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Education, Culture, Sports, and Media

Date: 2010 Description: Violinist Sarah Chang with pianist Andrew von Oeyen at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. - State Dept Image Date: 2010 Description: Former NBA great and tallest person ever to play in the NBA Gheorghe Muresan teaches the visiting Russian youth basketball players about defense.  - State Dept Image Date: 2013 Description: Lehrer Dance company performance in Vladivostok. - State Dept Image

The Education, Culture, Sports, and Media Working Group is focused on developing connections and innovative collaborations to promote new dialogue and understanding between the people of the United States and Russia.

Working Group Chairpersons

U.S. Chairperson: The Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel 

Russia Chairperson: Special Presidential Representative for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail E. Shvydkoy

Sub-Group Chairpersons

Education: Meghann Curtis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs

Culture: Chris Miner, Managing Director of Professional and Cultural Programs, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs

Sports: Cynthia Gire, Division Chief, SportsUnited, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs

Media: Macon Phillips, Coordinator, Bureau of International Information Programs

Working Group Web Links

U.S. Department of State: Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs

U.S. Department of State: SportsUnited
U.S. Department of Education: U.S. and Russia Partnership Program
Office of the Fulbright Representative in Moscow


Joint Plan of the Education Sub-Group

Joint Plan of the Culture Sub-Group [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version]
Joint Plan of the Sports Sub-Group [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version]


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