Our 10th annual conference will explore the importance of PD in border policy and global governance through an interactive, dialogue-driven forum. Check out the Facebook page here.
During Spring Break, a group of first-year Master of Public Diplomacy students traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with policymakers, professionals and stakeholders in the field of public diplomacy. We had wonderful discussions with officials from the U.S. Department of State, Congressman Adam Schiff, Global Ties, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Pew Research, among many others.
The Summer 2016 issue of Public Diplomacy Magazine: “Crisis Diplomacy,” is now available! The issue includes a mix of features, case studies and interviews that highlight how governments, NGOs and non-state actors respond to and resolve crises. The publication has contributions from Conflict Kitchen, the Carter Center, the Peace Corps, the Voice of America, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and more. Download your copy today here.
In March 2016, 6 Master of Public Diplomacy students traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to learn how public diplomacy is practiced in the East Africa capital. A digital story map of our findings is presented below (a full-screen version is available here), or you can view a snapshot of our social media activity via Storify here.
On April 11, 2016, Prof. Geoffrey Cowan hosted the annual Master in Public Diplomacy reception for current students and special guests. The guests shared their experiences in public diplomacy and engaged in small-group discussions with the students about the global role of Los Angeles, possible careers, and overcoming hardship and discrimination.
Anita DeFrantz was the first American woman and first African American to serve on the International Olympic Committee in 1986. She won a Bronze medal in rowing at the 1976 Games in Montreal. Ms. DeFrantz also served on the Board of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) from 1976 to 1984, on the staff of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee in 1981, and will continue to serve as a member of the USOC Board of Directors until her term ends in 2032. She served as president of the LA84 Foundation from 1987 to 2015.
David Huebner is a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he is an arbitrator in international disputes. Previously, he was President Obama’s Ambassador to New Zealand and to Samoa from 2009 to 2014. He was known for his whole-of-society outreach, social media work, and efforts in youth engagement. He was also the first openly gay ambassador in the Obama administration and the third such in U.S. history. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has a distinguished international legal career.
Vilma Martinez is president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. From 2009 to 2013, she served as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina under the Obama Administration. She has had a distinguished legal career in civil rights, having served as President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1973 to 1982 and as litigator and partner at Munger Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles from 1982 to 2009. Currently, in addition to her work at the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, she serves on the Boards of the Pacific Council on International Policy and The LBJ Foundation in Austin, TX.
Photo // Skye Featherstone
APDS was delighted to host Lebanese-American comedian Nemr Abou Nassar last week in a discussion about his work in public diplomacy. Nassar is in the middle of his first world tour, doing his part to facilitate relations between the Middle East and the rest of the world by revealing hilarious similarities and differences. He met with the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars to talk about his adventures and the lessons he has learned along the way. He also gave examples of how his stand-up material builds mutual understanding across national and cultural boundaries.
Photo // Nemr Comedy and Rolling Stone Magazine
On April 6, APDS representatives enjoyed participating in the USC Annenberg Prospective Student Visit Day. We met with prospective MPD students at a Year Ahead session with MPD Director Nick Cull, a Current Student Panel, and a mixer with other Annenberg programs. APDS looks forward to welcoming the MPD Class of 2018!
Join APDS as we present our spring conference: Women in Public Diplomacy
An interactive day of dialogue and discourse, this event will offer insight into the multitude of ways public diplomacy practitioners communicate and affect global change. Whether it be through the arts, public service, social good or government involvement, we plan to engage with our attendees during this half-day conference.