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Sept 22 - Baskerville Institute Lecture to Focus on Peace Corps in Iran

Dr. Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi will present a lecture entitled “Peace Corps in Iran:  A History of Friendship and Contributions” on September 22 at 12 PM (MT) or 2 PM (ET).  This lecture coincides with the 60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps.  Dr. Rostam-Kolayi has interviewed many PCIA members and presented at our San Diego conference in 2019.  San Diego Conference (

Her lecture kicks off this season’s Baskerville Institute Lecture Series.  Registration is free. 

Looking Back to a Path Forward:  PCIA Virtual Conference October 2


Complete Program Here


This year’s biennial PCIA conference will be held using Zoom on October 2, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Pacific Time or 12:00 pm to 8:00 Eastern Time. The theme of the conference is Looking Back to a Path Forward as we explore the current U.S./Iran relationship as well as the future of PCIA.

The past, present and future relationship of our two countries will be explored in a plenary sessions featuring historian John Ghazvinian, Ambassador John Limbert, Sina Toossi,  Bahman Baktiari. Four small group discussions on topics suggested by our members will also be held. Joan Gaughan and Tom Ricks will be presenting on the lasting impact of W. Morgan Shuster and Howard Baskerville on the Iranian-American relationship. Other sessions will introduce and discuss the Future of PCIA while Glenn Blumhorst will discuss the Peace Corps at 60. By popular request, one session will feature conversations in Farsi Only with Tagi Sagafi -nejad and Jahan Salehi. 


The last session of the conference will feature two film makers, Abbas Ahmadi Motlagh and Hossein Mahallati, who will show a clip or clips from their film, When We Grew Together. Professor Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi will moderate a discussion of the film.


To see program details, schedule and link to the registration page, click here.


An in-person conference is tentatively planned for 2022 in Chicago.

Available now, the PCIA anthology of 203 pages with over 48 stories and poems submitted by volunteers.  Memories and Insights:  Iran through the Eyes of Peace Corps Volunteers, is edited by John Krauskopf and published by the Peace Corps Iran Association.  Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit PCIA and helps support PCIA activities, including the October 2 virtual conference.  For more information and to place an order, click here.

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Welcome to Peace Corps Iran Association!

Our Vision: Achieve and maintain cultural understanding and peaceful relations between the U.S. and Iran.


Our Mission: Building on the legacy of Peace Corps in Iran, Peace Corps Iran Association advances peace and understanding between Americans and Iranians through education, outreach, and advocacy.

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About PCIA

Peace Corps Iran Association (PCIA) is an organization of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Iran between 1962 and 1976, as well as Peace Corps Iran staff, trainers, family members, and all who are interested in the legacy of Peace Corps Iran. The values of Peace Corps turn on the premise that peace is not accomplished through force but through tolerance, understanding, and diplomacy. We at PCIA seek to extend these values to achieve peaceful solutions to the challenging relationship between Iran and the United States. We seek partners with similar values and missions, and we support our members in outreach.

PCIA’s activities fall into two broad categories: Researching, preserving, and disseminating the history of Peace Corps in Iran; and promoting mutual understanding between Americans and Iranians as groundwork for peace.  Our outreach today includes "cultural diplomacy", which expands on traditional "Peace Corps" engagement;  and "advocacy", which is directed toward national policy and legislation.  We stand, in principle, for promotion of social justice and well-being of all people within and between countries. 

You can find out more about our "Advocacy" and "Legacy" programs by following the specific tabs. We also publish three newsletters -- the KhabarNameh (three issues yearly). From the Field  (a monthly report on Board and member activities), and the Advocacy Bulletin  (political updates).  Finally, learn about our biennial conferences, which are open to all and draw nationwide attendance.

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We are an Affiliate of NPCA

We are an affiliate of National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). NPCA is the nonprofit alumni network at the center of a vibrant community of over 230,000 people who share the Peace Corps experience. NPCA champions lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals by connecting, engaging, and promoting its members and affiliate groups as they continue to make a difference in communities in the U.S. and abroad. NPCA is also dedicated to advocating for, contributing to, and supporting the betterment of Peace Corps. Visit NPCA’s website to learn more.


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