Soft Power: The Monthly Roundup (December edition)

As we say goodbye to another year, this edition of MCCD’s Soft Power features events from last month that are likely to impact cultural diplomacy in 2016. In the spirit of the New Year, we’ve coupled these highlights with soft power resolutions that anyone can take part in. Soft power diplomacy comes in many forms – maybe this month’s selections will inspire grassroots efforts in 2016.


Artist Salama Nasib on her Past Forward trip to East Lansing, MI

I had the privilege of showcasing my work alongside other pieces in Past Forward’s stop at The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, a contemporary art museum at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. The architecture of the museum, designed by the famous Zaha Hadid, is outstanding, and the museum is considered to be one of the most significant of its kind in the US, so that was an honor in and of itself.


Soft Power: The Monthly Roundup (November edition)

As the last orange and yellow leaves fall and the holidays approach, we’re looking back at November in this edition of MCCD’sSoft Power: The Monthly Roundup. The following selection highlights eight notable cultural diplomacy projects that took place around the globe this month.


International Day for Tolerance

The tragedy of last week’s assaults in Paris and Beirut weigh heavily in the hearts of the world community. In light of this, today’s UN-designated International Day for Tolerance holds a particular relevance. As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states, “On the International Day of Tolerance, let us recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and let us pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue, social cohesion, and mutual understanding.” Through the tenets of acceptance, tolerance, and freedom, may the world be equal in treatment and opportunity. Continue