cultural diplomacy http://kgou.org en Fiddling In Foreign Lands: Oklahoma's Horseshoe Road Tours The Pacific Rim http://kgou.org/post/fiddling-foreign-lands-oklahomas-horseshoe-road-tours-pacific-rim <p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:31:13 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Brian Hardzinski 7767 at http://kgou.org Fiddling In Foreign Lands: Oklahoma's Horseshoe Road Tours The Pacific Rim World Views: May 24, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-24-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Suzette Grillot reports from Istanbul, where she speaks with University of Oklahoma economist <a href="http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/D/Firat.Demir-1/">Firat Demir</a> about the international response to Monday's deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., and political problems facing Turkey.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Oregon political scientist <a href="http://polisci.uoregon.edu/facbios.php?name=Richard_Kraus">Richard Kraus</a> joins the program for a conversation about&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">how art and culture become a testing ground between the United States and China. He's the author of&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">author of&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Pianos_and_Politics_in_China_Middle_Clas.html?id=R_ohdOxCP-8C" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: underline;">Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music</a>.</em></p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Brian Hardzinski & Hallie Arias 6596 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 24, 2013 Why the Piano is a Political Prop in China http://kgou.org/post/why-piano-political-prop-china <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Art, culture, and politics are closely linked in China, and until the </span>mid-1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Cultural Revolution government officials viewed Western classical music as an unwelcome outsider.</span></p><p>“For a while the piano was regarded as the ultimate expression of the bourgeoisie,” says <a href="http://polisci.uoregon.edu/facbios.php?name=Richard_Kraus">Richard Kraus</a>, a University of Oregon political scientist and the author of <em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Pianos_and_Politics_in_China_Middle_Clas.html?id=R_ohdOxCP-8C">Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music</a>. </em>“[Then] Mao's wife decided she liked the piano, and there was then sort of the idea that you need to adapt Western technology and art to serve Chinese political purposes. So after about 1968 the piano was alright.”</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:07:27 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Brian Hardzinski & Hallie Arias 6513 at http://kgou.org Why the Piano is a Political Prop in China World Views: May 17, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-17-2013 <p></p><p>University of Oklahoma political economist and European Union expert <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/eu_center/people.html">Mitchell Smith</a> joins the program for a conversation about the eurozone's economy slipping further into recession, and the American kicked out of Russia over accusations of spying for the CIA.</p><p>Veteran diplomat Richard Arndt speaks with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis about how the national security state changed U.S. diplomatic relations. He's the author of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.potomacbooksinc.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=133077">The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century</a>.</em></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 6141 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 17, 2013 Evolution Of Embassy Construction Shows The Terrorists Won http://kgou.org/post/evolution-embassy-construction-shows-terrorists-won <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year an independent review by veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen slammed the U.S. State Department for inadequate security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before the September 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.</span></p><p>“The styles of public diplomacy are now constrained by our fear,” says Richard Arndt, a veteran U.S. diplomat and the author of <em><a href="http://www.potomacbooksinc.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=133077" target="_blank">The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the&nbsp; Twentieth Century</a>. </em>”Which after all is what terrorists try to produce, and which they've amply succeeded in.”</p><p>Arndt says as the United States reestablished diplomatic relations with European countries after World War II, the goal was to build the most beautiful embassies possible.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 16:05:35 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Joshua Landis 5857 at http://kgou.org Evolution Of Embassy Construction Shows The Terrorists Won World Views: April 5, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-april-5-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday the U.N. General Assembly approved a treaty to regulate the global arms trade, and the panel explores what role the CIA is playing in Arab and Turkish military aid to Syria.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ambassador&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/schneidc/?PageTemplateID=179" target="_blank">Cynthia Schneider</a> joins Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis to discuss how culture influenced her diplomacy while representing the United States in the Netherlands between 1998 and 2001.</span></p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 3321 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 5, 2013 How Diplomacy Through Culture Can "Hold Up a Mirror" to Government http://kgou.org/post/how-diplomacy-through-culture-can-hold-mirror-government <p></p><p></p><p>While serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2001, <a href="http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/schneidc/?PageTemplateID=179" target="_blank">Cynthia Schneider</a> used Hollywood to approach sensitive drug issues between American and Dutch officials.</p><p>Schneider invited embassy staffers focusing on drugs, and their counterparts in the Dutch Ministry of Justice, to a screening of Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning film <em>Traffic.</em></p><p>“It's a very powerful film that shows the intricacies of drug trafficking, and really shows how complicated it is,” Schneider says. “That was a fantastic experience because it kind of leveled the playing ground, and after seeing that film together we were able to have the most honest, direct conversation that we ever had, and really make progress.”</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:31:52 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 3212 at http://kgou.org How Diplomacy Through Culture Can "Hold Up a Mirror" to Government Laughter As The 'Common Language Of The World' http://kgou.org/post/laughter-common-language-world <p></p><p></p><p>Audiences most likely know Egyptian-American stand-up comedian <a href="http://ahmed-ahmed.com/index.html" target="_blank">Ahmed Ahmed</a> as a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Comedians have become, most recently, cultural ambassadors of the world,” Ahmed said. “Whether you're in Africa, or America, or Russia, or Asia, laughter is the common language of the world</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">.”</strong></p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:43:19 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Brian Hardzinski 2328 at http://kgou.org Laughter As The 'Common Language Of The World' Why ''Advancing American Art'' Was Interrupted http://kgou.org/post/why-advancing-american-art-was-interrupted <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">On March 2, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ou.edu/fjjma" style="color: rgb(39, 117, 170);" target="_blank">Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art</a>&nbsp;opened a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artinterrupted.org/" style="color: rgb(39, 117, 170);" target="_blank">recently-reassembled exhibit</a>&nbsp;of modern American art the U.S. State Department recalled from an overseas tour in the 1940’s.</span></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:46:33 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 1097 at http://kgou.org Why ''Advancing American Art'' Was Interrupted