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Professor Gary Weaver Profiled in Washington Post Article

Prof. Weaver

International Communication professor Gary Weaver was recently profiled in a Washington Post article on the cultural sensitivity missteps of prominent American politicians and executives. The article details Professor Weaver's cross-cultural training work with American University's Intercultural Management Institute. Read the full article here.

IC Student Calvin Hayes Publishes Chasing the Artificial Rainbow, a Resource for Minority Students

According to Calvin Hayes, IC student and co-author of Chasing the Artificial Rainbow, the book "offers a platform for student success by promoting education, economic empowerment and global awareness. In the midst of generational changes, too many young people have made playing professional sports, signing high-dollar contracts, or being in the limelight of television and entertainment their main goal and sole purpose in life. Inspired by Dr. King’s vision for America, Chasing the Artificial Rainbow encourages today's youth to broaden their horizons by studying abroad, learning new languages, and pursuing opportunities in the STEM fields. Additionally, the book offers insight on selecting a college that is the best fit and how to make the most of your educational experience." 

Read more on the Chasing the Artificial Rainbow website.

Prof. Eric Novotny Publishes Article on Political and Social Mobilization via Social Media

Prof. Eric Novotny has published an article titled "Social Media under Duress: State Responses to Political Expression and Social Mobilisation in Repressive Regimes" in the February 2013 issue of St. Anthony's International Review.

The article presents Prof. Novotny's research into the uses of social media as a means of anti-regime social and political mobilization by groups in Iran, Tunisia, and Egypt. Prof. Novotny's article also details these regimes' short-term and long-term responses.

Click here to read the article.

American University Celebrates Prof. Fanta Aw

Fanta Aw

On February 25th the International Communication program held a reception to honor Prof. Fanta Aw and her many achievements on campus and in the field of international communication. 

Prof. Aw currently teaches a graduate course on managing international and intercultural exchange programs, serves as Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Director of International Student and Scholar Services, and was recently named President and Board Chair of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Among those in attendance were AU President Neil Kerwin, SIS Dean James Goldgeier, and IC/IM Program Director Prof. Chin. Read more about the reception here.

IC Student Lakeshia Ford Awarded Prestigious DACOR Bacon House Fellowship

The International Communication program is proud to announce that first year IC student Lakeshia Ford was recently awarded a prestigious DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship.  Each year DACOR Bacon House, an organization of foreign affairs professionals, awards these competitive fellowships to qualified students pursuing graduate degrees in international relations.

Lakeshia Ford was nominated for the award by the School of International Service and was selected for the fellowship by the DACOR Education Committee based on her outstanding qualifications.

Lakeshia is a first year student in the International Communication program, with a concentration in economic development. She comes to the program with an impressive record of international engagement: Lakeshia studied Mandarin Chinese and interned at a non-governmental adoption agency in Beijing, China; she worked on issues of gender inequality in Senegal with the 10,000 Girls Program; and she interned with TV AFRICA and with a local microfinance agency in Ghana.

The IC/IM Programs Host Adam Levin and Anahi Ayala Lacucci of Internews


The International Communication and International Media programs are excited to host Adam Levin and Anahi Ayala Lacucci of Internews in the IC Commons (SIS 235) at 5:30pm-7:00pm on Monday, March 4th.

Our distinguished speakers will be discussing their experiences working in the field of international media.

Adam Levin is a Project Manager and Knowledge Management Adviser with Internews, and Anahi Ayala Lacucci is the Media Innovation Adviser for the Africa Region. Internews is an international non-profit agency that strives to "empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard."

Prof. Schuker's Public Diplomacy Practicum Class Meets with the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations at the State Department

SIS IC Practicum Photo

Recently, Jill Schuker and the students in her Public Diplomacy practicum visited the State Department to meet with Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations. 

The IC practicum requirement is designed to give second-year master’s students real world experience in project management and consulting while preparing them for post-graduate careers. Prof. Schuker's Public Diplomacy practicum explores how multilateral organizations thrive in a global context of competing interests.

Articles by Erin Robertson, Masters Candidate in the IC Program, Featured on

Erin Robertson

Erin Robertson, first-year student in the IC program, has recently published a number of articles for the online news platform

Erin recently returned from Yokote, Japan where she worked for two years as a teacher with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

Click here to read her article on efforts by lawmakers to reauthorize the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which aims to expand protections for women facing violence.

Mary Jo Pham, Second-Year IC Student, Publishes an Article in the Spring 2013 Volume of the Journal of International Service

Mary Jo Pham

The Spring 2013 volume of the Journal of International Service features an article written by second-year IC student, Mary Jo Pham. Mary Jo is a recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship and will join the U.S. Foreign Service following her graduation in May 2013. 

The article, entitled "Food as Communication: A Case Study of South Korea's Gastrodiplomacy," examines the role of food in diplomacy, focusing on South Korea's use of food as a central component of its public diplomacy efforts. Read the article here. 1/29/2013

Prof. Gary Weaver Gives Presentations at the University of Delaware on "Communicating Across Cultures" and "Culture Shock"

Gary Weaver in Action

Prof. Gary Weaver recently gave presentations to the Residence Life staff at the University of Delaware on "Communicating Across Cultures" and "Culture Shock."

This year, the University of Delaware celebrates the 90th anniversary of its study abroad program. That program, which was launched in 1923, was the first of its kind in the United States. 1/29/2013

Prof. Fanta Aw Elected President of NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Dr. Fanta Aw, Adjunct Instructor, IMI

Dr. Fanta Aw, Adjunct Instructor, IMI

Prof. Fanta Aw has been elected to a year-long term as president and chair of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Founded in 1948, NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education, with nearly 10,000 members in 150 countries.

Prof. Aw is currently the Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Director of International Student and Scholar Services, and serves on the advisory board of the Intercultural Management Institute. 10/18/2012

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Prof. Maria De Jesus Awarded Grant from the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research

Maria De Jesus

Prof. Maria De Jesus was recently awarded a grant from the District of Columbia Development Center for AIDS Research. The grant will fund her research on the topic of “HIV-Related Perceptions, Barriers and Facilitators to HIV Testing, and HIV-Related Communication Norms Among East African and African American Women in Washington, D.C.”

Prof. De Jesus notes that while HIV/AIDS studies focusing on the Washington, DC area do not distinguish between African American and African immigrant communities, we know very little about the differences and similarities in the knowledge, perceptions and communication of these two groups surrounding HIV/AIDS testing. In her research, De Jesus will analyze these differences and similarities with the goal of contributing to the development of audience-centered, culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS prevention and education messages.10/10/12

Prof. Craig Hayden speaks at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy's bi-annual conference on cultural diplomacy in the USA

Prof. Craig Hayden

In early January, the International Communication Program’s Prof. Craig Hayden delivered a speech at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy’s bi-annual conference on cultural diplomacy in the USA. 

The Washington, D.C. conference focused on the concepts of soft power, intercultural dialogue, and cultural diplomacy as they relate to American foreign policy. Among the conference’s many distinguished speakers were Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara D. Sonenshine, former Interior Minister of Afghanistan Dr. Ali Ahmad Jalali, and NPR Program Director Kingsley Smith.

Visit the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy's website here.

Piece Co-Written by Prof. Gary Weaver Appears on

Gary Weaver

Gary Weaver

Read Prof. Gary Weaver's latest piece on US foreign policy entitled "Realism for Obama's Second Term" here.

In the piece, Prof. Weaver discusses the principles and objectives that will guide the administration’s foreign policy decisions on issues ranging from the Iranian nuclear program, to Israeli-Palestinian peace, to the so-called Asia pivot.

Dr. Adam Weinberg, President and CEO of World Learning, Delivers Lecture at SIS


Dr. Adam Weinberg, President and CEO of World Learning, delivered a lecture in the Abramson Family Founders Room this past week, discussing the need for rethinking and revitalizing international exchange programs. The lecture focused on the need for programs to offer deeper engagement between students and host communities. Dr. Weinberg also discussed some of the innovative steps his organization has made in this direction. 

The lecture was attended by Harriet Fulbright, former executive director of the Committee on Arts and Humanities under President Bill Clinton, current president of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center and Harriet Fulbright College, and widow of United States Senator J. William Fulbright. 10/9/12


Prof. Gary Weaver Participates in Panel on International Exchange Programs, Gives Keynote Address for SIETAR Conference

Prof. Weaver

Recently, Prof. Gary Weaver took part in an international conference in Vienna titled "The Contribution of Exchange to Intercultural Learning for Educational Institutions." Sponsored by the Intercultural Development Research Institute of Italy, AFS International and a number of related organizations, the conference examined the impact of exchange programs on their host institutions. Prof. Weaver participated as a discussion section chair.

Coming up, Prof. Weaver will deliver the opening keynote address at the international conference of the Society for International Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) in Minneapolis. SIETAR is an organization of professionals who encounter and explore intercultural relations across a wide range of fields. The conference is titled "Navigating Complexity in an Intercultural World," and Prof. Weaver's address will discuss the necessary evolution of the field of intercultural relations in a rapidly changing world. 10/5/12

Prof. Craig Hayden Receives Prestigious Public Diplomacy Fellowship

Prof. Craig Hayden

Professor Craig Hayden’s project for the CPE is entitled “Communication Power and 21st Century Statecraft.” The project examines contemporary efforts of digital engagement conducted by the United States Department of State. The purpose is to probe key assumptions about the relationship between power and communication evidenced in contemporary practices of public diplomacy. Specifically, the project unpacks crucial arguments and assumptions found in the organizational discourse and usage of technology about power that are at stake in the service of US statecraft – in order to understand developing concepts of collaborative diplomacy and the agency of international actors implicated in the practice of digital statecraft. 10/5/12

IDPP Delegation Led by Prof. Derrick Cogburn, Serves as Rapporteurs at UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

IDPP delegation of CIDP students and staff serve as rapporters at COSP5A delegation from the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) attended the 5th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP5) for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Led by IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, the delegation consisted of Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) MA students Mr. Felipe Millan and Mr. AJ Nanayakkara; IDPP Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar; and IDPP Senior Research Associate Ms. Kerry Honeycutt.

Serving as rapporteurs during COSP5 offered current CIDP students the invaluable opportunity to experience first-hand what they are learning in the virtual classroom of their graduate program: the global policy forums and decision-making processes of the UN, and the research, expertise, and advocacy needed to impact the international policies that provide the framework for their studies.

COSP5’s theme was “Making the CRPD Count for Women and Children” with the sub-themes “Technology and Accessibility,” “Children with Disabilities,” and “Women with Disabilities.” The conference focused on the implementation of the CRPD, including roundtable discussions on the role of civil society, international governments, NGOs, and Disabled Peoples’ Organizations to effectively realize and promote the CRPD. 10/11/12