• Public Diplomacy,  Teaching / Training

    Syllabus for Public Diplomacy and Technology (PUBD510)

    Once again I will teach PUBD510: Public Diplomacy and Technology this coming Spring semester at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism as part of the Master of Public Diplomacy program. The course will be Fridays, 10a – 12:50p. The current – draft – syllabus to the schedule of classes (direct link to the 614kb PDF is here). All comments are welcome.

  • Public Diplomacy

    John Brown on Public Diplomacy: The World Should Be Teaching Us, Mr. Kristof

    Well-meaning Nicholas D. Kristof in the New York Times: "Peace Corps and Teach for America represent the best ethic of public service. But at a time when those programs can’t meet the demand from young people seeking to give back, we need a new initiative: Teach for the World. In my mind, Teach for the World would be a one-year program placing young Americans in schools in developing countries. The Americans might teach English or computer skills, or coach basketball or debate teams. … This would be a government-financed effort to supplement an American public diplomacy outreach that has been eviscerated over the last few decades." Mr. Kristof, who wants…

  • Public Diplomacy,  Teaching / Training

    PUBD510: Public Diplomacy and Technology

    We are in a world where “old” and “new” media converge to create “now media”. Focus must be on the information, and the listening being generated in a noisy environment, not the channels of delivery. The modern information environment is fluid and dynamic and never simple. Information jumps from one medium to another with ease as it is repackaged and forwarded by proxies. Stories by the BBC or The New York Times do not exist solely in the realm of broadcast or dead trees. Beginning this week, Friday blogging is likely to be light as Public Diplomacy and Technology begins. This is a graduate course I’m teaching at USC’s Annenberg…