"Diplomacy Lab allows offices across the State Department to identify issues that can benefit from additional research and innovation, then faculty led teams at Universities across the country focus on those issues over the course of the semester and work to develop new ideas and solutions. At the end of that process we take their findings and channel them directly into the policy making work that we do every day. Diplomacy Lab is a great example of how we are reaching out beyond the government to bring Americans into the world of foreign policy." Dr. Tomicah Tilleman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies
Morven Programs hosted the State Departments dialogue with the US and Chinese Legal Experts in November 2013.
"Priorities and Policies to Reinforce Democratic Institutions"
The Presidential Precinct and the German Marshall Fund hosted 42 participants at Morven on June 20-22, 2013 as a way to pause and reflect on U.S. Foreign Policy goals. Among the participants were Sen. Tim Kaine and senior German Marshall Fund membership; UVA Vice President for Research; Dean of Batten School and Director of Open Grounds; former President of William and Mary and the Director of the Reves Center for International Studies as well as the Vice President for German Marshall Fund.
"Young Leaders Rise: Renew, Inspire, Serve, Empower"
hosted by Presidential Precinct
The Presidential Precinct hosted 16 emerging leaders from the Middle East and North Africa for a conference focusing on leadership strategies and skills used to manage political challenges, exploring advocacy strategies that facilitate social empowerment and justice, and illustrating how Americans value community service and volunteerism in the United States. Participants attended workshops and seminars during their 3-day stay in Charlottesville. These workshops included presentations from the Center for the Constitution at Montpelier, the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, and UVA faculty and staff including the Center for Politics at UVA.
The Presidential Precinct -- a newly formed partnership between UVA, Morven, Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland, William & Mary and Montpelier -- hosted emerging leaders from over 25 countries from December 10-12th at Morven and on-grounds at UVA. Over the course of two days, these international leaders met with members of the Presidential Precinct to engage in discussions about fostering democracy and civil society in their home countries. For news coverage about these exciting visits, watch the video from NBC 29 and read articles in the Daily Progress and UVA Today.