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USAGM's Shawn Powers to speak as part of Global Briefing Series

Shawn PowersThe Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships will host Shawn Powers as part of the OSU Global Briefing Series event on Nov. 19, 2019, at 6 p.m. in Room 108 Wes Watkins Center.

Powers serves as the Acting Chief Strategy Officer at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), where he focuses on strategic planning, innovation, research and evaluation, and policy coordination, as well as positioning the agency within the broader U.S. government and with key stakeholders. He has a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC) and more than a decade of experience working at the nexus of public diplomacy, technology, and national security. His lecture, “Can Public Diplomacy Survive the Internet? Bots, Disinformation and Echo Chambers,” will focus on the effects of technology’s dark side in the field of public diplomacy.

Before joining the USAGM, Powers served as executive director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, a body authorized by Congress to oversee and promote U.S. Government activities that intend to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. He led the Commission’s efforts to understand and utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities in the strategic communication space and helped forge a research and learning agenda and culture among public diplomacy practitioners.

As an academic, Powers researched the geopolitics of information and technology and published the award-winning The Real Cyber War: A Political Economy of Internet Freedom (The University of Illinois Press, 2015). He has more than 40 publications in academic and mainstream outlets, including The Washington Post, Guardian and Huffington Post. His research has been supported by grants from the British Council, Department of Defense, Department of State, European Commission, Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and U.S. Institute of Peace, and he’s received fellowships from the London School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Oxford, and Central European University.

In addition, Powers has spoken at the Al Jazeera Forum, Austrian Diplomatic Academy, British Broadcasting Corporation, Council on Foreign Relations, SXSW, United Nations, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and more than 30 universities.­­

There is a light reception prior to the talk at 5:30 p.m. in the West Hallway of the Wes Watkins Center. The reception is open to the public, and interested students, faculty, staff and members of the Stillwater community can meet and mingle with Powers during this time.

The School of Global Studies and Partnerships Global Briefing Series began after Sept. 11, 2001, to educate and inform the public about developing events, both in the United States and abroad. Visiting scholars, experts and world leaders deliver briefings to provide a global perspective on current events.