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Skateboarding Diplomacy: What You Can Do for Your Country

  • Gardner Commons — Hinckley Caucus Room 260 South Central Campus Drive, Room 2050 Salt Lake City, Utah 84112 (map)

Williams discusses how his love of skateboarding culture manifested into a call to action to develop the concept of ‘skate diplomacy’ as a way to engage skateboarding, academia, and cultural institutions globally. He hopes to inspire others to develop their own unique vision and reframe their passions in a manner to help create positive dialogues and communication between the global public.  This discussion is a reminder that the everyday actions of individual citizens can exemplify the spirit of public diplomacy, and act as the foundation for sparking dialogue between communities at home and abroad in a way that supports the best of American ideals. 

Neftalie Williams, PhD Candidate 

Williams is the first lecturer of skateboarding business, media and culture in the United States. He lectures and conducts research at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles, California and is a PhD candidate at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. You can learn more about Williams here

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Cosponsored by the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy