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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.

A Fulbrighter’s Return to Vietnam

by Stephen Cottrell

The English novelist George Orwell best captured my first experience in Vietnam with his penetrating words, “If the war didn’t kill you it was bound to start you thinking.” Having survived the former, I became a huge fan of the latter.

Prof. Cottrell in Vietnam

It can be safely assumed that many readers of this article have experienced defining moments in their lives and the choices made at those junctures […]

Remembrance of Eugene (Gene) Paul Kopp (November 20, 1934-May 13, 2019)

Gene Kopp, who served twice as Deputy Director of USIA (1973-1977 and 1989-1992) and then Acting Director in 1976 -1977, died on Mon., May 13, 2019, of cardiac arrest. You’ll find below the moving and warm remembrance his friend and colleague, Ambassador Jock Shirley, gave at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, in Alexandria, on May 24.

 

 

by Ambassador Jock Shirley

Father Kelly, Katherine, Paul, Laura, Colleagues of old, Ladies […]

PDAA to Cosponsor Program on “Making the Hard Case for Soft Power”

The Public Diplomacy Association of America (PDAA) is cosponsoring with the American University School of International Service and others a program on Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. on “Making the Hard Case for Soft Power.” Details and RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-the-hard-case-for-soft-power-tickets-48454410446

Cultural Diplomacy: DC’s Art Museum of the Americas

By Mary Jeffers

“Heroes and Artists Come to the Pan American Union to be Consecrated, 1962” by Nicaraguan artist Asilia Guillen

At the edge of the National Mall, hardly more than a stone’s throw from the Department of State, is the Art Museum of the Americas, one of the world’s leading collections of modern and contemporary art from the Western Hemisphere.

The Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) forms part of the Organization […]

The Legacy of Walter Roberts

By Thomas Miller

If the measure of a man is the legacy he leaves behind, few people can match Dr. Walter Roberts. Walter Roberts helped found the Voice of America, played a key role in establishing the Salzburg Seminar, launched the Fulbright program in Yugoslavia, and helped found the precursor to the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications at George Washington University. Thanks largely to the generous donations of Walter Roberts, his family, […]