Tabor to host Peace Corps photo exhibit, reception

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, a traveling exhibit is now on display in the Tabor College Library from April 21-28.

A reception and discussion is planned for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Three former volunteers that served in Belize, Ethiopia and San Salvador will discuss their work and experiences with the Peace Corps.

Robin Deich Ottoson, associate professor and director of Tabor College Library services, secured the exhibit.

?Having the exhibit and these former volunteers is a great opportunity for students, faculty and the larger Tabor community to think through issues of serving cross-culturally in a wide variety of settings,? Ottoson said.

Peace Corps is an independent U.S. government agency that provides volunteers for countries requesting assistance around the world.

The agency traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Sen. John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.

Although times have changed, the Peace Corps continues to promote peace and friendship by remaining true to its mission, established in 1961:

1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.

2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

March 1 marked the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy?s signing of an executive order establishing the Peace Corps.

More information about the history of the organization can be found at peacecorps.gov.

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