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Rising Populism Discussed with European Journalists at Next PDAA Lunch Program

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen at a rally in May 2012 (Blandine Le Cain, Wikimedia Commons)

(21 October 2017) The growing strength of populist movements across the globe alarms many observers in the media. Their election victories in Europe and the US shocked mainstream parties and their allies. PDAA’s November 13 PDAA luncheon program will hear from outstanding European correspondents about the political landscape in their respective countries and their view of […]

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 […]

RFE/RL Future Explored at February Forum

Thomas Kent (BBG.gov)

(28 January 2017) Thomas Kent, president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, will lead a discussion of the future of these broadcasting services at the February First Monday Forum. Mr. Kent is expected to examine media freedom issues facing RFE and RL, including the safety of journalists, to provide news for its audiences. The event takes place on Monday, 6 February 2017 at American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) in Washington, D.C.

Thomas […]

Panel Discussing PD Challenges at Walter Roberts Centennial

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

(9 November 2016). The Walter Roberts Endowment and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at George Washington University are holding a panel discussion on Challenges in the New Public Diplomacy Environment, to celebrate the centennial of Walter Roberts’s birth. The event takes place on Wednesday, 30 November 2016, at 3:00 pm at the Elliott School of International Affairs at […]

New VOA Director Visits May 2016 First Monday Forum

Amanda Bennett, left, is sworn in as Voice of America director by John Lansing, CEO of BBG. Acting director Kelu Chao holds the bible. (BBG.gov)

(24 April 2016) Amanda Bennett, Voice of America’s new director, will visit the next First Monday Forum, on Monday 2 May at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C. Bennett was sworn in as VOA’s director on 18 April 2016.

Bennett is a veteran reporter and editor, with two […]

Walter Roberts Lecture to Highlight VOA, Values Journalism

David Ensor (BBG.gov)

(6 February 2016). The 2016 Walter Roberts lecture will feature former Voice of American director David Ensor discussing the role of VOA and values journalism in combating propaganda and violent extremism. The event takes place on Monday, 22 February 2016 at 6:30 pm on the George Washington University campus in Washington, DC.

Ensor is Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council, and served as VOA’s director from 2011 to 2015. He […]