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DACOR-Bacon House Ramp Campaign

(DACOR-Bacon House)

(17 December 2016)

Dear Fellow Members of PDAA:

All the greetings of this season! I hope that you are your families are celebrating fully its joys and hope for the future.

I hope you will consider one additional task at this busy time. Those of you who attended the great luncheon program on November 14th — more on that subject in the next newsletter — will remember that I announced that DACOR […]

Obituaries: Memories of You

(Ann Larie Valentine, Flickr

Ed Scherr

(29 October 2016) Here is a suggestion that your advanced planning should include obituary material. We write wills, medical directives, and even long autobiographies. But though an obituary, or obit, we can share our lives and days in USIA/State with our family, friends, and former colleagues. Newspapers may not carry extensive obits, and a lengthy paid obit is expensive. But in this technological era, emails, social networks, and […]

The Space Education of a Foreign Service Officer

International Space Station (NASA.gov)

(2 April 2016) Editor’s note: Retired FSO and PDAA member Bill Parker tells how he became a space — as in extra-terrestrial space — enthusiast. Bill has been Special Advisor to the Space Foundation since 2007, a gig as he explains, “continuously excites and surprises me with its very robust global engagement.” This essay first appeared on the Space Foundation Web site, and is reprinted with permission.

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Gloria Kreisher, English Language Teaching Officer Extraordinaire

(Alborzagros, Wikimedia Commons)

Robert R. Gosende

(15 February 2016). Gloria Irene (Wasielewski) Kreisher: English Language Teaching Officer Extraordinaire and the English Teaching Officer Profession at the Department of State

On September 24, 2015, Gloria Irene (Wasielewski) Kreisher, one of the most effective English Language Teaching Officers ever to have served in the former United States Information Agency, passed away at her retirement home in Bakersfield, California just one month short of her 90th birthday. […]

Marine Corps Univ. Seeking Strategic Communications Faculty

(Defense.gov)

(2 February 2016). Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia is seeking an individual for its strategic communications faculty, with areas of interest including public diplomacy. The position, funded by the Marine Corps University Foundation, is the Donald Bren Chair of Strategic Communications, for the 2016-17 academic year.

The chair provides the Marine Corps University a resident scholar with expertise in the theory and practice of strategic communications. Functional areas of interest include public […]

Strengthening America’s Public Diplomacy Capability: USIA, the Cold War, and Combating ISIS Propaganda — Part 3

Emily Green, center, at a workshop she organized for Guinean health communicators at the height of the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak (Kimberly Phelan-Royston)

(30 January 2016) Editor’s note. In reply to an 8 January 2016 article in the Washington Post, “Obama administration plans shake-up in propaganda war against ISIS” Bruce Byers wrote an essay about the effectiveness of USIA in projecting American ideas and policies to foreign audiences during the Cold War. The text is […]