Hip Hop Diplomacy: Connecting Through Culture

What are the official diplomatic goals of cultural exchange? And do the creative participants have the same goals? How does it feel to share your art or your sport across political, cultural and language divides? If you're a musician, how can you tell that you're reaching people? And if you're a diplomat, how can you tell if your program is making a difference? In this panel series event, experts in cultural diplomacy discuss the use of music and cultural mechanisms as a way to conduct foreign policy and diplomacy. 


2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.  Welcome Remarks and Introductions

  • Sean Aday, Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs, Director of the IDPGC, The George Washington University
  • Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University

2:05 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.  Keynote: “Engaging & Empowering Women and Girls: A Global Priority

  • Tara Sonenshine, Executive Vice President, the U.S. Institute of Peace

2:35 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Coffee Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Panel I:  “A View from the Inside: Cultural Specialists in Cultural Diplomacy” 

  • Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak, Co-Head Coach, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Toni Blackman, Musical Ambassador, Performer and Writer
  • Soultana, Moroccan Hip Hop Artist
  • Therese Steiner, Director, GlobalGirl Media President and Founding Partner
  • Tumi Mosadi, GlobalGirl Media South African Program Director
  • Belia Zibowa, Basketball Coach for Zimbabwean Women and Under-26 Girls

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Panel II: “Cultural Diplomacy in Foreign Policy and in the Private Sector”  

  • Ambassador Adam Ereli, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Associate Professor of Tourism and Sports Management, The George Washington University
  • Mary Jeffers, Senior Public Diplomacy Fellow, IPDGC