Speaking of Spring… D.C. Discussions on Cultural Diplomacy

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Spring has officially arrived, and with it, a flurry of new activity. Meridian’s Senior Vice President for the Arts and Cultural Programs, Dr. Curtis Sandberg, is busy this week sharing his expertise on cultural diplomacy at American University’s Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium and the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference, both in Washington, D.C.

This Sunday, March 23, Dr. Sandberg was a panelist at the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium (EALS) Arts and Diplomacy Panel. His fellow speakers included Lea Perez (KLP Consulting LLC), Tara Compton (Company E), and Markita Brooks (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State). During her time at the State Department, Ms.Perez helped Meridian’s Art for Cultural Diplomacy team with Jam Session — which recently wrapped up its display at the American Center New Delhi in India.

Dr. Sandberg speaks with Phillippa Hughes, founder of the Pink Line Project, at Meridian’s “Wasteland” screening in July 2012.

This Thursday, March 27, Dr. Sandberg will speak at the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference about Meridian’s 13 years of working with Chinese partners on community engagement activities. Other panelists include Jeff Wang (Asia Society), Robert Daly (Kissinger Institute), Zhang Baoxiang (Foreign Affair Office, Jilin Province), and Pu Chengming (Wanzhou Municipal Government, Chongqing Province). One of the conference keynote speakers is Madam Li Xiaolin of the Friendship Association, our partner for Beautiful China.

In case you can’t make it to the conference on Thursday, what questions about cultural diplomacy would you like Dr. Sandberg to address?