CPD Bids Farewell to Teresa La Porte

Please join us in a moment to honor the life and work of Teresa La Porte, CPD Past Visiting Scholar, who over the years made numerous and valuable contributions to the field of public diplomacy. This week we were saddened to learn that Teresa passed away.

In 2009, she was Visiting Professor at the USC School of International Relations and taught a seminar on European Union Public Diplomacy in USC's Master of Public Diplomacy program. Through CPD, she led a roundtable discussion titled, "The Public Diplomacy of the EU," and her work was featured in a 2017 edition of CPD's "What's in the Works?"

Below, please find a special note from CPD Faculty Fellow Philip Seib:

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the larger world of public diplomacy have lost a wonderful person and valued friend, Teresa La Porte. Her work significantly advanced public diplomacy as an academic discipline and as an element in the policies of nations and international organizations.

Teresa was a lovely person, always willing to assist her students and colleagues. In the classroom and in conference presentations, she was thoughtful and measuredconvincing in advancing her views and respectful of the ideas of others.

During my time as director of the Center on Public Diplomacy, Teresa and I worked together frequently. I am among the many who will miss her.

Philip Seib

Director, Center on Public Diplomacy 2009-2013



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