Friday, June 8, 2018

Member Forum: At the Intersection of Data Science and Social Science

The proliferation of new digital data sources and the development of new programming languages that can quickly make sense of these data are changing the nature of how public policy makers and the general public understand how government works – and when it doesn’t. This discussion will focus on the road ahead for data and social science, how to communicate better when the lanes merge, and what this all means for getting to better-informed policies and programs that improve public well-being.

Dean Eric Schwartz at APPAM's 2013 Spring Conference.

President Obama Names Humphrey School Dean in Plans for Latest Administration Posts

June 4, 2013 09:04 AM

President Obama announced his intent to appoint Eric Schwartz, Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.

“President Obama’s appointment will recognize Dean Schwartz’s remarkable contributions to critical issues of human rights and humanitarianism,” said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. “This honor also speaks to the core mission and values of the University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School, and that is a commitment to develop and educate the next generation of global leaders.”

Prior to his arrival in Minnesota, Schwartz spent 25 years in senior positions at the State Department, the National Security Council, the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, and in the NGO community. From 2009 to 2011, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, having been named to the post by President Obama. Working with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he served as the Department of State’s principal humanitarian official.

Comprised of nine members, USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties.


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