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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.

Cultural Diplomacy’s Future Examined at May Forum

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 […]

Culture-Education Diplomacy Awardees Named for 2017

(Lois Roth Endowment)

(10 June 2017). The Lois Roth Endowment named its winners of this year’s achievement awards for cultural and educational diplomacy at a ceremony on 31 May. The awards were announced by Skyler Arndt-Briggs, chair of the Lois Roth Endowment, and Rick Ruth, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State Department’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, or ECA, that takes part in the awards process.

Priscilla Hernandez, Cultural Affairs Officer […]

Online Cultural Diplomacy Course Now Available

(unitar.org)

(19 February 2017). An online seminar in cultural diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy in a Multipolar World, conducted by the UN’s Institute for Training and Research or Unitar, is now open for registration.

Cultural diplomacy has long been the Cinderella of foreign ministries. But, as with its close relation, public diplomacy, interest in cultural diplomacy has increased with growing understanding of the significance of soft power in achieving states’ objectives in the international realm.

This […]

PDAA Members to Tour, Discuss Afghan Art Exhibit

(Arthur M. Sackler Gallery)

(Updated 17 January 2017) The program is now completed.

PDAA is taking reservations for a program at the Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. on January 17 at 2:15 pm. The exhibit, which closes January 29, 2017 features Afghan woodworking, carpets, jewelry, and calligraphy, complemented by videos and photographs. Exhibition director Thomas Wide has agreed to discuss with PDAA members how […]

Monday Forum Explores U.S.-Asia Connections

American students learning origami, or paper folding, in a Japanese cultural festival at Boston University in November 2015 (Boston University, educationusa.state.gov)

(24 September 2016) The next First Monday Forum features a discussion with Michael Gilligan, president of the Henry Luce Foundation on connecting the U.S. and Asia. The event takes place on Monday, 3 October 2016 at 12:00 noon, but at a different location than usual: Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington […]

British Council Model Examined in First Monday Forum

Paul Smith (Philip Bermingham, British Council USA)

(29 May 2016). Paul Smith, director of the British Council in the U.S., will discuss the council’s work and how it can serve as a model for other countries in their international cultural relations, at the next First Monday Forum, on 6 June 2016, at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

Smith became director of British Council USA in August 2012, where he also serves as […]