Award for Global Engagement

2009 Recipients

Joseph E. Schwartzberg

Professor Emeritus Dr. Joseph E. Schwartzberg’s career has been devoted to academic and global outreach. He has had a lengthy career as a scholar, writer, speaker, peace and justice activist, and committed world citizen. As an ardent activist, he has combined his academic career with engagement causes that he strongly believes in. His rich life experiences have been abundantly reflected in his teaching, research, and advocacy. Throughout his career he has remained committed to a global perspective and an ethic of service.

South Asia, especially India, has been a passion of Professor Schwartzberg’s since his first visit to the region in 1955. Professor Schwartzberg has made important contributions though his tireless research, writing, and academic and policy outreach in issues related to one of the world’s most intractable conflicts, that between India and Pakistan as regards to the region of Kashmir. As a member and co-founder of the Kashmir Study Group, he has written extensively on issues related to the Kashmir dispute and efforts to achieve peace in South Asia. He may be most well known for his work on the Historical Atlas of South Asia, in which he is the editor and principle author. The atlas has been called the “definitive historical chronology” of South Asia and is highly regarded by scholars. In addition to his many publications on South Asia, he has also written major publications on issues related to the United Nations system, global governance, and promoting international understanding. His Affirmation of Oneness has been translated into 39 different languages and has been widely reprinted by peace and justice organizations.

Because global education enriched his own intellectual and personal life, he has been an ardent supporter of global education. Professor Schwartzberg has incorporated into his classes the insights and experiences derived from years of foreign travel and residence in more than 100 countries as well as from literature focusing on global interdependence and innovations in institutes of global government. He used the classroom as an opportunity to challenge students not just to know other countries abstractly, but to engage with them personally. His work has been a stimulus for hundreds of students to experience India and other parts of the world first-hand and to look toward careers that would permit their continuing involvement with the larger world around them. In virtually all of his interactions with students, faculty, and the community, he promoted one facet or another of global education.

Professor Schwartzberg’s teaching and research are linked to his lifetime of service. During his career at the University he has served as chair of the Department of South and Southwest Asian Studies, director and faculty adviser of the Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) program, chair of MSID’s India Committee, faculty adviser for the United Nations Student Association, and organizer of scores of extra-curricular events on campus. In addition to his work on campus, he is the co-founder and member of the Kashmir Study Group, an international group of scholars, retired diplomats, and other foreign policy professionals in the U.S. and abroad seeking to promote a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. For decades he has been a central figure in the World Federalist Association and the organization into which it has evolved, Citizens for Global Solutions. He co-founded the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, a consortium of 76 local peace and justice organizations.

Professor Schwartzberg is well known and respected for his scholarly approach to international problems. He has had a profound and lasting effect on ongoing efforts to create a more peaceful world. He has truly made a difference to the University and the world.