Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cultural Diplomacy Conference

On November 5, 2009, the International Communication Program of American University’s School of International Service, with the co-sponsorship of the Public Diplomacy Council, hosted a 1-day conference on the AU campus exploring a fundamental question: What is the role of “culture” in the work of cultural diplomacy?

The subject is very interesting, of course, and made for a very engaging and profound discussion. Although it took us very long to put the material together, now that the content is available online, I would like to direct attention to the official webpage. There, you can view both, the videos and the texts of the presentations. (See the conference "trailer" here.)

Here is the list of conference speakers:
  • James Glassman, former U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
  • Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, Smithsonian Institution
  • Helle Dale, Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy at the Heritage Foundation
  • David Firestein, Director of Track II Diplomacy at the EastWest Institute
  • Nancy Snow, Associate Professor of Public Diplomacy, Syracuse University
  • Frank Hodsoll, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
  • John Brown, Adjunct Professor of Liberal Studies, Georgetown University
  • Kathleen Brion, President of the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association
  • Lawrence Wohlers, Senior Advisor for International Activities, Smithsonian Institution
You can also read the closing remarks by Prof. Rob Albro here.



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