Dr. Bryant Wedge

Friday, July 02, 1965

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From card catalog: Dr. Bryant Wedge, director of Institute for Study of National Behavior and author of "Visitors to the US and How They See Us," talks about implementing the new diplomacy. He discusses this term and then says our diplomacy has not kept pace with changing national feelings and must be revised. Questions and answers.

Wedge begins by talking about the misconceptions and ambiguities between states and people. Specifically translation errors, how to communicate "what we mean" and "what they mean." Development of a new diplomacy. The role of the diplomat. Reconciliation of differences is beliefs of where the world is heading, philosophical differences.

After speech, Wedge is presented with a certificate of appreciation.

Questions: Why has the diplomatic establishment resisted this point of view? It's a historic problem. How do other powers view our policies in Vietnam and Dominican Republic? They haven't been communicated well. What is the problem presented by the poverty of so much of the world? How to reconcile the peace corp's positive image and Military's unsympathetic image? The American tendency to speak and not listen? New vs. old diplomacy?

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70916
Municipal archives id: T663


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