Google's Arts & Culture app, powered by the Google Cultural Institute, was created to bring the art out of museums and into people’s homes, no matter where they live. The app allows users to view art from more than 1,000 museums across 70 countries, by searching specific pieces, time periods, colors, or other filters. Users can also experience the art in a virtual reality setting using Google Cardboard, which provides 360 degree views of famous monuments, paintings or street art scenes, allowing users to “stand” before the Valley of the Temples in Italy, or in Van Gogh’s neighborhood in France, creating a global interconnectedness through art.
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" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). 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."