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Nicholas Cull Discusses USIA and Thereafter at September 19, 2011 Event

Nicholas Cull

Nicholas Cull (courtesy, Nicholas Cull)

Nicholas J. Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, discussed “U.S. Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001, Understanding the Decline, Death and Afterlife of USIA” at the September 19, 2011 Public Diplomacy Alumni Association luncheon program. He also analyzed current directions in U.S. public diplomacy resulting from USIA’s afterlife.

Dr. Cull directs the Masters degree program in public diplomacy at USC. His research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary, and focus on the role of culture, information, news and propaganda in foreign policy.

Dr. Cull is the author of The Cold War and the United States Information Agency: American Propaganda and Public Diplomacy, 1945-1989 (Cambridge, 2008). His first book was Selling War (Oxford, 1995), a study of British information work in the United States before Pearl Harbor.

His previous academic posts include Professor of American Studies and Director of the Centre for American Studies at the University of Leicester, and lecturer in American history at the University of Birmingham. Dr. Cull is also an active film historian who has been part of the movement to include film and other media in the mainstream of historical sources.

In addition, Dr. Cull is President of the International Association for Media and History, a member of the Public Diplomacy Council and has worked closely with the British Council’s Counterpoint Think Tank.

This PDAA event was held on Monday, September 19, 12:00 pm, at the DACOR-Bacon House, 1801 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.


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