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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 […]

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 […]

Canadian Public Diplomacy Examined at Monday Forum

(Shawn Harquail, Flickr)

(19 February 2017). Canada’s approach to public diplomacy as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary is the topic of the next First Monday Forum. The event takes place on Monday, 6 March 2017 at American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) in Washington, D.C.

Laurie Peters, Executive Director, Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, will lead the discussion. Ms. Peters served previously as head of public affairs, culture, and […]

Murrow Center Director Featured at Next First Monday Forum

Edward Schumacher-Matos (Fletcher School, Tufts University)

(23 July 2016). Edward Schumacher-Matos, director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts will be the featured speaker at the next First Monday Forum on 1 August 2016. The discussion takes place at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C., but at a different time than usual: 12: 45 pm.

The Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World is part of the […]

Favorable Views of U.S. Continue in Canada, Europe, Asia

(4 July 2016). Opinions of the U.S. continue to be largely positive among publics in Europe and Asia, as well as Canada, according to surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center in April and May 2016. Results of the surveys from 15 countries, reported last week, also show more residents consider the U.S. the world’s leading economic power in the world, eclipsing China in most nations polled.

The Pew surveys report majorities of publics in […]

November 16 PDAA Luncheon Speakers Analyze Thaw in U.S.-Cuba Relations

Gonzalo Gallegos, at lectern, with Michael Shifter, seated left, and moderator Mike Anderson, at the November 16, 2015 PDAA lunch program. (A. Kotok)

Updated 21 November 2015. The Monday, November 16 PDAA luncheon program focused on the foreign policy implications of the recent, historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

In a program called “The Changing U.S.-Cuba Relationship and Its Implications for U.S. Diplomacy in Latin America, ” a prominent American expert on U.S. policy towards […]