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Apr. 23 - Is a Coherent Policy Possible in the Middle East Today?

Wed, 2015-04-15 14:26

Dennis Ross, who served five presidential administrations, will address whether a coherent United States policy toward the Middle East is possible given profound political and humanitarian challenges within many Middle Eastern countries. 4:30-6 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Learn more

Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and other parts of the Middle East are engulfed in political turmoil and humanitarian crises. The governments of Egypt and Jordan face profound political challenges, and most analysts are pessimistic about prospects for an Arab-Israeli peace agreement. Meanwhile, while a Framework Agreement was reached with Iran on nuclear issues, it is controversial and the path to a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is far from clear. Under these challenging circumstances, is a coherent United States policy toward the Middle East possible?

Dennis Ross, who served five presidential administrations, will address this challenging question in a talk at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Ross served as Director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff in the Administration of George H.W. Bush, as Middle East Envoy for President Clinton, as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Asia. He currently serves as counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Event Information

This event is free and open to the general public, but registration is requested. Printed tickets from Eventbrite will not be required to enter the event.

Apr 22 "Debating Gender Identities in Austria"

Wed, 2015-04-15 14:07

Irmgard Wetzstein: "Debating Gender Identities in Austria" (Apr 22, 4:00pm, 710 Social Sciences)

Please join us for a talk by Irmgard Wetzstein, this year's Visiting Austrian Fulbright Professor from the University of Vienna. Wetstein is teaching this spring in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She will give a lecture for CAS on how contemporary public debates about gender identities are playing out in Austria.

UROC hosting Symposium on 40 Years of Lao in the United States, Apr 17 & 18

Wed, 2015-04-15 14:02

Our Shared Journey A Symposium on 40 Years of Lao in the United States

Our Shared Journey: Lao American & Historical Contexts and Lao American Writer's Summit II
Friday, April 17, 2015 and Saturday, April 18, 2015

Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) located at 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

The University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center is partnering with the Lao American Writer's Summit to host a symposium marking the 40 years of Lao in the United States. Lao refugees have been resettling in the United States since 1975, following a civil war complicated by U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Today, Minnesota has the third largest percentage of Lao Americans living in the state. "Lao American and Historical Contexts" is an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Minnesota that will explore both the history of Lao immigrant and refugees in the United States and contemporary issues. This symposium will feature panels and presentations by researchers and community members examining the diverse perspectives and contributions of Lao Americans.

Sponsored by University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center, Lao American Writers Summit, U of MN Asian American Studies , UROC University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, The Lao Assistance Center Of Minnesota, Center for Lao Studies, Mines Advisory Group, Legacies of War

Apr 22 Andrew Ostlund on "Human Trafficking in Israel"

Wed, 2015-04-15 14:00

Facebook Event:

This event will be live streamed:

Human Trafficking in Israel
April 22nd 2015 12-1pm in Andreas Theater, HHH110

There will be pizza


Andrew Ostlund is in his final semester of the Master of Public Affairs program at the Humphrey school. He spent the summer of 2014 in Israel meeting with Knesset members and working closely with Israeli NGOs to understand Israel's trafficking plight, partially supported by a Stassen International Grant.

About: The Same Sun Happy Hour brings together Humphrey 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 Wednesday afternoons from 12-1pm over the course of the semester.

Food and refreshments will be provided!

For more information on the Humphrey International Fellows, visit:

May 5 Evan Osnos speaking "Age of Ambition:Truth, Faith & Fortune in China"

Wed, 2015-04-15 13:44

Please join us for the 14th annual Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture

Age of Ambition:Truth, Faith, and Fortune in China
by Evan Osnos, National Book Award winner and The New Yorker correspondent

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
3:30 p.m. Social Hour
4:30 p.m. Lecture and Q&A
6:00 p.m. Book signing (books available onsite)

Note new location--
Northrop Memorial Auditorium
84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis (directions)

Free and open to the public.

RSVP for the Lecture

About the Bob and Kim Griffin "Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture"

Building a legacy for their children and for Minnesota, Bob and Kim Griffin created an endowment fund at the China Center to establish the "Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.- China Bridges Lecture." The Griffin's substantial gift reflects their commitment to promoting the mutual respect between the two cultures and their passion to connect people to China. Learn more online at

About Evan Osnos

New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos specializes in all things related to China. Based in Beijing from 2005 to 2013, he reported on the country's rise to power. He won the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China. He is now The New Yorker's Washington correspondent. Prior to The New Yorker, Osnos worked as the Beijing Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series on product safety that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on the global trade in unsafe imports.

Reconsidering Development Journal - Call for Submissions!

Wed, 2015-04-15 13:39

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Reconsidering Development Journal - Call for Submissions Deadline Extended

The Role of Language in International Development (Volume IV, Summer 2015)

The editorial board of Reconsidering Development invites you to submit your work for a special guest-edited issued on the role of language in international development. This special issue is guest edited by Anna Farrell, Communications Co-Chair of the Languages Issues SIG of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES).

This special issue seeks submissions that explore the ways in which language influences international development theory and practice. The role of language is often overlooked in development discourse and practice, and yet, in the words of Stuart Hall (1997), "Language externalizes - it makes available and accessible as a social fact, a social process - the meanings that we are making of the world and of events." Put another way, international development exists inside language; we do not have international development without language.

This topic brings forth many issues -- how does language shape development practice and theory? What is the role of colonial languages (e.g. English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) in international development? How is global English hegemony affecting international development? What are the implications of conducting research in local languages? What are the ethics of various language choices in development practice and research?

Sample topic areas for this issue include language policy in international development practice; mother tongue based, multilingual education (MTB-MLE); conducting research in multilingual settings/in local languages/in (post)colonial settings. We especially encourage submissions that critically interrogate the often overlooked role that language plays in development discourse, practice, and ethics.

We offer the following questions as possible avenues to explore the theme of this issue:

- How are language policies and concepts defined and used in international development settings?
- In what ways are language policies and practices influencing international development discourse, practice, and ethics?
- In what ways are local/colonial/global languages being utilized in development practice? What are the cultural and political justifications?
- What informs language choices in international development? What are the implications of these choices?
- What challenges and costs are associated with various language policies and practices in development projects?

The deadline for submissions for this special issue has been extended to April 30, 2015. Authors are encouraged to contact the guest editor, Anna Farrell at with questions or to declare their intention to submit to this special issue.

Final submissions should be emailed to following Reconsidering Development's submission criteria and guidelines available at

Reminder Wed noon talk & pizza: Gladys Hlatywayo on "Citizen Engagement Models in Democracy Education"

Tue, 2015-04-14 21:12

Gladys-April 15th.pdf
Same Sun Happy Hour

"Citizen Engagement Models in Democracy Education: Participatory Approach vs. Civic Agency Approach"

Wednesday, April 15 at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
HHH 110 (Andreas Theater)

Gladys Hlatywayo, Zimbabwe, Humphrey Fulbright Fellow 14-15
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
commentary from Harry Boyte.

Presentation Focus: Citizen Engagement is a key pillar of democracy that enables citizens to be connected to the day to day governance of their country beyond just elections. As opposed to authoritarianism, democratic governance is centered on serving the people. In order for democracy to work, citizens must be active and vigilant. As Zimbabwe struggles with its democratic trajectory, it faces enormous challenges in citizen engagement due to a plethora of reasons. The presentation will explore these reasons and citizen engagement trends in Zimbabwe. It will further feature the work of Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET) as a participatory model in citizen engagement and contrast it with the civic agency approach.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided!

Josef Mestenhauser, a champion of international education at UMN

Tue, 2015-04-14 20:29

Obituary: U Prof. Josef Mestenhauser championed Czech culture

Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune, Updated: March 31, 2015 - 6:37 PM

Below reprinted from CEHD at UMN:

All hands on deck
Pioneering international educator Josef Mestenhauser, 1925-2015, gave urgency to the work of teaching and learning

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was underway when we received news that Professor Mestenhauser passed away on March 14. See also the notice on the CEHD news blog.
Josef Mestenhauser, international student adviser, 1959

Josef Mestenhauser, left, a young adviser in 1959, welcomed international students and urged them to get involved. Photo courtesy of University Archives.

AS A YOUNG LAW STUDENT at Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Josef Mestenhauser had dreams of someday working in a diplomatic position, perhaps with the United Nations. That all changed in 1948 when he was arrested and jailed for his anti-communist activities.

With the help of an underground network, Mestenhauser fled from prison. At a refugee camp in Germany, he joined a group that set up what they called colleges to give lectures to each other on topics they knew--anything to keep education in their lives.

"When I escaped, I lost virtually everything--family, education, friends, and a future career, either in politics or diplomacy," Mestenhauser wrote later. "But what I and all my exiled friends never lost were our ideals and faith in democracy and freedom."*

Mestenhauser eventually made it to eastern Washington, where he completed a U.S. undergraduate degree on a scholarship as a ski instructor. He did not intend to spend his life in the United States. But 43 years would pass before he would return to his native country.
Tapping the power of international students

Mestenhauser came to Minnesota for graduate school in political science, earning his master's degree in 1952 and Ph.D. in 1960. He was part of the post-war surge in international educational exchange, and he dedicated his life to helping students outside their home countries, by choice or not.

For 40 years, Mestenhauser held a series of positions in student and academic affairs. He began as a graduate assistant working for international student adviser Forrest Moore, '53, and eventually served as professor and director of the systemwide Office of International Education in the 1980s.

"Forrest hired me--he's the one to blame for my achievement and motivation!" Mestenhauser commented years later. "He absolutely demanded a pedagogical foundation for everything."

With Moore, Mestenhauser was a founder of the Minnesota International Center, created to engage the community in welcoming international students. He lobbied at the legislature and raised funds for scholarships. He played a key role in building NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which grew to 10,000 members, and later served as its president.

Every year at orientation, Mestenhauser personally welcomed international students and urged them to get involved, to learn as well as teach by sharing the knowledge they brought to the campus, inside and outside the classroom. He constantly fought for international students to be treated as an asset and had little patience for bureaucracy, timidity, or short-term thinking.

Lives were at stake. The future was at stake.
An interdisciplinary thinker

Mestenhauser's dedication to developing a theoretical foundation for international education began when, as a young professional, he made a presentation to the College of Education faculty.

"At the end of my presentation, professor Bob Beck said, 'That's all fine, but where's the theory?'" Mestenhauser remembered. He had to develop it himself.

Reading across the disciplines and from many cultural perspectives, he wrote, presented, and published papers, articles, chapters, and books. He developed his ideas during time in the Philippines, Korea, and Japan as a Fulbright scholar. He discussed ideas with faculty who founded the comparative and international development education (CIDE) program in the College of Education and Human Development in the 1980s.

Mestenhauser's work challenged linear, isolated thinking. He drew extensively on the fields of education, psychology, political science, and communication. His ability to foresee paradigm shifts in education was reflected in recent years in his fascination with cognitive complexity and neuroscience. International education is complex and constantly changing, he argued, with culture at its very core.

In the fight against ignorance and dogmatism, Mestenhauser never wavered in his fierce belief in the power of education.
Mentoring a new generation

Though he remained deeply connected to his Czech roots, over time Mestenhauser lost hope of returning. Then in 1991, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, the unthinkable happened. He and many of his surviving peers were contacted and invited back to Prague to be awarded the academic degrees they had earned but never received.

Back in Minnesota, Mestenhauser was appointed honorary consul for the Czech Republic and penned a collection of articles about the emerging political and cultural landscape.
A good life

[Joe] was a big man, his hair gone white; he somehow managed to look both stately and overworked when I saw him on campus. He always wore a gray business suit, not the standard rumpled academic corduroys, and a pearl tie tack pinned in the center of his silk tie. His manner was formal, his courtesy organic. Very Czech, I thought. And I suppose it is always striking to see someone no longer young who has retained ideals about a better world, someone still trying to make things come out right, though things went very wrong for him long ago. "Why should I complain?" he said when I asked him about this. "It's been a good life."
-- Patricia Hampl, A Romantic Education, 1992 edition, p. 312.

At the University, he left his administrative post and in 1992 joined the CEHD faculty. He poured his energy into the CIDE program as it gained approval to offer the Ph.D.

Joan DeJaeghere was exploring graduate programs when she got Mestenhauser's name.

"I made a cold call to Joe and he spent an hour with me," says DeJaeghere, now associate professor and coordinator of the CIDE program. "He introduced me to so many people, and his interdisciplinary approach really influenced my thinking."

Mestenhauser spent the last 10 years of his University career teaching the next generation, including in his native Czech Republic with his fourth Fulbright award. After retirement, he continued reading, writing, giving lectures with his signature dry sense of humor, publishing, and connecting scholars around the world. Last fall, young scholars crowded into a conference room in St. Paul to hear him speak on a panel.

"I finally realize that I didn't really understand what Joe was saying when I was a graduate student in the classroom--I understood maybe five percent of all things," says Miki Horie, '03, now an associate professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and a leading international educator in Japan. But, she explains, Mestenhauser trusted that students would process information over time to develop critical thinking skills. "I was able to take my own step forward with his help."

Kay Thomas, '85, mentored by Mestenhauser throughout her career, rose to international prominence in intercultural counseling and student services. She watched him advance the careers of women and men of all backgrounds.

"Joe cared deeply about his students and colleagues and wanted them to be the best they could be," she says. "He made you believe you could do it! And then he gave the time and the resources if he had them to make that possible."

Read more about Josef Mestenhauser and the Mestenhauser Legacy Initiative. More information about a public memorial will be posted as it becomes available on the CEHD news blog.

Video of Dana Seetahal Memorial at UMN available online

Tue, 2015-04-14 18:36

Dana Saroop Seetahal SC: In Memoriam :

On April 13, 2015, the Law School and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs held a memorial and reception to honor Ms. Dana Saroop Seetahal SC, a remarkable attorney from Trinidad and Tobago, who was tragically assassinated on May 4, 2014, in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Ms. Seetahal undertook a Humphrey Fulbright Fellowship in Minnesota during academic year 1998-1999, where she made a strong impression on her host community as a brilliant, enthusiastic, and dedicated professional devoted to justice and the legal profession. She is deeply missed.

In Trinidad and Tobago, she was a well-respected Senior Counsel and an independent senator. She was also an attorney in private practice and was formerly a lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago, where she held the position of Course Director in criminal practice and procedure. Additionally she was an author and wrote an authoritative volume on criminal procedure in the Caribbean and numerous newspaper articles and columns.

Fulbright Information Sessions for grad students

Tue, 2015-04-14 18:28

The Graduate School Fellowship Office is pleased to announce four Fulbright Information Sessions for students who are interested in conducting research abroad during the 2016-17 academic year. Excellent opportunities are available in over 140 countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The U of M campus application deadline is Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. | 101 Walter Library |
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | 101 Walter Library |
Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 101 Walter Library |
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. | 101 Walter Library |

Apr 20 Intern'l Conference on Catalonia

Tue, 2015-04-14 18:26

The Iberian Studies Initiative in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies Presents: "Catalonia: Present and Future" An International Conference Catalonia flyer 2015.pdf

Monday, April 20 2:30 -- 5:30 p.m.
Lindahl Founders Room, Northrop
Light reception following the conference

This International Conference brings together scholars from various disciplines to analyze the ongoing historical developments in Catalonia, one of Spain's 17 autonomous regions, in light of the mass civic movement that has emerged within Catalonia calling for independence from Spain.

The conference analyzes the Catalan case highlighting broader issues, relevant to other national contexts. These include the unstable nature of many modern nation states comprised of communities with different historical and cultural trajectories; the strengths and pitfalls of nationalist discourses, especially in times of growing globalization and economic crisis; the limits of the democratic process; the power of mass civic mobilization; and the struggle for the right to self-determination.


Andrew Davis, Delegate of the Generalitat, the Catalan Autonomous Government, in Washington, DC "Catalonia's Political Future: A Perspective on September's Plebiscitary Elections and Beyond."
Jordi Mondria, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto "The Economics of Catalan Independence"
Francesc Torres, American artist born in Barcelona "Being a Catalan as a Contact Sport"
Miquel Strubell i Trueta, Sociolinguist, and cofounder of the Catalan National Assembly "Why now? What has brought the Catalans this far?"
Imma Cabotí, Secretary of the Catalan National Assembly in the US "From a Grass-Roots Movement to Independence"
Bill Viestenz, Professor of Iberian Studies, University of Minnesota "The Community to Come: Catalan Studies and the Possibility of the Political"


Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies; the Institute for Advanced Study; French and Italian; the Catalan National Assembly; Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, U of M Duluth; and Spanish Discipline, The Division of Humanities, U of M Morris

-Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
University of Minnesota
9 Pleasant St. SE, 214 Folwell Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-5858/Office :: 612-625-3549/Fax ::

Apr 23 "Hidden Pictures" Global mental health

Tue, 2015-04-14 18:19

Screening of HIDDEN PICTURES: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health

Join the AHC Global Health Student Advisory Board (GHSAB) as they host a screening of "Hidden Pictures." The film explores how mental health is treated around the world and explores transformational programs to improve the mental health landscape. What is mental health care like? What happens when cultural framing of mental illness conflicts with potentially more effective treatments? Who is helping?

April 23, 2015 | 6 p.m. | Mayo 3-125.

Learn more and RSVP

Ap 17 ICGC BrownBag on "Challenge of Warrior Women: Gender, Race & Militarism in Media"

Tue, 2015-04-14 18:07

The Challenge of Warrior Women: Gender, Race, and Militarism in Media
Presented by: Mary Vavrus
Associate Professor in Communication Studies

Abstract: Women in the U.S. have had an official military presence since the establishment of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in World War 2; yet, in policy, law, and custom women are still Other to the norm of military masculinity. Since September 11, 2001, U.S. media have addressed this "otherness" with a spate of non-fiction works about women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq: a "regime of representation" that brings to light the experiences of warrior women. This representational regime illustrates both a growing recognition of women's value to military service and that the meanings of gender, race, and military life are discursively constructed, intensively managed, and negotiated in and through media. This talk will address how media scholars use feminist theories to make sense of contradictory messages about gender, race and militarism.

For a full list of the Spring 2015 ICGC Brown Bags go to

Thursday @ noon "Cape Verde: Steps towards an Information Society"

Tue, 2015-04-14 18:04

Pizza and refreshments will be provided! Deborah- April 8th.pdf
Same Sun Happy Hour
"Cape Verde: Steps towards an Information Society"

Thursday, April 16 at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
HHH 110 (Andreas Theater)

Deborah Cristina Vera-Cruz, Cape Verde, Humphrey Fulbright Fellow 2014-15
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Presentation Focus: The presentation will be talking about the achievements and challenges of Cape Verde as it is taking steps towards becoming a true Information Society. An Information Society is one where the creation, distribution, use, integration and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political, and cultural activity. The aim of the information society is to gain competitive advantage internationally, through using information technology (IT) in a creative and productive way. Being a small young developing country, with lack of natural resources, Cape Verde has been investing in IT services as a mean of providing development and better economic opportunities. The presentation will make a contrast between what was proposed in the country's Information Society Strategic Program and Electronic Government Action Plan, and what has been done so far.

Reminder--Tuesday China Family Panel Studies

Mon, 2015-04-13 21:26

This is a quick reminder to RSVP if you're planning on attending the presentation by Dr. Yu Xie on the China Family Panel Studies. A light breakfast reception will be available before the presentation which starts at 9:00 am.

The RSVP link is

More information is listed below. We hope to see you next Tuesday and feel free to pass on the invitation to others who may be interested!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Reception | Humphrey Atrium

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Presentation | Cowles Auditorium

The Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy of the Humphrey School will be hosting Professor Yu Xie of the University of Michigan on Tuesday, April 14th.

Professor Xie will be presenting on China Family Panel Studies: An Introduction and Preliminary Findings at 9 am on the 14th in Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School

The China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) is a nearly nationwide, comprehensive, longitudinal social survey that is intended to serve the research needs on a large variety of social phenomena in contemporary China. Extensive information is collected through computer-assisted person-to-person interviews of all family members. The CFPS promises to provide to the academic community the most comprehensive and highest quality survey data on contemporary China. In addition to providing an introduction to the survey, Professor Xie presents preliminary findings from the survey on income inequality, poverty, marriage and cohabitation, and child development.

Apr 23 Global Disorder & What We Need from the Next President

Mon, 2015-04-13 21:21

Thursday, April 23, 12 - 1:15 PM, Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Register Now!

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

Disorder and crisis appears to define international affairs as President Obama heads into his final stretch and the 2016 presidential campaign starts. Is America actually facing unprecedented global disorder and possibly a decline in its stature? Can the next president reverse the current tumult and calm the waters and, if so, how? What do we most need in the next president to manage American international interests and what surprises may she or he face in 2017? One of Minnesota's most distinguished former diplomats - Brian Atwood - will join us to sort out these thorny and important challenges. Moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs.

Wed, noon, "Citizen Engagement Models in Democracy Education" (pizza provided)

Mon, 2015-04-13 20:15

Gladys-April 15th.pdf
Same Sun Happy Hour

"Citizen Engagement Models in Democracy Education: Participatory Approach vs. Civic Agency Approach"

Wednesday, April 15 at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
HHH 110 (Andreas Theater)

Gladys Hlatywayo, Zimbabwe, Humphrey Fulbright Fellow 14-15
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
commentary from Harry Boyte.

Presentation Focus: Citizen Engagement is a key pillar of democracy that enables citizens to be connected to the day to day governance of their country beyond just elections. As opposed to authoritarianism, democratic governance is centered on serving the people. In order for democracy to work, citizens must be active and vigilant. As Zimbabwe struggles with its democratic trajectory, it faces enormous challenges in citizen engagement due to a plethora of reasons. The presentation will explore these reasons and citizen engagement trends in Zimbabwe. It will further feature the work of Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET) as a participatory model in citizen engagement and contrast it with the civic agency approach.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided!

Same Sun Happy Hour: "Citizen Engagement Models in Democracy Education: Participatory Approach vs. Civic Agency Approach" (Wednesday April 15, 12-1pm Andreas Theater, HHH110)

Mary Curtin appointed Humphrey School Global Policy Area Coordinator

Mon, 2015-04-13 19:50

Students interested in a Global Policy Area Concentration, please contact Dr. Curtin directly at mtcurtin(at) (

Adapted From HHH Dean Schwartz's note to the faculty, April 13, 2015:

I'm pleased to announce that Mary Curtin, HHH Diplomat-in-Residence, will assume the role of Coordinator for the Global Policy Area. This is a part-time position and Mary will also continue to teach in the Area and guide development of the HHH partnership with the Human Rights Program in the UMN College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Mary has done a tremendous job of building connections with CLA, co-teaching globally-focused capstone courses, and advancing the HHH Human Rights concentration--with respect both to the recently endorsed possible new degree program and engaged scholarship and programmatic initiatives. She brings tremendous expertise to the Global Policy area.

Apr 17 "Narratives of Reproduction in Late Imperial China"

Mon, 2015-04-13 19:36

HSTM Colloquium April 17: Francesca Bray
Friday, April 17
Room 131, Tate Lab of Physics
3:35 p.m. (refreshments at 3:15 in Room 216)

Francesca Bray, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
"Happy Endings: Narratives of Reproduction in Late Imperial China"

A rich resource for exploring the reproductive cultures of late imperial China ca. 1500 - 1800 is the abundant corpus of gynecology (fuke) treatises and case-histories. Demographic historians have recently used quantitative sources to argue that deliberate checks on fertility became common during this period, and that a rational, "modern" demographic mentality emerged which saw elite or better-off families matching numbers of children to resources and opportunities. In documenting specific attempts to intervene in natural processes, the fuke medical cases offer some very different perspectives on how childbirth and fertility were understood by Chinese families, what was considered a successful outcome, what a failure, and whose opinions counted. Here I focus on the temporal framing and narrative choices of selected fuke cases to ask what they can tell us about how practitioners and their clients attempted to control reproductive processes, and about the ideals, decisions and emotions associated with childbearing. The medical sources corroborate several elements of the demographers' model of reproductive agency and rationality, yet vividly portray the uncertainty, peril and intense emotions of reproductive life, and underline the heavy price the many women had to pay in order to produce a socially desirable family.

For further information about the Colloquium, please contact Barbara Eastwold at (612) 624-7069 or For updates and changes check the web at

Barbara Eastwold, Program Administrator
History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
108 Pillsbury Hall, 310 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Office: 220 B Pillsbury Hall // T 612-624-7069 // F 612-625-3819

April 24 & 25 for Cancer in Tanzania symposium

Mon, 2015-04-13 19:30

Please join us on April 24 & 25 for Cancer in Tanzania: Bringing Technology and Care that Works, featuring speakers with experience in health and oncology around the world. We'll discuss the challenges of delivering care in low-income settings and the opportunities for moving forward in northern Tanzania.