Wednesday Postcard from the NAFSA 2008 Annual Conference

May 29, 2008

By Jordan Wait

NAFSA's 60th Anniversary Plenary Panel focused on Examining Public Diplomacy and its Effects. The panel discussion was moderated by Judy Woodruff of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and featured Keith Reinhard of Business for Diplomatic Action, Shashi Tharoor, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Hisham Melham, journalist with Annahar, Al-Qabas, Radio Monte Carlo, and Al-Arabiya.

Conference participants had a chance to visit poster displays of presenters to hear about their experiences, programs, and services and to exchange ideas in areas such as research findings, assessment and evaluation tools, and outstanding models in international education.

In the evening, conference-goers enjoyed a special event called "Dinner at an Embassy," where they were able to visit one of several embassies in Washington, D.C., for dinner and a cultural performance.

Judy Woodruff at Wednesday plenary

Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent and 2008 politics editor for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer moderated the panel discussion examining the role of public diplomacy in global affairs (above).

Wednesday plenary - full panel

Panelists Hisham Melhem, Pat Harrison, Keith Reinhard and Shashi Tharoor joined moderator Judy Woodruff to discuss the role of public diplomacy in global affairs (above and below).

Wednesday plenary at NAFSA 2008 Conference

Audience at Wednesday plenary

Thousands of NAFSA Conference attendees attended the Wednesday plenary session (above).

NAFSA 2008 Commons

The NAFSA Commons was a center of activity at the NAFSA Educational EXPO (above).

NAFSA 2008 Conference Expo Hall

More than 500 exhibits filled the NAFSA Educational EXPO (above).

Session at NAFSA 2008 Conference

Attendees at the 60th NAFSA Conference attending one of over 200 sessions on international education and exchange (above).

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