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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.
USDC Education Program activities, June 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.