Back Issues of PDAA Today

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

State Department Taking Part in Global Online Course Network

Coursera, an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free, announced Coursera Learning Hubs that the company says will offer people around the world physical spaces where they can access the Internet to take a Coursera course, with other students in an interactive, facilitated setting.

In a company blog post, Coursera says State Department is “a major Learning Hubs partner,” […]

Public Diplomacy as a Global Phenomenon: Japan

The next University of Southern California/Public Diplomacy Council “First Monday” sandwich lunch forum, takes place on Monday 4 November, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, with the theme: Public Diplomacy as a Global Phenomenon: Japan. Masato Otaka, Minister for Public Affairs at the Embassy of Japan, will speak about his country’s public diplomacy and how it is implemented in the United States.

The event is held at American Foreign Service Association, 2101 E Street NW, in Washington […]

Amb. Thomas Pickering to Discuss Post-Benghazi Public Diplomacy in Roberts Lecture

Amb. Thomas Pickering (Department of State)

Ambassador Thomas Pickering will outline public diplomacy challenges following the incident last year in Benghazi, Libya in the third annual Walter Roberts Lecture, presented by the Walter Roberts Endowment and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. The talk takes place Tuesday 5 November, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, at the School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st Street NW, Room B07, on the George Washington University […]

November 12 Conference Explores Public Diplomacy’s Past and Future [Updated]

PDAA president Mike Schneider (left) moderated a panel at the conference on USIA and the Foundations of Public Diplomacy, with Donna Oglesby and Robert LaGamma. Also on the panel were Len Baldyga, Yale Richmond, and Prof. Nicholas Cull at University of Southern California. (Photo: Brittany Lynk)

[Updated 17 November 2013]

Public Diplomacy Council, in collaboration with PDAA and other organizations, presented a day-long conference on U.S. Public Diplomacy: A Look to the Past, […]

A Global Challenge: Aiding Those with Disabilities

Tara Sonenshine (

Editor’s note: Tara Sonenshine — former undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, and current PDAA member — prepared this opinion piece for CNN. She is now a distinguished fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

CNN, 21 October 2013. Imagine not being able to hear a siren during an emergency or to see a warning sign to evacuate. Imagine navigating knee-high mud in a […]

Videos from October 1 PDAA Lunch Program Now Available

Videos from the PDAA October 1, 2013 lunch program on U.S. gender programs and democratic reforms are now available. Many thanks go to Blake Stilwell, a student of PDAA president Mike Schneider, for making the videos.