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Public Diplomacy Alumni Association
Formerly USIA Alumni Association

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About the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association

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The Public Diplomacy Alumni Association (PDAA), formerly the USIA Alumni Association, a non-profit, voluntary organization, has more than 400 members who have worked in or with the information, education, and cultural programs which the U.S. Government incorporates into the conduct of its diplomacy abroad.

PDAA sponsors a speakers program for members and their guests three times a year; has completed more than 125 oral histories of distinguished USIA Officers; publishes a newsletter and directory and encourages members to write op-ed pieces and letters to editors and legislators about public diplomacy.

The association engages in social, education, and information activities related to the profession and discipline of public diplomacy. It actively promotes greater awareness in the United States of the public diplomacy dimension of American foreign relations.

PDAA or its predecessor organization have sponsored four major symposia ("Ike and USIA," "THE U.S. - Warts and All," "American Libraries Overseas - Their importance and Impact" and "Communicating With the World in the 1990s") and published the proceedings of three of them.

It has produced and sold more than 300 copies of a two-part, hour-long educational video on public diplomacy. Part I is entitled "Public Diplomacy - Telling America's Story." Part II is "Public Diplomacy - The Road Ahead." The video has been shown on public access TV in cities coast to coast.

Although USIA activities were transferred to the Department of State and USIA was abolished October 1, 1999, the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association will continue with its civic and social activities. Members receive the membership directory which is updated and published annually, as well as PDAA Today, published quarterly. The newsletter covers in pictures and text significant events in alumni affairs world-wide, information about individual alumni, and historic and contemporary articles concerning public diplomacy.

Topical conferences and dinners are held periodically. Luncheons are generally held three times per year. Speakers have run the gamut from senior U.S. Government officials to Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) to Robert Coonrod, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Sen. Chuck Hagel at WNDC

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel speaking to the February 17, 2010 PDAA luncheon meeting in Washington, D.C.

PDAA Board of Directors

Michael Schneider, President
Joe O'Connell, Vice President
Mary Ashley, Secretary
David Whitten, Treasurer

Michael H. Anderson
Lois Hermann
Amb. Linda Jewell
Alan Kotok
Robert E. McCarthy
Chandley McDonald
Robert L. M. Nevitt
Sandra H. Rouse
Edmund F. Scherr
Stan Silverman
Frances Sullinger

Kathleen A. Brion, President Emerita

Newsletter editors: Alan Kotok, Edmund F. Scherr
Web site editor: Alan Kotok

Chandley McDonald, Gene Nojek, Kathy Brion

(L to R) Board member Chandley McDonald, Past-President Gene Nojek, President, Kathy Brion

(Photos courtesy, Kathy Brion)

Public Diplomacy Alumni Association Enrollment/Renewal Form for 2011

The annual membership fee for the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association is $30.00, with renewals normally collected annually in the first few months of the year.
Lifetime membership. Avoid the annual renewal hassle with a one-time fee of $300.00.

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To pay with a check rather than online, please complete the form below on your computer, print the completed form on your printer, and mail the completed form with your check to:

David Whitten, Treasurer
Public Diplomacy Alumni Association
4100 S. 16th St.
Arlington, VA 22204

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Updated: 23 July 2011.
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