May 6 First Monday Forum: American Diplomacy’s Public Dimension

(Photo: April 11, 2024, PDCA Luncheon Discussion with Bruce Gregory at DACOR Bacon House. From left: Moderator Michael Korff, Respondent Michael Schneider, Bruce Gregory, Respondent Vivian Walker. (Photo courtesy Bruce Guthrie)

Join us for a hybrid program on Monday, May 6, 2024, at noon EDT for a conversation with PDCA member Bruce Gregory about his new book, American Diplomacy’s Public Dimension: Practitioners as Change Agents in Foreign Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2024). The book is also available on Amazon.

An overview of the origins and evolution of US public diplomacy, it tells the story of how innovative and rival practitioner communities — foreign service officers, cultural diplomats, international broadcasters, soldiers, citizen groups, covert operatives, democratizers, and presidential aides — transformed traditional government-to-government diplomacy and moved diplomacy with publics into the mainstream. 

Bruce will be joined by panelists to discuss the book’s themes, their relevance to today’s diplomacy reform agendas, and the technologies that extend diplomacy beyond embassies and foreign ministries. 

The Forum will be chaired by former PDCA co-president Sherry Mueller. PDCA member Professor Will Youmans of George Washington University will introduce Bruce and the panel.

The event will take place at the Lindner Family Commons (Room 602) of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW. Participants should arrive no later than 11:50 a.m. A light lunch will be provided for those who register in advance.

The event will also be available via Zoom.

To register for the in-person program, click here.
To register for the Zoom program, click here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

Public Diplomacy Council of America
The USC Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership & Policy
The George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy & Global Communication

Bruce Gregory is a visiting scholar at George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses for twenty years at George Washington University, Georgetown University, the US Naval War College, and the National War College. His government career included positions at the Department of State, the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and the US Information Agency. Publications include peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, public policy reports, and a bimonthly literature review, Diplomacy’s Public Dimension. He is a faculty fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy and a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the Public Diplomacy Council of America, and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He received the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award and was voted the ISA International Communication Section’s Distinguished Scholar for 2024. 

Bruce Gregory's Diplomacy’s Public Dimension: Books, Articles, Websites is one of the most comprehensive and extensive collections of resources on public diplomacy and related subjects on the web. This annotated bibliography of readings and other materials is intended for use by teachers, students, and diplomacy practitioners. A new list is published on IPDGC’s website bimonthly.