy of Service; 50 Years of The Peace Corps”
Presentation of the John F. Kennedy Service Awards by Director Williams and Caroline Kennedy

Closing remarks by Erin Mone, Regional Manager of the New England Regional Peace Corps Office