Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine will travel to Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia April 8-16, 2013.
In Moscow, Russia, April 8-11, Under Secretary Sonenshine will be the keynote speaker at the “Fulbright Program in Russia: 40th Anniversary of Successful Academic Exchanges” conference. The Under Secretary will also meet with her counterparts on the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Education, Culture, Sports, and Media Working Group to advance our efforts towards mutual understanding. While in Moscow, the Under Secretary will speak at the American Center in Moscow, noting the 20th anniversary of the American Centers and Corners program in Russia, the longest standing in the world.
In Kyiv, Ukraine, April 11-13, the Under Secretary will help launch the construction of the new American Center. She will also be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Forum, where women executives and representatives of small and medium enterprises network, exchange experiences, and discuss strategic investments in women’s economic potential. While in Kyiv, the Under Secretary will also meet with government officials, journalists, students, LGBT activists, and members of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv’s Youth Council.
In Tbilisi, Georgia, April 13-16, the Under Secretary will meet with the Minister of Education and Science and sign a Memorandum of Understanding to expand Fulbright fellowship opportunities in Georgia. The Under Secretary will also address students at Tbilisi State University on freedom of expression and the importance of an independent media. While in Tbilisi, the Under Secretary will also meet with women journalists and U.S. exchange alumni, government officials, and representatives of Georgian civil society.