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Logo for Learning LIfe In the latest PDx episode, SMPA graduate student Victoria Makanjuola talks to Paul Lachelier, founder and director of Washington, DC-based non-profit lab Learning Life. Through programs such as International Mentoring and Family Diplomacy Initiative, Learning Life hopes to get people and their families more involved in diplomacy and learning about the world.

More on the podcast on the importance of Citizen Diplomacy: go HERE


This fall 2020 marks the 2nd anniversary of the Public Diplomacy Examined podcast. This podcast takes a look at the world of public diplomacy, professional exchanges, international education, global careers, and foreign affairs.

This past summer, SMPA graduate student Victoria Makanjuola worked at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication as the PDx assistant showrunner. Victoria took on the tasks of researching and writing, conducting interviews, and handling the technical production of the podcasts.

Along the way, she had many good conversations with professors of foreign relations, exchange specialists, cultural ambassadors, leaders of non-profits, and others in this diverse field.

Victoria's PDx internship was supported by the Walter Roberts Endowment, which provided five students with small grants to pursue internships in public diplomacy work.

>Go to IPDGC Smart Power to read more about Victoria and her work on the PDx podcast. The first podcast will feature the new student organization, Young Black Professional in International Affairs, and its founder, Hannah Jackson.

With Public Diplomacy on the minds of many nowadays, the Institute for Public Diplomacy, GW graduate and undergraduate students have launched Public Diplomacy Examined (PDx), an interview-based easy-access podcast of interviews with U.S. foreign service officers (current and retired), foreign diplomats, public diplomacy professionals, academics and researchers, media practitioners, cultural exchange specialists, and many others - all who share their experiences and insights into the latest thinking and trends of public diplomacy and global communication.

Our first two PDx episodes feature interviews with former top US public diplomacy leaders - Tara Sonenshine, former Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department (April 2012- July 2013), and Bruce Wharton, retired U.S. ambassador and also former acting Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (December 2016 to July 2017).

Check PDx regularly for more interviews.

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