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Peace Corps at 60 at the American University Museum
March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Peace Corps at 60: Inside the Volunteer Experience brings the world home through the stories and objects of 30 individuals, representing a sampling of the 240,000 people who have volunteered their service. The exhibition, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps, spotlights cross-cultural understanding as nations and people around the world are undergoing major economic, social and migratory change. The exhibition invites viewers to understand what volunteers and host communities experience together. Objects on view include clothing, musical instruments and items used in food preparation in host countries.
In March 2020, the Peace Corps evacuated 7,300 volunteers from 61 countries. At a time when the global coronavirus pandemic and public confrontations with racism demand reflection and questioning of status quo, the agency has the opportunity to return volunteers to the field with a new sense of purpose. How will the Peace Corps, at 60, create positive change in our complex world? How should it address concerns around racial, economic, and asymmetrical power dynamics?
AU Museum Project Space and Museum of the Peace Corps Experience present this virtual exhibition to commemorate the Peace Corps’ 60 years of advancing friendship with foreign nations and promoting peace. Virtual Exhibit Opening: 7 p.m., March 3. Peace Corps’ 60th Anniversary Celebration: Introducing Museum of the Peace Corps Experience Register on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link and reminders via email.