"Convergence and Divergence: Practicing Public Diplomacy in a Globalized World" symposium comes to Syracuse University Oct. 12

October 1, 2018
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The Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars (APDS) at Syracuse University announced its plans to host the 2018 Public Diplomacy Symposium on Friday, Oct. 12 on the Syracuse University campus. With the theme “Convergence and Divergence: Practicing Public Diplomacy in a Globalized World,” the annual symposium will highlight current issues and trends at the nexus of international relations and public relations.

The day-long event will take place in the Dr. Paul and Natalie Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall. The symposium will feature engaging lectures and discussions regarding the state of public diplomacy, nation branding, Asia’s “sharp power” tactics and the militarization of public diplomacy. Event attendees will also benefit from a cross-cultural communication workshop during the “Lunch and Learn” session.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ms. Galit Peleg, head of the Department for Public Diplomacy and Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. Other featured speakers joining the event include Ms. Catherine Bertini, professor emeritus of Syracuse University and former executive director of the World Food Programme, and Mr. Thomas Cromwell, president of East West Communications, among many esteemed faculty of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Panel moderator, Col. F. William “Bill” Smullen , director of the National Security Studies program and adjunct faculty member in public relations at Syracuse University, reiterated the event’s importance. “The upcoming PD Symposium on Oct. 12 is designed to provide thoughtful insights into the use of power, both hard and soft. When it comes to implementing foreign and national security policies, America must be the master of her fate and strive for a consensus that upholds American power, diplomacy, independence and values. I look forward to being part of the 2018 PD Symposium as a panel moderator.”

This year’s symposium marks 10 years of the public relations/international relations program at Syracuse University.

On Oct. 12, registration will begin 8:30 a.m. The official program will commence at 9:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The event will be livestreamed and is free to attend, with breakfast and lunch included upon RSVP.

For more information, please visit the Public Diplomacy Symposium website. RSVP is requested by Monday, Oct. 8. If you require accommodations, please contact Linsey Armstrong by Monday, Oct. 1.