Opening night panel, reception, and library exhibit viewing

Wednesday – March 2, 2011 at 7 p.m., Royce Hall

This evening panel (co-sponsored by UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations and James S. Coleman African Studies Center), “Peace Corps: The Next 50 Years”, examining the legacy and future of the Peace Corps will be moderated by Chris Matthews, MSNBC host and returned Peace Corps volunteer (Swaziland), and will include the following panelists:

  • Frank Mankiewicz ’47; former regional Peace Corps director for Latin America; former director of National Public Radio; and former press secretary for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy
  • Maureen Orth M.S. ’69, Vanity Fair special correspondent, returned Peace Corps volunteer (Colombia) and founder of the Marina Orth Foundation
  • Haskell Sears Ward M.A. ’67, SEACOM senior VP government relations and returned Peace Corps volunteer (Ethiopia)
  • Aaron S. Williams, Peace Corps director and returned Peace Corps volunteer (Dominican Republic)
  • Francoise Castro ’01, State Department program analyst and returned Peace Corps volunteer (Mozambique)

Dessert reception immediately following and UCLA-Peace Corps exhibit in Powell Library open for viewing. The exhibit takes a look back at the 1960s, when the Peace Corps first started and more than 2,000 young recruits were trained on UCLA’s campus. (Exhibit to remain open through the end of April.)

RSVP by Friday, February 25, 2011 to or by calling 310.794.3272. Click here to view or print formal invitation (PDF).

UCLA-Peace Corps International Festival

Thursday – March 3, 2011, 11am – 2pm, UCLA Bruin Plaza

Students and the public are encouraged to attend to learn about Peace Corps from returned volunteers and enjoy music and international food from a gourmet food truck.

Screening of documentary “A Small Act”

Thursday – March 3, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., UCLA James Bridges Theater

Melnitz Movies and the Documentary Salon, in association with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Peace Corps at UCLA, present a showing of a film by UCLA alumna Jennifer Arnold, the daughter of a Peace Corps volunteer. “A Small Act” is the story of Chris Mburu, now a human rights lawyer for the United Nations, who set out to find the woman responsible for funding his grade school education in Kenya, an act of generosity that changed his life. Inspired by his benefactor, Mburu starts a scholarship program of his own in her name. Tickets are first come, first served.

Peace Corps-UCLA Volunteer Center project

Saturday – March 5, 2011, 9am – 1:30 pm, West Los Angeles Veterans Home

UCLA students and returned Peace Corps volunteers will come together to work on a community garden, horseshoe pit, mural, and other beautification projects at the recently opened West Los Angeles Veterans Home. No longer taking signups.

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