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Back Issues of PDAA Today

Back issues of PDAA Today, PDAA’s quarterly print newsletter are now online and available for download.

History and Future of Public Diplomacy Focus of November 5 Lunch Forum

A special luncheon forum focused on the History and Future of Public Diplomacy will take place on November 5. It is part of the monthly “First Monday” luncheon discussions presented by PDAA, the Public Diplomacy Council, and the USC Annenberg program.

The panel will include (in alphabetical order): – Donald Bishop, Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia – Nicholas Cull, Professor and Director, USC Master of […]

PDAA Program Year Gets Off to a Start with Focus on DOD-State Cooperation in PD

LTC Greg Tomlin (at podium) and LTC Scott Howell (left) and retired FSO Don Bishop spoke at the September 24 luncheon discussion at DACOR Bacon House on DOD and State Department collaboration in strategic communication. (Alan Kotok) PDAA’s program year got started on September 24 with a program that focused on DOD and State Department collaboration in the information domain. Retired FSO Don Bishop started the session, followed by LTC Scott Howell and LTC […]

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 […]

Public Diplomacy in 1970s Examined in Monday Forum

John Reinhardt, right, after being sworn in as Director of the International Communication Agency by Vice-President Walter Mondale in 1977. (Department of State)

(7 September 2016) The next First Monday Forum, set for 12 September 2016, features a panel taking a new look public diplomacy in the 1970s. The discussion takes place at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, DC at 12:00 pm.

The panel includes Kristin Ahlberg, editor of Foreign Relations of the […]

Carter-Era Public Diplomacy History Released

John Reinhardt, right, after being sworn in as Director of the International Communication Agency by Vice-President Walter Mondale. (Department of State)

(12 June 2016) Department of State on 8 June released its official history of public diplomacy during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, 1977 to 1980. The volume covers the merger of U.S. Information Agency with State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 1977, and establishment of International Communication Agency in […]

Amb. John Reinhardt Burial Set for 7 June

Amb. John E. Reinhardt (Wikimedia Commons)

The family of the Ambassador John Reinhardt says his burial will occur on Tuesday, 7 June 2016 at Arlington National Cemetery. Participants are invited to join the family at 8:00 am at Arlington cemetery’s administrative building. He died on 18 February in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Amb. Reinhardt was named director of U.S. Information Agency by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and led the agency to its larger role […]