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Faculty Meet and Greet

Public Diplomacy faculty members Prof. Craig Hayden, Prof. Robert Kelley, Amb. Anthony Quainton, and Prof. Rhonda Zaharna recently hosted a 'meet and greet' with MA students interested in this specialization. During the session, the faculty showcased new courses, laid out their strategic vision for this subtract in the IC Program and brainstormed possible events and speakers with students.








Public Diplomacy Career Panel and Networking Event 

This student lead initiative melded advice from seasoned practitioners with the opportunity to network with local and visiting graduate students interested in Public Diplomacy. The event featured guest presenters: Aaron Snipe, Spokesperson, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; Dr. Amy Zalman, Senior Research/Policy Analyst at SAIC; Joe Mellott, Deputy Director, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US Department of State, Bureau of African Affairs; Scott Smith, Deputy Direct, Office of eDiplomacy, US Department of State; and Aimee Fullman, Manager, Cultural Relations and Networks, British Council. In addition, graduate students from USC, George Washington, and Syracuse University joined SIS graduate students from the International Communication, International Media and US Foreign Policy programs for this event.

Nation Branding: Public Diplomacy Roundtable

This exciting event featured public and cultural diplomacy practitioners from around the globe discussing their work in the field. The conversation included Mr. Najat Abdullah (Director of Community and Cultural Affairs, Kurdistan Regional Government, US Representation); Ms Linken Nymann Berryman (Counselor and Head of Cultural Communications Department, Royal Norwegian Embassy); Mr. Virander Paul (Minister of Press, Information and Culture, Embassy of India); and Mr. Simon Barber (Brand South Africa). This engaging discussion featured both presentations from the panelists and a roundtable discussion of current issues in public and cultural diplomacy.

State Department Briefing Room Visit

At the invitation of Spokesperson Victoria Nuland, students interested in public diplomacy attended a State Department press briefing. This was an opportunity to have a first-hand look at public diplomacy in action, and followed Amb. Nuland's visit to the IC Program. It gave students a chance to see the practice of shaping the department's message and the interaction between members of the media and Spokesperson Nuland.

Tara D. Sonenshine on Collaboration and Public Diplomacy


Wednesday, October 17th 

12:00 - 1:30pm 

Abramson Family Founders Room 

Tara D. Sonenshine, current Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, will be presenting on Collaboration and Public Diplomacy.

Under Secretary Sonenshine was formerly Executive Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Prior to joining USIP, she was a strategic communications adviser to many international organizations including USIP, the International Crisis Group, Internews, CARE, The American Academy of Diplomacy, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. Ms. Sonenshine served in various capacities at the White House during the Clinton Administration, including Transition Director and Director of Foreign Policy Planning for the National Security Council and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications for the NSC. Tara has also had a distinguished career in communications and government, with high-level experience in broadcast, print, and online media.