Milton Wolf Seminar

The annual Milton Wolf Seminar takes place in Vienna, Austria at the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna.  Each year, Seminar panelists and participants explore a theme related to contemporary issues in media and diplomacy—both broadly defined. Since 2010, the Seminar has been jointly organized by the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the American Austrian Foundation (AAF), and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA).

Initiated in 2001, the Milton Wolf Seminar represents an effort to explore cutting edge issues facing diplomacy and international relations.  It is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals representing multiple perspectives and nationalities.

The organizers envision the Milton Wolf seminar as a meeting place for media practitioners, diplomats, academics, and students to share their perspectives, formulate new ideas, and identify areas where further research is needed. While the seminar incorporates various speakers and panels, it 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. In order to encourage an open exchange of ideas, seminar attendance is limited only to invited participants and selected students.

Scholarships for highly motivated students wishing to attend the seminar are available through the Milton Wolf Emerging Scholar Program. Information about previous and upcoming Seminars is available below and on our Facebook Page.


Read More About the 2016 Milton Wolf Seminar, April 4 – 6, 2016

The Paris Effect: Journalism, Diplomacy, and Information Controls


Read More About Previous Milton Wolf Seminars

2015 Milton Wolf Seminar

Triumphs and Tragedies: Media and Global Events in 2014

April 19 – April 21, 2015

Read the 2015 Milton Wolf Compendium here.


2014 Milton Wolf Seminar

The Third Man Theme Revisited: Foreign Policies of the Internet in a time of Surveillance and Disclosure

March 30 – April 1, 2014

Read the 2014 Milton Wolf Compendium here.


2013 Milton Wolf Seminar

Diplomatic Maneuvers and Journalistic Coverage in a Time of Reset, Pivot and Rebalance

April 16-18, 2013


2012 Milton Wolf Seminar

Transitions Transformed: Ideas of Information and Democracy post-2011

March 26-28, 2012


2011 Milton Wolf Seminar

Picking Up the Pieces: Fragmented Sovereignties and Emerging Information Flows

March 23-25, 2011


2010 Milton Wolf Seminar

New Media, New Newsmakers, New Public Diplomacy:

The Changing Role of Journalists, NGOs, and Diplomats in a Multi-Modal Media World

March 17 – 19, 2010