Peace Corps Iran Association

4th Biennial Conference and Reunion


“Preserving the Legacy and Advocating the Future”

October 29 – November 1, 2017

Loews Annapolis Hotel 
126 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401


“This gathering is for ALL interested in furthering peace with Iran. For Peace Corps volunteers, staff and trainers who served in Iran the conference is a reunion and opportunity to share the legacy of Peace Corps.  For everyone this is an opportunity to learn about current relations with Iran and explore ways to turn our future in the direction of peace.”  — Carolyn Yale, President PCIA

To our Peace Corps Iran Association Members:

We have arranged the schedule and free time so that you’ll have opportunities to see old friends, and renew  memories: What was your most memorable experience? Or most surprising? Share what has stayed with you and how your life changed by the experience of living and learning in a different culture.

Make new friends with a common interest in Iran.

Download program brochure here.


Urge family and friends to attend:

Introduce your family and friends to the people you knew while you were in Iran.  Encourage them to uphold the legacy of the Peace Corps in Iran and our efforts to promote peace by becoming active in PCIA.


The schedule of presenters and topics listed below provides an overview of how the conference will address both legacy and advocacy.  By the conclusion of these two days we hope you will return home with ideas and plans to share what you have learned.

Throughout the conference, Dr. Jasmin Rostam-Kolai will be conducting oral history interviews with Iran volunteers.  Schedule your interview at the registration table.

Sunday (Oct. 29)

Times to be determined:  Morning and afternoon tours to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.  (Note:  This two-hour tour is being offered at a group discount of $50 per person.)  Those who sign up for this tour will receive an email with the exact times.

Afternoon and evening registration and check-in.  Loews Annapolis Hotel Ballroom Atrium.

5:00 – 6:00 – Registration beings in hotel lobby.

6:00 – 8:00 – Evening program of music, dance, and poetry in cooperation with Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland, Dr. Khadijeh Zarkoob, President, and Dr. Mahvash Shahegh. Cash bar and snacks available.  Location: the Atrium.

Monday (Oct.30)

8:30 – 9:00 – Welcome

9:00 – 10:30 – Current State of Iranian-American Relations. Ambassador John Limbert, Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council; and Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council.  Location:  the Ballroom.

10:30 – 11:00 Trita Parsi book signing and coffee break.

11:00 – 12:30 – The Cyber Crossroads: Poetry, Performance, and Visual Arts in Present Day Iran. Panel led by Fatemeh Keshavarz, Director, Roshan Institute, University of Maryland.

12:30 – 2:00 – Lunch with friends old and new at a historic restaurant in or near the hotel.

2:00 – 3:15 – Telling Your Stories.  Workshop with Meleia Egger, U.S. Peace Corps.

3:15 – 3:30 – Coffee break.

3:30- 5:00 – Author’s hall:  Books on Iran; literature by RPCVs.  Meet the authors.  Book signing.

5:00 – 8:00 – Happy hour in the hotel bar followed by dinner on your own.

8:00 – 9:30 – Monday evening storytelling “slam.”  Sharing stories created during the afternoon workshop.

Tuesday (Oct. 31)

8:30 – 9:30 – Perspectives from 1979. Panelists recall events in 1979 Iran.  Col. Bert Rice, RPCVs Stephen Fairbanks, Charles and Marie Mitchell and Roger Nix.

9:30 – 10:00 – Morning coffee break.

10:00 – 11:30 – International Partnerships and Exchange Programs. Panel with Tom Ricks, Peter Deekle, Stephen McInerneyEd Martin and Craig Wrinker.

11:30 – 1:00 – Lunch break.

1:00 – 2:00 – Digitizing and Archiving The Peace Corps Iran Legacy. Linda Tompkins-Baldwin, Digital Maryland Coordinator and Susan McElrath, Archivist at American University

2:00 – 2:30 – Afternoon break.

2:30 – 3:30 – Engaging in Constructive Advocacy with Members of Congress, Jonathan Pearson, Advocacy Coordinator, National Peace Corps Association and Kate  Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation.

3:30 – 4:30 – Community Engagement to Expand Understanding. Workshop with RPCV Kerry Segel and others.

Wednesday (Nov. 1)

9:30 – 11:00 – Morning tour of the U.S. Naval Academy.  Because this is a secure facility it will be necessary to bring government-issued photo identification. Tour fee is $10, payable in advance or at the door.



Register by mail by downloading the mail-in form and pay with personal check.  Click here.

Register online using Google Forms and pay with PayPal.  Click here.

Registration is $150 for the full conference or $75 for single day registration.  Sunday evening reception only, $25.



Loews Annapolis Hotel is offering a group rate for a limited number of rooms on a first come, first served basis. The group rate is valid for three days before and three days following the conference/reunion.

Deadline for the group rate is Friday, September 29th.

Loews has a special reservation website for the PCIA group rate ($150 per night),   Click here.

If you use the Loews toll free line, 800-235-6397, be sure to mention Peace Corps Iran to get the group block rate.



We plan to offer scholarships to help cover the registration fee for individuals.  PCIA members are encouraged to make tax deductible contributions to the scholarship fund. Donations can be made on the registration form.

If you are interested in learning more about the scholarships click here.

To use the online scholarship application form click here.



Loews Annapolis Hotel is 19 miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport.  Super Shuttle is a flat rate of approximately $39 to the hotel. Taxis are about double that cost. Uber and Lyft are available as are rental cars. If renting a car, some attendees may prefer to fly to National Airport in D.C., which is 36 miles from Loews Annapolis Hotel, although BWI is really easy to fly in and out of.  For more information about BWI see the links on the right hand panel.

We will have a 10% discount on Super Shuttle from both BWI airport and Reagan National airport. For round trips, the discounts are as follows.  Discount code PEF5C will be valid for a 10% discount with Super Shuttle from October 23 – November 10. 

  • BWI regular round trip to Loews Annapolis Hotel = $76
    • Discounted round trip = $68.40
  • DCA (National airport) round trip to Loews Annapolis Hotel = $114
    • Discounted round trip = $102.60


Plan time to tour the area: When making reservations, do not forget Annapolis is rich in history. (Have a drink in the same tavern where Ben Franklin imbibed.) Additionally, Annapolis is less than an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. Come early and stay after to explore this beautiful region.