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HHH students (all degrees): Seeking a capstone with international case work?

Mon, 2014-10-27 23:07

The HHH global policy area has excellent capstone client projects with space available for fall 2014 (no credit) and spring 2015 (3 credits).

Teams are forming now so if you did not sign up for the global policy area capstone but are thinking one of our projects might suit your program of study and highlight your skills, please contact Sherry Gray for more information on available projects.

In particular, MPP student Dennis Duffy is seeking team mates for a USAID evaluation project in Tanzania for Global Deaf Connection (travel required, March 2015).

SEE Peace Fellowship in Macedonia - March 2015

Mon, 2014-10-27 22:53

Applications for the SEE Peace Fellowship (South East European Peace Fellowship) in Macedonia - March 25-29 2015 are open now!

"Create a Peaceful Future Together"

The fellowship offers a 5 days training program that will include interactive activities, meditation & yoga sessions, lectures and discussions providing the participants with new skills for non-violent resistance, peace education, enhanced creativity and stress-management. Participants will have a chance to explore meditation as a practice which can develop tools to deal with challenges within peace-building and youth work, which makes this course different from others.

In addition to practical meditation and yoga classes participants will gain knowledge of various theoretical approaches that include:

Tools of non-violent communication and peace building that can be applied to all cultures, religions and professions.
Inner peace and leadership skills through mindfulness, self-discipline and compassion.
The idea that self-development and inner change is a core foundation of world change.
Approaches to active citizenship and how to make tangible changes in your communities.
The SEE Peace Fellowship Covers:

Partial transportation support
Meditation sessions and lectures fee
Yoga Classes


Nationals and residents of these countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Turkey.
Age required between 18-30 years old at the time of submitting the application in order to receive the transportation support.
Must have completed 21 days of the online self-development program. Note that in order to submit the application form, candidates do not need to have completed the online self-development program.
Young leaders who are actively involved in peace activities or have passion to work in peace building and coexistence within the spheres of politics, society, culture and media.
Open - minded, positive young people who are searching for the tools to cultivate inner peace and mindfulness.
Candidates should have good proficiency in written and spoken English language.
Candidates should be fully self-supportive for the transportation to the venue.

Application Deadline - 30 November 2014, before 00.00 GMT (last date to apply online)

Eligibility Deadline - 25 December 2014, before 00.00 GMT (last date to complete at least 21 days of the online Self-Development Program)

For more information click here or visit

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Peace Alliance Research Internship: Produce White Paper paper on US violence

Mon, 2014-10-27 22:47

The Peace Alliance is seeking an intern (unpaid) or volunteer to join our fast-paced team for 2014/2015. Can work in our Washington DC office or virtually. We are seeking an individual with energy and discipline who has a background or interest in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, juvenile justice, and/or youth violence prevention. This position presents the opportunity to impact multiple projects with our team members, fostering communication and professional development skills. It will also focus most heavily on research and written reports.

One of the key goals for this internship role is to help produce a White Paper exploring the exciting and compelling data about the role "peacebuilding" solutions to crime and violence are playing in the United States - which are positive alternatives to punitive criminal justice Focusing on areas like Restorative Justice Social Emotional Learning, etc. The attached Fact Sheet will give you an idea of the thrust of what we want to create.

The Peace Alliance is one of the United States largest peacebuilding advocacy organizations. We are an alliance of organizers, practitioners, and advocates throughout the United States mobilizing support for peacebuilding policies in the US government and constructive, non-violent solutions in our homes, communities, jobs, and investments. We work through Advocacy, Education and Grassroots Mobilization.


• Research in support of key peacebuilding projects. Produce a White Paper on violence preventions with help from staff.
• Preparation of written material around peace education.
• Assist with social media postings, creating or editing of email marketing campaigns, and other related activities
• Assist in the preparation and distribution of donor and prospect-related materials, including annual reports, newsletters, and appeal letters.


Hours: Flexible, between 10 - 20 hours per week

• Excellent verbal and written communications skills - specifically comfort with research and ability to produce a well polished report.
• Strong problem-solving abilities
• Professional and friendly manner
• Able to take direction well and work independently on multiple activities
• Flexible; able and willing to adapt to changing conditions
• Able to multi-task, prioritize, handle deadlines with poise, and work as part of a team
• Vigilant attention to detail; organized
• Strong computer skills: Word, Excel, Google Docs
• Proficiency with various social media platforms, or ability to learn quickly
• Reliable
• Graduate level students are a big plus

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Prof. Zelizer's Guide to Careers in International Affairs (Including Review of Top Job Sites)

Mon, 2014-10-27 22:44

Posted by Craig Zelizer on October 24, 2014 at PCDN

Finding the right job in conflict resolution, international development and related fields requires a combination of the right experience and training, an understanding of the field, developing strong connections and a bit of serendipity. In addition to academic and/or professional training, it is essential to have an understanding of how conflict resolution works in practice. Many people working in conflict related jobs, will not find employment with "conflict resolution organizations" but with organizations in others sectors (international development, education, environment, business) working on conflict related jobs. Thus it is also important in the job search to broaden your scope to include international development organizations, government and intergovernmental institutions, for-profit and business institutions, educational institutions, and more.

One of the things that I encourage my students to consider is developing strong skills in conflict resolution processes and theory, but also develop an expertise in a another sector and/or regional area. For more information on careers in the field, see a report I co-authored, Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. offers guide to careers in the field based on interviews with over 60 organizations and practitioners. The document also offers 10 pages of resources for finding jobs, internships, scholarships and more. You can download the report for Download Webreport.pdf or at the ACT website. Another great resource is a Career Guide from Sustainability on Corporate Social Responsibility. Idealist has also developed an excellent guide to Nonprofit Careers and a separate Careers Resources Section . Dr. John Paul Lederach and Kate Mansfield from the Kroc Institute have also developed a wonderful visual representation of possible careers in the field.

Here are some additional career development suggestions

1) Develop a Strong Resume - Make sure you have a strong, clear and compelling resume and cover letter. See the Download TipsforWritingEffectiveResumes.pdf . Many university career centers also offer guidance on resumes.

2) Conduct Informational Interviews - Most people are more than happy to talk about their job and conducting informational interviews can be an excellent way to learn more about an organization and what a career is like in a particular area. Informational interviews are a chance for you to ask general questions of someone already in the field. However, it is very important in informational interviews not to ask for a job or put pressure on the person you're speaking with to help you find a job.

3) Subscribe to Key Web and Job Lists - There are countless numbers of websites that provide resources on jobs and internships in the field (and in related fields). You should get on all or some of these sites as you will get daily or weekly updates of opportunities around the world (note some charge a fee, whiles others are free or provide partial postings for free).
Some of the best sites for jobs directly in conflict resolution, development, social entrepreneurship, etc. include:

UNJOBLIST- A very useful site with jobs at UN agencies and other Intergovernmental Organizations.
IDEALIST - Primarily Jobs in International and Domestic Non-profits. Covers many sectoral areas, health, development, etc.
INDEED- A Very useful site that searches across many job sites around the world. Searching by conflict and development keywords is best way to use the service.
RELIEFWEB - Primarily jobs in International Non-profits and UN.
DEVELOPMENT EX - Covers jobs in International Development and Consulting around the world.
International Organization Careers Website - Professional employment opportunities in International Organizations (site sponsored by the US Department of State)
ALLIANCE FOR PEACEBUILDING MEMBER FORUMS - Jobs and Fellowships in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Related Fields
SKOLL WORLD FORUM JOB LIST- Job and Fellowship postings related to social entreprenuership, the social sector and corporate social responsibility.
BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Jobs in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entreprenuership.
Social Impact Jobs - List from Echoing Green, one of the leading orgs in the field.
OpenGov Hub Member Jobs - Job opportunities from organizations based at the OpenGov Hub in Washington, DC.
Liberation Tech Jobs - Listserv that has jobs exploring how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods.
Be Social Change Jobs - Maintains a job board of positions and internships in key social change orgs.
Give to get Jobs - Opportunities in the for profit sector that are involved in social change.
ICT4D Jobs - Opportunities in information and communication technology for development.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Job Board - Careers in international Affairs, largely NY and DC based positions.
Zebra Jobs - A leading online portal for jobs in Africa, many focused on development related issues.
JOBS FOR CHANGE - Useful resources and guides to careers in social change.
BRITISH OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT NETWORK - Listing of Jobs at Key UK Based International Development Organizations.
ALERTNET - Jobs in International Development and Humanitarian Relief.
EUROPEAN PEACE BUILDING LIAISON OFFICE -Jobs at European Based Organizations.
FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION - Listing of Jobs at Key US nonprofits involved in international affairs.
JUSTMEANS - Jobs in Social Change and Environment.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Listing of jobs in International Affairs.
DEVNETJOBS - Listing of Many Positions in International Development and related fields.
JOBS4DEVELOPMENT -List of many jobs worldwide in International Development and Related Fields
MandE News Job Forum - List of jobs/consultancies related to monitoring and evaluation in international development.
The New EU - European Affairs Jobs in Brussels and Europe.
Democracy Digest Jobs - List of jobs related to political and democratic develpoment.
Society for International Development Job List - Posting of SID/DC Member Jobs. - Positions related to sports and development.
Next Billion Career Center - Learn about job opportunities in the development through enterprise space.
Social Venture Network - Jobs in social entrepreneurship and related fields.
Omidyar Network -Jobs in social entrepreneurship.
Jobs for Change - Wonderful resources on nonprofit jobs.
Inside NGO Jobs - Jobs in international development
OneWorld Jobs - brings the latest jobs and volunteer positions from organisations working to create a better world.
Donor Committee for Enterprise Development - job postings in private sector development.
BCorps Jobs - lists opportunities in companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Angel List- Jobs at Startup companies largely in the Information Tech Sector (including some focused on social change).
Other Job Sites/Resources that may have relevant jobs:

FOUNDATION CENTER - Jobs in Foundations and US based nonprofits.
CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY - Variety of jobs in US based non-profits working in diverse sectoral areas.
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION - Jobs in the US (and some international) Higher Education Sector.
Association of International Educators (NAFSA JOB Board) - Jobs in international education and international student services.
BRIDGESTAR NONPROFIT JOBS BOARD - Has useful list of nonprofit jobs in the US in diverse sectors.
Startup Hire - Jobs at startup (particularly in tech) around the world.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in new/social media.
ACRE Resources - Jobs in environmental and corporate social responsibility areas.
BRIGHT GREEN ALERT - Executive search firm for jobs in the green sector. - jobs in the environmental sector.
Greenona Jobs - Green jobs.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in Social Media.
Net Impact - Jobs in corporate social responsibility and related fields.
NONPROFIT OYSTER - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
REDF - Nonprofit and social enterprise jobs.
TREE HUGGER - Green jobs.
VENTURE LOOP - is the worldwide leader in job postings focused on venture-backed companies.
Global Impact Investing Network - Jobs in impact (financial) investing.
Microfinance Gateway Jobs - Jobs in micro-finance and related fields.
3) Use your contacts/networks - One of the key strategies for finding a job/internship is to consult your personal and professional networks. Let your professors, colleagues and friends know that you're seeking an opportunity and perhaps they will have suggestions/contacts. University career centers and alumni can also be terrific resources.

4)Join New Networks- Joining a professional network in the field can also be a useful way to make contacts and learn about opportunities. Some relevant networks include:
Society for International Development or Society for International Development DC Chapter
Association for Conflict Resolution
Women in International Security
Peace and Justice Studies Association

5) Examine Ethical Practice - When you are researching an organization it is important to make sure that the organization's ethics and practice fit with your values. If you're offered a job (hopefully before this happens) learn about what the organization does, how do they treat their staff, how do they work in they field and with partners, etc.

6) Considering Taking a Job to Get Experience - Although many people would like to obtain their ideal job right away, sometimes it may be worth considering taking a job that will help you develop the necessary skills, contacts and experience that in the future can help lead to more of an ideal job.

7) Explore Fellowship Opportunities - There are many excellent fellowships/scholarships that do provide funding for independent research/volunteer work/study. Thus, fellowships can be an excellent way to get experience in the field. You can find many fellowships/scholarships on this site by searching by various keywords.

8) Explore Organizations that Have Developed Mentoring Programs for New Employees - A number of organizations have developed special entry level positions in which new employees receive extra mentoring. Look for organizations that have Junior Program Officer Positions (some in the UN), Entry Level Fellowships (Catholic Relief Services in the US) and others.

9) Develop an Expertise in a Needed Area - There are number of current areas in which the field is in need of developing further expertise. Developing your skills in this area can make you more attractive to potential employers. Some areas include: Program Evaluation and Monitoring, Conflict Mainstreaming and Conflict Sensitivity (Integrating Conflict Across Sectors), Organizational Conflict Management. Talk with your colleagues and other professionals in the field to see what might be potential growth areas.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

HHH Jim Ron's report on Human Rights in Mexico generates widespread media response

Mon, 2014-10-27 22:25

Mexican press roundup from the presentation given by Prof. Ron on October 20--this is the link to the report 1
The Human Rights Sector in Mexico: Evidence from Activists, the Public, and Elites

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México, 20 Octubre.- A pesar de que aún persiste la idea de que los derechos humanos sólo sirven para "proteger a delincuentes", sólo 25 por ciento de la opinión pública manifiesta abiertamente la validez de esta asociación.

El concepto mismo de derechos humanos es cada vez más aceptado y reconocido entre la sociedad, concluyó un estudio elaborado por el Human Rights Organization Project, de la Universidad de Minnesota, con el proyecto "Las Américas y el Mundo", del Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas \(CIDE).

El estudio se realizó a partir de entrevistas a una muestra representativa de 30 organizaciones de derechos humanos en la ciudad de México y otras 15 con sede en San Cristóbal, Chiapas, con el fin de recopilar información sobre agrupaciones de ese tipo en México.

Los resultados reflejan el contexto del país, donde existe un sistema político cada vez más abierto y un compromiso del gobierno, retórico y jurídico, con la promoción de los derechos humanos.

El texto presentado en la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Flacso) señala, además, que la Iglesia Católica es la organización con más capacidad para llegar a todas las comunidades, dada su amplia difusión geográfica y su oferta de beneficios tangibles.

Las organizaciones mexicanas de derechos humanos han aprendido a coexistir y colaborar con ella, aunque hay temas como la orientación sexual y los derechos reproductivos en los no trabajan, por el claro posicionamiento de la Iglesia Católica al respecto, puntualizó el estudio.

--sent by
Lic. Tere Soria Gallegos
Responsable de Difusión y Enlace con Medios de Comunicación
Community Manager (NotiCIDE)
Dirección de Comunicación y Desarrollo
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
t. (52) 55-57279800 ext. 2404
Facebook: NoticiasCIDE

From Prof. Ron:

I presented this report with my colleague Dr. Shannon Golden (Research Fellow, Human Rights Organization Project, Humphrey School) and Prof. David Crow (CIDE, Mexico City), at this public event on October 20.

Government officials, academics, and NGOs were in attendance. Please find below a roundup of the relevant Mexican media coverage.

James Ron
Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs
Humphrey School of Public Affairs & Department of Political Science
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


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Benjamin Valentino at Minnesota IR Colloquium, Nov. 3

Mon, 2014-10-27 22:11

Minnesota International Relations Colloquium

Benjamin Valentino, Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, will present at MIRC on Monday, Nov. 3. The talk, "Just a War Theory? Understanding American Public Attitudes on Proportionality and Distinction in War" The talk will be held in Humphrey Room 50B (the basement floor of Humphrey), at 1:30 pm.

The MIRC Team
Abstract: To what extent are the American public's views on the use of force consistent with just war doctrine's principles of proportionality and distinction? Drawing on an original survey experiment conducted on a representative sample of American citizens, we find that American attitudes on the use of force broadly accord with the ethical principle of proportionality. Americans are less willing to inflict collateral deaths on foreign civilians when the military advantage of destroying a target is lower and more willing to accept collateral deaths when doing so would avert the deaths of increasing numbers of American soldiers. Nevertheless, we find that the public's commitment to proportionality is heavily biased in favor of American interests in ways that suggest limited support for traditional interpretations of just war theory. We find little evidence that the public supports the principle of distinction (non-combatant immunity). Indeed, under certain conditions, more than two-thirds of the American public was willing to approve of intentional attacks on foreign civilians. In addition, contrary to prevailing interpretations of just war doctrine, Americans were significantly more likely to accept the collateral deaths of foreign civilians when those civilians were described as politically sympathetic with the adversary than when they were described as political opponents.

** This MIRC talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, and the Comparative Politics Colloquium, with additional funding from the Student Activities Office and the Coca-Cola Activity Grant Initiative. **

Nov 4 Lee Munnich speaking on Industry Clusters & Their Implications for International Competitiveness

Mon, 2014-10-27 21:39

Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy

Lee Munnich, Director, State and Local Policy Program, Humphrey School
will speak on:
Industry Clusters and Their Implications for International Competitiveness

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 4
The Stassen Room (Room 170) Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

In 1990 Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School in his book The Competitive Advantage of Nations introduced the concept of industry clusters as a framework for understanding why certain industries tend to locate and remain in certain countries and regions. Porter's diamond of advantage suggests that competitive industry clusters occur where factor conditions, demand conditions, related and supporting industries, and the context for firm strategy and rivalry are aligned to drive innovation and productivity improvement. Twenty-four years after Porter's book was releaed, the industry cluster approach is still influencing national and regional economic development policy thinking. Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow and Director of the Humphrey School's State and Local Policy Program, has studied industry clusters in Minnesota since 1995. Munnich recently hosted a conference with Michael Porter at the Humphrey School on "Mapping the Midwest's Future: Regional Innovation Clusters and Economic Competitiveness" The conference was also the official launch of the U.S. Cluster Mapping tool developed by Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness for the U.S. Economic Administration. Munnich will discuss what we have learned about industry clusters and implications
for international competitiveenss.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday. The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School.
Upcoming presentations this semester are:

November 4 - Lee Munnich on Industry Clusters and International Competitiveness
November 18 - Fred Morrison on Sovereign Debt Default
December 2 - Karen Rhone on Islamic Finance

Global Health Day - Abstract Deadline Extended

Mon, 2014-10-27 17:49

For Global Health Day, we have extended the deadline for the poster competition to Nov 3rd.

Connect with the University of Minnesota global health community on Nov. 21st at Global Health Day. Abstracts for the Global Health Poster Competition and Photo Contest submissions are due on Nov. 3rd. Learn more about Global Health Day.

Amy Scheller
Education Specialist
Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR), University of Minnesota Academic Health Center

HHH alums found Picture Impact--start up based in Twin Cities new approach to international development accountability

Mon, 2014-10-27 14:00

We envision a world in which all people are heard and respected as experts in their own life.

While it may seem like a "no-brainer" to listen to your customers to find out how your work is impacting them, it has not been a priority in International Development, until recently. Picture Impact is a part of this change.

Picture Impact aims to flip
 the paradigm so that change happens from the bottom-up, through a participant-driven data and accountability system. Unlike the current options, which often provide untimely, irrelevant and inaccurate data, Picture Impact aims to provide donors with rigorous, relevant and timely impact data directly from program participants.

Our shared mentor, Dr. Helzi Noponen, developed, rigorously tested and published the successful use of picture-based diaries to support decision-making, improve programs and increase accountability. Picture Impact is breathing new life into the diaries, using technology to streamline data processes and customization.

Picture Impact's mission is to help organizations listen to and partner with their program participant, ultimately leading to an effective and efficient international development industry.

Starting a new business is quite the adventure with twists and turns and many victories along the way. We would like to invite you to continue to cheerlead for us, encourage us on this journey, and share in our celebrations. We have a packed few months ahead of us:

By January 2015 we hope to have all of our legal paperwork, including intellectual property rights, completed and filed.
In February 2015 we plan to travel to India to visit the 14 locations where the picture-based diaries are in use, gather marketing videography, and begin tablet user-interface testing.
In April 2015 we hope to travel to Washington, DC for our first big sales trip in hopes of securing our first revenue-generating client.

Our goals require approximately $32,400 in legal and filing fees, travel and expenses to get the pilot and prototype developed. In the following weeks we will be starting a fundraising campaign to springboard Picture Impact to the next level. We hope you will join in the fun!

Sara Thompson, Anna Martin and Katrina Mitchell

ICGC Brown Bag 10.31: "Cool Kid's" Revolution: Queer Affect, Negativity & China's Sexual/Gender Globalization

Mon, 2014-10-27 13:55

Brown Bag Series
Friday, October 31, 2014 12:00pm 537 Heller Hall

"Cool Kids'" Revolution: Queer Affect,Negativity, and China's Sexual/Gender Globalization Presented by Shana Ye,
PhD Candidate, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Abstract: This work-in-progress discusses how negative affect is central to Chinese queer subject formation and the normalization of neoliberal discourse in the global expansion of gender/sexual modernity. Located in translocal sites and at transtemporal moments such as racialized HIV/AIDS activism, gendered memory, and libidinal cultural productions, my project traces narratives of sexual repression, unlonging, and abjection to study how affect's circulation shapes the contours of individual, collective, and historical bodies, and challenges the teleology of neoliberal progress while reproducing neoliberal life in unexpected ways. 10.31 SYe Poster.pdf

For a full list of the Fall 2014 ICGC brown bags go to

Positions open at Minnesota International Center

Mon, 2014-10-27 13:47

Please send excellent candidates our way for the membership manager and marketing and communications manager positions which we have open.

Job description for the Membership Manager

Job description for the Marketing and Communications Manager

Oct 28 special HHH event "Countering Human Trafficking: Uganda, Minnesota & the World"

Sun, 2014-10-26 22:39

Agnes Igoye & Richard Wexler Countering Human Trafficking: Uganda, Minnesota and the World (October 28, 3:00pm-5:00pm)

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs invites you to join us
Agnes Igoye & Richard Wexler
Countering Human Trafficking: Uganda, Minnesota and the World Countering Human Trafficking.pdf

October 28, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Please RSVP:

Disability Options: To request disability accommodations, please contact 612-626-1333 (V/TTY),

International Honors Program SIT Dean position open

Sun, 2014-10-26 22:30

IHP Dean: Note the link below for the application and job position description for IHP Dean based in Brattleboro, VT. The IHP Dean is key for the day to day functioning of IHP as well as program development and working with IHP program directors and interfacing with SIT and World Learning leadership. It is an exciting and important position. We are looking for top candidates with leadership and management experience in academics, study abroad and finance. The ideal candidate will be engaged in the public intellectual discourse and dedicated to the goals of IHP for top quality comparative international education related to the study of timely issues that make a difference. Scroll to: Dean, IHP VT 186231

If you are interested and/or know of excellent candidates or list serves or other vehicles for posting the job, please advise and/or circulate the announcement. Lauren Clarke who has most recently served as Dean has taken a position as Director of International Students and Global Engagement at Amherst College.

Sent by Shannon Evans

Oct 29 event "Paddling Out to See: Native Hawaiians & Global Exploration: 1778-1793"

Sun, 2014-10-26 22:25

CSPW Talking Terms Seminar: "Paddling Out to See: Native Hawaiians and Global Exploration: 1778-1793"
David Chang, Professor of History, University of Minnesota
Wednesday October 29, 2014
12:00 - 1:30pm | James Ford Bell Library (4th floor Wilson Library)

The reading for this seminar is available on the CSPW Moodle page at http://tinyurl.umncspw (access key: premodern).

The discussion will center on a chapter section entitled "A New Religion from Kahiki." The chapter rethinks the coming of Christianity to Hawaiʻi in the 1820s. It revises the literature on early Christianity in Hawaiʻi by decentering American missionaries in the process. Instead, it emphasizes the role of Native Hawaiian priestly initiative, of Tahitian teachers, of Native Hawaiian cultural and genealogical ties to Tahiti, and of the Native Hawaiian passion for textuality in spurring Hawaiian interest in Christianity.

David Chang's research focuses on the histories of American Indian and Native Hawaiian people, relations among indigenous peoples, and relations of indigenous people with other racialized peoples. His first book, The Color of the Land, argues for the central place of struggles over the ownership of Native American lands in the making of American racial and national identities. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled "The Second Hawaiian Age of Discovery: Native Hawaiians and The Politics of Global Geography, 1778-1923." It draws on Hawaiian-language sources to demonstrate how Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) actively explored the outside world and shaped their place in it through reading, writing, religion, travel, labor and kinship ties.

Talking Terms Seminars are designed to promote both dimensions of what the title suggests. They will be an occasion for interested parties to discuss the conceptual categories defining the consortium and its mission, and a collaborative program for collectively developing the terms with which we will define and organize our work. In short, we will talk about terms now in order to set the terms for our future work.

Preserving Antibiotics, Reducing Use: The Public Health Imperative - Nov 5

Sun, 2014-10-26 22:22

From the White House to the World Health Organization, experts are warning of a possible return to the medical 'dark ages', unless urgent action is taken. The threat is from the steadily worsening global epidemic of antibiotic resistance, and the lack of any novel antibiotics being developed. Despite the urgency of the warnings, the pace of change in how society uses antibiotics is arguably slow in the U.S. Hear from experts in human and animal medicine and public health in this two-hour symposium, as we review the science of why so many are worried, and about what leaders in hospital, agriculture, food service and community settings are doing now to reduce antibiotic use.

Learn what you can do to advocate for a medical future where antibiotics still work on November 5th, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mayo Auditorium, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN. This event is free and a light dinner will be served.

Learn more and RSVP

New report from Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on international development

Sun, 2014-10-26 22:20

Accountability, Transparency, Participation, and Inclusion: A New Development Consensus?

Four key principles--accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion--have in recent years become nearly universal features of the policy statements and programs of international development organizations. Yet this apparently widespread new consensus is deceptive: behind the ringing declarations lie fundamental fissures over the value and application of these concepts. Understanding and addressing these divisions is crucial to ensuring that the four principles become fully embedded in international development work.

An Incomplete Bridge
Accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion represent vital embodiments of the opening to politics that occurred in development work in the 1990s. They bridge three distinct practitioner communities that emerged from this new direction--those focusing on governance, on democracy, and on human rights.
But consensus remains elusive. Democracy and human rights practitioners generally embrace an explicitly political understanding of the four concepts and fear technocratic or purely instrumentalist approaches. Governance specialists often follow a narrower approach, applying the core principles primarily to the quest for greater public sector effectiveness.
Aid providers frequently present the four concepts as a unified agenda. Yet in actual programming they may only pursue or prioritize selective parts of the set, engendering tensions among the different principles.
Inconsistencies and Uncertainties
Shallow practice. Aid organizations often treat the four principles as programmatic boxes to be ticked rather than fundamental elements of their work. Although these concepts evoke potentially transformative notions of citizen empowerment, they risk being reduced in practice to limited forms of citizen consultation or technocratic reforms that rely on simplistic theories of developmental change.
Debates about the place of the principles. Many aid practitioners remain skeptical of treating accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion as intrinsic to their conception of development. They worry that broadening the development agenda on normative grounds will dilute the core focus on poverty reduction and growth.
Questions about impact. Evidence for the developmental impact of the four principles is limited and inconclusive to date. Uncertainty about their instrumental value is compounded by the unresolved broader debate over the relationship between governance and economic development.
Resistance on the recipient side. Many developing country governments have rhetorically embraced the value of accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion and joined international initiatives aimed at furthering these principles. However, the political will to translate such commitments into substantive political reform is often lacking. Some governments remain fiercely opposed to incorporating these principles into the international development agenda, viewing them as entry points for illegitimate political meddling.

About the Authors
Thomas Carothers is a leading authority on international support for democracy, rights, and governance and on comparative democratization as well as an expert on U.S. foreign policy.

Saskia Brechenmacher is a first-year MALD candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

sent by Prof. Ragui Assaad

Brian Atwood to be honored at UMN Global Engagement event Nov 21

Sun, 2014-10-26 22:14

Please join in honoring the 2014 recipients of the University of Minnesota's
Award for Global Engagement

The all-University Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff
members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and
international programs at the University or in their field or discipline.

Award Ceremony
Friday, November 21, 2014 4:30-6:30 p.m. (ceremony at 5 p.m.)
West Wing, Campus Club
300 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis

Please RSVP by Nov. 19 to Rachel Peterson at

2014 Recipients

J. Brian Atwood, Professor and Chair of Global Policy, and Former Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Alan R. Lifson, MD, MPH, Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health,
School of Public Health

Terry L. Roe
Professor; Department of Applied Economics;
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences
Director, Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP)

Fellowship Programme 2014, United Nations Alliance on Civilizations

Sun, 2014-10-26 22:04

Selection of emerging leaders from Europe and North America to be invited on an exposure visit to three or four countries in the Middle East and North Africa during the first half of December 2014.

Eligibility Criteria:

National of a North American or European country
26-38 years old
Fluent in written and spoken English
Professional activity in one of these areas: civil society organizations, traditional and social media, politics, government, community movements/initiatives, faith based organizations, social impact entrepreneurship, academia, think tanks or other field relevant to the objective of the programme.
How to apply:
Email the following documents no later than 26 October 2014 11pm (New York time) to 2014UNAOCfellows(at)
1. Application form (see application guidelines)
2. CV (in English)
3. Passport scan

(see application document for more information)
Call for Applications 2014 EUNA Fellows [DOC]

Cross-posted from United Nations Alliance on Civilizations: and from PCDN

Acumen's free Adaptive Leadership course

Sun, 2014-10-26 21:59

Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework developed by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Adaptive Leadership course is designed to help individuals and organizations through consequential change in times of uncertainty when there are no clear answers. It teaches leaders to identify and tackle systemic change through a process of confronting the status quo and identifying technical and adaptive challenges.

A technical challenge is solved through addition expertise and information. Adaptive Challenges are the problems that require change at the core of what people are doing, feeling, and thinking and require a tailored approach, beyond calling in an expert. It requires adaptive leadership.

At Acumen we believe that Adaptive Leadership is a critical skill. Changing the way the world tackles poverty is an adaptive challenge.

We are thrilled to be working with the Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) to offer this free introductory course.

Sign up before Nov 4th!

crossposted from PCDN

IREX Short-Term Travel Grants Available for US Scholars to Eurasia

Sun, 2014-10-26 21:56

IREX is now accepting applications for the 2015 Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG). Application materials and complete eligibility requirements are available online. Completed applications, including all supplemental materials, are due November 17, 2014.

The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) supports postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct independent research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. With its flexible format and quick turnaround time, the program meets an important need for the academic and policy communities, while directly impacting the formation of US foreign policy through the support of policy-relevant, open-source research on current regional issues of importance to the United States. The STG fellowship is designed to allow scholars to conduct short, targeted projects without significantly affecting their teaching and work schedules.

To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please visit the application page. All individuals who meet the technical eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Please contact stg(at) with questions regarding the program or application process.

The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) is sponsored by the Title VIII Program through the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) U.S. Department of State.