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START Hosts State Dept.'s Tara Sonenshine

March 25, 2013
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Under Secretary to Discuss "Public Diplomacy and Countering Violent Extremism"

U.S. Department of State Under Secretary Tara SonenshineCOLLEGE PARK, Md. -  The University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) will host U.S. Department of State Under Secretary Tara Sonenshine as she discusses "Public Diplomacy and Countering Violent Extremism" at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27.

Sonenshine will speak about international terrorism, public diplomacy, why we use online media and social networking and the power of video games to counter extremism.

The event will be held in the Stamp Student Union's Atrium (Rm. 1107) and is free and open to the public.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to infostart@start.umd.edu.

Sonenshine was formerly Executive Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace. Prior to joining the United States Institute of Peace, she was a strategic communications adviser to many international organizations including USIP, the International Crisis Group, Internews, CARE, The American Academy of Diplomacy, and the International Women's Media Foundation. Sonenshine served in various capacities at the White House during the Clinton Administration, including Transition Director and Director of Foreign Policy Planning for the National Security Council and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications for the NSC.