POSTPONED:The Arts and Foreign Affairs

Event offered by:
Foregin Policy Association
Resource Center for Cultural Engagement
Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College

Event Details

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Thursday, October 6, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
55 Lexington Avenue
New York City, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description



Please join the Foreign Policy Association and the Resource Center for Cultural Engagement for a panel discussion on the impact of the arts on foreign affairs. The panel discussion will focus on international art, cultural heritage sites, and the preservation of art in conflict zones 

Event Speakers

    • Richard Kurin
      Acting Provost/Under Secretary for Museums and Research, The Smithsonian Institute

      Richard Kurin is the Smithsonian’s Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research and a key leader in the Institution’s senior management team. He is responsible for all of the Institution’s museums, including the Anacostia Community Museum; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (New York City); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; National Air and Space Museum and its Udvar-Hazy Center; National Museum of African American History and Culture; National Museum of African Art; National Museum of American History Kenneth E. Behring Center; National Museum of the American Indian and its George Gustav Heye Center (New York City); National Museum of Natural History; National Portrait Gallery; National Postal Museum; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. He also oversees the National Zoological Park.

      Kurin is also responsible for the Smithsonian’s scientific research centers, including the Museum Conservation Institute; Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute; Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

    • Ambassador Cynthia Schneider
      Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service; Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings Institute's Center for Middle East Policy

      Cynthia P. Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, teaches, publishes, and organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on relations with the Muslim world. Ambassador Schneider co-directs the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown, as well as the Los Angeles-based MOST Resource (Muslims on Screen and Television). Additionally, she co-directs the Timbuktu Renaissance, an innovative strategy and platform for countering extremism and promoting peace and development, which grew out of her work leading the Arts and Culture Dialogue Initiative within Brookings’ Center for Middle East Policy.

      Professor Schneider teaches courses in Diplomacy and Culture in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where, from1984-2005, she was a member of the art history faculty, and published on Rembrandt and seventeenth century Dutch art. She also organized exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

      Dr. Schneider publishes and speaks frequently on topic related to arts, culture, and media and international affairs, particularly the Muslim world. Her writings range from blogs for the Huffington, and Foreign Policy to policy papers for Brookings.

      From 1998-2001 she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, during which time she led initiatives in cultural diplomacy, biotechnology, cyber security, and education.

      Dr. Schneider has a PhD and BA from Harvard University and she serves on multiple Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards.

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