A summit of diplomatic, scholarly and advocacy organizations focused on cultural and academic exchanges between the U.S. and Austria convened in New Orleans Nov. 12-13 to explore opportunities for joining forces in areas of mutual interest and benefit. The summit was sponsored by the Botstiber Institute of Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) and organized together with Center Austria.
The summit informed and galvanized several existing partnerships and sparked exciting ideas for new collaborations. Representatives from more than a dozen organizations participated, discussing issues such as the status of Austrian studies in the U.S. and American studies in Austria, fundraising challenges and the role of social media in advancing their causes. They also considered how they might identify synergies and achieve more effective communication with common constituencies.