MARCH 2016

TIER Talks event April 5 to explore hot political topics

By Steve Seepersaud

TIER Talks

TIER (Talks that Inspire, Educate and Resonate) Talks™ is a showcase for the intellectual prowess of our community of scholars. Great minds advance brilliant ideas, enhancing the pride and prestige of Binghamton University.

TIER Talks™ is presented by M&T Bank and the Binghamton University Alumni Association. Our speaker series is intended to satisfy your lifelong love of learning, while challenging you to think of the world with a different set of perspectives. Join us Tuesday, April 5, at the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan for an event that will be an eye-opener on the position of the U.S. in the global politics arena.

"The Destabilization of the Middle East, Asia and Europe: Pitfalls, Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Foreign Policy"
Ricardo Rene LaremontRicardo René Larémont is professor of political science and sociology at Binghamton University, serving on our faculty since 1997. Larémont is a leading expert on political Islam, Islamic law, conflict resolution, democratization and civil/military relations. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Africa Center.

"A Changing World, the Ascendance of China, Domestic Political Dysfunction, and Other Internal Impediments: Is a Coherent U.S. Foreign Policy Even Possible?"
Eric Schwartz '79During his illustrious 25-year public service career, Eric Schwartz '79 has held a number of high-level positions including U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration; UN Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery; and Senior Director and Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs. In 2011, he was named dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Our event will take place from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The formal program runs from 7-8 p.m., with receptions to precede and follow. Schwartz and Larémont will be happy to chat with you during the receptions. The SUNY Global Center is located at 116 E. 55th St. (near Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan.

The cost of $20/person will include receptions with hors d'oeuvres, as well as soft drinks, beer and wine. Please register online by Tuesday, March 29. Contact the Alumni Engagement Office at or 607-777-2424 with questions.

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SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE WITH US! The Alumni Relations office is asked to recommend alumni who are expert speakers. If you are well-versed in subjects including national security, politics, technology, career networking, environmental studies or etiquette, please contact Melinda Holicky, associate director for alumni volunteer engagement. Include your name, class year and a brief biography. Supporting material could include a c.v. or link to your website.


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