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Selling Democracy Then and Now

Presented by the Secretary's Open Forum

WHAT: The Selling Democracy Project is an international touring program that promotes public discussion of the Marshall Plan principles and public diplomacy strategies that are most pertinent to the challenges we face in the world today. The films created for the Marshall Plan illustrate the U.S and European initiatives undertaken in the economic, political, and diplomatic spheres. Ranging from newsreels to dramas to cartoons, the films allow audiences to analyze the Marshall Plan and draw contemporary parallels. The Open Forum will consist of an opening address by Ambassador Harlan Cleveland, a screening of the first Marshall Plan film, "Me and Mr. Marshall," and a talk by Ms. Sandra Schulberg about the public diplomacy objectives of the Marshall Plan, illustrated with clips from additional films.

WHO: Sandra Schulberg is the Director of the Selling Democracy Project. Sandra SchulbergThe Marshall Plan films were effectively buried for 60 years since their creation banned for American audiences under the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948. Beginning in 2002, with the assistance of filmographer Linda Christenson, Ms. Schulberg unearthed this trove of more than 250 films and brought them to the screen again. She is a distinguished film producer and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts. She was born in Paris where her father, Stuart Schulberg, was chief of the Marshall Plan Motion Picture Section. She is at work on a DVD collection and book about the Marshall Plan film division. A 25-film program "Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan" is available for booking. Please contact sschulberg@aol.com or www.sellingdemocracy.org for more information and tour request form.www.ilfpost.org).

WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2007, 11 am - 1 pm 

WHERE: Dean Acheson Auditorium, U.S. Department of State, Harry S Truman Building, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC

RSVP: For guests who do NOT hold a State Department ID, please RSVP by COB January 19, 2007 to foleycs@state.gov and provide full name, birthdate, drivers license or passport number, citizenship, affiliation.
 

Harlan Cleveland is one of the few surviving managers of Harlan Clevelandthe Marshall Plan and will provide an eyewitness account of what made it flexible and effective. Ambassador Cleveland joined in 1948 the Economic Cooperation Administration (the U.S. agency that oversaw the Marshall Plan) in 1948, serving first as Director of the China Aid Program, and then developing and managing US aid to eight East Asian nations. At the beginning of 1950, he was named Deputy Administrator of ECA, and as of 1952, the fourth year of the Marshall Plan, Assistant Director for Europe of the Mutual Security Agency, the successor agency to ECA. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1961 to 1965, under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, including the period of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and as U.S. Ambassador to NATO from 1965 to 1969. In academia, he has served as dean of two graduate schools of public affairs (the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota), and as President of the University of Hawaii. He has authored 12 books and hundreds of articles in journals and magazines, mostly on executive leadership and international affairs. A Princeton graduate and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, he is the recipient of 22 honorary degrees, the U.S. Medal of Freedom, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award, and the Peace Corps’ Leader for Peace Award. He is a regular contributor to the blog of the International Leadership Forum (


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