Oct 31 Special Career Conversation & Lunch with Former Dean Eric Schwartz

Are you interested in a career in humanitarian and human rights issues? Join us for an informal conversation or lunch with Eric Schwartz, President, Refugees International (and former Humphrey School Dean).

10:00 - 11:15 am, Tuesday, October 31
Room 205 Humphrey (Freeman Commons)

Humphrey students are invited to an informal conversation with Eric Schwartz, President of Refugees International. Learn about his three-decade career focused on humanitarian and human rights issues at the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Affairs, and in Congressional and Executive appointments among others.

Eric can also talk more about his spring 2018 class at the Humphrey School, PA 5823 Managing Humanitarian and Refugee Crises: Challenges for Policymakers and Practitioners.

Register to attend the Career Conversation at https://z.umn.edu/ericschwartz_conversation.


12:30 - 1:30 pm, Tuesday, October 31
Room 205 Humphrey (Freeman Commons)

A light lunch will be served. Registration limited.
​Register to attend the Lunch at https://z.umn.edu/lunch_eric_schwartz.

Eric Schwartz
Eric Schwartz became President of Refugees International in June 2017. Eric has had a three-decade career focused on humanitarian and human rights issues. Between 2009 and 2011, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. As Assistant Secretary, he was credited with strengthening the State Department’s humanitarian advocacy around the world, initiating and implementing critical enhancements to the U.S. refugee resettlement program and raising the profile of global migration issues in U.S. foreign policy. He was the senior human rights and humanitarian official at the National Security Council during the Clinton administration, managing humanitarian responses to crises in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He also served as the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery after the 2004 Asian Tsunami; as Washington Director of Asia Watch (now the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch); and Staff Consultant to the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, among other positions in the U.S. government, at the UN and in the non-profit sector. Just prior to arriving at Refugees International, Eric served a six-year term as Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. During much of that period, he also served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and, ultimately, as the Commission’s vice chair. He holds a law degree from New York University School of Law, a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
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