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Remote Programming

First Monday Forum

Diplomacy in Blue: Willis Conover and the international impact of jazz

Monday, August 3, 2020
9:00am PDT – 10:15am PDT


For millions of people around the world, Willis Conover was truly the Voice of America. From Cape Town to Leningrad and Beijing, and especially in Eastern Europe, Conover’s broadcasts carried the sound of jazz, of America – and of freedom. His interviews and musical selections were heard and revered around the world.

To mark and celebrate Conover’s centennial, the First Monday discussion on August 3 will be devoted to a discussion of Willis Conover, his enduring legacy, and the role of music diplomacy.

We hope you will join USC Professor and former VOA director Geoffrey Cowan in a conversation with colleagues who worked with Willis, have studied his contributions to music diplomacy and will share stories about Conover and his impact on public diplomacy.


CCLP Forum

How COVID has changed free expression around the world

Monday, August 10, 2020
9:00am PDT / 12:00pm EDT


CCLP will host a virtual forum with Guy Berger, UNESCO’s Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development discussing how UNESCO’s work on free expression and independent media has changed in the time of the pandemic. Following his presentation, there will be time for discussion.
Guy Berger’s Bio:
Guy Berger is Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO, responsible for global work on press freedom, free expression, Internet freedom, media pluralism and independence, gender and media, safety of journalists, media and information literacy, and journalism education. Before joining UNESCO, he headed the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. A longtime leader in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, Dr. Berger edited one of the country’s leading anti-apartheid newspapers, wrote a long-running column in the The Mail & Guardian of South Africa, and served as deputy chair of the South African National Editor’s Forum. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Rhodes University.
Please RSVP to acpowell@usc.edu if you can attend.