On September 19, 2018 Professor Joseph E. Schwartzberg, Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, died at the age of 90. Joe was an intellectual activist leader of Citizens for Global Solutions in Minnesota as well as in the world federalist movement nationally and internationally. His outstanding book Transforming The United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World was published in 2013 by the United Nations University Press.
Joe was much more than just an outstanding professor of political geography at the University of Minnesota. His monumental and innovative Historical Atlas of South Asia, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1978 and then again by Oxford University Press in 1992, won the American Historical Society’s Watumuli Prize plus a distinguished achievement award from the Association of American Geographers. Joe also was principal author and co-editor of the 11-volume History of Cartography about important work done in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Greater Tibet in that field.
Joe served 32 months in the military during the Korean War and then traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. He became Chair of the University of Minnesota’s Department of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and also served as a Trustee of the American Institute of Indian Studies of the International Geographical Union. He was active in several Peace Corps programs and directed the Minnesota Studies in International Development program for three years.
Joe’s publications include not only those already mentioned but also Revitalizing the United Nations: Reform Through Weighed Voting (2004) and Creating a World Parliamentary Assembly: An Evolutionary Journey (2012). In 1996 he helped found the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers which now includes more than 80 peace and justice organizations. He served on the national Board of Directors of the World Federalist Association/Citizens for Global Solutions for many years and was President of the Minnesota Chapter for 14 years. He has served as a member of the International Council of the World Federalist Movement and as a member of the Steering Committee of CGS’s World Federalist Institute.
It is wonderful that Joe has left to us not only his great book about how to transform the United Nations but also the WORKABLE WORLD TRUST that he organized and funded to carry on his efforts to help and encourage humanity to create a workable world with a cosmopolitan ethos that “will foster a sense of shared stewardship of our endangered planet” (page 335 of his book).