RPCV groups across the U.S. continue to organize events and celebrate 50 Years of the Peace Corps. Here are the events coming up in Santa Barbara, organized by RPCVs.

Fifty Years of Peace Corps: A Multi-Media Anniversary Celebration

October 26 – November 21, 2010
UC/Santa Barbara — Davidson Library
The display will be open to the public during the library’s hours of operation

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Opening Reception

7:00 pm
Speakers include: Wade Clark Roof of the UCSB/Capps Center; Juliane Heyman, an early Peace Corps Training Officer; Jeanette Earley (Kiribati 2005–07), the local Peace Corps Recruiter; and Naomi Kovacs (Cameroon 1995-98) of the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association. Refreshments provided by the Capps Center.

Throughout the month, in addition to the display, the Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association will host four Presentations by local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in the UCSB Davidson Library

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
7:00–7:45 pm Sharon Dirlam (Russian Far East 1995–98) talks about her book Beyond Siberia

7:45–8:30 pm “Adventures in Kyrgyzstan” by Melissa Morgan (Kyrgyzstan 1995–96).

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
7:00–7:45 pm — “Adventures in Africa: Peace Corps Cameroon” by Naomi Kovacs (Cameroon 1995–98)

7:45–8:30pm — “Adventures in Africa  Peace Corps Madagascar” by Dominique Monie ( Madagascar 2000–02)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
7:00–8:00pm — “Peace Corps Volunteers as Witnesses: The Value of Written Observations” by Vic Cox (Brazil 1964–66), Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975–77) and Bryant Wieneke (Niger 1974–76)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
7:00–8:00 — “Peace Corps: Continuing the Service” by Ann Church Rowe (Honduras 1988–90)

The opening reception, display, and RPCV presentations are all FREE and open to the public.

For media-use images contact: Naomi Kovacs at kettekovacs@gmail.com or (805) 448-9298. For more info on: Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association: www.SBPCA.org. UCSB Davidson Library: www.library.ucsb.edu. Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB: www.cappscenter.ucsb.edu.