Voices of the Peace corps
Towering Task will analyze the history of the Peace Corps through a lens of civic, political, and community themes, and the elusive concept of peacemaking by opening up a conversation with historians, political scientists, sociologists, and journalists about what a mission of world peace and friendship means in today’s conflict-filled world. A Towering Task will use the Peace Corps as a case study of a forgotten agency dedicated to citizen-led peace making by bringing to life compelling stories of the forces that shaped its past and present, and that will set the direction for the future. This documentary offers a critical look into the intricacies of peace and diplomacy through this unique volunteer organization to actively engage the American public in a dialogue about the role we want to play in the 21st century global community.
"Well, I’m glad that the Peace Corps still has the word peace in its name, which I think to me and other people, it may be a constant reminder that the United States of America, which has been involved in more wars, perhaps, than any other country on earth since the Second World War, we’ve been at war about thirty different times still have a commitment to the overall concept and high ideals of peace."
Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States
"It's a global village, and there is no way in today's communication revolution that you can close the doors, you can stop people from traveling. It's in our interest to keep interchanging, to keep talking, to be learning about the experience of others so that we can share information and knowledge and be able to address and respond to changing circumstances, changing global conditions."
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
“What other peoples most need from America is a country that understands the very complex, challenging world that we now live in.”
Harris Wofford, Co-Founder of the Peace Corps and Former United States Senator
“There are many organizations that do any one of these three goals, or any two of these three goals, but not all three of them. And so what happens when you combine the three goals you're creating this unique animal… that's Peace Corp.”
Jody Olsen, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Former Deputy Director of the Peace Corps
“What is required is leadership that is inspired and that is not risk adverse.”
Bill Josephson, Founding General Counsel of the Peace Corps
“If more Americans had a better understanding of the rest of the world and other people had a better understanding of Americans, I think that we would all be better of.”
Allison O'Donnell, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Honduras
“Those Peace Corps Volunteers come home, back to the United States. And they bring with them the knowledge of the world. They bring with them an understanding.”
John Garamendi, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and United States Representative
“We are taught that we are not the experts. Part of the whole Peace Corps culture is that we are human beings going to share an experience with the people in some other interesting other part of the world. We'll learn from them. They'll learn from us. We teach each other.”
Charles "Chic" Dambach, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Former President of the National Peace Corps Associaton
"I learned in talking to Sargent Shriver before he passed away that in Kennedy’s original dream he thought that maybe if we sent off these young Peace Corps volunteers and they really lived in these countries and became aware of the languages and cultural nuances in history and politics, that they’d come back and be the new recruits for the State Department and USAID and we would be able to change American foreign policy."
Sam Farr, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and United States Representative
“I think that soft side of the American civilization, of the American culture is extremely powerful, extremely important.”
Surin Pitsuwan, Former Foreign Minister of Thailand
"It's one of the few things left that represents an era that we wish still existed.”
Nancy Tongue, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Founder of Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers
Beth Brownfield, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Honduras
“Peace Corps Volunteers put themselves out there. We sacrifice. And we do it for the objective of a better world. That's certainly worth honoring.”
Mike Tidwell, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Founder and Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
“The Peace Corps was a big breakthrough, because we got outside the big cities into parts of the country where people had never had any interaction with Americans or with any foreigners except colonists.”
Roger Landrum, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Founder of Youth Service America