Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 28, 2011


Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith A. McHale will deliver remarks on Public Diplomacy and Social Media in Latin America on Tuesday, March 29, at 12:00 pm. This keynote speech will take place at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Under Secretary McHale will address how the State Department is advancing U.S. foreign policy in Latin America through increased engagement, including constructive and meaningful people-to-people exchanges, local and regional media outreach, and the use of multiple social platforms to establish direct relationships across the region.

The Under Secretary's speech is part of a forum co-hosted by NDN and the New Policy Institute with the Latin America Studies Program of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) to discuss how new digital technologies are affecting diplomacy, politics and governance in Latin America. Following the speech, a panel discussion will explore the impact of social media and other network technologies on governance and civil society in certain Latin American countries, including Cuba, Venezuela and Mexico. Panelists will include:

  • Christopher Sabatini - Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society & Council of the Americas
  • Carlos Ponce - Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Oscar Salazar - Founder & CEO, Citivox; Co-Founder, Cuidemos el Voto
  • Ricardo Amado Castillo - Consultant & Researcher, Social Media in Latin American Politics
  • Sam duPont - Policy Analyst, NDN & New Policy Institute (moderator)

This event will be open for press coverage and will be live webcast. You can join the conversation at @WHAAsstSecty and @NDN729 and by using the hashtag #LAConnect.

To RSVP please click here and email your name, affiliation, and telephone number to WHApress@state.gov.



PRN: 2011/486