Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee conducted the confirmation hearings for Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary Designate, State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Nary a word was said about ECA's Cultural Heritage Center and its archaeo-centric programs and emphasis.
In her prepared opening remarks, Ms. Stock did state,
The mission of ECA is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. I believe that these initiatives are essential for achieving America's foreign policy objectives and for strengthening America's international leadership.
After hearing Ms. Stock speak, it struck me that particularly with virtual contacts through the Internet and in person contacts at international coin shows like the New York International, coin collecting and especially ancient coin collecting fosters just such people-to-people exchanges ---and all without any government programs or expense!