You Can Crush the Flowers, but it won’t Stop the Spring: Arts, Culture, and Media and the Arab Spirit

Dr. Cynthia Schneider looks at new and old modes of diplomacy in the context of the Arab revolutions and the responses to them.

Ambassador  Schneider will  explore  how the “voice of the people”,  evident in  books, films,  music, blogs” revealed  the  conditions  that  led  to  the  Arab uprisings. But governments and policymakers usually pay little  attention to these  forms of expression,  and  so  they  were taken  by  surprise  as waves  of unrest  spread  across the Arab  world.  

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Brookings Institution; Co-Director, MOST Resource Center .

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. In 2001 she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defence Exceptional Public Service Award, June 2001 (highest civilian award given by Pentagon, in recognition of support for the U.S. military during ambassadorship).

Dr. Schneider serves on the Board of Directors of Wesley Theological Seminary, Imagine Schools, and the Sandy Spring Museum, and the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, the Sustainable Preservation Initiative, and Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia) Eircom Advisory Board. Schneider received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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