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Acara Global Venture Design - Fall 2014

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:48

Do you want to impact a problem that matters next semester? Applications are due by May 1, 2014.
The Acara Challenge course is a 4-credit impact venture design course in which students create business solutions to address global grand challenges in India. The course, Acara Global Venture Design: Grand Challenges (CE 5571 / PA 5290 / ARCH 5550), will be offered Fridays 9am-noon in Fall 2014. This course is open to upper level undergrads and grad students from U of M all colleges.

What is the Acara Challenge course?
Interdisciplinary, global, entrepreneurial, experiential, project-based, team-oriented. In the course you will:

Identify a wicked challenge
Design an impact venture solution
Collaborate on an interdisciplinary, global project team
Be mentored by business professionals
Pitch your venture for funding to travel to India.

How to apply?
Apply for a permission number by emailing Fred Rose at with: (1) Resume (2-page max PDF), (2) Short essay (2-page max PDF) responding to three questions: Why do you wish to take the class? What is your relevant background experience? What will you contribute to an interdisciplinary team? Applications are due by May 1, 2014. Space is limited to 25. Apply soon while space remains!

What is Acara?
Acara is a series of courses and incubation actions to educate future leaders and develop impactful venture solutions focused on societal and environmental change in the US and abroad. For additional information contact us at or see

Ap 16 event reminder: IPID Speaker Event with Laura Seay

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:45

You Can't Always Get What You Want (or Need): Real-World Development Research
Date: Wednesday April 16th
Time: 2:30-4pm
Location: Law School Rm 20 (West Bank)
The event is free, but RSVPs required as there is limited seating

REMEMBER, there are a number of ways to catch foreign policy and research method expert Laura Seay this Wednesday.Not only can you see her speak, but you can HAVE LUNCH WITH HER as well. Time is running out and only a couple seats remain for each event.

LUNCH: From 12:15 - 1:30pm, a small number of students will be able to have lunch with Professor Seay and talk to her about her work and career. ONLY 5 SEATS REMAIN FOR THIS EVENT. Participants will be confirmed early next week and provided more details. Please do not register for this event unless you are certain that you can attend.

SPEAKING EVENT: From 2:30 - 4pm, Professor Seay will give her talk on real-world research development.

HAPPY HOUR: After the talk, we will walk over to Town Hall Brewery on the West bank for a happy hour. This will be a great time to talk with like-minded, development-oriented students and professionals and perhaps catch Professor Seay's ear as well.

Register for Summer 2014 Chinese Language classes at the Confucius Institute!

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:42

You may not have your own private Summer Palace to retreat to for the warmer months, but that doesn't mean you can't keep cool in Chinese class at the Confucius Institute!

Register for classes:

To register for classes, please use our online registration form. The registration deadline is Friday, May 23, 2014.

The Confucius Institute will only accept direct payments for classes this term. Please use the online form to register for your desired course level and then send a check made out to "The University of Minnesota" or deliver cash to:

Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota
160 University International Center
331 - 17th Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414

The registration deadline is Friday, May 23. Only registrations paid in full will be confirmed. For questions about course offerings or registration, please contact Emily Ruskin at

Beginning Chinese I
Beginning Chinese I is a course designed for beginners with no prior knowledge of Chinese language. This course offers an introduction to reading, listening, speaking, and writing in Chinese. Students will practice accurate pronunciation and tones, learn basic grammar structures, and learn to recognize about 180 characters. By the end of the session, students will be able to exchange basic personal information, initiate and respond to greetings and conduct basic conversations. Learn more about Beginning Chinese I.

Class day/time:
Section A: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30
Term dates: June 10 - Aug 19, 2014 (no classes the week of June 30)

Section B: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Term dates: June 11 - Aug 20, 2014 (no classes the week of June 30)

Beginning Chinese II
Beginning Chinese II allows students who successfully completed Beginning Chinese I at the Confucius Institute, or those at a similar level, to continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. By the end of the session, students will be able to initiate simple requests, and give a simple and basic description of a person, a place, or an object. Learn more about Beginning Chinese II.

Class day/time: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Term dates: June 9 - Aug 21, 2014 (no classes the week of June 30)

Beginning Chinese III
Beginning Chinese III allows students who successfully completed Beginning Chinese II at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. In this course students will learn new sentence structures and increase vocabulary. By the end of the session, students will be able to conduct more in-depth conversations on everyday topics, and express basic attitudes and emotions. Learn more about Beginning Chinese III.

Class day/time: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Term dates: June 10 - Aug 19, 2014 (no classes the week of June 30)

Intermediate Chinese I
This class allows students who have successfully completed the Beginning Chinese series at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. In this course students will continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese with a focus on using a wider vocabulary to describe things, using complex sentences, and understanding expressions of time, including past, present, and future tenses. Students will increase their vocabulary to more than 500 characters. By the end of the session students will improve their conversational ability and be able to describe common things, events, and experiences verbally and in writing. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese I.

Class day/time: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Term dates: June 11 - Aug 20, 2014 (no classes the week of June 30)

Intermediate Chinese II
Advance your study of Chinese at the intermediate level. This class allows students who have successfully completed Intermediate Chinese I at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese II.

Class day/time: Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Term dates: June 12 - Aug 21, 2014 (no classes the week of June 30)

Intermediate Chinese III
In this class, students continue to improve language skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening through more in-depth discussion on social communicative topics, such as living in a new place, describing a trip, and student life. By the end of the course, students will have learned to describe events in the past, present, and future by using the proper adverbs indicating time. Learn more about Intermediate Chinese III.

Class day/time: Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Term dates: June 12 - Aug 21, 2014 (no classes the week of June 30)

Chinese Rehab
This is an instructor-led conversation group for adults who want to restore their Chinese language skills. If you have lived in China or studied Chinese in the past, this group can help you revive your "zhongwen." Participants should be at the intermediate level or higher and come to each class prepared to participate in the conversation. Learn more about Chinese Rehab.

Class day/time: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Term dates: June 9 - Aug 21, 2014 (no classes the week of June 30)

Unsure which course is best for you?
Take one of our placement tests and send it in. One of our instructors will assess your results and help you choose the class best suited to your abilities. Placement tests can be found on our website under each corresponding course level.


To register for classes, please use our online registration form and review our policy on class cancellations and refunds. The registration deadline is Friday, May 23, 2014. Classes fill quickly, so register early to guarantee your spot. For questions about course offerings or registration, please contact Emily Ruskin at

Univ of Minnesota celebrates 35th anniversary of the Humphrey Fellows program, Apr 25

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:46

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Humphrey Fellowship Program, the University of Minnesota Law School and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs invites you to:

"Living the Legacy of Hubert H. Humphrey: Panel & Global Webinar" on Friday, April 25th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Room 25 of Mondale Hall.

About the Panel Discussion

Law School Dean David Wippman will welcome Humphrey Fellowship Program alumni, current Fellows, past staff, and Humphrey legacy partners for two 1-hour sessions focusing on Hubert Humphrey's international legacy. The first plenary session will feature presentations by two distinguished University of Minnesota Humphrey Fellowship Alumni: Kaka Bag-ao (2006-07 Humphrey Fellow, Congressional Representative from the Philippines) and Edmon Marukyan (2009-10 Humphrey Fellow, Member of Parliament in Armenia). These distinguished alumni will share their experiences about the impact of the Humphrey Fellowship Program and offer advice for the graduating Fellows.

Ms. Bag-ao will also be presented with the University of Minnesota's Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals by Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President & Dean of International Programs for the University of Minnesota.

The second plenary session will be a panel of Hubert Humphrey's family members and colleagues, who will share their reflections on Humphrey's core values of (1) Human Rights & Democracy; (2) Relationship Building & International Cooperation; and (3) Public Service for the Public Good.

The proceedings will be web-streamed for access by the other 15 Humphrey Fellowship Program campuses in the United States and for Humphrey alumni around the world.

Humphrey School has Summer Apartments available at University Village from May-July, 31st (4/wks. minimum stay)

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:41

University Village apartment is a 5 minute bus ride and 20 minute walking distance from the Humphrey School (2515 University Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414). Additionally, they offer below-market rental rates for international fellows and scholars, competitive rates for others. Please contact Nkayo Drepaul (ndrepaul(at) for rent rates.

The apartment has UNLIMITED heat, air conditioning, water, gas, sewer, electric, high speed internet and washer/dryer in-unit. On site they have a fitness center, tanning room, community room, indoor bike storage, and study room - all this is covered in your rent. They also have parking available in their indoor heated garage for an additional $75 per month.

Apartments are provided with some of the basic essential furniture and kitchen utensils.

The UMN Village apartments are run by a non-profit organization called J.A. Wedum Foundation ( )

Capstone team in Jamaica for US AID project evaluation

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:35

Over the Spring break our capstone team traveled to Jamaica to collect data for our project. This trip was part of an external evaluation of a 3-year, USAID funded project entitled "Supporting Workforce Training and Development for the Deaf Community of Jamaica" between Global Deaf Connection (GDC), a Minnesota based non-profit organization, Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ), and the Government of Jamaica. While in Jamaica we visited Deaf Schools in Montego Bay, Kingston, Port Antonio, Clarendon and May Pen where the the JA curriculum is taught. In this regard we conducted various interviews with students, teachers, principals and other facilitators of the program. In addition, we were also able to observe the curriculum being taught. The time spent in Jamaica has provided a clearer context of the program and has enriched the evaluation process tremendously.

Our evaluation over all will examine the extent to which the initial USAID project proposal was implemented, identify the best practices of this project, and examine the potential for this project, or portions of it, to be replicated in the future.

Brendan Crosby
Ben Peterson
Tashna Silburn
Amanda Thorstad
Kumars Toosi

Ap 17 at Carlson School Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Business

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:30

Being successful in global business requires vision, strategy and leadership. Among all determinants of success in pursuing an international growth strategy, some believe that the factor that rises above all others is the quality and engagement of local leadership.

Shari Ballard, President of International and Chief Human Resources Officer for Best Buy, Inc., will explore the leadership imperative as it relates to doing business internationally. As a veteran of Best Buy, she will share her perspective on the key characteristics of leaders that impact the success of global initiatives.
Plan to join us to explore this important topic!

April 17, 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).

About the Speaker
Ms. Ballard joined Best Buy in 1993 as an assistant store manager in Flint, Michigan. She has risen through the ranks and in her current capacity is responsible for overseeing operations in China, Canada and Mexico.

Ballard is also responsible for global talent attractions, staffing and retention, leadership development, diversity, organizational design, employee education and development, compensation and benefits, and employee relations.

Ms. Ballard was named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan - Flint.

About Global Matters

Global Matters is a speaker series designed to enrich Minnesota professionals' global business acumen. The event features speakers at the forefront of global business who share their expertise in emerging issues in international business and management. The series is a platform for business, government, media and academic professionals engaged in global business to create and develop a valuable network.

HHH students: Ambassador Ian Kelly meeting students Tues, Apr 15

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:28

Amb. Ian Kelly, the Department of State Diplomat in Residence who will be visiting on Tuesday, April 15, has some extra time from 11:00-12:15 to meet with students to talk about careers in the Foreign Service in HHH 173.

Please RSVP to Mary Curtin, Humphrey School Diplomat-in-Residence, at mtcurtin(at)

INEE Adolescent and Youth Task Team Internship

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:17

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open global network of over 10,000 members working together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. The network is built on inclusive and interactive membership mechanisms including a dynamic website, email lists, Working Groups, Language Communities, and Task Teams. INEE currently has five Task Teams - including the INEE Adolescents and Youth Task Team (AYTT).

The AYTT is made up of committed individuals from UN agencies, international and national NGOs, practitioners, researchers and policy makers who work collaboratively on technical tasks to ensure a coordinated, accelerated and expanded, evidence-based response to the educational rights, needs and aspirations of adolescents and youth affected by crisis. The Task Team's work plan for 2014 focuses on advocacy and strengthening the evidence base in this field; inter-agency and inter-sectoral coordination; knowledge management and technical capacity; and support to the IASC Education Cluster.

Primary tasks for the intern will focus on assistance to the Task Team Co-Conveners - from GIZ, Refugee Education Trust (RET), Refugee Support Network (RSN), Finn Church Aid (FCA) and the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) - in support of the Task Team's work plan and outputs. Specific activities may include, but are not limited to:

I. INEE Task Team Communications and Knowledge Management:
a. maintain the list of AYTT members;
b. organize webinars, calls, and email communications to AYTT membership;
c. identify key news, resources and, events, and post them on the INEE website
d. produce the monthly AYTT email bulletins;
II. Advocacy and Events:
a. assist AYTT Co-Conveners and INEE Secretariat staff on Task Team input into upcoming events, including planning and organizing of events as needed; and
b. assist AYTT Co-Conveners in promotional/advocacy meetings and strategies (e.g. advocacy briefs) to influence policy-makers and supporting the development of promotional/advocacy materials.
III. AYTT tools:
coordinate the update of the Adolescents and Youth Programming in Education in Emergencies training module as part of INEE's harmonized training package;
b. assist AYTT Co-Conveners in the development of new tools and standards, as prioritized.
IV. Other projects as determined with the Co-Conveners as part of the work plan
for 2014.

cross posted from PCDN

The Nexus Fund: Summer 2014 Fellowship

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:14

Applications are due by April 18, 2014.

The Nexus Fund, an organization dedicated to building a global community to end mass atrocities, is seeking two Fellows for Summer 2014 to provide programmatic support in Washington, DC. Undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates who are studying related issues and/or passionate about the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities should apply.


Conduct research projects as assigned on topics relating to The Nexus Fund's work including: current crises, countries at risk of atrocities, grant making, fundraising, building relationships with global partners and more.
Give presentations on research as needed
Assist Managing Director and Program Coordinator in the implementation of Nexus' grant programs
Monitor international news for stories related to genocide and mass atrocities prevention
Attend occasional Nexus staff meetings in Washington, D.C.
Represent The Nexus Fund at events when possible pertaining to genocide and mass atrocities prevention when other staff members are unavailable to attend
Meet with the Program Coordinator weekly in person or via Skype to review accomplished tasks and ongoing assignments
Submit weekly progress reports to Program Coordinator at the end of each week
Complete other tasks as requested


Passionate commitment to prevention of genocide and mass atrocities
Current undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate
Previous experience (academic or professional) in the fields of international development, human rights, mass atrocities prevention, and/or non-profit sector preferred
Ability to work independently
Highly organized
Experience working with Gmail, Google Docs, PowerPoint and Microsoft Office applications
Excellent research, writing and communication skills
Professional, positive attitude

Additional details

Fellows will be expected to work 30-40 hours per week for three months - ideally from May 12-August 15, though dates are flexible. Each Fellow will receive a $1,500 stipend for their three months of work ($500 per month). Fellows will work at least one day per week in The Nexus Fund's office and will work remotely from a location of their choosing the rest of the week.

About The Nexus Fund

The Nexus Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the global community to end mass atrocities. Nexus provides needed resources--as identified by practitioners themselves--to help build an effective, coordinated community of practice that is well equipped to achieve shared goals of stopping and preventing atrocities. To build the community of practice, Nexus (1) Enables practitioners --professionals and organizations that work on issues related to preventing and ending mass atrocities--to coordinate, convene, gain needed skills, and share knowledge on the prevention of, and response to, mass atrocities; and (2) Serves as a funder of targeted, innovative projects and grant programs that pertain to the ending of mass atrocities. A key tenant of The Nexus Fund's work is to provide connections, opportunities, and resources that are specifically identified as pressing needs by practitioners themselves.

The Nexus Fund is a project of New Venture Fund, which is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Andrew Dusek at, with the subject line "Application for Nexus Fellowship." Only applications for full-term fellowships will be considered.

Fellowship in Colombia with Atlas Corps

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:10

The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-month professional fellowship. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. Fellows learn leadership skills while sharing best practices and supplement daily knowledge with theoretical topics presented in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab. Atlas Service Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for a Fellowship in Latin America (current opportunities in Colombia with other potential countries to be announced). Benefits for this prestigious 12-month fellowship program, include a living stipend, health insurance, and training.

Special Initiatives

In addition to the classic Atlas Corps Fellowship, there is a unique initiative complement the diverse nature of our global exchange model, the Atlas Corps - Volunteers Colombia English Teaching Fellowship. Read more about the eligibility requirements of this unique initiative here:
See more at:


2 or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Spanish and English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
35 years or younger
Applying to volunteer in a country other than where you are from
Commitment to return to your home country after the 12-18 month fellowship

Atlas Corps Nonprofit Fellowship
April 15: "Priority Deadline" for applications
April - May: Language Tests and Interviews for Semi-Finalists
May: Final decisions
June 9th - 12th: Orientation Week in Colombia
June 16th: Fellows begin at Host Organizations

Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship
April 15: "Priority Deadline" for applications
April: Screening interview process for semi-finalists
May: Final decisions

Application Process:

1. Online Application: All applications need to be submitted online. We will not accept applications via email or mail. You will need to create a login and you can save your responses so you can return to the application at any time. The application consists of background information, personal biography, essays, and letters of recommendation.
NOTE: In order to sponsor candidates to serve abroad, we require detailed information about each applicant. The Government requires much of the information we are asking for in the application. Your responses also facilitate your host placement. Please answer each question honestly and accurately. It is critical to be honest and complete in your application. If you are found to be dishonest in the application, you will NOT be accepted as a Fellow and you will be sent home if you have been accepted.

2. Letters of Recommendation: Atlas Corps requires two (up to three) letters of recommendation from individuals who know you in a professional capacity and can write about your skills and experiences as well as your potential for success as an Atlas Corps Fellow. You will need to send your request for a letter of recommendation directly through the application system. Your recommender will receive an email that asks for a recommendation.

NOTE: These recommendation requests will NOT be sent until your application is submitted and applications without at least two recommendations will NOT be considered.

3. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee including Atlas Corps staff and nonprofit sector, government, and business leaders from multiple countries. Phone interviews and Spanish/English writing tests will be conducted with semi-finalists. Host Organizations will conduct Skype video interviews with selected finalists. Host Organizations will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected candidates.

4. Visa Process: After being selected, candidates will go to the Latin American Consulate in their respective countries to apply for a Visa. Atlas Corps will provide support in obtaining this visa.

5. Program Fee: The Fellow will be required to pay a $1,000 USD fee to participate in the program. There are 3 options to pay this tuition:
a. Pay total $1,000 fee at beginning and receive a 10% discount.
b. Pay $500 USD at the beginning and $500 USD over the course of the year.
c. Receive a lower stipend until the program fee is covered.

cross listed from PCDN

Fellowship in Latin America and the Caribbean Sept. 2014

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:08

We're excited to announce that applications for the September 2014-2015 professional volunteer class are now open!

Application deadline May 30th.

Professional Fellowship Projects provide support to local organizations in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and the United States.


To date, Latin America is the most unequal region in the world. However, through America Solidaria (AS), Professional Fellows can help create a collaborative effort to change the path.

America Solidaria (AS) partners with local organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to examine and identify the main problems of the community in order to identify possible solutions. To achieve this, AS seeks Professional Fellows in order to develop effective projects that aim to alleviate poverty and inequality with focus on health, education and economic development (generating employment and promoting entrepreneurship) to benefit children and youth.

No specific background or technical experience is necessary, as each individual volunteer placement will require different specific skills.

The Fellowship is a service-year program, which includes an out-of-country orientation that provides cross-cultural, technical, health and safety skills. With the belief that international communities are pioneers in personal and cultural transformation our Fellows will live alongside other Volunteers from participating countries in the communities they serve which ranges from small rural villages to large urban centers.


1) Travel to and from country of service 2) Visa expenses 3) Placement at a Host Organization 4) Housing and monthly living stipend 5) Health insurance 6) Alumni Americas Network 7) Out-of-country two weeks orientation


-U.S. Citizen or permanent resident -35 years or younger -Bachelor's Degree or equivalent -Spanish fluency -Preferably, professional experience in the NGO/nonprofit/social or public sector


Applying to America Solidaria is a four-step process:

1. Online Application and Resume: Fill out the application below and send your up-to-date version of your resume. LINK:

2. Letters of Recommendation: Only for semi-finalist.

3. Interviews: All semi-finalists are interviewed by America Solidaria U.S and America Solidaria Internacional Staff: Personal - Technical and Spanish Interview. Skype or phone interviews can be arranged.

4. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee including America Solidaria U.S. and America Solidaria Internacional staff.

MORE INFORMATION IN: and Contact info: Sebastian Villarreal, Executive Director U.S,

crossposted from PCDN

Reminder: Register for the Apr 22 China 100 Symposium & Griffin Lecture (Jon Huntsman speaking)

Thu, 2014-04-10 16:46

China 100 Symposium:
U, Minnesota, and China looking forward to the next century
1:30 - 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Social Hour


The China 100 Symposium will acknowledge our history and also look forward to the next 100 years. It will include:

Showcase of the China 100 History Exhibit: 100 Years of Engagement
Breakout sessions featuring experts in:
China's agriculture and food safety,
Minnesota-China business strategy and development,
Building sustainable cities, and
University's past and future exchange and partnerships in China.
Social hour for continued discussions and networking

The Bob and Kim Griffin "Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture"
with former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Lecture and Q&A


The symposium concludes with the 13th annual Bob and Kim Griffin "Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture." We welcome Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China and twice-elected governor of Utah, to deliver his lecture "China: Opportunities and Challenges."

Free tickets and more information will be available online at
About China 100

China 100 is a yearlong celebration honoring the first students from China and the wealth of connections that have come since. This celebration honors the past and takes a look forward at the engagement between the University of Minnesota and China. Learn more online at
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 donated $500,000 to the China Center to create an endowment fund to establish the Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture. The Griffin's gift reflects their commitment to promoting mutual respect between the two cultures and their passion to connect people with China. Learn more online at
About Jon Huntsman

A distinguished diplomat, successful businessman and twice-elected governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman brings a bipartisan, global perspective in elevating the discussion on the key issues and challenges facing the world today. He served as U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore for Presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush and is noted for his ability to infuse issues of global importance into key political and economic concerns facing audiences today.

China Center at the University of Minnesota, 160 University International Center, 331 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414. ©2014 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

HHH students & alums: White House Presidential Personnel Office - call for resumes - Apr 16 deadline

Thu, 2014-04-10 15:35

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), in partnership with the White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO), is working to build a pool of resumes from which PPO may draw candidates for upcoming presidential appointments in:

National Security and International Relations,
Environment and Energy,
Economics, and
Domestic Policy.

These positions are not posted on USAJobs / similar sites, but are instead filled by the appointment process.

In particular, PPO seeks applicants with a diverse range of personal and professional experiences to advance the work of the executive branch.


U.S. citizenship.
Graduating master's student or recent alumnus/a from an APSIA full member school.
Minimum two years' experience in a professional setting required. Experience in complex settings that require tact, diplomacy, and sound judgment a strong plus.
Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication in English required. Foreign language skills a plus.
Demonstrated excellence in leadership and operating as part of a team required.
Demonstrated ability to multitask with minimal supervision required.
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance required.
Call to public service, particularly in the executive branch.
Previous military service a strong plus.

To apply:
By Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Humphrey students or recent graduates should send the following materials to Lynne Schuman at schum001(at) (as Word documents):

1) A cover letter that addresses all required qualifications (and any additional desirable skills and knowledge) plus expresses interest in working in the executive branch. 1 page, well-written and error-free. Address the letter to APSIA Executive Director, Ms. Carmen Mezzera.

2) A resume documenting education, skills and experience which support this application (no more than 2 pages)

3) Letters of recommendation from faculty/staff, which provide additional details on a student's capabilities are not required but are strongly encouraged. Such letters should also be sent to Lynne Schuman at by April 16, with the candidate's name and the words "letter of recommendation" in the subject line.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. APSIA will provide an initial screening and send suitable candidates to PPO for consideration. If candidates are selected for further consideration, they will be contacted directly by the White House Presidential Personnel Office.

Questions? Contact Lynne at schum001(at)

For further information on writing strong cover letters and resumes, go to the Career Services website at

Ap 28: "Ambiguous Loss & Approaches for Working with Families of the Missing"

Thu, 2014-04-10 15:28

We invite you to join the Department of Family Social Science for an important conversation with Drs. Pauline Boss and Simon Robins.
Their conversation will focus on a topic that is both relevant and current given recent national and international events.

Please join us for-- When Loved Ones Disappear: Ambiguous Loss and Approaches for Working with Families of the Missing.

This event is free and open to the public; however an RSVP is required.

Date: Monday April 28, 2014
Time: 4:00 to 5:15 p.m., with reception to follow

Where: McNamara Alumni Center, University Hall
200 Oak Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Parking: Parking available in adjacent University Ramp, 1926 University Avenue S.E.
RSVP at -- Space is limited, and RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis

Please see attached flyer for additional details.AmbiguousLossFlyer-3.pdf

Lynne M. Borden, Ph.D.
Professor and Head
Department of Family Social Science
College of Education and Human Development
290 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 612-624-7707
Fax: 612-625-4227

Apr 18 deadline for UMN China Center scholarships for study, research in China

Thu, 2014-04-10 14:49

Humphrey students see Sherry Gray to discuss study possibilities, including internships in China.

Humanitarian Crisis Simulation Sept 5-7

Thu, 2014-04-10 13:52

Humanitarian Crisis Simulation2014.pdf See Sherry Gray for more information about participating as a student (1cr fall semester) or a volunteer.

Learn and Practice Humanitarian Skills
Realistic and hands-on exercise designed for prospective humanitarian workers.

Students are exposed to basics of rapid assessment and best practices in humanitarian aid with an emphasis on managing medical crises.

Friday, Sept. 5th, 8:00am through Sunday, Sept. 7th, 1:00pm

Phillippo Scout Reservation
30654 32nd Ave. Way
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Ap 14 Setting a Respectful Engagement Agenda for Diversity, Equity, & International Work

Thu, 2014-04-10 13:37

Setting a Respectful Engagement Agenda for Diversity, Equity, and International Work

Burton Hall 227 April 14, 2014 12:00-1:30pm

As an increased number of students participate in the College's "Global Experience" initiative, continued focus in departments and through advisory services on ensuring students are ambassadors for the university. The best approach to framing Global Experiences that involve communities here or abroad is through a respectful "Engagement" approach. The University's Office of Public Engagement defines this as "the partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good." In this session, engagement experts will share experiences then solicit feedback on approaches to ensuring all diversity, equity, and international work of the college is in the interest of the public good.

Facilitator: Sara Axtell, Faculty Development Liaison, Office of Public Engagement; Community Liaison, Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)


Joan DeJaeghere, Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

June Nobbe, Director, Office for Leadership Education & Development- Undergraduate Programs.

Lunch will be served

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Christopher J. Johnstone, Ph.D.
Director of International Initiatives and Relations
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
104 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Senior Research Associate
National Center on Educational Outcomes
207 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Humphrey Fellow Tariq featured in Ft. Wayne, Indiana newspaper story

Wed, 2014-04-09 21:52
Published: April 4, 2014 3:00 a.m.
Lesson in US education - and hockey
Overseas pair visits city as part of fellowship
Jeff Wiehe | The Journal Gazette

Neither had seen ice hockey in his life - until Wednesday night.

But then there they were, Myo Kyaw Lwin and Arqam Tariq, two men from different countries, being treated to the sights and sounds of other grown men wielding sticks and racing - sometimes violently - up and down the slick surface of the rink at Memorial Coliseum as the Komets rallied past Cincinnati in overtime.

And it was just one more American experience the two were able to chalk up on a stateside visit that began several months ago.

Myo Kyaw Lwin - who hails from Myanmar, formerly called Burma - and Tariq - who comes from Pakistan - are in Fort Wayne this week as guests of Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast.

The two men are recipients of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, a program created in 1979 by then-President Jimmy Carter and designed to bring professionals from outside the United States here for a year of graduate-level study and leadership development.

The two are planning to spend the next week in Fort Wayne while learning how Ivy Tech operates.

It's not the first school they've seen on their visit, which began in August, and they see in it characteristics of the American education system that stand in stark contrast to education in their home countries.

"It's very favorable for the students," said Myo Kyaw Lwin, 35. "You're free to express or negotiate with all levels (of leaders)."

"In Burma, it's very hard to receive the higher ranks of officials," he said.

Different goals

Myo Kyaw Lwin has been primarily staying in Atlanta and is working at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

He has degrees in medicine and surgery and is a program manager for Save the Children, an organization devoted to helping impoverished children around the world.

While he's primarily interested in the American health system, Myo Kyaw Lwin said he was excited about visiting Ivy Tech, especially because of Fort Wayne's large Burmese population.

He wanted to see how the immigrants resettled in the city and how they took advantage of the college and to explore how online class systems could work in Myanmar.

Tariq, 31, works at the University of Minnesota as part of his fellowship. A member of the Pakistan Administrative Service, he hopes the fellowship provides him with an opportunity to see how America tackles issues in public administration.

So far in his experience, especially in Minnesota, he's been surprised to see how several organizations - including nonprofit, government and private - will come together to solve problems.

"All the players combine to resolve the issue, instead of considering each other an enemy," Tariq said. "In Pakistan, they are all competing with each other."

Tariq met with Mayor Tom Henry during his stay, and both he and Myo Kyaw Lwin talked about having the chance to meet many Ivy Tech officials - no matter how high-ranking.

Again, it was something you'd rarely, if ever see, in their home countries.

"It's altogether different," Tariq said.

Myths debunked

But both have run into some of those culture shocks that come with visiting a new and different country.

Myo Kyaw Lwin was surprised how many people did not have health care and took interest in the recent debates over the Affordable Care Act.

Tariq said that while American television might paint Pakistan as a desert where rockets fly constantly, Pakistani TV paints America as a place where everyone owns his or her own drone of destruction.

Neither is the case, he said.

"The people are generally smiling here," he said.

Tariq said he wanted to learn more about how community colleges like Ivy Tech help people get an education and what role the two-year degrees play in America.

He said he hoped to bring ideas back to Pakistan, which does not have a similar two-year system.

And then there was the ice hockey, a game neither had seen, much less live and in-person and what is undeniably now a Fort Wayne staple.

"It was good," said Tariq, who has watched the Minnesota Gophers play football and basketball so far.

"I'd say football is still my favorite, followed by hockey, and then basketball No. 3."

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