Date: 02/14/2018 Description: Dr. Mann addresses the crowd - State Dept Image

The First African American Diplomats

In recognition of African American History Month and the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birthday, the United States Diplomacy Center hosted a special program exploring the diplomatic careers of two 19th century prominent African Americans who served as U.S. ministers to Haiti:  Ebenezer Bassett, America’s first African American diplomat, and Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, writer, activist, civil servant, and diplomat. The program included artifacts from Douglass's career and a documentary on Bassett. See photos here>>


HIV/AIDs Panel

The United States Diplomacy Center was pleased to host a panel discussion that explored how U.S. Government has approached HIV/AIDS as both a humanitarian and a national security issue for more than 30 years.  From the emergence of HIV/AIDS during the Reagan Administration to today, the three panelists surveyed the U.S. diplomatic response to the epidemic. Read More>>

Date: 01/10/2018 Description: The Center's curator and historian discuss a range of artifacts on the table. - State Dept Image

C-SPAN Features American Artifacts

On Sunday January 14, C-SPAN3 hosted American Artifacts, a two-part series featuring the United States Diplomacy Center's collection. The Center's curator, Kathryn Speckart, and historian, Dr. Alison Mann, tell stories of American diplomacy through historic objects. The second showing will air this Sunday at 6 & 10 pm. Watch Online Now>>