Back Issues of PDAA Today

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

Jazz in Public Diplomacy Explored in First Monday Forum

Jimmy Owens (Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola)

(26 March 2016) Trumpeter Jimmy Owens will join a panel of jazz aficionados and cultural experts to examine the role played by this American art form in public diplomacy. The discussion takes place at the next First Monday Forum on 4 April 2016, at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C.

Joining Owens on the panel are:

Sunny Sumter, executive director of the DC Jazz Festival Willard […]

First Monday Examines Country Music in Public Diplomacy

(Public Domain Archive, Pixabay)

27 June 2015. The next First Monday forum explores country music’s role in U.S. public diplomacy. The program takes place on Monday, 6 July, at American Foreign Service Association headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The speaker is David Firestein, Perot Fellow and Vice President of the East West Institute, who will discuss “Boots and Beer, Hearts and Minds: Country Music as U.S. Public Diplomacy.” Firestein oversees East West Institute’s East […]

Community Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy Examined at PDAA January 29 Lunch Program

Jazz Tap Ensemble leads a master class in Kinshasa for State Department exchange program (Department of State).

Stacy White, director of the State Department’s Cultural Programs Division, described how the arts help forge connections among artists and local communities in the U.S. and overseas at the January 29, 2013 lunch program of the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association at DACOR-Bacon House in Washington, D.C.

White provided PDAA members and guests with an update of […]

The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band in Bamako, Mali

Bob Baker

December 30, 2012

The dictatorial, Marxist Malian government ran Radio Mali with European communist material and editorial assistance in 1968. They denounced the U.S. every day as a racist, imperialist, blood-sucking capitalist country. My job at our Embassy in Bamako was to get pro-American stories into Malian mass media. I failed at that, but I ordered audio tapes from the Voice of America radio. They included a French language weekly “top of the […]

Remembering Two Goodwill Ambassadors Named Ravi

December 30, 2012

Mike Anderson reflects on the recent passing of Indian music icon Ravi Shankar, and a meeting in India between Ravi Shankar and visiting U.S. musician Ravi Coltrane, the son of jazz legend John Coltrane. This article first appeared in the January 2013 PDAA Today newsletter.

I was saddened to learn of India music icon Ravi Shankar’s recent death in southern California at age 92. His passing brought back memories of numerous official […]

The Walk-On

Ernesto Uribe

October 13, 2012

I was posted as Student Affairs Officer in Bogotá, Colombia when I was unexpectedly given a walk-on acting role in a feature motion picture that was being filmed by an American company in Colombia. The Proud and Damned was written, produced and directed by Frede Grofe Jr., son of renowned Frede Grofe, composer of the Grand Canyon Suite.

The year was 1969, I was the lowest ranking officer […]