Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 15, 2010


On October 20th, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger will participate in the first of a series called "The Secretaries: Conversations on Diplomacy."

Co-sponsored by HBO, the Conversation will enable the Secretaries to discuss the issues of the day and reflect on their experiences as America’s top diplomat. Michael Beschloss, an award-winning historian, will moderate the Conversation. New Foreign Service Officers, members of the Diplomatic Corps, current State Department employees and policy leaders will be present in the audience.

Discussion topics for the Conversation have also been suggested and promoted on The Sounding Board, the State Department’s internal online idea forum for domestic and overseas employees.

The event will also launch the 50th Anniversary Patrons of Diplomacy Initiative for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State. For more information on the Rooms, please click here.

For fifty years, the art of diplomacy has thrived in the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms against a stunning backdrop of American art and architecture from the time of our country’s founding and of its formative years. The historic suite of forty two rooms contains a museum-caliber collection of American fine and decorative art, including 5,000 objects from the period of 1750-1825. In these rooms, the United States has signed treaties and conducted summit negotiations, hosted peace talks and facilitated trade agreements.

The Patrons of Diplomacy Initiative will ensure that the Rooms and collection continue to provide an extraordinary backdrop for American diplomacy.

The event will be open to a limited number of invited press.



PRN: 2010/1470