IPDGC to host panel on Soft Power in Hard Places

Iranian heavy metal band Masters of Persia Photograph: Andi Brooke Photography for Rebel Music/ MTV World
Iranian heavy metal band Masters of Persia Photograph: Andi Brooke Photography for Rebel Music/ MTV World
Cultural Diplomacy programs where Other Exchanges Don't Go
November 06, 2018

Cultural diplomacy involves the exchange of ideas, information, art and other aspects of culture among nations and their peoples in order to foster understanding.

Soft Power in Hard Places explores current “cultural exchanges that go boldly where others don’t dare venture,” looking at U.S. State Department-funded and other cultural/arts programs in some of the most challenging political, security, and social environments in the world today. 

This discussion will feature presentations by media pioneer and creative Nusrat Durrani, whose programs use the power of music and dance to promote social change, give voices to the voiceless and inspiring political action.

Film-maker Ramona Diaz whose award-winning film “Spirits Rising” showcased the role of women in the 1986 People’s Power revolution in the Philippines.

Jonathan Hollander whose work with the Battery Dance Company in New York City, includes “Dancing to Connect” programs that overcome differences around the world, including with North Korea defectors, India’s “untouchable” castes, Middle Eastern rival groups, and new European immigrants.

Jaci Caprice who has traveled as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador to countries like Turkey, Zimbabwe, Nepal and Croatia, using the global love of hip-hop to empower young people everywhere.

Moderating this panel will be IPDGC director Janet Steele.

Q&A and networking over refreshments follow the discussion.

Please join us.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Venue: American Foreign Service Association HQ, 2101 E Street NW (at 21st Street NW)

Please RSVP HERE.