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International Events at UM including 50th Anniversary Peace Corps Celebration

It all started here. University of Michigan students helped shape history, and you are invited to join the celebration.

At 2:00 a.m. on October 14, 1960, standing on the steps of the Michigan Union, U.S. Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy delivered an impromptu speech before thousands of U-M students who had waited for hours. He shared for the first time his vision of a corps of American volunteers who would travel the world to work for peace.

U-M students jumped into action, leading the petition drive in support of Kennedy's dream. Their efforts traveled to campuses all around the country. A few months later, the Peace Corps was established.

Fifty years later, the national celebration of the Peace Corps will kick off at U-M, and U-M students will be at the center of the action.

A full schedule of events is available at http://peacecorps.umich.edu/events.html.

******Highlights of Peace Corps 50th Celebration Events******

Documentary: “A Passing of the Torch”
Monday Oct. 11– 7 p.m.
Hatcher Graduate Library, Library Gallery (Room 100)
And don’t miss the wonderful exhibit in the Hatcher Graduate Library about how University of Michigan students advocated for Peace Corps, on display in October and November

Documentary: “Atumpan: The Talking Drums of Ghana”
Tuesday Oct. 12– 6:30 p.m.
African Studies Center @ International Institute; Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg

National Symposium: The Future of International Service
Wednesday Oct. 13, 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business

For panels and presenters see: http://peacecorps.umich.edu/natl-details.html . This symposium features speakers and panelists who are national and world leaders in international service. The event will focus on new initiatives, research and policies related to global service and kicks off a year-long series of events across the nation that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Sponsored by the University of Michigan, The Brookings Institution, and the National Peace Corps Association, with support from the Building Bridges Coalition. All are welcome to attend this free conference!

Paul Theroux: How the Peace Corps Changed My Life
Wednesday Oct. 13 – 7 p.m.
Hatcher Library, Room 100/Gallery
American travel writer and novelist will discuss the impact of the Peace Corps on his life.

Student Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities of International Service
Wednesday evening Oct. 13 – 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Please note that space is limited; students who preregistered will have priority.

Documentary: “A Passing of the Torch”
Early Thursday Oct. 14 – 1 a.m.
Michigan Union steps

First Ceremony on Michigan Union steps
Oct. 14 – 2 a.m.
Program will include audio of JFK's speech followed by remembrances of those who were there on the steps the night of October 14, 1960. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Alan Guskin, student leader in 1960 who with others advocated for the creation of the Peace Corps.

Second Ceremony on the Michigan Union steps
Thursday Oct. 14 – 11 a.m.
Participate with special guests in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s speech that led to the creation of the Peace Corps. Special guest speakers include former Kennedy aide and architect of the Peace Corps, Sen. Harris Wofford; Jack Hood Vaughn, second director of the Peace Corps and U-M alumnus; and Aaron Williams, current director of the Peace Corps.

Spending Your Days in Ghana: Responding to JFK’s Challenge – Symposium
Thursday Oct. 14 – 1:30-5:00 PM
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
JFK asked, “How many of you who are going to be doctors are willing to spend your days in Ghana?” Learn about the U-M’s long history—and exciting future—in Ghana and how both Ghana and U-M have benefitted from partnerships in a number of fields including medicine, engineering, technology and museum studies.

Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams: Inspiring the Next Generation of Volunteers
Thursday Oct. 14 – 6:30 p.m.
Kuenzel Room, Michigan Unio
Calling all future Peace Corps Volunteers! Peace Corps has thousands of new volunteer positions available for 2011. Learn more about the personal and professional rewards of international Peace Corps service.

Tom Hayden: The Importance of Community Organizing: From the Peace Corps to Barack Obama
Thursday Oct. 14 – 8 p.m.
Hatcher Library

Program will include audio of JFK's speech followed by remembrances of those who were there on the steps the night of October 14, 1960. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Alan Guskin, student leader in 1960 who with others advocated for the creation of the Peace Corps.

Complete list of events: http://peacecorps.umich.edu/events.html

We hope you will participate in the celebration -- a tribute to the Peace Corps and to the legacy of U-M student commitment to activism and service.

Go Blue!

E. Royster Harper
Vice President for Student Affairs
John Greisberger, Director, University of Michigan International Center
Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, University of Michigan International Center, Education Abroad and Peace Corps Offices

Posted by kkowatch at October 12, 2010 03:54 PM


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