Ambassador Milton A. Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy
Fostering Innovation in Diplomacy and Journalism
Launched in 2001, the Milton Wolf Seminar addresses developing issues in diplomacy and journalism. These seminars are a meeting place for media practitioners, diplomats, academics, and students to share their perspectives, formulate innovative ideas, and identify areas where further research is needed. Each seminar features several panels and is designed as a two-day continuing conversation, in which all participants are encouraged to openly engage in dialogue and explore potential synergies and future collaborations. To encourage an open exchange of ideas, seminar attendance is limited to invited panelists and graduate students only.
Panelists include individuals working for state and multilateral organizations, journalists, civil society actors, representatives from media and internet companies, and academics. The Milton Wolf Seminar Series particularly emphasizes the contribution of young and mid-career scholars, by inviting a select group of outstanding graduate students to attend the seminar in Vienna as Emerging Scholar fellows. Selected Fellows receive economy class airfare, accommodation, and a food and local travel stipend, which covers all costs of attending the Seminar.
The American Austrian Foundation has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna to organize this seminar since 2010. The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation has supported the Milton Wolf Seminar since 2017.
The annual seminar is named in honor of Ambassador Milton A. Wolf (1924-2005), a former U.S. ambassador to Austria and former Chairman of the American Austrian Foundation. It is funded by AAF trustee Dr. Nancy G. Wolf and the Wolf Family Foundation.