4) UNESCO Builds Cultural Center at the Site of Destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas – Afghanistan’s Buddhas of Bamiyan were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, but UNESCO, along with the governments of Afghanistan and South Korea, is starting a revival of the world heritage site. The planned Bamiyan Cultural Centre will feature two gallery spaces for Afghan archaeology, a performance hall, and a tea house.
3) Congolese Music Festival for Peace Draws Tens of Thousands – Amani Festival, from the Swahili word for “peace,” is in its fourth year. Nearly 36,000 people gathered in Goma for a three-day festival of music and dance aimed at promoting peace and boosting the Congo's generally negative global image.
2) What Art From North Korea Looks Like – London’s Coningsby Gallery put on an exhibition of North Korean paintings, hoping to give audiences a different insight into the country. Chosun Paintings: Beyond Borders, Beauty ran from February 12 to 18.
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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."