American Spaces are the U.S. government’s primary public locations abroad and foster ongoing people-to-people connections between the United States and foreign audiences.
The meeting will feature ACPD's Commission Members, as well as a moderated panel featuring distinguished experts from the Department of State, Smithsonian, and USAID. Panelists will discuss the value nearly 700 American Spaces offer to the broader public diplomacy mission; design and curricula innovations; as well as policy challenges American Spaces face moving forward. Speakers include:
- Alexis Bonnell, Division Chief of Applied Innovation and Acceleration in the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID
- Chris Dunnett, acting Bureau of International Information Programs Deputy Coordinator for Platforms
- Michelle Mason, Management Officer for the Office of American Spaces in the Bureau of International Information Programs
- Aviva Rosenthal, Senior Advisor of the Smithsonian's Office of International Relations
Security at the Capitol Visitor Center can result in delays. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance to account for a security screening.
Resources for those interested in learning more:
- American Spaces: Projecting Soft Power in Difficult Places(State Magazine/Global Ties, 2018)
- Public Diplomacy at Risk: Protecting Open Access for American Centers (ACPD, 2015)
- The American Spaces Annual Report (2016)
- Diplomacy in Design: Smithsonian and the American Spaces Program (Smithsonian Global)