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VOA Origins Examined in July Monday Forum

Walter Roberts in an early Voice of America broadcast (U.S. government, public domain)

(17 June 2017) The roots of Voice of America reach back to World War II, which will be the subject of the next First Monday Forum. The event takes place on Monday, 10 July at beginning at 12:00 noon, at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

The session features a conversation with historian Holly Cowan Shulman, a visiting research professor […]

Culture-Education Diplomacy Awardees Named for 2017

(Lois Roth Endowment)

(10 June 2017). The Lois Roth Endowment named its winners of this year’s achievement awards for cultural and educational diplomacy at a ceremony on 31 May. The awards were announced by Skyler Arndt-Briggs, chair of the Lois Roth Endowment, and Rick Ruth, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State Department’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, or ECA, that takes part in the awards process.

Priscilla Hernandez, Cultural Affairs Officer […]

Monday Forum to Hear About “Fire Hose of Russian Falsehood”

(nrcs.usda.gov)

(13 May 2017) The next First Monday Forum program will hear about disinformation from Russia, dating back to the Soviet Union. The event takes place on Monday, 5 June, beginning at 12:00 noon, at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

Scott Rauland, a senior advisor at State Department serving with the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe will lead the discussion. Rauland began his work with CSCE, also known as the […]

May Monday Forum Welcomes National Geographic CEO

Gary Knell (National Geographic Society)

(Update, 28 April 2017) Gary Knell, president and CEO of National Geographic Society will be the featured guest at the next First Monday Forum on Monday, May 1, 2017. Knell brings first-hand experience in international multimedia publishing to his background in print, broadcast, and digital media.

Gary Knell oversees the Society’s vast nonprofit activities globally. He also serves as chair of the board of National Geographic Partners, the Society’s […]

Public Diplomacy in Academe Explored in Monday Forum

Georgetown University campus (georgetown.edu)

(25 March 2017) A panel of university deans leading academic programs in diplomacy will investigate the state of public diplomacy in the academic world in the next installment of the First Monday series. That discussion takes place on Monday, 3 April 2017 at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

Taking part in the panel are:

– Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism […]

New Cold War Examined in Walter Roberts Lecture

Amb. Michael McFaul (Stanford University)

(25 February 2017). Ambassador Michael McFaul is the featured speaker in this year’s Walter Roberts Lecture, where the former U.S. envoy to Moscow will discuss, “Explaining Our New Cold War with Russia: Can Trump End It?” The event takes place on Friday, 3 March at 10:00 am, on the George Washington University campus.

U.S.-Russia relations have reached one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War. […]