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Scholarships for African women media leaders at Rhodes University, OSI for Southern Africa

Mon, 2014-10-20 18:08

Scholarships for African women media leaders at Rhodes University, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
Deadline: Nov 7th, 2014

The Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership at Rhodes University in South Africa, in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), invites applications for six postgraduate scholarships from Southern African women media leaders who wish to study media management at the SPI in 2015.

Applicants should be from Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Successful applicants will register for the SPI's intensive, one-year-long fulltime Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PDMM), the only formal media management qualification in Africa and the developing world. Candidates must already possess an undergraduate degree from a recognised university in order to pursue postgraduate study.

The OSISA scholarships cover:

The full cost of tuition
Accommodation and meals in one of Rhodes University's postgraduate residences
Course materials and books
A monthly subsistence allowance
Medical aid
Mid-year media management internship costs.
Employers of the successful scholarship applicants or the scholarship winners themselves will need to cover their travel costs to and from Rhodes University, including during the University's holidays, to encourage greater ownership and appreciation of the scholarship programme by the beneficiaries and their media companies.

The PDMM is a one-year, fulltime programme designed to provide people who work or aspire to work in the media industry with critical skills and knowledge they need to perform more effectively and strategically in their organizations and to fast-track their careers to management positions.

The PDMM is equivalent to an honours degree -- it is pegged at Level 8 on the National Qualifications Framework set by South Africa's qualifications-setting agency SAQA -- and combines rigorous theoretical and practical grounding, a mid-year management internship and a comprehensive academic portfolio at the end of the year.

The PDMM is composed of eight compulsory modules covering media economics and financial management; media markets, audiences and advertising; managing media content; managing circulation and distribution; media management and leadership; media management contexts, policy and institutions; new media and convergence; and human resources management.

Application details and procedures:

Only women candidates who are already working in the media industry in the 10 Southern African countries of OSISA listed above are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Candidates should already have an undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university.

The application deadline for these scholarships is 7 November 2014.

Students wishing to apply for these scholarships need to:

Complete the Rhodes University's standard Honours Application form (available at under the section 'Postgraduate Studies' which mustbe submitted directly to the Registrar's Division at Rhodes University and a copy emailed to Linda Snam (l.snam(at) or to Sibonise Mbengashe at S.Mbengashe(at) at the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI).
Submit a detailed Curriculum Vitae, including contact details. This is sent to the SPI only.
Submit certified academic transcripts of ALL tertiary qualifications (these are sent to both the SPI and Registrar's Division at Rhodes University); and
Submit to the SPI (through Linda Snam at L.snam(at) or through Sibonise Mbengashe at S.Mbengashe(at) a 1,000-word letter of motivation, which explains why the student is interested in doing the PDMM, how the PDMM will assist the student's career and why the student believes she/he qualifies for the OSISA scholarship.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted after the applications close at 12 mid-day (Southern African time) on 7 November 2014.

OSISA is an African institution committed to the creation of open societies through support for democracy, human rights and good governance and it works in Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The SPI is a pioneering institute of Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies. It educates and trains high-level media managers and leaders for Africa through delivering a unique and innovative honours degree-level formal qualification in media management, the PDMM, and a range of professional business and editorial courses that are fully certificated and accredited for practising media leaders from across the continent.

Cross-posted from Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa: This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

HHH students Faris Kasim & Amrita Vijay Jain essay: "Nobel Peace Prize winners are beacons for progress in India & Pakistan"

Mon, 2014-10-20 17:35

Faris Kasim opinion piece in Monday's Star Tribune: (reposted below)

Nobel Peace Prize winners are beacons for progress in India and Pakistan

Updated: October 17, 2014 - 7:01 PM

Indian, Pakistani leaders must now shift from territorial quarrels to development.

Children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, left, from India, and Malala Yousafzai, right, from Pakistan, jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives to fight for children's rights.

The Nobel Committee bestowed this year's prestigious Peace Prize to an unlikely duo: a Pakistani child education activist, 17-year-old Malala Yousufzai, and a champion of child rights from neighboring India, 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi. At first glance, one notices different achievements as well as a considerable age gap. However, a closer look at their lives reveals convergent struggles undertaken by both Nobel laureates.

Malala hails from the Swat valley in Pakistan. She came into the limelight as an 11-year-old, when her blogs were published by the BBC about life under the Taliban. The militants opposed girls' education, and her writings were published under a pseudonym. Later, Malala was featured in a documentary about the life of children under the radicals and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu. She continued to write in support of girls' education, and that is why she was shot by the Taliban in 2012. Though she miraculously survived, and faces continued threats to her life, she now lives in England. Today, Malala is the leading campaigner for universal free education in the world. At a time when militant Islamists are wreaking havoc in the Middle East and waging a long-standing insurgency in Afghanistan, Malala symbolizes the progressive face of the majority of Muslims in the world.

Kailash Satyarthi's is not a common name in India or globally, but his work has impacted the lives of thousands of children. Through his Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) founded in 1980, some 80,000 children have been freed from the grips of forced labor and have been transitioned into safe educational environments. Satyarthi calls himself a Gandhian, and he has received many international awards that recognize his efforts for child rights. His work as an activist, spanning more than three decades, highlights the struggle against child labor in India.

Besides the similarities in the personal achievements of both individuals, as development practitioners, we believe it is pertinent to understand the implications of the Nobel Prize in the broader developmental issues facing India and Pakistan.

First, the prize certainly seems to be a deliberate move by the Nobel Committee to encourage better relations between the two countries. India and Pakistan have fought four wars, and in the past decade have twice come close to another one. Since the early 1970s, both have spent billions in creating and maintaining nuclear arms, which neither can use without assuring mutual destruction. Even when the Nobel Prize was announced, there was an exchange of gunfire in the disputed region of Kashmir, which has killed nearly 20 civilians and a dozen soldiers on both sides. It is hoped that two brave individuals from India and Pakistan, celebrated side by side on a global platform, will inspire movement toward peace in both countries.

Second, Satyarthi's and Malala's work for child rights will serve as a platform for both countries to converse and converge. There are many other organizations similar to Satyarthi's working for child rights in India, and the new government seems committed to implementing the country's policies on child welfare. Pakistan has a Child Rights Movement (CRM) made up of 100 like-minded organizations working for the protection and promotion of child rights.

Third, India's and Pakistan's collaboration for child rights will tremendously boost the global struggle for child development. Today, millions of children are falling into child labor, trafficking, early marriage, violence and sexual abuse throughout the world. The subcontinent is rife with street children who work as street vendors and in other hazardous occupations, and most will never step inside a classroom. The struggle to globally prioritize the welfare of children is the collective responsibility of India and Pakistan -- each having more than 50 percent of its population below age 30.

In the age of globalization, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural learning is an integral component to address chronic underdevelopment challenges. The free flow of knowledge, practices and technologies is an essential tool to help millions of people rise out of poverty. There are many examples, such as the cheap laptops designed in the United States, manufactured in China and distributed by nongovernmental organizations funded by the European Union that are educating thousands of children and youths in Afghanistan, Paraguay, Madagascar and India.

It is heartening to see that the Nobel laureates have taken the first steps for peace and improved relations by inviting the prime ministers of both nations to attend the prize ceremony in December. We hope further collaborations -- governmental and private -- will continue.

Even with the current blame game between India and Pakistan over the crossfire in Kashmir, we remain optimistic. As Malala has said: "This is not the end, it is merely the beginning."

Faris Kasim and Amrita Vijay Jain, from Pakistan and India, respectively, are graduate students at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Humphrey students planning overseas projects for 2015--consult 2014 Stassen grant awardees for more information

Mon, 2014-10-20 16:56

Stassen International Grants 2015 --more information will be provided spring 2015.

The grants are awarded to encourage students to do internships, field experiences, professional paper or capstone research in the fields of international affairs, international development, or any of the specializations listed under the Humphrey School's global public policy concentration (ask for list from Sherry Gray) in the United States or abroad. Students in all HHH degree programs are encouraged to apply.

The sponsoring organization and the project work must relate to international affairs, broadly defined, or project is based overseas.

The global policy area faculty will award grants for the summer of 2015. Awards typically range between $1000 and $2000 based upon need and the quality of the proposal, although some projects have received as much as $4,000, or as little as $500. Students are encouraged to approach the sponsoring organization for matching funds, even gifts in kind (some organizations have assisted with housing, lunches, transportation, or even loaned interns bicycles). The Humphrey School Career Services Office may assist as requested and possible. Please contact Martha Krohn (, Internship Coordinator, if you need assistance.

Stassen Award Summaries 2014

Kassira Absar MPP Internship Tewa, Lalitpur, Nepal
At Tewa, I will be work in conjunction with the Learning and Evaluation (L&E) Manager to help create and finalize frameworks for the L&E program. Additionally, I will help design strategies for the Communications Department and L&E Department. To help with the development of the evaluation model, I will have the opportunity to travel to different areas that Tewa has programs and stakeholders to hold on-site interviews with stakeholders; these areas include rural towns and villages of Nepal. Along with these responsibilities, I will be tasked with the editing and writing of communication and PR materials for the organization as well as the creating and editing of case studies.

Bior Keech MDP, Field experience African Development Solutions, Kenya
I am traveling to Nairobi, Kenya from May 17th to July 31th for my 10-week field experience, which is a graduation requirement for Masters of Development Practice candidates. African Development Solutions (Adeso), a humanitarian and development organization that is changing the way people think about and deliver aid in Africa has invited our team of three students to conduct a livelihood and economic programming for their organization in Lodwar, Turkana County, a rural area of Kenya where land is arid and food security is an issue.

Angélica Getahun MDP Field experience Sustainable Enterprise Development, Hatún Sumaku, Ecuador
In collaboration with the University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) and the Rainforest Alliance (RA), our Master of Development Practice (MDP) team will be conducting a value-chain analysis of non-timber forest products in the Amazon Rainforest. We will identify and research the viability and potential marketability of two or more NTFPs harvested in Hatún Sumaku, Ecuador, as part of a larger goal to develop sustainable small enterprises to improve livelihoods, support food security, and conserve important forest resources.

Israel Ghebreamlack MDP, Field experience African Development Solutions, Kenya
As a team member of three Master's of Development Practice (MDP) students I will travel to rural areas of Kenya where land is arid and food security is an issue. I will travel on the last week of May 2014 and I will be engaged in a fieldwork until early August 2014. I will be working with African Development Solutions (ADESO); an organization that currently establishes community led projects to assist the most vulnerable communities in Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya attain resilience. The project I will be working on is called Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands- Improving Resilience (REGAL-IR). REGAL-IR is a five-year project funded by USAID and launched on November 2013 in five counties of Northern Kenya including Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir. I will work on monitoring and evaluating (M&E) of the project to assess the progress and feasibility of attaining the project goals in the five-year term as well as assisting ADESO staff and community partners develop better ways to reach community resilience.

Rayanatou Laouali MDP, Field experience African Development Solutions, Kenya
This summer our team of 3 students from the Master of Development Practice (MDP) will travel to Lodwar, a town in Turkana which is a county in Northern Kenya. We will be working with ADESO: African Development Solutions, an organization that establishes community led projects to help assist the most vulnerable communities in Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya attain resilience. The project we will be working on is called Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands- Improving Resilience (REGAL-IR) and it has just been launched on November 2013 in five counties in Kenya: Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir. REGAL-IR is a five year project funded by USAID. About 40% of the communities targeted by the REGAL-IR live in Turkana. (Scope of Work Document from ADESO) Turkana has a population estimated at 855,399 people. More than 90% of this population lives under the poverty line. The region is classified in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) because of the harsh climate conditions. The temperatures are very high throughout the year which causes the high level of evapotranspiration. Rainfalls are very insufficient for the population to carry prosperous activities, 150mm- 550mm in arid lands and 550mm-850mm per year in semi-arid lands (Vision 2030 Kenya). The harsh climate conditions associated with a location that is remote from other areas of Kenya and lack of access to adequate infrastructure impede growth in the region. Most of the people in Turkana are pastoralists engaged in raising cattle but other activities include smallholder farming and fishing. We will be working with ADESO to provide technical assistance in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) as well as Value Chain Analysis for a yet to be defined economic activity of the population in the area.

Andrew J. Ostlund MPA, Professional Paper research on slavery in Israel
My professional paper research project on present day slavery in Israel will be started on April 1 and completed by November 1. The goal of my project is to research how Israel moved from being a Tier 3 country (the worst ranking) on the U.S. State Department's first Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report in 2001to a Tier 1 (the best ranking) country on the U.S. State Department's 2012 TIP report. Israel has done an excellent job in responding to the global problem of present day slavery and I am excited to better understand what interventions they have implemented to combat present day slavery in the Middle East.

Xiaoyun Shen MPP, Professional paper State Bureau for Letters and Visits, Beijing, China
My professional paper research project aims to study the daily activities of State Bureau for Letters and Visits in China by adopting an ethnographic approach. The Bureau is a perfect case study for Chinese bureaucratic system and political culture given its responsibilities and important role in maintain social stability, daily interactions with the petitioners/citizens, knowledge and information obtained from petitioners in regards to local governments' performances, and power to handle and criticize local governments.
Through observations and interactions with the governmental officials in the Bureau, I will record the daily office activities to gain more knowledge of the "on the ground" decision making process in the and learn more about how Chinese political culture and social norms affect the decision making process in a state level Bureau.

Man Xu MPP, Internship Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
My proposed project is an internship with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, China. I will work on Chinese Household Income Project, 2011. This is a serial and long-term research project which belongs to Comprehensive Survey of Economic and Social Development in Chinese Minority Regions at the beginning of 21st Century. This project committed and funded by National Social Science Fund and identifies as Chinese Academy Social Science Major Innovation Project. My project will focus on the inequity income influence on disabled people. This internship will allow me to pursue my professional objectives to work and study with disabled populations, to work and study through quantitative analysis.

Eron Yobu Godi intern in IFP/Global Policy at HHH

Mon, 2014-10-20 16:29

The Humphrey School International Fellowship Program and Global Policy area is pleased to welcome new intern Eron Yobu Godi (she goes by Winnie too). Winnie is an Augsburg College Student in Minneapolis, MN majoring in International Relations and Cross Cultural Studies with a minor in Swahili. She was born in Kampala, Uganda, and moved to the United States as a small child.

Winnie describes herself as "My ethnic background consists of Ugandan, Rwandan, and South Sudanese roots. What sparks my current interest in culture and international affairs, as well as learning a language is my ethnic background, and the interest to learn about other cultures and how human interaction revolves around these cultures. During Fall semester of 2014 I am doing a semester internship with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Center for Democracy and Citizenship through the Bonner Program, all of which I am more than excited to have been connected with. I hope to travel one day working in International development and/or community affairs in any country possible."

Oct 25 Russian Cossack Songs & Dances this weekend

Mon, 2014-10-20 14:25

On the Edge of Empire: Russian Cossack Songs and Dances this weekend celebrates the little known culture of the Cossack ethno-social group possessing a complex and controversial history. While preserving ties with Ukrainian and Russian traditions, their culture was enriched with the influences of neighboring peoples in the Caucasus and beyond. Belozer'e, a group of Russian and American women and men from the Twin Cities, will present Cossack songs, festive dances, games, musical instruments and historic costume replicas in two performances, followed by a Q & A session. As most Cossack performance troupes are overwhelmingly male, we present another side, a largely female perspective on what it meant to be a Cossack.

Please direct questions to

When: Saturday, October 25, 7:00 PM and Sunday, October 26, 2:00 pm
Where: Capri Theater (2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411)

Tickets: purchase through Eventbrite here: October 25, October 26 or via our website:

About us: "Belozer'e" ensemble is a part of the Russian Cultural Center "Russian Soul" - a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of the Russian language, folk culture and art, and providing a sense of community to Russian-speaking immigrants in Minnesota.

sent by Diana Yefanova
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Dean's Office, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
University of Minnesota
612. 301. 9509

MINN 2nd Annual International Development Exchange & Action Summit being held Friday, Oct 24 at HHH

Mon, 2014-10-20 00:27

Attend MINN's 2nd Annual
International Development Exchange and Action Summit
Innovation through Collaboration
Friday, October 24, 7:30am - 6:00pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

This exciting day-long conference will bring together hundreds of leaders from nonprofit organizations, foundations, donor groups, the private sector, and educational institutions with a professional or personal interest in international work and a passion for assisting others.

To be held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs campus in Minneapolis, the theme of Innovation through Collaboration will be examined throughout the day through speeches, panel discussions and breakout sessions. Summit attendees will gain knowledge of the latest development trends, be exposed to new programming approaches, and acquire new ideas for more effective action. Networking with like-minded practitioners in the region will also be a large component of the day.

Oct 22, Council on Foreign Relations Academic Conference Call: "The Future of Guantanamo Bay"

Sun, 2014-10-19 23:56

Please join some of the global policy area faculty in this excellent briefing.

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2014 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, October 22, from 11:00 to 12:00 p.m. (CT). Matthew C. Waxman, CFR's adjunct senior fellow for law and foreign policy, will discuss the costs and benefits of keeping Guantanamo Bay open and policy options available to the Obama administration.

Mr. Waxman is a professor at Columbia Law School and a member of the Hoover Institution's task force on national security and law. He previously served at the U.S. Department of State as principal deputy director of policy planning. Mr. Waxman's prior government appointments include deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, director for contingency planning and international justice at the National Security Council, and special assistant to the national security advisor. He is the author of "The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might" and the CFR special report "Intervention to Stop Genocide and Mass Atrocities: International Norms and U.S. Policy."

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Matthew C. Waxman, "Breaking News: Guantanamo Closure Plans are Stalled (But Now It's the Pentagon's Fault)," Lawfare, September 30, 2014.
2) Phillip Carter, Richard N. Haass, Marc A. Thiessen, and Matthew C. Waxman, "What to Do About Guantanamo Bay," Event Video, Council on Foreign Relations, April 22, 2014. 3) Charles E. Berger, "Countering Terrorism: An Institution-Building Approach for Yemen," Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 41, Council on Foreign Relations Press, February 2014. 4) Matthew C. Waxman, "Obama's Guantanamo Legacy," Hoover Institution, June 12, 2013.

Irina A. Faskianos Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
58 East 68th Street, New York, New York 10065 tel 212.434.9465 cell 201.463.4515 fax 212.434.9829


Tuesday, November 6, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
"NAFTA at Twenty"
Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, CFR

Thursday, November 20, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
"U.S.-China Relations"
Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, CFR

Thursday, December 4, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
"The Implications of Drones on U.S. Foreign Policy"
Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, CFR
Sarah Kreps, Associate Professor, Cornell University

HHH students: COGS Grants - Applications open for submission

Sun, 2014-10-19 23:42

Just a friendly reminder that the COGS grant deadlines are fast approaching! Due to our delay in making these grants available online, we have extended the deadlines for both community building grants. Some deadlines Oct 31, 2014

Please take advantage of these exciting opportunities! Email if you have any questions.

Ms. Pajau Vangay
Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology
University of Minnesota
5-216 Keller Hall

Upcoming Council on Foreign Relations Live Streams, Week of October 20

Sun, 2014-10-19 23:35

Watch Live at

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Renewing America Series: U.S. Veterans--From the Battlefield to the Home Front
8:00 to 9:00 a.m. (ET)

Peter W. Chiarelli, Chief Executive Officer, One Mind
Allison A. Hickey, Undersecretary for Benefits, Veterans Benefit Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Owen O'Driscoll West, Managing Director, Energy Trading and Cohead, Veterans Network, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Matthew Pottinger, Davidson Kempner Capital Management LLC; Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Presiding

A Look at North Korea From Its Neighbors
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (ET)

Bonnie S. Glaser, Senior Advisor for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies and Senior Associate, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Marcus Noland, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Presiding

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HBO History Makers Series with Hans Blix
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Hans Blix, Former Executive Chairman, UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission; Former Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Sweden
Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President, Baruch College; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterproliferation Policy, U.S. Department of Defense, Presiding

HBO History Makers Series with Stephen J. Hadley
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Stephen J. Hadley, Principal, RiceHadleyGates, LLC; Former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush
Elisa Labott, Global Affairs Correspondent, CNN, Presiding

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Evolution of Humanitarian Intervention Symposium
Session One: The State of Humanitarian Intervention
8:30 to 9:45 a.m. (ET)
Gary J. Bass, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of Politics and the Press, Harvard Kennedy School; Member, Independent International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty
Robert Pape, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago
Nancy Soderberg, President, Connect U.S. Fund; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of North Florida, Presiding

Session Two: Lessons Learned from Past Interventions
10:00 to 11:15 a.m. (ET)
John Abizaid, General, (U.S. Army, Retired); Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations
Kathleen Troia McFarland, National Security Analyst, Fox News, Presiding

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Countering Human Trafficking: A Personal Journey to Global Activism (October 28, 3:00pm-5:00pm)

Sun, 2014-10-19 23:30

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs invites you to join us
Please RSVP:

Countering Human Trafficking: A Personal Journey to Global Activism

Agnes Igoye (Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at the Humphrey School 2010-2011) from Uganda, Training Manager at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Republic of Uganda will be accepting the 2014 UMN Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals which was given in recognition for the outstanding work she has done and continues to do for trafficking in persons, policy and prevention in Uganda. She will give a speech on her personal journey, where it all started and her passion to counter human trafficking. The important and sometimes difficult decisions she had to make in her journey countering human trafficking.

Agnes has provided her expertise to several organizations, including the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.N. Development Program, and the International Organization for Migration. She is currently a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, with a commitment of action to counter human trafficking. She is the founder of the Huts for Peace program, which works to rebuild war-torn communities.

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

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

Oct 21 1pm, William Easterly speaking

Sun, 2014-10-19 23:25

IPID Presents "The Tyranny of Experts: The Neglect of Democracy and Human Rights in Economic Development" with William Easterly is Tuesday at 1:00 PM

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (CDT)
3M Auditorium Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Oct 21 Tues, Christopher Roberts speaking to Freeman Seminar: International Human Rights in History: Letting the Bad Men & Women Have Their Say

Sun, 2014-10-19 23:20

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:

October 21 - Chris Roberts on Human Rights in History
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

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

Christopher N.J. Roberts
Associate Professor, Law School, U of M
Faculty Affiliate, Department of Sociology

will speak on:

International Human Rights in History: Letting the Bad Men and Women Have Their Say

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 21
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

The history of modern international human rights is generally told from the perspective of its greatest supporters. But it is impossible to fully understand human rights or address the multitude of persistent and tragic contemporary human rights problems without first understanding the substantial opposition that emerged against the concept after World War II. In this talk, Christopher Roberts asks three questions about three surprising opponents whose stories offer unique insights into what human rights are and how to make them stronger. Why in 1947 did Mahatma Gandhi suggest that the rights within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) were "usurpation(s) hardly worth fighting for"? What inspired the acclaimed author E. B. White to ridicule the canonical UDHR in The New Yorker's Notes & Comment section as a "long, rambling essay that discusses everything except women's hairdos"? And why did the 1951 Pulitzer Prize Board award its highest journalistic honor to William Fitzpatrick for his series of articles warning Americans about the grave "threat" of human rights treaties?

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Same Sun: Erin Cowles on Experiencing Norway & the International Summer School Wed, October 22, 3pm - 4pm

Sun, 2014-10-19 22:25

Andreas Theater (HHH 110)

The Same Sun Happy Hour brings together International Fellows with Humphrey School faculty, staff and students to present, share, and discuss a range of international topics in an informal setting.

Same Sun will take place on select Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:00pm over the course of the semester.

Food and refreshments will be provided!

UMN junior Elisabeth Bott interns with International Fellows program

Thu, 2014-10-16 15:21

Elisabeth's Bio:
I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am a junior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Sociology and minoring in Leadership and Social Justice. I am passionate about racial equality and human rights and excited to learn more on how I can impact the beautiful world we live in.

Nov 7 at CSOM--Global Matters on Redefining Global Strategy

Thu, 2014-10-16 15:14

Operating a global business can be complex and challenging, partly because cross border differences are larger than we often assume. Understanding the differences between countries is critical to developing strategies that work better than the usual approach of assuming that what worked at home will also work overseas.

Pankaj Ghemawat, Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School and Professor of Global Management and Director of the Center for the Globalization of Education and Management at the Stern School of Business at New York University, will provide practical management tools that can help businesses derive value from their cross-border operations.
Plan to join us to explore this important topic!

November 7, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m. Presentation and Q & A
5:00-6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
3M Auditorium
Carlson School of Management (Map)
University of Minnesota
321 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tickets are $35 (includes parking in University of Minnesota's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue ramps).
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About the Speaker
Pankaj Ghemawat is Professor of Global Management and Director of the Center for the Globalization of Education and Management at NYU Stern, and the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School. Between 1983 and 2008, he was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School where, in 1991, he became the youngest person in the school's history to be appointed a full professor. Ghemawat is also the youngest "guru" included in the guide to the greatest management thinkers of all time published in 2008 by The Economist. Other recent honors include the McKinsey Award for the best article published in the Harvard Business Review and the Irwin Educator of the Year award from the Academy of Management.

Ghemawat is a specialist on globalization and strategy and emerging markets as well as having done foundational work on sustainable competitive advantage, competitive dynamics and strategic investment. His latest book World 3.0 should, according to The Economist, "Be read by anyone who wants to understand the most important economic development of our time." It won the Thinkers50 award for the best business book published in 2010-2011.

Register teams now for Dec 5 Minnesota International Center's 14th Annual WorldQuest international trivia competition

Thu, 2014-10-16 14:01

Think Globally, Quiz Locally!

Friday, December 5, 2014
Registration/Check-In: 6:30P Competition: 7:00--9:30P

McNamara Alumni Center
U of MN, East Bank
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis (parking in adjacent ramp)

$35 per person
$250 per team of eight
$140 per student teams of eight Includes sandwiches and refreshments; cash bar available

REGISTRATION or 612.625.1662
WorldQuest sells out each year-- start recruiting your brainiest and best-informed friends in teams of eight NOW!

William Easterly Next Tuesday (Oct 21)

Thu, 2014-10-16 13:46

Come join us for a lecture from William Easterly as he talks about his latest work on development, human rights, and democracy. There are only a few tickets left so RSVP soon!

"The admirable fight against global poverty has a blind spot on democracy and human rights, which are both good in themselves and also the most well-proven and lasting path out of poverty. Experts in development have too often unintentionally provided a rationale for oppressive autocrats and unenlightened US foreign policy in poor countries."

When: Tuesday, October 21st, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Where: Carlson School of Management 3-M Auditorium
What: Come hear one the world's most famous development economists give a special lecture at the University of Minnesota!

American Refugee Committee Ebola Response

Thu, 2014-10-16 13:42

Dear Global Health and Tropical Medicine colleagues,

American Refugee Committee is putting out a call for temporary staff (who will have a salary and special insurance coverage) to work at their Ebola treatment Unit in West Africa. ARC is a very well known and respected international medical NGO.

Patricia Walker, MD, DTM&H, CTropMed, FASTMH
Associate Professor,Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine, Dept of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
Associate Program Director, Global Health Pathway
University of Minnesota
Staff Physician, HealthPartners Center for International Health
Medical Director, HealthPartners Travel and Tropical Medicine Center
451 North Dunlap St
St Paul, Minnesota 55104
Administrative Office 952-967-5249

Subject: American Refugee Committee Ebola Response
Importance: High

I am sure you have been following the terrible Ebola situation. Given the magnitude of it in Liberia and the need for health professionals to help with the response, ARC just sent an assessment team to Liberia to see how we might be able to respond. Right now we are looking at managing and staffing an Ebola treatment unit (ETU), possibly in the southwest area of Liberia, one of the most remote areas, but one of the least affected right now.

We just decided to have a briefing this coming Thursday, October 16, at 6:30 pm in our building on the first floor conference room (615 1st Avenue NE, Minneapolis in the Banks Building.) Parking will be available. The briefing is for health care professionals who would be interested in receiving CDC training and be deployed to Liberia for a 3 to six month stint. However when they return, they would have to self-isolate themselves for 21 days and we would be checking in on them twice daily.

Here is some information that we just sent out about our expected response and need:

Summary of ARC's response:

The American Refugee Committee (ARC) is seeking funding to establish an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Liberia. The exact location is still being explored by an assessment team currently on the ground in Liberia. ARC expects to have funding in place for the unit by the end of this month. Consequently, we need to hire a number of health care professionals as soon as possible to help staff the ETU.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

· Medical Doctors (MD)
· Physician Assistants (PA)
· Nurses (Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses)
· Nurse Practitioners (NP)
· Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
· Public Health Specialist (MPH)


We are looking for staff commitments of at least 3 months in duration, and ideally 6 to 9 months.

Additional Benefits:
CDC Ebola training before deployment to Liberia
Round trip airfare to/from Liberia
Medical evacuation insurance
Safe and secure housing in Liberia
Interested parties can contact me directly to let me know if they will be coming. We need to know how many people might be attending. If they cannot attend but are interested in talking to us, let me know.

Colleen M. Striegel
Director of Human Resources & Administration
American Refugee Committee

Thurs, Oct 16 Yaghi & Fitzpartrick speaking on Socio-political Empowerment of Women: Lessons from Lebanon & Minnesota

Wed, 2014-10-15 12:25

Same Sun Happy Hour

Socio-political Empowerment of Women: Lessons from Lebanon and Minnesota

Thursday, October 16 at 3:00pm
HHH 110 (Andreas Theater)--near elevator, HHH Atrium

Rawan Yaghi, Humphrey Fellow (Lebanon)
Debra Fitzpatrick, Program Director- Women and Public Policy at the Humphrey School

Humphrey fellow Rawan Yaghi will present the current challenges that Lebanese women face in the social and political fields taking the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Lebanon who ratified this UN convention as a reference.

International students at UMN

Wed, 2014-10-15 12:22

International Graduate Students Fuel First-time Enrollment Growth: One in five new graduate students in the US was a temporary resident in 2013, according to the Graduate Enrolment and Degrees: 2003 to 2013 report, contributing to an average annual increase of 6.8% among first-time international graduate enrolments over the last five years.

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From UMN ISSS: Preliminary data for UMN in fall 2014 shows 5,870 international students, with 425 non degree, 268 professional school, 2,585 graduate students, and 2,592 undergraduate students.

reprinted from UMN Graduate Education News: Synthesist