Levantine Public Diplomacy is honored to have played a role in the Next Level El Salvador program in December 2015.
The Next Level El Salvador program featured a stellar team, including the hip hop legend Medusa as MC, DJ Daniel Zarazua, beatmaker Charles Burchell and B-Boy Dan Tres Omi.
The Next Level El Salvador program featured two hip hop exchange academies. The first academy, NL San Salvador Academy, took place at Casa Tomada for some of San Salvador’s finest up-and-coming hip hop artists. This program concluded with a dynamite concert at Casa Tomada.
The NL El Salvador program continued with the NL FUSALMO Academy in Soyapongo. The NL FUSALMO Academy taught hip hop as a tool for empowerment for youth from FUSALMO and Glasswing International. The program concluded with a great concert at FUSALMO, which was attended by the US Ambassador to El Salvador.
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."