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



Click on “VIDEO” to view videos of the sessions as they are made ready. So far only the first session has been posted.


Click on a presenter’s name to view their conference biography.   


To see photos from the conference and reunion, click here.


Sunday (Oct. 29)


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)

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


In response to this session, those in attendance developed a resolution in support for the Nuclear Agreement.  Click here to read it.


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.  Also featured will be Dr. Ida Meftahi, Roshan Institute and Rashin Kheiriyeh .

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

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

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 Mitchell, Robert Stewart, and Roger Nix.

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

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

2:30 – 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.   You can read the survey results by clicking HERE.     You can view Segel’s PowerPoint Presentation HERE.


Click on a presenter’s name to see their conference biography in the column on the left.

Enjoy Rashin Kheiriyeh’s animated book the Cunning Taylor and test your Farsi by clicking here.


Symposium at the Atlantic Council, September 26, 2016:

The ties that Bind: US-Iran Engagement and the Peace Corps Legacy.

Telling your Iran Stories, links to the Third Goal program 

2016 Peace Corps Story Contest winner Christian Sobiloff “Accidents Happen, Men do Laundry”