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Pete Cecere Documentary in Distribution

Pete Cecere with his collection (4th Coast Productions)

(28 May 2017) A documentary film about Pete Cecere — former FSO in USIA, a leading folk art collector, and PDAA member — is completed and being distributed for theater and home viewing. The film, House of Stronzo, follows Pete’s quest to find homes for his more than 5,000 pieces of original art stored in his home in rural Virginia.

The company, 4th Coast Productions in […]

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 […]

Winners of 20th Annual PDAA Awards Hailed for Creativity and Innovation

Dolores Prin, second from right, at a school in Okinawa (U.S. Consulate General Naha)

(11 May 2017) The 2017 winners of the 20th annual PDAA awards for excellence in public diplomacy demonstrated exceptional innovation, ability to connect with foreign audiences, and affect real change in challenging environments.

PDAA, a volunteer, nonprofit organization of current and former State Department, broadcast, academic and private sector public diplomacy professionals, honored the five awardees at their annual award […]