Step Behind the Scenes of a White House State Dinner

Bonjour! On February 11th, the White House hosted French President Hollande for a state visit. Step behind the scenes to learn more about France’s unique culture and the people and organizations supporting U.S. diplomacy around the globe. On this page you’ll find:

Virtual Event

Bienvenue! An Inside Look at the State Dinner with France & U.S. Diplomacy Initiatives

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 2:30pm EST| Free event for grades 6-12

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Have you ever wondered what happens at a White House state dinner? Join PBS LearningMedia and distinguished staff from the U.S. Department of State for a discussion about the history of state dinners and their relevance to the diplomatic process. Plus, get the exclusive on French President Hollande’s dinner at the White House! Learn about the guest list, menu, selection of gifts, and all the logistics that went into planning this historic evening.

Guest Speakers:

Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the United States, U.S. Department of State

Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State