October 02, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Lee Schwartz '76, the Geographer of the United States, U.S. Department of State, will give the talk, "Why Geography Matters: Geographical Awareness and Global Diplomacy," on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the geography department at Bucknell.

"We're excited to be welcoming back a Bucknell graduate who is so accomplished and whose work in American geo-politics impacts so many around the world," said Karen Morin, professor of geography at the University. "He's also a great speaker."

1976 Bucknell grad
Schwartz, who graduated from Bucknell in 1976, also serves as the director of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

At the Department of State, he has directed research and analysis on global issues related to complex humanitarian emergencies. He also has coordinated related fieldwork and applied geography projects overseas, particularly in the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia and throughout Africa

Since joining the Department of State, Schwartz has led or been involved in numerous initiatives including spearheading the Populations at Risk project, mapping the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, researching biofuels in South America and geospatial sciences for sustainable development in Africa, and monitoring the Sudan-Darfur crisis and southern Sudan census.

Warren B. Christopher Award
Schwartz was the State Department's 2005 winner of the Warren B. Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs. The citation read, in part, "in recognition for his exceptional leadership and creativity and with appreciation for his contributions to the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy on the full scope of global issues, including refugee returns in Afghanistan, human rights in Sudan, tsunami humanitarian assistance, and protection of at-risk populations."

He also worked with the National Geographic Society to get National Geographic Awareness Week declared by Congressional order (co-sponsored by Bill Bradley and Leon Panetta) in the fall of 1987. National Geographic Awareness Week is celebrated the third week of November.

Contact: Division of Communications

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