Preview screening of A Towering Task: A Peace Corps Documentary followed by a conversation and reception with its producer and director, Alana DeJoseph, who previously served as associate producer of the award-winning PBS documentaries The Greatest Good (about the U.S. Forest Service) and Green Fire (about conservationist Aldo Leopold). Founded during the Cold War, the Peace Corps stands as an icon of American idealism. From the beginning its mission of world peace and friendship proved to be a towering task. Imbued with the unbounded energy and vision of its charismatic leader, Sargent Shriver, and thousands of vigorous volunteers, the story of the Peace Corps is a uniquely American tale. From the political machinations to establish not just a brand new government agency, but a new concept in international relations, from the growing pains of an agency straining to define its mission, A Towering Task takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen.
This event made possible through the generosity of the Juliane Heyman, Dan Meisel and Amy Wendel, and Union Bank.