Latest Programs

First-hand stories of American diplomacy

The museum hosts a series of panels, screenings, and after hours events. Come face-to-face with diplomats and learn first-hand unique stories of American diplomacy.

Recent Events

ImpactHack Participants Explore Tech and Diplomacy in Virtual Interactive Event
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On July 29, 2020 NMAD hosted a virtual interactive feedback session for participants in this year’s NMAD hackathon, ImpactHack2020. Stephen Rose from Microsoft, Faisal Khan from Department of State Specialist Recruitment, and Patrick Sheard from Diplomatic Security joined to discuss opportunities in tech and diplomacy. ImpactHack2020 is a five-week virtual hackathon to prototype interactives for…

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NMAD Celebrates Hero of U.S. Diplomacy Patricia Morton
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On July 28, 2020 NMAD partnered with the Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) for a virtual panel recognizing the late Patricia “Patti” Morton (1935-2019) as a Hero of U.S. Diplomacy. Heroes of Diplomacy is a program run by FSI with support from the Una Chapman Cox Foundation with the…

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NMAD Diplomacy Simulations Help Promote Greater Diversity in Diplomacy
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On June 24, 2020 NMAD was delighted to facilitate a virtual Diplomacy Simulation with 15 Howard University Rangel Scholars. During the simulation, the Scholars had an opportunity to step into the shoes of a diplomat by using the skills of diplomacy to seek solutions to a hypothetical crisis. The simulation exercise was part of the…

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Zoom event with DAH speakers
Diplomacy After Hours Recognizes Pride with Discussion about Workplace inclusion Issues for LGBTQ Individuals
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On June 10, the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) hosted its monthly Diplomacy After Hours in recognition of Pride. In partnership with glifaa LGBT+ Pride in foreign affairs agencies, we hosted a dynamic conversion about inclusive workplace environments. NMAD Public Affairs Officer, Reva Gupta facilitated the discussion between Former Ambassador Michael Guest, Vice President…

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Notes on Racial Justice and Foreign Relations at the State Department
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Even before the height of the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, the struggle for racial justice in the United States deeply affected diplomats and the practice of American diplomacy. Within the State Department, in the mid-20th century African American diplomats faced steep career barriers, often being assigned only to hardship posts…

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Diplomacy Simulations Go Virtual!
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I absolutely loved the simulation. It was empowering to put the skills we’ve been learning about to practice and engage with one another.” – PLEN Global Alumna Along with museums world-wide, the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) was forced to close its doors in mid-March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an…

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NMAD Explores the Legacy of Dance Diplomacy
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NMAD Explores the Legacy of Dance Diplomacy Ambassador Sally Cowal at the National Museum of American Diplomacy. On March 5, NMAD Deputy Director Dr. Jane Carpenter-Rock moderated a discussion on the legacy of dance diplomacy with historian Dr. Victoria Philips, Diplomacy Center Foundation (DCF) Board member Ambassador Sally Cowal, and Bureau of Educational and Cultural…

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NMAD Brings Diplomacy to Life for Maryland High Schoolers
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In February, NMAD was thrilled to host over 150 students of 2019 Teacher Institute alumna Samantha Fowler, an educator from Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. The students spent their time at the museum immersed in the world of diplomacy and the work of U.S. diplomats. They were first introduced to the work of the…

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From left to right: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Dr. Kal Raustiala, Dr. Ravi Perry, Ralph J. Bunche III
Honoring Dr. Ralph J. Bunche as a Hero of U.S. Diplomacy
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On Thursday February 27, the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute hosted a “Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy” panel at NMAD to honor Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, a pioneering African American diplomat who shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the twentieth century. NMAD Director Mark Kane opened the program by welcoming guests and thanking the…

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Diplomacy After Hours: Film Screening and Discussion of Oscar Winning “Nine from Little Rock”
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On February 12, in partnership with Blacks in Government and the Thursday Luncheon Group, NMAD hosted a screening of the 1964 documentary short film, “Nine from Little Rock.” Commissioned by the United States Information Agency, this film was screened around the world, translated into 17 languages, and it won an Academy Award for best short…

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Ralph Bunche, United Nations Undersecretary General, signs papers at his desk in his office at the U.N. headquarters in New York City, April 26, 1963.
A Hero of U.S. Diplomacy: Dr. Ralph J. Bunche (1904-1971)
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“The objective of any who sincerely believe in peace clearly must be to exhaust every honourable recourse in the effort to save the peace.” – Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. links arms with other civil rights leaders as they begin the march to the state capitol in Montgomery from Selma, Ala.…

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Diplomacy After Hours Hosts Next Level Alumnus Konshens the MC with his musical ensemble, Classically Dope
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January 8, 2020, NMAD hosted its monthly “Diplomacy After Hours” event at City Winery with Next Level alumnus Konshens the MC and his musical ensemble, Classically Dope. The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, Meridian International Center, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Next Level co-sponsored this event highlighting a State Department sponsored…

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New Diplomacy Simulation: International Ebola Crisis: Global Health and Development
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NMAD is proud to launch a new simulation on the role of diplomacy in containing a rapidly spreading deadly virus! International Ebola Crisis: Global Health and Development follows developments in two neighboring fictitious countries, Maladice and Farfelu, where more than 10,000 people have already been infected with Ebola, resulting in 3,000 fatalities so far. The…

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NMAD Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day with Screening of “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus”
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On January 27, 2020, NMAD commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day with the Office of the Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues. For the commemoration, NMAD hosted a screening and discussion with high school students featuring the documentary, 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus. The film tells the story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus,…

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NMAD Hosts Conference on Citizen Diplomacy
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On Tuesday December 10, 2019, NMAD hosted PYXERA Global’s one-day workshop entitled “Purpose, Prosperity, People: Mobilizing Citizen Diplomats to Address Global Challenges.” The workshop explored how diplomacy, corporate talent development, cross-sector partnerships, and alignment of business and social goals can move the needle on solving global challenges. The day’s conversations focused on the four primary…

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“Diplomacy After Hours” Trivia Night at City Winery
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  On December 11, 2019, NMAD held a Diplomacy Trivia Night during its monthly “Diplomacy After Hours” event. Held at City Winery, diplomacy aficionados filled the room to a competitive and fun night of diplomacy-related trivia. With team names ranging from Public Diplomacy Fools to State Ladies, Public Service, and Malign Influence, teams rose to…

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Sports Diplomacy Comes to Life with U.S. Sports Envoy Cal Ripken, Jr.
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On September 18, 2019 the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) partnered with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to host a conversation with Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and Foreign Service Officer Joel Ehrendriech on the power of baseball to promote mutual understanding. NMAD Director Mary Kane and ECA Assistant…

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Secretary Pompeo Commemorates anniversary of September 11, 2001
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It’s been 18 years since the September 11 attacks left nearly 3,000 people dead in the worst act of terrorism the nation has ever experienced. Marking the 18th anniversary, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo visited the National Museum of American Diplomacy’s (NMAD) September 11 exhibit to remember those we lost on that tragic day, but…

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Lasting Impact in Diplomacy Education with Teacher Institute
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July 15-19, 2019, the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) partnered with the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms to conduct its first annual Teacher Institute for 25 middle and high school teachers. From the almost 100 teachers who applied, 25 public school teachers from Arkansas, Montgomery County, M.D., Fairfax County, V.A. and the District of…

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Space Diplomacy: Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin visit the National Museum of American Diplomacy
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On July 18, 2019, the National Museum of American Diplomacy co-hosted a panel on “Space Diplomacy” with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. The event focused on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and subsequent diplomatic efforts by the American astronauts The event featured Major General Michael Collins and Buzz…

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From 1789 to today: 230 years of State Department history
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In celebration of the 230th anniversary of the State Department, the Diplomacy Center unveiled an exhibit showcasing the history of the Department, from its beginnings as the first cabinet agency, established on July 27, 1789, to now. This milestone presents a unique opportunity to highlight the Department’s storied history and heritage and the important role…

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The National Museum of American Diplomacy Hosts a Teacher Resource Fair During the Global Teaching Dialogue
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The National Museum of American Diplomacy hosted a teacher resource fair for participants in the Department of State’s annual Global Teaching Dialogue. Educators from around the world gathered to share experiences and collaborate on best practices in K-12 education. Held on June 28, 2019, the fourth annual Global Teaching Dialogue welcomed educators and global education…

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The National Museum of American Diplomacy and glifaa Honor Pride Month with “The Lavender Scare” Screening
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In honor of Pride Month in June, the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) partnered with glifaa (LGBT+ pride in foreign affairs agencies) to host a screening of the recently released documentary “The Lavender Scare” followed by a panel discussion and reception. The film highlights the mass firings of gay and lesbian federal workers who…

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National Museum of American Diplomacy Launches “Diplomacy After Hours” Happy Hour
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The National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) has launched “Diplomacy After Hours,” a series of diplomacy-themed happy hours in the pavilion that will feature exciting stories of American diplomacy and highlight the future museum.  The first program featured Jimmy Story, Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. at U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, who has been a generous…

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Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Former Secretary of Commerce and Transportation Norman Mineta
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On May 30, the National Museum of American Diplomacy partnered with the Embassy of Japan, the Secretary’s Office on Civil Rights, the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, and the Asian American Foreign Affairs Association to host the State Department’s culminating event for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event featured the newly released documentary…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Women in STEM: Past, Present, and Future
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On March 28, the National Museum of American Diplomacy in collaboration with the Secretary’s Office for Global Women’s Issues and sponsor AnitaB.org hosted a panel discussion on Women in STEM: Past, Present, and Future. National Museum of American Diplomacy Director Mary Kane welcomed the panelists and introduced the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Assistant Secretary (A/S)…

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National Museum of American Diplomacy hosts TEDx participants for all-day experience on “Why Diplomacy Matters”
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The National Museum of American Diplomacy partnered with TEDx MidAtlantic Adventures on March 29th to host participants for a day-long engaging, thoughtful, and immersive experiences to highlight the theme of Why Diplomacy Matters: Public Private Partnerships and our National Security, Prosperity, and Global Leadership. Building on the theme of resiliency and empowering our civic systems to…

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Mapping for Diplomacy
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The National Museum of American Diplomacy partnered with MapGive to host a mapathon on April 5, 2019 in the Diplomacy Center pavilion. The purpose of a mapathon is to create necessary digital map data for humanitarian and development causes, including combating HIV/AIDS, humanitarian assistance, and public diplomacy. Mapathons are unique events that facilitate volunteer participation in a global…

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Ambassador Horace Dawson speaks to attendee, a retired Foreign Service Officer.
African American Trailblazers in Diplomacy
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On February 28, the National Museum of American Diplomacy, hosted a panel discussion about five trailblazing African American diplomats: Ebenezer Bassett, Ralph Bunche, Edward Dudley, Patricia Roberts Harris, and Mabel Murphy Smythe.  Hosted in conjunction with the Thursday Luncheon Group, the Carl T. Rowen Chapter of Blacks in Government, Appalachian State University, and Mr. James T.…

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Students Inspired to Become Diplomats
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Over the past year, the Diplomacy Center has expanded its Diplomacy Simulation Program to the middle school level, piloting programs in the Washington, D.C. area. Students in grades six through eight have proved more than up to the challenge of learning about diplomacy! Middle schoolers in history and global studies classes from Stuart-Hobson Middle School,…

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Honoring the Victims of September 11, 2001
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On September 10, Secretary Pompeo visited the National Museum of American Diplomacy’s September 11 exhibit remembering the lives that were taken during the terrorist attacks and the survivors and first responders with lasting injuries or health complications. The exhibit features displays of condolence material from its collection that represents the outpouring of support felt worldwide after the…

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Exhibit Testing
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On July 31, 2018, the National Museum of American Diplomacy made its second visit to the National Museum of American History’s Spark!Lab to test content for its future exhibits. Museum visitors viewed four historical and current stories of American diplomacy and were invited to participate in a word association exercise. Over 500 visitors walked through exhibit…

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A C-SPAN Journey through U.S. Diplomatic History
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C-SPAN may be best known for covering Capitol Hill, but it also covers American history.  In January, it is highlighting U.S. diplomatic history in a two-part program focused on the collection of the National Museum of American Diplomacy. While many Americans may know the publicized outcomes of diplomatic negotiations – treaties to end wars or international…

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