Panel discussion marks 50 years of Peace Corps

The Iowa Peace Corps Association will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a panel discussion of former volunteers Tuesday, March 1. The discussion, “Global Issues I Care About: The Impact of 50 Years of Peace Corps,” begins at 7 p.m. in room A of the Iowa City Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Four former Peace Corps volunteers—David Osterberg (Iran, 1966–68), Matt Lozier (Honduras 1999–2001) and Christopher and Nora Roy (Burkina Faso, West Africa, 1970–1972)—will discuss how their volunteer experiences changed their lives. They also will share international issues that have been important in their lives.

Osterberg is an associate professor and Lozier is a recent doctoral graduate in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Christopher Roy is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

More than 585 UI alumni and 2,164 Iowa residents have served in the Peace Corps since it was established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy.

This event is sponsored by the Iowa Peace Corps Association and UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Katy Hansen at or 319-466-3119.