Professor César Villanueva Rivas taught a class on international exchanges at the 2011 Summer Institute last week. He discussed the importance and benefits of educational exchanges as well as their challenges.

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy kicks off its 2011 Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy at USC on July 18 with 18 participants from 10 countries.

At a special performance of Tricycle Theatre’s production of their play “The Great Game” in Washington, DC, which was organized by the Pentagon, Summer Institute 2010 alum, Joshua Frey, was quoted as say the play “brings an immediacy to skirmishes read about in books.” Josh Frey is currently a member of the new “Af-Pak Hands” program, which immerses soldiers in language and culture training before deployment into Afghanistan and and Pakistan. He goes on to say that the play offered a “personal connection to the information he has been studying.”

At a July summer institute hosted by the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy, four public diplomacy officers grappled with such questions as “How does public diplomacy advance foreign policy objectives?” and “To whom should PD practitioners listen and how do they listen critically?”

Kathy Fitzpatrick, a CPD Research Fellow and professor and director of graduate studies in public relations in the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., taught the class “Non-State Actors and Public Diplomacy” on July 26. The primary goal, said Fitzpatrick, was to examine the role of non-state actors and the strategic options associated with public-private partnerships.

Thirty public diplomacy practitioners from around the world gathered on July 20 at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism as part of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy’s annual Summer Institute, sharing their thoughts and experiences on cultural diplomacy.

In this information age, governments are reaching out to people in other parts of the world in an emerging field called public diplomacy. Mike O’Sullivan reports, mid-career officials from government and international institutions recently came to Los Angeles to sharpen their skills in the field.

He may have failed all his GCSEs and admitted to being baffled by his then six-year-old son’s homework, but David Beckham is poised to lecture at one of America’s oldest universities on the conundrums of global diplomacy. When the 32-year-old footballer arrives at his new home in Los Angeles next month he will be bombarded with invitations.