COUNTRIES: United States
DURATION: 08/28/2014 - 09/30/2019
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State
CONTACTVladimir.spencer@worldlearning.org

Program Description

The U.S. Speaker program sends experts from the United States abroad, either in person or virtually, to engage and consult with key foreign audiences on a variety of technical topics.

The program aims to promote an understanding of U.S. policies and institutions within their political, economic, social, and cultural context. U.S. Speakers address topics identified and developed by U.S. missions, generally U.S. embassies and consulates, worldwide in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s International Information Programs Bureau.

Program Goals

  • Support U.S. foreign policy goals by enabling U.S. citizen experts in a variety of fields to interact with key foreign audiences worldwide, in person and via virtual platforms.
  • Promote an understanding among foreign audience of U.S. policies and institutions, and the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise.
  • Engage in conversations that enable foreign audiences to learn more about U.S. society, culture and institutions, thereby supporting development and growth of political, economic, and social institutions abroad, and countering negative stereotypes.
  • Establish sustained relationships and linkages between U.S. speakers and foreign audiences and institutions in order to share knowledge and skills with their peers and broader communities.