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

Panel Discussing PD Challenges at Walter Roberts Centennial

Walter Roberts in an early Voice of America broadcast (U.S. government, public domain)

(9 November 2016). The Walter Roberts Endowment and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at George Washington University are holding a panel discussion on Challenges in the New Public Diplomacy Environment, to celebrate the centennial of Walter Roberts’s birth. The event takes place on Wednesday, 30 November 2016, at 3:00 pm at the Elliott School of International Affairs at […]

Mal Whitfield Memorial Service Set

Mal Whitfield, no. 136, running in the 1948 Olympics. (Courtesy, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, D.C.)

(17 May 2016) A memorial service for U.S. Information Agency sports and youth officer Malvin Whitfield is set for Wednesday, 8 June. In addition to his work for USIA, Mr. Whitfield was an Olympic gold medalist in 1948 and 1952, and a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. He died on 19 November 2015 at a veterans’ hospice […]

2016 PDAA Award Winners Demonstrate Creativity in Challenging Environments

Milica Raskovic, right, and Marko Bumbic are among the winners of the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, from PDAA (Courtesy American Corner, Novi Sad, Serbia)

(16 May 2016) Promoting the growth of media and ensuring the safety of journalism is challenging throughout the Middle and Near East, and nowhere more so than in Afghanistan. Yet Tanya Brothen, U.S. Embassy Kabul Assistant Information Officer, showed “extraordinary creativity, diplomacy, and tenacity, in bringing the […]

Amb. Kenton Keith: “Vital importance of person to person engagement”

(State.gov)

(14 May 2016) Remarks by Amb. Kenton W. Keith on receiving the DACOR Foreign Service Cup at Foreign Affairs Day, 6 May 2016, U.S. Department of State. Reprinted with permission.

Thank you Amb. Ewing, Mr. Director General, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen:

I am very grateful to have my name included among those on this prestigious cup. I would like to accept on behalf of the many who toiled in the vineyards of public […]

Outsmarting, Selling Apartheid Discussed at First Monday Forum

(Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

(15 February 2016). Authors of two recent books about South Africa’s apartheid era will discuss their works at the next First Monday Forum on Monday, 7 March 2016 at American Foreign Service Association, or AFSA, headquarters in Washington, D.C.

At the forum, Dan Whitman, former program development officer at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, talks about his book, Outsmarting Apartheid: An Oral History of South Africa’s Cultural and Educational Exchange […]

Gloria Kreisher, English Language Teaching Officer Extraordinaire

(Alborzagros, Wikimedia Commons)

Robert R. Gosende

(15 February 2016). Gloria Irene (Wasielewski) Kreisher: English Language Teaching Officer Extraordinaire and the English Teaching Officer Profession at the Department of State

On September 24, 2015, Gloria Irene (Wasielewski) Kreisher, one of the most effective English Language Teaching Officers ever to have served in the former United States Information Agency, passed away at her retirement home in Bakersfield, California just one month short of her 90th birthday. […]