Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Alan Holst visited the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik on March 30. He gave remarks at the distribution of certificates to 20 USEK students who completed training in the U.S. Embassy-funded “Theater and Democracy” project that won a Public Diplomacy small grant competition to support English language education. This project promotes dialogue, expression and critical thinking, in English, about democracy, civic issues and human rights. The outcome of this project was a 20 minute theater production of “Demoskratos” (the Greek word for democracy) performed at USEK. Mr. Holst said “that the strength of a nation is the mosaic of its diverse citizens” and praised the demonstration of that ideal by the students.
The PAO also met with Vice President for Community Life Father Talal Hachem and discussed the opportunities for cooperation between the Embassy and the university.
The U.S. Embassy’s continued collaboration with USEK and other local universities and the numerous scholarship and exchange programs that are funded by the U.S .Government demonstrate the United States’ strong commitment to supporting education in Lebanon and to providing opportunities for Lebanese youth to become great future leaders of Lebanon.
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."