United States Diplomacy Center

Events and Programs

US Embassy Singapore donates unusual object to the US Diplomacy Center collections, March, 2012

Our colleagues at the US Embassy Singapore were not quite sure what to do with this object they had had lying around for awhile. They first contacted the Department of State's Bunche Library who then referred the embassy to the USDC. The artifact is a kerosene-powered slide and film strip projector. It is a retrofitted Coleman camping lantern. USIA diplomats would use such devices in the 1950s in regions where electricity was not available or reliable to make their presentations. We can just imagine those early public diplomacy officers toting this lantern into the outer regions of their host country, meeting with local communities and using the device to present topics on life in America. We are proud to include it in the USDC collections.

Date: 03/14/2012 Description: Kerosene powered slide and film strip projector, 1950s.  Collections of the US Diplomacy Center. - State Dept Image

Interview with USDC Education Specialist Lauren Fischer about new site Discover Diplomacy, December 7, 2011

On December 7th, radio channel The Student Operated Press (thesop.org) interviewed USDC Education Specialist Lauren Fischer about the new education website Discover Diplomacy. Listen to the interview here.

Date: 12/12/2011 Description: Lauren Fischer, US Diplomacy Center Education Specialist, Bureau of Public Affairs. - State Dept Image

USDC acquires a Marine Security Guard uniform, November 4, 2011

With the assistance of Gunnery Sergeant Ismael Alvarado of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, USDC installed a Marine Security Guard uniform in the Exhibit Hall of the Department of State.

The Marine Security Guard program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Marine Corps. Since 1948, Marine Security Guards have worked closely with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) to protect and safeguard United States diplomacy. Their mission is to provide internal security services at designated U.S. embassies and consulates, including preventing the compromise of classified U.S. Government information and equipment and, when necessary during exigent circumstances, to help protect U.S. citizens and property located at U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas.

Today, MSGs provide internal security for 153 U.S. embassies and consulates in 140 countries around the world.

Date: 12/05/2011 Description: Installation of a Marine Security Guard uniform in the Exhibit Hall of the Department of State.  Collections of the U.S. Diplomacy Center, Bureau of Public Affairs. - State Dept Image Date: 12/05/2011 Description: Installation of a Marine Security Guard uniform in the Exhibit Hall of the Department of State.  Collections of the U.S. Diplomacy Center, Bureau of Public Affairs. - State Dept Image
 

USDC launches Discover Diplomacy website, October 11, 2011

What is diplomacy? At this new site, discover the people who conduct diplomacy, the places where the Department of State engages in diplomacy, and the issues diplomacy helps resolve.

Date: 10/12/2011 Description: Discover Diplomacy Homepage, http://diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy - State Dept Image

Collecting Diplomacy at the State Department, February 11, 2011

USDC Senior Curator Priscilla Linn and USDC Collections Manager Katie Speckart met with Protocol Gift Officer David Solomon to review official gifts given to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently. Official gifts to the Secretary help illuminate how formal diplomacy is carried out among top officials. The future museum and visitors center will feature many gifts to Secretaries of State, as well as a wide variety of other artifacts that tell the story of the work of U.S. diplomats.

Date: 02/11/2011 Description: USDC Senior Curator Priscilla Linn (right) and Protocol Gift Officer David Solomon (left) consult with each other regarding recent official gifts to Secretary Clinton. - State Dept Image

High school students participate in a diplomatic simulation at the US Diplomacy Center, January 20, 2011

25 high school students from around the country, participating in the Close Up Foundation’s Washington program, stepped into the world of diplomacy by simulating a negotiation. Students were divided into six stakeholder groups and asked to negotiate solutions to the problems facing Darfur. Mark Hove, USDC resident historian, briefed the students on the situation, who then went to work forming alliances and drafting agreements. The simulation is designed to teach about the process of diplomacy, the skills of being a diplomat and complicated and intriguing the world of foreign policy.

Date: 01/20/2011 Description: Mark Hove, USDC resident historian, briefed students on the current situation in Darfur. - State Dept Image
 
Date: 01/20/2011 Description: USDC simulation moderator Lauren Fischer consulted with students. - State Dept Image Date: 01/20/2011 Description: Students negotiate solutions to the problems facing Darfur while participating in a US Diplomacy Center-sponsored simulation program. - State Dept Image
 

American University graduate students in Public Affairs visit the State Department, November 3, 2010

Over 40 graduate students from American University who are studying Public Affairs visited the State Department and received a briefing from a member of Secretary Clinton's policy and planning office. After a lively question and answer session, the USDC Senior Curator Priscilla Linn rounded out their visit with an engaging tour of the Preview Exhibit. The students offered their thoughts on what diplomacy means to them and what kinds of exhibit a museum of diplomacy would have.

Date: 11/05/2010 Description: American University graduate students in Public Affairs tour the USDC Preview Exhibit. - State Dept Image Date: 11/05/2010 Description: American University graduate students in Public Affairs tour the USDC Preview Exhibit. - State Dept Image
 

Senior Curator tours USDC's Preview Exhibit with Foreign Service Nationals, October 7, 2010

USDC Senior Curator Priscilla Linn gave a spirited tour of the Preview Exhibit to a group of about 17 Foreign Service Nationals visiting the Department of State for training. A "foreign service national," or FSN, is a non-U.S. citizen, often a citizen of the host country, who is employed by the U.S. embassy or consulate. FSNs work in a wide variety of jobs at U.S. missions, and provide continuity for the changing U.S. staff. This group who toured USDC's Preview Exhibit were interested to hear about plans for the future museum and visitors center of the State Department.

Date: 10/07/2010 Description: Foreign Service Nationals tour the US Diplomacy Center Preview Exhibit at the main State Department building. - State Dept Image Date: 10/07/2010 Description: Foreign Service Nationals tour the US Diplomacy Center Preview Exhibit at the main State Department building. - State Dept Image
 

Colors of Warka exhibition opens at the Iraqi Cultural Center, Washington, DC, September 24, 2010

The Colors of Warka, an exhibition by female Iraqi artists from Muthanna province, opened at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington, DC. Iraqi TV was on hand to capture the event. The U.S. Diplomacy center sponsored the exhibition's showing in Washington, DC at the State Department in March 2010, and at the Iraqi Cultural Center. [View the exhibit's brochure]. The paintings will be on view through the first week of November 2010.

Date: 09/28/2010 Description: Al Fayha TV (Iraqi TV) conducts an interview with a guest at the exhibition opening of ''Colors of Warka'' at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington, DC. - State Dept Image

Date: 09/28/2010 Description: Al Fayha TV (Iraqi TV) conducts an interview with a guest at the exhibition opening of ''Colors of Warka'' at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington, DC. - State Dept Image


The Memory Project debuts at the State Department's Exhibit Hall
Week of July 26, 2010

The Memory Project is a nationwide initiative that encourages U.S. art students to create portraits for children around the world who have faced significant life challenges. The purpose of the portraits is to provide the children with a special memory of their youth, to honor their heritage and identity and to help them build a positive self-image.

Students at Nashua High School South in New Hampshire created the ten portraits on display at the State Department under the guidance of art teacher Ms. Robin Peringer. All of the children who received the portraits reside in Pattaya, Thailand.

The Memory Project: A Portrait of Kindness will be on display at the State Department during the week of July 26, 2010.

Date: 07/26/2010 Description: Introductory Poster to exhibit, The Memory Project: A Portrait of Kindness. - State Dept ImageDate: 07/26/2010 Description: Portraits in the exhibit The Memory Project:  A Portrait of Kindness. - State Dept ImageDate: 07/26/2010 Description: Portraits in the exhibit The Memory Project:  A Portrait of Kindness. - State Dept Image

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