Professor Thomas G. Weiss on the U.N. and a Career Studying It

April 24, 2023

A longtime, esteemed scholar of the U.N. reflects on the organization and his own career as he moves toward retirement.

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Born the same year as the United Nations was founded — 1946 — Presidential Professor Thomas G. Weiss has both worked for and spent decades studying the organization and its impact on international peace and security. He is retiring this year after a quarter century at the Graduate Center, but he is not stepping away entirely from scholarship.

He joins The Thought Project to discuss his long career and the current state and future of the U.N. In his words, this is “not a high point of the U.N.’s 77-year history, but we've seen lots of such nadirs in the past, and I'd like to just say that this too shall pass.”

Recently, Weiss has contributed research to the protection of world heritage. He plans to continue this work and is currently involved in a project on the protection of Asian art with former Graduate Center President Chase F. Robinson, who now directs the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.

Weiss says he leaves the Graduate Center with great appreciation to so many current and former students who have since become colleagues.

Listen in to learn more.


CUNY Graduate Center · Professor Thomas G. Weiss on the U.N. and a Career Studying It

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