Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:00

Spanish Diplomat to Examine Xenophobia, Brexit, and EU Elections During Talk at Assumption

Spain diplomatWORCESTER, MA (March 15, 2017)— Fernando Fernandez-Arias, a career diplomat from Spain, will discuss xenophobia, with a focus on Brexit and the upcoming presidential elections in the European Union on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Kennedy 112 at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester.  His lecture “Examining Xenophobia,” will address this complex issue and its place in politics and the current economy both in the United States and in the E.U.

Fernandez-Arias, a native of Madrid, has been a diplomat in the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1989. He is currently serving as a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He was previously the director of Human Rights for the Spain Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a counselor for the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations. Fernandez-Arias was also a transatlantic diplomatic fellow at the U.S. State Department as a special advisor on human rights and gender equality issues to the assistant secretary for western hemispheres affairs.

“Understanding the complex issue of xenophobia at this time of political transition and economic uncertainty in the United States and the European Union is critical for students who are pursuing a career in international business,” said Eric Drouart, director of the College’s MBA program. “Mr. Fernandez-Arias brings his deep knowledge and wealth of experience working with human rights issues to impart upon students enrolled in the College’s MBA and business programs.”

Fernandez-Aria earned his bachelor’s degree in law from Universidad Complutense in Madrid and master’s degrees in French law from Universite de Paris XI and in contemporary humanities from Univ. Autónoma Madrid.  

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Assumption College MBA Program and MBA Student Club.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews