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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.

VOA Director to Discuss Mandarin, Persian Programming & Women’s Voices, Reaching Refugees

VOA Director Amanda Bennett will be PDAA’s speaker at the Sep.16 luncheon kicking off the 2019-2020 program year. Bennett will discuss new VOA Mandarin and Persian programming as well as VOA initiatives to reach refugees, include more women’s voices in programs, and undertake investigative reporting.

Bennett will also discuss challenges facing international journalists in the age of dwindling press freedom and disinformation.

Amanda Bennett became Director of the Voice of America on April […]

August 6 Peace Corps Program Canceled

PCV Group 88 with Peace Corps Samoa staff. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

A discussion with Dr. Josephine (Jody) Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps, will be featured at the August First Monday luncheon. All PDAA members are invited.

Olsen was sworn in as the 20th Director of the Peace Corps on March 30. She previously served the agency in a variety of capacities, including as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia […]

February 13 PDAA Program Examines Diplomacy in Space Exploration

Crew members from U.S., Russia, and Japan aboard the International Space Station, December 2015. (NASA.gov)

(14 January 2017) From John Glenn to Elon Musk, Americans who dare to go to space have inspired Americans from the first days of the space program. Through State, the U.S. has been a leader at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and other international fora on space and earth sciences.

PDAA’s […]

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 […]

The Space Education of a Foreign Service Officer

International Space Station (NASA.gov)

(2 April 2016) Editor’s note: Retired FSO and PDAA member Bill Parker tells how he became a space — as in extra-terrestrial space — enthusiast. Bill has been Special Advisor to the Space Foundation since 2007, a gig as he explains, “continuously excites and surprises me with its very robust global engagement.” This essay first appeared on the Space Foundation Web site, and is reprinted with permission.

March 30 PDAA Lunch Panel Assesses Southern Border and Immigration Challenges

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Updated, 31 March 2015. The Monday, March 30 PDAA luncheon program addressed immigration problems along our vast southern border and how to effectively communicate about them in a way consistent with American laws and values. According to some estimates, there are as many as 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. today, a more than 300% increase over the last 14 years, with most of the recent […]