COVID-19 and the Globally Displaced: The Pandemic's Impact on Refugees and Other Forced Migrants

How is the COVID-19 pandemic impacting refugee populations across the globe? In this Summer Seminar, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz; incoming faculty member Dipali Mukhopadhyay; and Humphrey School Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin will explore critical issues affecting refugees and internally displaced people, as well as the global community's response.

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Professor Eric Schwartz is currently on a reduced appointment and extended leave of absence while serving in Washington, DC, as president of Refugees International, the non-governmental organization that advocates on behalf of refugees and displaced persons.

Dipali Mukhopadhyay, who will join the Humphrey School faculty this fall, is an Associate Professor (untenured) of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she is also a faculty affiliate of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. She is the author of Good Rebel Governance: Revolutionary Politics and Western Intervention in Syria (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) with Kimberly Howe and Warlords, Strongman Governors and State Building in Afghanistan (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her scholarly publications also include articles in Conflict, Security and Development, International Negotiation, and Perspectives on Politics, as well as a series of book chapters in edited volumes. She is Vice President of the American Institute of Afghan Studies and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mary T. Curtin, PhD, a Minnesota native, joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as diplomat-in-residence in 2013 after a 25-year career as a Department of State Foreign Service Officer. As diplomat-in-residence, she teaches courses in foreign policy and diplomacy and serves as coordinator for the Humphrey School's global policy area.

Headshots of Eric Schwartz, Dipali Mukhopadhyay, and Mary Curtin
August 13, 2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM