Inside Exhibit Testing

This month, the United States Diplomacy Center tested content and visitor knowledge on American diplomacy with almost 500 visitors.

Guest Exhibits Now at the Diplomacy Center Pavilion

From July 23rd through August 31st, the United States Diplomacy Center will display a preview of the exhibit Faces of Diplomacy in the Pavilion at the 21st Street entrance of HST.  Faces of Diplomacy features portraits and videos of diplomatic professionals working abroad and in Washington D.C.  From Public Affairs Officers to Information Management Specialists, to Diplomatic Security Officers, their stories illustrate the wide range of skills and functions required in the conduct of American diplomacy.

Faces of Diplomacy was created in collaboration with students and faculty from The George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and the Department of Defense’s Combat Camera crew.  Faces of Diplomacy was made possible through a generous grant from the Annenberg Foundation to the Diplomacy Center Foundation, the Diplomacy Center’s private 501(c) (3) partner. Learn how to donate.

Previously, the United States Diplomacy Center hosted Jazz Diplomacy, a photo exhibit from Meridian. Drawn from collections around the United States, the photographs capture memorable moments and show jazz’s ability to bridge cultural and political differences. “Jam Session”  portrays the journeys of music greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, and Sarah Vaughan. These musicians shared their talents and interacted with enthusiastic audiences abroad in Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. The tours helped promote a positive view of the United States when Cold War tensions were at their height. Read More

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Upcoming Hackathon

ImpactHack will connect developing technologists with subject matter experts to expand their skills, problem-solving and creativity. This is a rare opportunity for students to get behind the scenes of the State Department and collaborate directly with mentors on topics that have international significance.

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Recent Events

Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience

Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience Twenty years ago on a summer morning, two U.S. embassies in Africa fell victim to coordinated and nearly simultaneous truck bombs – later linked to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. Fifty-six U.S. government employees, contractors, and family members were killed. From the ashes, countless survivors pulled together and rebuilt strengthened and resilient communities. […]

Understanding Diplomacy through Data

In May, over one hundred students competed in the student-led hackathon, MakeSPP, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Samay Shamdasani, along with his co-organizers, Shashwat Punjani, Nathan Blumenfeld, Jonas Eaton, Thomas Narramore, Dan Ambrosio, Owen Kealey, and Tyler Greene organized the hackathon. Hackathons are collaborative, competitive events where computer programmers are provided raw data or project prompts from a […]

Citizen Diplomacy Challenge Photo Contest

The United States Diplomacy Center is pleased to host an exhibit featuring the finalists of the 2017-2018 Citizen Diplomacy Challenge Photo Contest run by the Office of Alumni Affairs in the Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Twenty top photos, submitted by Americans who took part in international exchange programs sponsored by the Department, will be […]

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Exhibit Spotlight

The Great Seal

Only one authorized Great Seal is in official use and is operated by the U.S. Department of State at the United States Diplomacy Center. The Great Seal is impressed upon 3,000 seals to official documents yearly.

Exhibit Spotlight

The Signature Segment

Once the Berlin Wall was the iconic symbol of the Cold War. Now, with its signatures of world leaders who played a significant role in bringing down the wall and advancing German reunification, this segment now stands as a symbol of diplomacy and strong transatlantic relations.

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