The USC Center on Public Diplomacy compiles an electronic reader for the Summer Institute. A relevant bibliography will be part of the reader. In some instances, additional stand-alone articles will be assigned. Participants are expected to become familiar with the readings prior to the Institute. Due to the high cost of printing and duplication, we are unable to download and print reading materials. You will need to print them on your own.


This program is highly interactive and participants must have a smart phone or tablet with them daily for group work on content creation. A laptop will be needed throughout the program to work on data and analytics. Participants must have these devices and bring them daily to the classes.


Upon receipt of final payment, CPD Summer Institute participants will be given access to the Summer Institute's "Basecamp" group. This virtual office space will be the repository of the reading assignments, course information, student handbook, lodging and dining options, and other program related materials. Each participant's Basecamp status will be live and active throughout the Summer Institute and then be closed 30 days post program.


Participants may choose to stay at any location in Los Angeles, and are responsible for arranging their own reservations and transportation to the USC campus. For those who wish to stay close to campus, the USC Hotel across the street is walking distance to the Summer Institute.

Hotels in the Downtown area include:
USC Hotel
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
J.W. Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live
Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles
Figueora Hotel
Hilton Checkers Hotel
Westin Bonaventure Hotel


There are a variety of on-campus dining options. Please click here for more information.


Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to, from, and around Los Angeles. If you will be flying into the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), there is a flat rate to Downtown Los Angeles offered by many taxi companies (approximately $65 USD) to get to campus. A less expensive option is to reserve a seat on an airport shuttle service.

Once you have confirmed travel arrangements, please send a copy to Stacy Ingber at so we can be informed of your schedule.


Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles’ unique location as the headquarters for Hollywood and as a gateway to the Pacific Rim contributes its strategic value to public diplomacy. In addition, the city’s diverse population and international representation – nearly 100 consulates reside here – give the Center a truly global perspective. As an entertainment, economic, technological, and cultural hub, Los Angeles offers an opportunity to study and pursue public diplomacy in broad and unconventional ways.

The University of Southern California (USC)
USC was established in 1880 and is the oldest private research university in the Western United States. Through its 17 professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the university offers a cutting-edge education. Highly-ranked and prestigious schools such as the Annenberg School for Communication, Marshall School of Business, Viterbi School of Engineering, Keck School of Medicine, Gould School of Law, Thornton School of Music, and Schools of Cinematic Arts, Theatre, and Architecture all contribute to the vibrancy and rigor of the university, and make it uniquely suited as a home for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is among the nation’s leading institutions devoted to the study of journalism and communication, and their impact on politics, culture, and society. With an enrollment of more than 1,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Annenberg offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in journalism, communication, and public relations. The school boasts an outstanding faculty that includes prize-winning journalism professionals and renowned communication scholars who are distinguished by their teaching ability and research excellence. Their enthusiasm and expertise in these dynamic fields help Annenberg alumni to fill top posts throughout the communication and media industries – as well as in government, education, and nonprofit agencies around the world.

 The USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy was established in August 2003 as a partnership between the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. It is a research and professional training organization dedicated to furthering the study and practice of international public diplomacy. Since its inception, the Center has become an ambitious and productive leader in the public diplomacy research and scholarship community. The Center has benefited from international, interdepartmental, bi-partisan support from the academic, corporate, governmental, and public policy communities. And it has become the definitive go-to destination for practitioners and worldwide international leaders in public diplomacy, while pursuing an innovative and cutting-edge research agenda.