Celebrating the Peace Corps

With a motto and a mission like “Pro Humanitate” (For Humanity), you may not be surprised to hear that Wake Forest has a long history with the Peace Corps. But did you know that more than 200 Wake Forest alumni have served in the Peace Corps in 81 countries – just as the organization started by President John F. Kennedy turns 50 years old?

Kennedy’s nephew, Mark Kennedy Shriver, comes to celebrate that connection Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel as part of the Voices of Our Time series. Shriver leads Save the Children’s U.S. programs and will be speaking about the American mission of serving others with a special emphasis on the Peace Corps’ anniversary. His father, Sargent Shriver, was a driving force behind the organization and its first administrator.

Wake Forest has been ranked among the top 25 small colleges and universities whose alumni have served in the Peace Corps. In addition to the Voices of Our Time talk, Wake Forest will celebrate this special connection with a feature article in Wake Forest Magazine; a panel discussion for students, faculty and alumni; a reception for alumni who were in the Peace Corps and an exhibit and short film in the Museum of Anthropology celebrate this special connection.

  • Voices of Our Time: Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel
  • Panel Discussion: Friday, Oct. 14 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Annenberg Auditorium, Carswell Hall
  • Reception: Friday, Oct. 14 from 4:45-6:00 p.m. during Homecoming Weekend
  • Exhibit: Now through December 16 in the Museum of Anthropology

The Voices of our Time and Museum of Anthropology exhibit are free and open to the public.

Categories: Alumni, For Alumni, For Parents, International, Pro Humanitate