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Conversations With America: Bridging Divides: Youth, Peace, and Reconciliation

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 25, 2011


On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, will hold a conversation with Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, on "Bridging Divides: Youth, Peace, and Reconciliation." The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and streamed live on and DipNote, the Department of State's official blog, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT). Members of the general public are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast.

Actor Forest Whitaker is best known for his roles in films ranging from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Bird. Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan leader Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He spearheaded the documentaries Better Angels, a film about Ugandan child soldiers, as well as Common Destiny about the power of education in promoting peace and reconciliation between communities. Mr. Whitaker's humanitarian and artistic work earned him the UNESCO designation of Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation.

This is part of the Conversations With America video series coordinated by the Bureau of Public Affairs, featuring live interviews between the leaders of nongovernmental organizations and the Department of State’s leadership. These conversations provide candid views of the ways in which leaders from the foreign affairs community are engaging the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.

View other Conversations With America by following this link and by accessing the Conversations With America video podcasts on Apple iTunes.

PRN: 2011/1801

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