Let's get creative with more citizen diplomacy
Des Moines Register (IA), 8/18/2008

Guest columnists Rick Barton and Matthew Rojansky argue, "Restoring America's global image demands the engagement of American citizens in a dramatic expansion of citizen diplomacy, the face-to-face exchange of people, ideas and information around the world. The 9/11 Commission believed in the power of citizen diplomacy and urged the U.S. government to 'rebuild the scholarship, exchange and library programs that reach out to young people and offer them knowledge and hope.' We must not only invest more in programs like these, but get creative about how we promote cross-cultural understanding to prevent tomorrow's conflicts."

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 13 Fellowships

National Endowment for the Arts website, 8/20/2008

"[T]he National Endowment for the Arts announced that it will award 13 literature fellowships totaling $200,000 to support projects by literary translators. These fellowships are available to published literary translators for specific translation projects. The grants are for $10,000 or $20,000 depending on the scope and merit of each project. (The amount of the awards is pending Congressional approval of the NEA's FY 2009 budget.) The grants will support the translation of six works of prose, including a play, and seven works of poetry. These works will be translated from nine languages including Japanese, Czech, Portuguese, and medieval Cretan Greek. The NEA also announced significant changes to the guidelines for the Literary Translation fellowships, to foster more translations of world literature into English."

Private sector can play bigger role in public diplomacy

Buffalo News (NY), 8/18/2008

Jay T. Snyder, a member of the U. S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, recommends that the next president form a public-private Institute for Public Diplomacy. "Poll after poll continues to show that people around the world admire, value and want American culture, products and know-how, none of which is in the dominion of the U. S. government. Instead, we should encourage the private sector to do a greater job of exporting these goods and ideas to those who want and need them. . . . The next U.S. president should make an effort to consolidate and guide [existing public diplomacy] measures under a single roof that should span government and the private sector."