Levantine Public Diplomacy is proud to have played a role in sending the GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass band Della Mae to Bangladesh to help Qatar Airways celebrate their “Airline of the Year” Award.
The Dellas visited Bangladesh in November 2015. While they were in Dhaka, they also performed for the kids at JAAGO Foundation, a civil society organization in Dhaka that helps to empower youth through education.
Meanwhile, the Dellas performed for the next generation of female leaders involved with the Shorno KishoreeFoundation for a concert on Channel I tv.
Finally, the Dellas got to do a bluegrass-Baul (Bengali folk music) collaboration session at Shadhona Dance.
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."