image from, with caption: Alexander Gavrilov is reading Frog and Toad Together for the young AMC visitors
Thank you for your kind thoughts and concern after reading the recent announcement of the Library of Foreign Literature’s decision to terminate their formal agreement with the U.S. Embassy for the American Center as you know it. (You may read Ambassador Tefft’s comments here: http://moscow.usembassy.gov/amcenter-09162015.html)
We are all heart-broken by the news, however want to reassure you that our calendar of events scheduled for September (as well as those of EducationUSA) is still in full effect and we look forward to seeing you for the rest of the month. The Library of Foreign Literature has also stated that they are working on ways to continue programming about American culture in the space which we occupy, and have also offered to keep our beloved staff involved with this programming.
Many questions and details are still being resolved in light of this unexpected news, so please have patience while we work through all of this to try to continue to offer you the services and programs that you love so much. Stay tuned for more information as it develops, and in the meantime, we do warmly welcome you to join us for our remaining programs in September!
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."