Revitalization Vision

Presentation on The Murrow Center

In Fletcher's upcoming capital campaign, we seek to raise funds for the following related but distinct projects associated with the Murrow Center:

Murrow Center Director
Digitize Murrow Tape Collection
Edward R. Murrow Professor of Public Diplomacy
Murrow Center Programming

Murrow Center Director

Endowed or expendable funds are sought to allow Fletcher to engage a full time administrator/champion for the Center.

Digitize Murrow Tape Collection

Expendable funds are sought to allow for the digitization of the entire collection of tapes given to the Fletcher School by the Murrow Estate. Permission is being sought so that these tapes would be available for scholarly and public use via the Murrow Center.

Edward R. Murrow Professor of Public Diplomacy

In light of Fletcher's mission to prepare leaders with a global perspective for the public, private and non-profit sectors and in view of our philosophy of operating at the nexus of theory and practice, the School would like to add the area of public diplomacy to its curriculum and fields of excellence and scholarship.

With today's realtime and simultaneous availability of data to those at every level of decision making in every sector, the traditional paradigms of authority, decision making and diplomacy are changing. Fletcher believes that the relationship between information technologies and public diplomacy is an important one.

For illustrative purposes, the following courses might be offered: Principles & Practices of Public Diplomacy, Principles & Practice of International Communications, Reporting of Foreign Affairs, Communication and International Business, Public Diplomacy & Foreign Policy, The Politics of Propaganda, Spinning vs. Veritas, NGO's, Associations and Single Voices, The Information Imperative and International Communication Law.

Budget: Approximately $500,000 has already been raised to endow this professorship. We are seeking another $2.5m in endowment funds that will support a succession of distinguished outstanding scholars and practitioners whose work is focused on public diplomacy.

Murrow Center Programming

Conference - establishing an annual Murrow Conference on Public Diplomacy to be held when most propitious during the academic year. This would range from half-day to day and half duration depending on the subject and funding, and would result in a Murrow Report. Over time this Murrow Conference could build attention based on cutting edge themes. The series of reports produced in a suitable style would constitute a new and continuing body of writings in the field.

Murrow Fellow - a scholarship for an early or mid career practitioner in the field of public diplomacy to attend Fletcher for an academic year of chosen study.

Fletcher currently has the John L. Hedges Scholarship in Public Diplomacy Endowed Fund with a balance of approximately $61k that supports a second year student interested in pursuing a career in public diplomacy.

Student Scholarships

Fletcher is currently seeking additional scholarship funds for all its degree programs to ensure the School continues to attract and yield the best students from around the globe. Fletcher has two endowed funds related to the Murrow Center: the John L. Hedges Scholarship in Public Diplomacy that supports a second year student interested in pursuing a career in public diplomacy and the Sherry Mueller Scholarship that provides a scholarship for a second-year female student of public diplomacy who has an expressed interest in the field of education and cultural diplomacy.

Speakers - an appearance each semester by an appropriate figure to deliver a Murrow Lecture and engage in several hours of more detailed discussion with Murrow Center students. Individuals such as Pat Mitchell, head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, Jill Schuker of the Kamber Group, Danny Schecter of Global Vision in New York , Tony Lake former head of the NSC, Nitin Desai of India, Tim Wirth, head of the UN Foundation, and Ed Ney of Y & R and former US ambassador to Canada are envisioned.

Conclusion

Fletcher's primacy in the world of international affair's education, coupled with our Murrow Collection and Murrow Memorial Room, uniquely position the School as it plans to reinvigorate the Murrow Center.

The Murrow Center effort coincides with Fletcher's interest in establishing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies and building-on Fletcher's longstanding commitment to offering diplomatic training certificate programs for developing country diplomats. Together with our newly created loan assistance fund to assist alumni working in the public sector, these plans underscore Fletcher's commitment to prepare leaders with a global perspective in both the public and private sectors.

In the coming months, we will seek to recruit a Murrow Center Advisory Board, and reach out to alumni, friends, foundations and corporations for their input and support.

Contributions to the revitalization of the Edward R. Murrow Center can be made through The Fletcher School's Office of Development and Alumni Relations. For more information on how to contribute to the center. email Roger Milici, Director of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.