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Decline in U.S. cultural diplomacy is topic, April 5

"The Reversible Decline of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy" is the subject of a lecture by Richard Arndt, president of Americans for UNESCO, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Arndt's group aims to support U.S. participation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with government agencies, research institutes, universities and nongovernmental organizations.

UNESCO was established in 1945 by the United Nations as a specialized agency to promote international peace and security through education, science and cultural understanding and communication. The United States joined UNESCO at its founding, withdrew in 1984 but rejoined the organization in 2003.

Arndt worked for 24 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, served as president of the U.S. Fulbright Association and chaired the National Peace Foundation. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia, Virginia, Johns Hopkins and George Washington universities.

Arndt wrote "First Resort of Kings: U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in the 20th Century" and edited (with David Rubin) "The Fulbright Difference: 1948-1992 (Studies on Cultural Diplomacy and the Fulbright Experience)."

Arndt earned an A.B. in modern languages and literature from Princeton in 1949 and a master's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1972. The lecture is sponsored by the Wilson School. 

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