Friday, August 18, 2017

Live Feed Today - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to address State Department Student Programs & Fellowships participants at 10:10am EST

Updated August 19, 2017

Below is the talk by Secretary Tillerson yesterday:



I assume this live feed of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships participants will be held at 10:10am EST via https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/USDOS.

It also appears that it will be recorded should you be unable to watch the live feed.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

12 students from Gaza who are participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program visited and bowled at The White House

On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 12 students from Gaza who are participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program visited and bowled at The White House.  A key figure who appears to have worked with the Government of Israel to bring these students to the United States and then welcomed them to The White House was Jason Greenblatt.  Greenblatt is Assistant to President Donald Trump and Special Representative for International Negotiation.  I have embedded four of Greenblatt's tweets pertaining to the visit by these students below:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Change in Senior Leadership at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

It appears (via @ECA_AS on Twitter) that Mark Taplin has left his role as Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State yesterday and has handed the reins over to Alyson Grunder. Grunder is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  It's unclear if Grunder will be Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs or if she is a permanent replacement.

Many thanks to Mark Taplin for his service to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and welcome to Alyson Grunder to her new role!