If you're in the DC area and are interested in public diplomacy here is something that you may want to check out:
The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy will hold a public meeting from 10:00am to 12:00pm on July 12, 2011, at the Capitol Visitor’s Center, room SVC 203-02.
The meeting will include discussions on funding public diplomacy and the Smith-Mundt Act. The Commission welcomes commentary from subject matter experts from several organizations, including the State Department, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the Congress, and the public on this and other relevant topics.
This meeting is open to the public, Members and staff of Congress, members of the Departments of State and Defense, and all other Executive Branch agencies, the media, nongovernmental organizations, and anyone else. This meeting will be on the record. The Commission is also working on a live webcast of the event.
To attend or request further information, contact the Commission at (202) 203-7463 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm on July 11, 2011.
For more information, see the meeting announcement here.