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GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE U.S. DIPLOMACY CENTER! September 3, 2014

In a historic gathering, Secretary of State John Kerry and 5 former Secretaries of State - Kissinger, Baker, Albright, Powell, and Clinton - united for the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center.  After giving remarks in the Department of State's Marshall Center auditorium, the Secretaries walked outside to the construction site for the groundbreaking in honor of the future museum.  Click here for additional photos of the ceremony.  And click here for a transcript of the remarks at the event. 

Date: 09/04/2014 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretaries Kissinger, Baker, Albright, Powell, and Clinton break ground for the U.S. Diplomacy Center, September 3, 2014.  - State Dept Image

USDC Education Program activities, June 2014

June 16, 2014, USDC hosted educators from California and Nebraska visiting DC with the Close Up Foundation.  Close Up’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. They partner with educators, schools, and youth organizations throughout the country to help young people develop the skills and attitudes to become informed and engaged citizens. The teachers received an introduction to the Discover Diplomacy website and the Diplomatic Simulation Program.
Date: 06/19/2014 Description: USDC hosted educators from California and Nebraska visiting DC with the Close Up Foundation.  The teachers received an introduction to USDC's Discover Diplomacy website and the Diplomatic Simulation Program. - State Dept Image     Date: 06/19/2014 Description: USDC hosted educators from California and Nebraska visiting DC with the Close Up Foundation.  They partner with educators, schools, and youth organizations throughout the country to help young people develop the skills and attitudes to become informed and engaged citizens. The teachers received an introduction to USDC's Discover Diplomacy website and the Diplomatic Simulation Program. - State Dept Image

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June 2-9, 2014, 350 Advanced Placement Comparative Government students at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County helped the USDC education team pilot-test a new diplomatic simulation "The Suez Canal Crisis: National Sovereignty versus International Access to Waterways" in a six-day program.  Foreign Service Officer TJ Dowling shared his experience serving as a U.S. Department of State diplomat, then the students (representing Egypt, Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, Israel and the United States) researched their assigned country’s role in the crisis.  USDC education team members and Robinson teachers ran the simulations on June 6 and 9, impressed by the students’ embrace of the diplomatic skills of listening, engaging, compromising, mediating, negotiating, and presenting as they sought final agreement on ways to solve the crisis. 

Date: 06/19/2014 Description: 350 Advanced Placement Comparative Government students at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County helped the USDC education team pilot-test a new diplomatic simulation ''The Suez Canal Crisis: National Sovereignty versus International Access to Waterways'' in a six-day program.  Foreign Service Officer TJ Dowling shared his experience serving as a U.S. Department of State diplomat.   - State Dept Image       Date: 06/19/2014 Description: 350 Advanced Placement Comparative Government students at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County helped the USDC education team pilot-test a new diplomatic simulation ''The Suez Canal Crisis: National Sovereignty versus International Access to Waterways'' in a six-day program.  Foreign Service Officer TJ Dowling shared his experience serving as a U.S. Department of State diplomat.   - State Dept Image
 

USDC and Corcoran College of Art + Design partner to produce portraits of diplomats, March 14, 2014

USDC and the Corcoran College of Art + Design (CCAD) in Washington, DC, have partnered to produce photographic portraits and video interviews of Department of State diplomats for the upcoming “I am a Diplomat” exhibit slated for the new museum.  Funded by a grant from the Annenberg Foundation, CCAD designed a class especially for this project, staffed by talented photography and videography faculty.  The photography and videography took place in late February and early March at sites around Washington, DC and at the Department of State.

 
Date: 04/22/2014 Description: Corcoran College of Art + Design students and faculty work on a video interview of a Department of State diplomat in the Marshall Center auditorium at the Department. - State Dept ImageDate: 04/22/2014 Description: Corcoran College of Art + Design students and faculty take a portrait of a Department of State diplomat for the ''I am a Diplomat'' exhibit. - State Dept Image

USDC Senior Advisor speaks at Georgetown, February 19, 2014

USDC Senior Advisor and Foreign Service Officer TJ Dowling addressed a graduate class on Sports and Cultural Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  TJ discussed developing cultural programs for local audiences and explained how Public Diplomacy and Embassy staff must engage local organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, to develop exchange programs and strategies.  TJ emphasized that programming and exchanges are very much bilateral, multi-themed, and progressive, creating opportunities for new partnerships with the U.S.

Date: 03/28/2014 Description: Georgetown Professor Omari Faulkner introduces USDC advisor TJ Dowling to his graduate class on Sports and Cultural Diplomacy. - State Dept Image

Diplomats and DC Public Schools education exchange, December 19, 2013

As part of a continuing USDC exchange with the DC Public schools, Foreign Service Officers Kit Boyle (left) and Rebecca Winchester (right) discussed climate change in Latin America with the sixth grade classes in the interdisciplinary International Baccalaureate program at Alice Deal Middle School on December 19, 2013. The two officers spoke about water, air pollution, mudslides and hurricanes and how the Department’s multi-lateral and bilateral efforts fit into a diplomat’s work on the ground during crisis or when collaboratively seeking regulatory change.

Date: 01/22/2014 Description: FSO Kit Boyle speaks to the sixth grade classes in the interdisciplinary IB program at Alice Deal Middle School on December 19, 2013. T - State Dept ImageDate: 01/22/2014 Description: FSO Rebecca Winchester speaks to the sixth grade classes in the interdisciplinary IB program at Alice Deal Middle School on December 19, 2013. T - State Dept Image

Diplomatic Simulation with Bosnian and Herzegovinian youth, November 15, 2013

U.S. Diplomacy Center education staff led a diplomatic simulation on the topic of refugees with 18 high school-aged Bosnian and Herzegovinian youth participating in an ECA Youth Leadership and Teacher Professional Development Program.  In a simulation, students assume the roles of diplomats representing various perspectives, and experience the challenges and choices that their role offers. Inevitably, they learn that diplomacy can bring great rewards but only with patience, persistence and compromise. These students handled the simulations brilliantly, and had fun doing it!  Learn more about USDC's diplomatic simulation program at: http://diplomacy.state.gov/education/c23808.htm  

Date: 11/20/2013 Description: November 15, 2013 Diplomatic Simulation run by USDC for Bosnian and Herzegovinian youth on an exchange. - State Dept ImageDate: 11/20/2013 Description: November 15, 2013 Diplomatic Simulation run by USDC for Bosnian and Herzegovinian youth on an exchange. - State Dept Image

USDC Director and Senior Advisor visit Alice Deal Middle School, Washington, DC, October 31, 2013

USDC Director David Ballard and Senior Advisor Kit Boyle, both Foreign Service Officers, met with students from Alice Deal Middle School, in Washington, DC.  The students participate in the DC Public School’s Embassy Adoption Program and are studying about the United Nations and the Millennium Development Goals.  Mr. Ballard and Ms. Boyle shared how the Department of State works with the UN and helps to meet the MDGs, as well as what it’s like to serve as a US diplomat.

Date: 11/04/2013 Description: USDC speaks with students at Deal Middle School, Washington, DC. - State Dept ImageDate: 11/04/2013 Description: USDC speaks with students at Deal Middle School, Washington, DC. - State Dept Image
 

USDC Senior Advisor speaks to alma matter, October 10, 2013

Foreign Service Officer TJ Dowling is currently the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Diplomacy Center.  He recently returned to his alma matter Monsignor Farrell High School, in Staten Island, NY, as part of their alumni office Legacy Lecture Series.  "Coming home is always a moving experience," said TJ.  "My return to Farrell, my earliest intellectual home, to share my Foreign Service experiences with the next generation of Farrell men proved immensely enjoyable and rewarding."  TJ spoke with 120 students over the course of 4 sessions during his visit. 

Date: 10/28/2013 Description: USDC Senior Advisor TJ Dowling talks with Monsignor Farrell High School students, Staten Island, NY. © Image courtesy Monsignor Farrell High School

[Image courtesy Monsignor Farrell High School] 


Swedish Ambassador visits the US Diplomacy Center, July 3, 2013

The USDC received a fascinating piece of history from none other than the Swedish Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Jonas Hafström visited the USDC’s offices to present framed and signed copies of the first email correspondence between any heads of state. Dated February 1994, Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt sent what we now call an “email” to U.S. President Bill Clinton. Prime Minister Bildt indicates he is “…testing this connection on the global Internet system….” In his reply, President Clinton states that this is a “…step toward building a global information superhighway.” In the body of the email, the two heads of state also mention the U.S. decision to end the trade embargo on Vietnam as well as the question of soldiers who are POW/MIAs. USDC is proud to add this significant example of diplomatic communication to the collections.

Date: 07/03/2013 Description: Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr������������������������������������������������������m, left, and USDC Director David Ballard.  - State Dept ImageDate: 07/03/2013 Description: Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr������������������������������������������������������m presents a gift to the USDC museum collections with USDC Director David Ballard (seated). - State Dept Image            
 
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