Sewall to Speak at Pardee

Under Secretary of State for Human Rights, Sarah Sewall to deliver Pardee School Dean's Distinguished Lecture
Under Secretary of State for Human Rights, Sarah Sewall to deliver Pardee School Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights for the U. S. Department of State Dr. Sarah B. Sewall will deliver the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University on Friday, Oct. 9, at 11:00 a.m. Sewall will speak on the topic of Preventing the Next ISIL – An Evolving Global Approach to Terrorism.”

Her lecture will outline the approach that the United States is taking to prevent and counter violent extremism. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with a Q & A.

The lecture is open to public and free. Due to limited seating, RSVP and pre-registration is required to ensure space. Click here to send your RSVP.

As Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Sewall leads State Department efforts to prevent and counter threats to civilian security and effective governance, such as terrorism, violent extremism, mass atrocities and transnational crime. The bureaus and offices reporting to the Under Secretary contribute to the security of the American people and nations around the world by assisting countries to build more democratic, secure, stable, and just societies. She serves concurrently as the U. S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

Over the previous decade, Sewall has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she also served as Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, launched the MARO (Mass Atrocities Response Operations) Project and directed the Program on National Security and Human Rights. She served on the U.S. Defense Policy Board and on the boards of Oxfam America and the Center for Naval Analyses.

In 2012, she was Minerva Chair at the Naval War College. She also led several research studies of U.S. military operations for the Department of Defense. During the Clinton Administration, Dr. Sewall served as the inaugural Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance.

Prior to joining the executive branch, she served six years as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell.