Thursday, April 21, 2011

Exchange 2.0 Connected Youth: The Future of Peacebuilding and Problem Solving a Free Live Webcast on April 27th

The United States Institute of Peace will be hosting a free webcast focusing on the revitalization of international educational exchanges as a core pillar of public diplomacy.  Those in Washington, D.C. can register to attend in person of course. The following snippet is a description with agenda of the webcast:

"The orientation of U.S. public diplomacy is changing from telling America’s story to direct dialogue in an interconnected world. With this shift has come a need to revitalize a core pillar of public diplomacy strategy: international exchanges. Although traditional exchange programs have been effective in expanding access to cross-cultural educational opportunities beyond those that study-abroad programs reach, participation remains limited. Developing the next generation of Exchange 2.0 initiatives—that is, technology-enabled programs embedded in curricula and with a cross-cultural educational purpose—will improve the number, diversity, and experience of international exchange participants."  You can read more here.

9:00 a.m. Welcome to the New USIP
Ambassador Richard H. Solomon, President, USIP

9:10 a.m. Framing the Day: What Is Exchange 2.0 and Why Does It Matter?
Sheldon Himelfarb, Director, Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding, USIP

9:30 a.m. Keynote Address
Judith A. McHale, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State

10:00 a.m. Impact of Exchange 2.0 Programs
Moderator: Tara Sonenshine, Executive Vice President, USIP
Personal Stories:
Ingrid Inema, Rwanda, Global Nomads Group
Professor Osama Madany, Egypt, Soliya
Dmitry Savelau, Belarus, iEARN

11.00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Next Generation International Exchanges
Moderator: Sheldon Himelfarb, Director, Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding, USIP
Allan Goodman, President & CEO, Institute of International Education
Edwin Gragert, Executive Director, iEARN-USA
J. Adam Ereli, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Michael Galvez, Product Manager, Google Translate
Shamil Idriss, CEO, Soliya
Matthew Taylor, ICT Strategist and Architect, World Ahead Program, Intel

12:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

(Logo/Photo Courtesy: USIP)

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