Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cultural Diplomacy: SURVEY!

Since I'm involved in the organization/coordination part of the project, I thought I would do my part and post this notice on my personal blog as well. Dear reader, please feel free to forward the link to individuals and/or organizations you find appropriate.

Cultural Diplomacy survey

We would like to invite you to participate in a brief survey on cultural diplomacy. Found here, the survey is open-ended and should not take more than a few minutes to complete.

This is an exploratory survey, with the purpose of inviting past, present, and future professionals in the field of cultural diplomacy, both active and retired, to briefly reflect on some key dimensions of diplomatic practice, as they understand it, with particular concern for the role of "culture" in this work.

The survey is a follow-up to the rich discussion of a conference held in Washington, D.C. last November, called “Culture’s Purpose and the Work of Cultural Diplomacy.” Organized for the International Communication Program of American University's School of International Service by professor Robert Albro and colleagues Craig Hayden and Ambassador Anthony Quainton, and with the support of the Public Diplomacy Council and the MountainRunner Institute, this conference examined the role of the culture concept in the work of cultural diplomacy.

Further details, as well as a complete conference podcast and full texts of presentations, are available for download here.

The survey is also part of our preparations for a second conference, on cultural diplomacy as a listening project, to be held at American University, November 8, 2010.

Your answers to this brief survey will be integral to planning for this year’s event, and will help to inform the broader discussion we seek to maintain with respect to this important form of engagement. We hope you might take a few moments to add your wisdom and insights to this critical conversation. If you have any questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact professor Albro at: albro@american.edu.

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