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Mal Whitfield Memorial Service Set

Mal Whitfield, no. 136, running in the 1948 Olympics. (Courtesy, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, D.C.)

(17 May 2016) A memorial service for U.S. Information Agency sports and youth officer Malvin Whitfield is set for Wednesday, 8 June. In addition to his work for USIA, Mr. Whitfield was an Olympic gold medalist in 1948 and 1952, and a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. He died on 19 November 2015 at a veterans’ hospice […]

2016 PDAA Award Winners Demonstrate Creativity in Challenging Environments

Milica Raskovic, right, and Marko Bumbic are among the winners of the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, from PDAA (Courtesy American Corner, Novi Sad, Serbia)

(16 May 2016) Promoting the growth of media and ensuring the safety of journalism is challenging throughout the Middle and Near East, and nowhere more so than in Afghanistan. Yet Tanya Brothen, U.S. Embassy Kabul Assistant Information Officer, showed “extraordinary creativity, diplomacy, and tenacity, in bringing the […]

Outsmarting, Selling Apartheid Discussed at First Monday Forum

(Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

(15 February 2016). Authors of two recent books about South Africa’s apartheid era will discuss their works at the next First Monday Forum on Monday, 7 March 2016 at American Foreign Service Association, or AFSA, headquarters in Washington, D.C.

At the forum, Dan Whitman, former program development officer at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, talks about his book, Outsmarting Apartheid: An Oral History of South Africa’s Cultural and Educational Exchange […]

Remembering Mal Whitfield

Mal Whitfield (Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, DC)

29 November 2015. Mal Whitfield — Olympic champion, Tuskegee airman, and US Information Agency sports and youth officer — died on 19 November at age 91 at a veterans’ hospice in Washington, D.C. Colleagues of Mr. Whitfield from USIA offer their memories of this unique and inspiring individual.

Mal Whitfield encouraged young athletes all over the world to do their best, often without decent […]

Forum to Explore Boko Haram

California National Guard Special Forces soldier, center, with Nigerian soldiers on a training mission in Nigeria to counter Boko Haram. (California National Guard)

25 July 2015. The next First Monday forum explores the Boko Haram threat to Nigeria and Africa. The program takes place on Monday, 10 August — actually, the second Monday in August — at American Foreign Service Association headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The panel has Leo Keyen, Director of the Hausa […]

2015 Awards Recognize Public Diplomacy in China, Poland, Afghanistan, West Africa

Molly Westrake photographs a Congressional visit to a safe Ebola burial site in Liberia. (Courtesy, Molly Westrake)

10 May 2015. The 2015 winners of the 18th annual PDAA awards for innovative and effective PD strategies clearly demonstrated creativity, courage and tenacity in addressing critical issues ranging from Ebola in Africa and women’s rights issues in Afghanistan to electronic messaging in China and trade agreements in Europe.

PDAA, which is a volunteer, nonprofit organization of […]