U.S. Specialists and Embassy Speakers' Program
U.S. Specialists are American experts who engage with foreign audiences around the world through lectures, workshops, and seminars on U.S. policies, society, and culture. These experts may be U.S. Government officials, but most are not; the Embassy can specifically request them or simply ask for some of their time during a pre-arranged visit. Such events in France are used to inform the French public and policy makers, and they include:
Traveling Speakers: authors, Supreme Court Justices, professional athletes, and others engage directly with foreign audiences.
Citizen Dialogues: Americans of all religious backgrounds share their experiences, highlighting religious contributions to U.S. society.
Digital Video Conferences and Electronic Speakers: American experts connect with people worldwide through digital video conferences, Webchats, Webcasts, and blogs (in a variety of languages).
Podcasts: audio files are posted on Embassy websites or broadcast on local radio stations. They include interviews with prominent Americans, stories about U.S. society and culture, and U.S. policy highlights.
U.S. Embassy University Speakers Program
The US Embassy University Speakers Program is meant to explain US policies and culture, promote mutual understanding, and advance the bilateral relationship. French public universities can request to have an American diplomat address various subjects ranging from cultural diplomacy to the key political and economic issues shaping the bilateral/regional relationships, to name a few. To request an Embassy University Speaker, please complete the entire questionnaire and email it to our office no later than three weeks prior to the presentation to: ParisHigherEducation@state.gov
U.S. Embassy Middle School and High-School Speakers' Program
The goal of the Embassy Speakers program is to explain U.S. policies and culture and to promote understanding of mutual French-U.S. values. Through this program, French schools, primarily junior-high and high schools, but also U.S.-French friendship groups and organizers of public events, can request to have an American Embassy Officer come and speak on a wide variety of subjects. Topics range from general presentations on the U.S. to issues such as U.S. foreign policy, U.S. elections, and the functioning of Embassies. To request an Embassy Speaker, please complete the entire questionnaire and return it to our office no later than two weeks prior to the presentation. If we do not receive the completed questionnaire two weeks prior to the date of the presentation, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the U.S. Embassy Speakers’ Program and will cancel the request.
Open the questionnaire (pdf format)
Please email completed questionnaires to ParisEducation@state.gov
Or send to:
American Embassy Paris
2 avenue Gabriel, 75382 Paris cedex 08,
On March 11, 2011, Connie Fredericks and James Malone participated in the Embassy Speakers program at the Internat d’Excellence in Sourdun: “Carole Fredericks, The African American singer” They talk about this experience and their goals.