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Cultural Diplomacy’s Future Examined at May Forum

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American rapper Wordsmith, with an Arab-Jewish band at the Rap for Humanity concert in Tel Aviv in 2016 (U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv)

(28 April 2018). The extent and nature of cultural diplomacy in the future will be explored at the next First Monday Forum, on May 7, 2018 at 12 noon. The event takes place at the Elliott School on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C.

A State Department advisory committee report in 2005 called cultural diplomacy “the linchpin of public diplomacy,” since it “reveals the soul of the nation.” noting the ideals of the Founding Fathers “take on new life in the vibrant traditions of American art, dance, film, jazz, and literature, which continue to inspire people the world over despite our political differences.”

Leading the discussion is Jay Raman, director of the Cultural Programs Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at State Department. Raman joined the Foreign Service in 2002, and served until 2017 as public affairs officer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His work in Phnom Penh earned Raman one of PDAA’s awards for excellence in public diplomacy in 2017. His earlier public diplomacy posts include Quito, Guatemala City, and Tallinn. Raman has a degree from Harvard Law School and practiced law before joining the Foreign Service.

Monday forums are a joint project of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, Public Diplomacy Council, and PDAA – an association of public diplomacy professionals. The event takes place on Monday, 7 May in the Lindner Family Commons room of the Elliott School at George Washington University, 1957 E Street, Room 602, in Washington, D.C., beginning at 12 noon. Sandwiches and refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but advance registrations by e-mail are required: FirstMondayForum.RSVP@gmail.com.

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