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The ISIE will be well-represented at the 135th Meeting of the American Historical Association in New Orleans in January 2022. Flavia Marcello, Lisa Schrenk, and James Fortuna will contribute to a panel entitled 'Diplomacy by Design: Cultural Politics and the International Expositions of the Late Interwar Period, 1933–39'. Co-sponsored by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), this session will reconsider the historical role and diplomatic value of such transnational venues of creative exchange. It will pay particular attention to the expositions held in the period immediately preceding the outbreak of the Second World War in order to generate meaningful discussion and constructive debate regarding just how these expositions may (or may not) fit into our broader historical understanding of the interwar period.

The session will be chaired by Prof. Nicholas Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy and founding director of the Master of Public Diplomacy program at USC.