Using the Justice System to Prevent Gender-Based Violence and Protect Women and Children

This post is being published on behalf of Ms. Stephenie Foster, Partner at Smash Strategies. Ms. Foster has significant experience working in the public sector, most recently serving in the U.S. Department of State as the Senior Adviser and Counselor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. In the text below, Ms. Foster discusses her experience meeting with a group of International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participants. Continue  

IVLP Alumni Spotlight: Examining Museum Administration in the United States

IVLP Alumni Spotlight features U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni as they reflect on the impact of the program and how it has affected their work and lives. Here we feature the director of the Nordic Institute of Art who participated on the IVLP in 2013. The participant spent three weeks in the United States examining museum administration and exploring the role of art museums in U.S. society to create and sustain regional and cultural identity. Continue  

Program Theme Spotlight: Arts and Culture

Music, dance, theater and other art forms have long been windows into understanding cultural differences and similarities, avenues for building empathy, promoting dialogue, and confronting social issues.  As the artist Alex Grey says, “When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community.” Continue  

Memorializing the Khmer Rouge: Genocide Museum Receives a Big Donation

On October 14, 2017 Meridian International Center and the U.S. Department of State opened an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) with six participants from Cambodia. These staff members of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum had arrived in Washington, DC for a professional program on museum curation and the intellectual approach to memorializing history’s darkest moments. Only a few months later, the project takes on new meaning after William Heidt, the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, announced a $55,500 donation from the American embassy to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Continue