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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Amb. Kenton Keith: “Vital importance of person to person engagement”

(State.gov)

(14 May 2016) Remarks by Amb. Kenton W. Keith on receiving the DACOR Foreign Service Cup at Foreign Affairs Day, 6 May 2016, U.S. Department of State. Reprinted with permission.

Thank you Amb. Ewing, Mr. Director General, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen:

I am very grateful to have my name included among those on this prestigious cup. I would like to accept on behalf of the many who toiled in the vineyards of public […]