Peace Corps Program Introduction

This video features James I. Deutsch, the curator of the 2011 Folklife Festival program The Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Promoting World Peace and Friendship. He has curated several previous Festival programs including National World War II Reunion (2004), Forest Service (2005), (as co-curator) Mekong River (2007), and NASA (2008). At other times, Deutsch has worked overseas (including three stints as a Fulbright Scholar), teaching classes on American folklore, film, history, and literature at universities in Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Poland, and Turkey. He is currently adjunct faculty in George Washington University’s American Studies Department (where he received his Ph.D. in 1991).

Video produced by Charles Weber, graphic treatment by Brandon Callahan.

  • Eric Westergard

    Good overview of a great program. I have a friend serving now in the Congo. How can I get a message to him? Thanks, EW

    • Sojin Kim

      Glad you found the Peace Corps program intro video informative. To answer your question, the best way to contact friends serving in the Peace Corps is to go through their families. The Peace Corps cannot give out personal contact info or relay messages. Currently they do not have volunteers serving in either of the Congos, so check with your friend’s family to confirm his whereabouts.