Syracuse University’s Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars (APDS) will host the annual Public Diplomacy Symposium, “Building a More Secure World: Public Diplomacy for 21st Century Actors,” on Nov. 5 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The Public Diplomacy Symposium provides an environment in which critical and collaborative discussion and networking can occur between students and professionals in order to advance the field. Follow on Twitter at #pdsymposium.
This year’s symposium will feature two keynote speakers and three panel discussions on issues surrounding global security and the role of modern public diplomacy. Additionally, the U.S. Diplomacy Center (USDC) will facilitate a simulation focused on the protection and prevention of minorities and refugees. There will also be a career fair for students that will feature local and national nonprofits and government agencies. The daylong event will conclude with an alumni networking session and closing keynote.
Morning and afternoon panels will examine the role of governments, NGOs and civil society in advancing social justice and human and national security goals through public diplomacy. Panels will include a moderator and three to four speakers with myriad public diplomacy, development and communications expertise. Speakers include directors of strategic communication nonprofit organizations such as InterAction and Global Strategy; professors from American University and Georgetown University; and prominent government communicators. The closing keynote speaker will be Anita Sharma, a Syracuse University alumna and senior director of Millennium Development Goals Initiatives at the UN Foundation.
For a detailed event schedule and to register for the symposium, the USDC simulation or the networking event, please visit publicdiplomacy.syr.edu.
About SU APDS
The Syracuse University Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars is a nonprofit student-run organization dedicated to promoting public diplomacy and creating forums for dialogue regarding public diplomacy and related fields, such as public relations, mass communications and media studies.
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."