The John C. Whitehead Student Conference – "Discover Diplomacy: America's Diplomats in a Changing World" | Lao Tribune

The John C. Whitehead Student Conference – “Discover Diplomacy: America’s Diplomats in a Changing World”

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 9 a.m. the State Department’s U.S. Diplomacy Center and the Diplomacy Center Foundation will convene the John C. Whitehead Student Conference at the U.S. Department of State. The conference will bring together 240 students and educators from 76 institutions in 28 states and the District of Columbia, to engage with diplomats serving on diplomacy’s frontlines to explore why and how the U.S. engages in a wide variety of issues around the world. Funding for the conference is provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The program includes remarks by Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, Counselor, Department of State, and Ambassador William J. Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The program is available online at:

The plenary session of the event (9 a.m.-12 noon) is open to the press. Q&A is restricted to student participants. Pre-set time for cameras is 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance. Final access time for writers and stills is 8:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver’s license or passport).

For media interested in covering the event, please RSVP to Mary Fanous at and follow @USDiplomacyCenter on Facebook and @DiplomacyCenter on Twitter.

Source: U.S. State Department.