Discussion and debate are the lifeblood of diplomacy. The U.S. Diplomacy Center brings students, scholars, and diplomats together to share knowledge and experience through educational conferences and symposia for the next generation of leaders.
George C. Marshall Conference
The USDC organizes the semi-annual George C. Marshall Conference at the State Department, which has been co-sponsored with The George C. Marshall Foundation, to provide students and teachers an opportunity to meet Marshall Plan scholars and diplomatic practitioners and to discuss how Marshall Plan-era concepts have inspired and shaped the practice of diplomacy today.
George C. Marshall Conference 2009: The Citizen as Diplomat was held February 26-27, 2009.
George C. Marshall Conference 2007: The Marshall Plan and 21st Century Diplomacy was held November 1-2, 2007.
George C. Marshall Conference 2006: The Marshall Plan: Lessons for the 21st Century and Opportunities for Diplomacy Today was held February 9-10, 2006.
The USDC organizes forums on timely topics related to USDC exhibits and diplomatic history. USDC partners with offices within the Department of State and outside organizations to produce these forums.
The Role of Iraqi Women in the Art of Diplomacy, March 23, 2010
In conjunction with the exhibit The Colors of Warka, USDC produced this public education forum in partnership with the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, commemorating Womens History Month.
In Their Own Words: Diplomats and the Untold Story of Berlin, November 13, 2009
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, USDC created a ground-breaking online exhibit using diplomatic oral histories, and produced a public forum exploring this topic in depth.