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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.

Martin Manning, An Appreciation

Remarks by Departmentof State Judicial Liaison John Jasik at the Memorial Event for Martin J. Manning – April 17, 2019

Martin Manning with fellow IIP librarians. Seated: Lynne Scheib; Standing: Vivian Stahl, Anita Green, Joan Taylor; Back: Martin Manning (photo courtesy of Lynne Scheib)

It is my honor and privilege to welcome the Manning family to the United States Department of State Headquarters. Many of you have traveled a considerable distance to honor and remember […]

Summer BBQ at the DACOR Bacon House

PDAA members are invited to the DACOR Bacon House for a summer barbeque on Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:30.

The cost of the BBQ is $40 per person. For those who are already members of DACOR, you can RSVP online; for those who are not members, you can RSVP by emailing programs@dacorbacon.org or by calling 202-682-0500, extension 20.

DACOR, Inc., is a membership organization. While it started out in 1952 as an organization of retired Foreign […]

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 […]