Thursday, October 22, 2015

Annual Public Diplomacy Seminar to be held in Washington, D.C. Nov. 5

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October 21, 2015
Syracuse University’s Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars (APDS) will host the annual Public Diplomacy Symposium, “Building a More Secure World: Public Diplomacy for 21st Century Actors,” on Nov. 5 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The Public Diplomacy Symposium provides an environment in which critical and collaborative discussion and networking can occur between students and professionals in order to advance the field. Follow on Twitter at #pdsymposium.
This year’s symposium will feature two keynote speakers and three panel discussions on issues surrounding global security and the role of modern public diplomacy. Additionally, the U.S. Diplomacy Center (USDC) will facilitate a simulation focused on the protection and prevention of minorities and refugees. There will also be a career fair for students that will feature local and national nonprofits and government agencies. The daylong event will conclude with an alumni networking session and closing keynote.
Morning and afternoon panels will examine the role of governments, NGOs and civil society in advancing social justice and human and national security goals through public diplomacy. Panels will include a moderator and three to four speakers with myriad public diplomacy, development and communications expertise. Speakers include directors of strategic communication nonprofit organizations such as InterAction and Global Strategy; professors from American University and Georgetown University; and prominent government communicators. The closing keynote speaker will be Anita Sharma, a Syracuse University alumna and senior director of Millennium Development Goals Initiatives at the UN Foundation.
For a detailed event schedule and to register for the symposium, the USDC simulation or the networking event, please visit
The Syracuse University Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars is a nonprofit student-run organization dedicated to promoting public diplomacy and creating forums for dialogue regarding public diplomacy and related fields, such as public relations, mass communications and media studies.
For more information, contact Candace Johnson at

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