How can culture be used to address some of the greatest challenges of our time? [Podcast]; see also John Brown, "Is American Cultural Diplomacy a Hot Potato?" Notes and Essays; piece also appeared (with slight variations) in American Diplomacy (2016).
On this week’s episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf takes the program to Abu Dhabi, where FP recently hosted its first CultureSummit, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and TCP Ventures, an arts advisory firm. CultureSummit was a high-level event that attracted over 400 world leaders in the fields of art, technology, culture, media, and policy from more than 80 countries to explore how the arts and culture can address and ameliorate some of the greatest issues our world faces today.
Joining The E.R. from CultureSummit 2017 were new guests Deborah Rutter, Darren Walker, Bob Lynch, and Carla Dirlikov Canales. The group discussed how the arts and culture can be used not only as a form of entertainment and expression, but how culture plays a critical role in diplomacy and national security, and that by bringing together thought leaders from all disciplines to celebrate this fact, a movement of positive social change can begin.
With significant cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, what is the future of art and culture in America? And how will that affect these issues worldwide? The participants discuss this and more on the latest E.R.
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."