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Celebrating 10 Years of Developing Public Diplomacy Leaders

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On behalf of the Dual Degree Program – MS in Public Relations from the Newhouse School/MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School – you are cordially invited to celebrate 10 years of developing public diplomacy leaders at Syracuse University. Join Maxwell Dean David Van Slyke, fellow alumni and friends, and public diplomacy professionals for an exciting discussion: Challenges to Public Diplomacy in the 5G/AI era.

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Please contact Jessica Murray in the Maxwell Alumni Office with questions.


Panel Discussion: Challenges to Public Diplomacy in the Coming 5G/AI Era

Enormous technological changes are just around the corner, approaching at the speed of light, with consequences for governance, the global economy, social and cultural life. Publics – and professionals trained in public communications and international affairs – will play a central role in adopting the innovations and adapting to the consequences.

As former Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham discussed in her recent interview: “It’s impossible to ignore the ‘infoquake’ that is moving and shaking global public communications. Across the world, people are changing the ways they give and receive information. Instant mobile technology is driving communicators to rethink everything we’ve learned and re-imagine the possibilities.”

Maxwell Dean David Van Slyke has noted, “In the past, we had reflective contemplation about how we should respond to issues. It informed activism and dissent. Now we live in an age of instantaneous response. There is a void of deeper understanding. It has contributed to political polarization and made us more disconnected from one another.”

A panel of experienced public diplomacy professionals will lead a conversation on the challenges of the coming decade. Participants in the panel will include Nichole Allem, Public Affairs Strategist, U.S. Department of State; Felipe Estefan, Investment Manager, Luminate; Rosalina Jowers, Research Manager, The Hub Project; Nick Lombardo, Public Affairs and Communications, Tata Sons Ltd.; and Kerina Wang, Partnerships and Trust Fund Manager, Economic Cooperation, International Monetary Fund.



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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.