March 3, 2016: World Bank, Washington DC

“Timbuktu Renaissance: The Role of Culture in Securing Mali’s Peace and Prosperity”, Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Forum  

September 28-29, 2015: Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY

“Culture and Countering Violent Extremism.” Panel discussion introduced by Ambassador Thomas Pickering. Moderated by Ambassador Cynthia Schneider. Including Irina Bokova, Director-General UNESCO; Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General UNOPS; and Mrs. N’Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, Malian Secretary of Culture.

September 24, 2015: MidAtlantic TEDx, Washington DC

“Extremists Get why Culture Matters; Why Don’t We?”,

February 2015: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Canberra, Australia

“Harnessing Culture for Peace”, Big Picture Policy Forum. See the DFAT video from Ambassador Schneider's visit: Culture, Countering Violent Extremism, and 21st Century Diplomacy

February 2015: Western Australia University, Perth, Australia

Department of Culture and Arts, cultural diplomacy workshop.

June 9 - June 11, 2014 : U.S.-Islamic World Forum,  Brookings Institution, Doha, Qatar

Co-convener, Timbuktu Renaissance Action Group,

April 8, 2014: BOZAR,  Brussels,  EUNIC conference on  Cultural Relations in  External  Relations, 

Panelist, "The potential added value of European dimensions and strategic approaches to culture in external relations,"    

April 6, 2014: D-CAF 2014 (Downtown Cairo Arts Festival) 

Showcase: "Contemporary Middle-Eastern Art in International Perspective," featured speaker

March 29, 2014: TEDxYale 2014: Exploring the Footnotes

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," the TED organization created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At Yale's annual version, TEDxYale, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark discussion and connection.

March 28, 2014: Keynote Speech at University of Georgia

Ambassador Cynthia Schneider deleivered the keynote speech as part of the Emerging Scholars Symposium: “While Silent, They Speak: Art and Diplomacy.”

July 19, 2013: World Sports Values Summit for Peace, Tokyo, Japan

“The Humanizing Power of Arts, Culture, and Sports”

June 27, 2013: Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), Washington, DC

“Culture as a Tipping Point,” (and multiple talks at ICD Berlin),

June 10, 2013: U.S.-Islamic World Forum, Brookings Institution, Doha, Qatar

Organizer and moderator of plenary session, “Politics Demonizes, Culture Humanizes: Arts, Conflict, and Security,”

May 15, 2013: Lysoen Revisited: 15 Years of Human Security, Bergen, Norway

“Culture and Conflict,”

March 1, 2013: University of Oklahoma

“Arts, Culture, and International Affairs: Cultural Diplomacy Then and Now”