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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:11 p.m.

Photos: A discussion on hip hop diplomacy

Diplomats, musicians, athletes and journalists came together Tuesday in the Elliott School of International Affairs to discuss the role cultural exchange plays in U.S. public diplomacy. Panelists shared how it felt to have their art or sport transcend political and cultural divides as part of a discussion hosted by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications.

Tara Sonenshine, left, the executive vice president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, delivers her keynote address on engaging and empowering women around the world, as Sean Aday, the director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications, moderates. Catherine Finsness | Hatchet Photographer

The packed audience asked Sonenshine questions about her experiences abroad and the cultural diplomacy programs she was involved with. Catherine Finsness | Hatchet Photographer

Sonenshine discusses how women are not equally represented in community life, and pressed for their inclusion if peace and economic prosperity is to be achieved. Catherine Finsness | Hatchet Photographer

The panel included participants from various backgrounds, such as Olympic soccer player Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak, left, and Moroccan hip-hop artist Soultana, right. Catherine Finsness | Hatchet Photographer

Sahaydak reflects on the problems she experienced while abroad and participating in events such as the 1999 Women's World Cup. Catherine Finsness | Hatchet Photographer