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Intern'l Conf on Urban Planning, Governance & Design for Reducing Urban Conflicts & Violence

Mon, 2015-08-31 14:35
International ConferenceUrban Planning, Governance & Design for Reducing Urban Conflicts and Violence: Critical Learnings and PossibilitiesOrganized by the Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, IndiaConference Dates: March 2-4, 2016Conference Sponsors: IDRC and DFID

Debating Food Sovereignty in a World of Emergencies

Mon, 2015-08-31 14:33

Call for PapersConference: August 10, 2016 to August 14, 2016Location: Ontario, CanadaSubject Fields: Political Science, Rural History / Studies, SociologySession Title: Debating Food Sovereignty in a World of Emergencies Session

Code: IRSA_4 (International Rural Sociology Association, 2016 Congress, ustainable and Just Rural Transitions: Connections and Complexities)

Session Format: Paper presentations

Session Abstract: Around the time of publication of Peasants and Globalization by Haroon Akram-Lodhi and Cristóbal Kay in 2010, the McMichael-Bernstein debate on “food sovereignty” has been reinvigorated with Philip McMichael’s response to Henry Bernstein’s critique of the term (Bernstein 2009, Bernstein 2014, McMichael 2009, McMichael 2014). This debate only added to the flourishing literature that problematizes food sovereignty either in a friendly or adversarial manner (Agarwal 2014, Beuchelt & Virchow 2012, Hospes 2014, Jarosz 2014, Patel 2009, Wittman & Desmarais 2010). We are looking for 3000-6000 word long papers (including references) engaged in case studies that can offer empirically-based conceptual advances and contribute to the present debate on the agrarian question and food sovereignty. Can the concept of food sovereignty help us make sense of the global connections and complexities of socioeconomic and environmental crises experienced by rural society? To what extent has this concept been adopted by grassroots organizations engaged in food politics? What is the status of food sovereignty in their programs? Do food sovereignty movements include primarily peasants, or do they also include peasant-entrepreneurs and/or capitalist farmers and domestic agribusiness? To what extent are these classes establishing or attempting to establish alliances with urban working classes? What are the prospects and limits of food sovereignty for a popular-democratic transition beyond neoliberal capitalism?
Extended and revised versions of selected papers will be considered for a special issue in a prominent development or agrarian studies journal.  

Deadline for paper proposals: November 1, 2015 (Minimum Length: 3000 words; Maximum Length: 6000 words including references)

Announcement of accepted papers: January 15, 2016

Session Organizer(s):
Gerardo Otero, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Efe Can Gürcan, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Contact Info: Primary Contact: Efe Can Gürcan, Simon Fraser University, Canada, egurcan@sfu.caContact Email: egurcan@sfu.caURL: Announcement published by Efe Can Gurcan on Friday, August 28, 2015 

Intern'l Conf: Emerging Trends for Nat'l Sustainable Develop't & Disaster Mgt

Mon, 2015-08-31 14:32

Link to Conference Website

Link to Conference Flyer

July 27, 2016  United KingdomSubject Fields: African History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Childhood and Education, Environmental History / Studies, Management and Leadership Studies INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING TRENDS FOR NATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT(NSDDM 2016) /EXHIBITION
Important Dates
  • Call For Papers; 17th July, 2015 – 7th May, 2016.
  • Full Paper Submission; 17th July, 2015 – 17th May, 2016.
  • Revised Paper Submission; 27th July, 2015 – 27th May, 2016.
  • Acceptance/Rejection Notification; Between 27th August, 2015 – 27th January, 2016.
  • Early Bird Registration; 27th August, 2015 – 27th January, 2016. (Online Credit Card)
  • Late Bird Registration; 7th January, 2016 – 7th June, 2016. (Online Credit Card)
  • Registration Closes; 7th July. 2016.
  • Onsite Registration; 27th July 2016. 
  • Conference; 27th-29th July 2016.

Greetings from NSDDM 2016.                                    
After the great success of the 1st and 2nd International Conference held in Ghana, May 2014 and Dubai, May 2015; Scholarlink Research Institute, Manchester, United Kingdom, in collaboration with The American University in the Emirates, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai, UAE specially invites you to participate and present your research papers to the 3rdInternational Conference On Emerging Trends For National Sustainable Development And Disaster Management (NSDDM 2016) /Exhibition. 

The conference will be held at Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5HD, United Kingdom. July 27th to 29th, 2016

We would like to thank all DUBAI 2015 attendees for making the conference a great success. More than 10 nations were represented at the conference, from Europe, Africa and Asia Countries. It gathered more than 200 professors, researchers and scholars from around the world. We hope to have greater success in the 2016 Edition in Leeds, United Kingdom.
The papers presented from the first and second International Conference that took place in 2014 and 2015 have all been published as promised and available online in an international Journal based in, Manchester, United Kingdom, and indexed in several indexing bodies. (DOAJ, WorldCat, NewJour, Open J-Gate, Scirus, Socolar, EISRJC, Expanded Academic ASAP, Chemical Abstracts (CAS), Cabell Directories, Serial Solutions, Ulrich’s Web Global Serials Directory and Index Copernicus International, Educators Reference Complete, Academic OneFile, Tulips, Refseek, ProQuest, Journal Finder, e-journal, Genamics Journal Seek, Open Access Digital Library, UCLA Library, Term Paper Warehouse, Electronic Journals Library, Open Access Digital Library, UNC University Libraries,, ResearchBible, ebookbrowse, Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, CABI, and Global CNKI, InfoTrac Periodical Solutions. Wittenberg University library, Ohio, and Indiana University library, Bloomington, Indiana, United States)

See link to the 800 pages, Dubai 2015 Online Conference Proceedings (111 Approved Papers Presented)

The UK 2016 International Conference offer Seventeen Tracks with regards to the conference theme mentioned above:
  • Track One: Emerging Trends in Learning, Education and Teaching (ETLET)
  • Track Two: Emerging Trends in Economics, Business and Management (ETEBM)
  • Track Three: Emerging Trends in Environmental Sciences (ETES)
  • Tract Four: Emerging Trends in Physical Sciences and Applied Sciences (ETPSAS)
  • Track Five: Emerging Trends in Engineering and Technology  (ETET)
  • Track Six: Emerging Trends in Energy, Oil and Gas  (ETEOG)
  • Track Seven: Emerging Trends Humanities and Social Sciences (ETHSS)
  • Track Eight: Emerging Trends in Communication and Mass Media (ETCMM)
  • Track Nine: Emerging Trends in Health Sector (ETHS)
  • Track Ten: Emerging Trends in Conservation and Natural Resources Management (ETCNRM)
  • Track Eleven: Emerging Trends in History and Civilization (ETHC)
  • Track Twelve: Emerging Trends in Journalism and  Mass Communication(ETHC)
  • Track Thirteen: Emerging Trends in Geospatial Technologies and Applications(ETGTA)
  • Track Fourteen: Emerging Trends in Networks and Telecommunications(ETNT)
  • Track Fifteen: Emerging Trends in Green Energy (ETGE)
  • Track Sixteen: Emerging Trends in Turkish and Modern Asian Studies (ETTMAC)
  • Track Seventeen: Emerging Trends in Modern  Languages and European Studies (ETMLES)

The following International and Erudite Scholars will be in attendance as KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, among are;
Prof. Sharon M. Kolb, College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, United States.
Prof. Lynne M. Walters. Texas A&M University, United States.
Prof. Tim N. Walters. 2 Twelve Pines Court Woodlands, Texas 7738, United States.
 and many more

NSDDM 2016 is Three Full Days of Technical Sessions, Poster Sessions, Virtual Session, Tutorials and Workshops. Additionally, an Exhibition will be held on parallel with the conference to show cutting edge and state-of-the-art technologies related to our industry as it will be many opportunities for networking and socializing with other colleagues all over the world.
Authors/Participant (In Person or Virtually) are invited to submit papers (not more than 10 pages) as an email attachment to


Virtual Participants (Non-Attending Authors)
Authors who will not be physically present at the conference venue, can send their paper in Power Point for presentation. See link;
The paper should include one of the Conference Tracks mentioned above, and the Track Number should be mentioned in the paper, for quick review and assessment. All papers will be double-blind peer reviewed.

The Conference Proceedings will be reviewed for their inclusion in the ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index. All Presented Articles in the conference will be fast tracked for publication as a Special Edition in Top United States journal based in Seattle, WA 98119-1950, United States of America (Emerging Academy Resources), WITHOUT PUBLICATION FEE CHARGES.
We request you to motivate as many Faculties, Research Scholars and Students from your college who might be interested in contributing and attending the conference to present papers. Papers from Industrialist, Policy Makers, Social and Market Research Practitioners and Non Governmental Organization are also welcome.

Visit our website for more information on the conference.
We thank you for your cooperation and look forward to welcoming you in Leeds, United Kingdom in July 2016 as one of our participants, coming from over 60 countries worldwide!

Conference Convener (NCBSSDPA 2015).
Scholarlink Research Institute
Cleveland Road, Manchester,
M8 4GS, United Kingdom Office.


NOTE: Sponsors and Exhibitors are also encouraged to participate either as Co-Sponsor or Exhibit their Goods and Services in the International Conference. There are associated benefits. More information is available on the conference website. Contact Email: URL:

Tropical & Travel Medicine Seminar Sept 16

Mon, 2015-08-31 14:21

September 16, 2015  6pm-8pm

Welcome back!  We are excited to kick off this year at a new location. This year the seminar series will have a new home at the Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building on the East Bank campus, north of TCF Bank Stadium.  We have an exciting year planned and hope you you will join us! 

For over 15 years, the Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar (TTMS) Lecture Series reflects our core value of providing accessible educational programming to the Twin Cities medical community.

Seminars are held monthly during the academic year typically on the 3rd Wednesday from 6pm - 8pm. 

HHH students--very interesting project: Acara Showcase & Open House - Sept 21

Mon, 2015-08-31 14:04
The Institute on the Environment is delighted to invite you and a guest to attend the Acara Showcase and Open House 2015: Outcomes & Opportunities on Monday, Sept 21, 2015 from 5–7:30 p.m.

Acara prepares young leaders to take on the greatest environmental challenges through coursework, entrepreneurial training and guidance, and on-the-ground ventures throughout the world. Many people participate in Acara programs during the year, including students, coaches, judges, guest instructors and other supporters and volunteers. Please join us in taking some time to catch up with friends and events from this past summer, and to meet the students participating this fall.
Help us share the story…Come share in the story of Acara with directors Fred Rose and Julian Marshall, as well as recent Acara scholars. Learn about their experiences in the program and how they are inspiring change through their creative social ventures

5:00 – 6:15  Arrival and networking. Poster session with ventures.
6:15 – 6:25  Welcome from Fred Rose and Julian Marshall, Acara Directors
6:25 – 6:50  Acara venture team updates
6:50 – 7:00  Fred Rose, Director, Acara
7:00 – 7:30  Networking time

Date: Monday, September 21, 2015
Time: 5:00–7:30 p.m.
Location: University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus
Institute on the Environment
Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
1954 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Directions to IonE


Please direct any questions to:

Kim Long
Events Coordinator & Program Associate
Institute on the Environment (IonE)
University of Minnesota

International Nuclear Security Summit & Workshop

Mon, 2015-08-31 13:39

Announcement published by Tomoko Steen on Thursday, August 27, 2015
October 30, 2015 to October 31, 2015Location: District Of Columbia, United StatesSubject Fields: Contemporary History, Diplomacy and International Relations, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Japanese History / Studies, Public PolicyWe are organizing an international nuclear security summit on October 30th and concurrently four workshops on the 31st to discuss assessment and management of Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear  disasters.  We hope this nuclear security summit will initiate interdisciplinary and international discussions among experts on nuclear issues, and generate an important knowledge exchange. We have four concurrent workshops focusing on different disciplines relating to nuclear security so that younger researchers can be involved in these projects, as this is a long term problem. Please register for the summit (October 30-31) at the website as soon as possible.  Space is limited.Contact Info: Tomoko Y. Steen, Ph.D.Georgetown University, School of Medicine
 Aniket Patel, MS
Josh Hampson, MSContact Email: NuclearSummit2015@gmail.comURL:

Papers sought for Visualizing the Street, June 2016 (Netherlands)

Mon, 2015-08-31 13:38
Announcement published by Judith Naeff on Thursday, August 27, 2015 Type: Call for PapersDate: November 1, 2015Location: NetherlandsSubject Fields: Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Humanities, Journalism and Media Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Urban History / StudiesCall for Papers - Visualizing the StreetASCA Cities Project - Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam
 Keywords: visual culture, the street, digital media, street photography, visual practice, cell phone registration, architectural visualizations, the everyday
 Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Professor Gillian Rose (The Open University)
 For the international conference Visualizing the Street, the ASCA Cities Project invites papers that explore the impact of contemporary practices of image-making on the visual cultures of the street.
Date:   Friday 17 June 2016
Place:   University of Amsterdam
New technologies of visualization have opened up the practices of photographing, filming, and editing to everyone who carries a phone and is connected online, resulting in the mass circulation of privately produced imagery. This development has social, cultural and political significance. For example, Larsen and Sandbye (2014) write that “increasingly, everyday amateur photography is a performative practice connected to presence, immediate communication and social networking, as opposed to the storing of memories for eternity, which is how it has hitherto been conceptualized.” Hito Steyerl (2009) points towards the potential of such low resolution imagery in propagating a less hierarchical and more democratic regime of visuality. At the same time, new technologies have also contributed to the expansion of an urban visual culture that is subject to a professional system of visual production and distribution. The visual experience of the contemporary street is partly shaped by artistic visualizations, detailed advertisements, big-scale billboards and high resolution renderings that pervade urban environments. Although responding to different sensibilities, there are striking similarities between these various registers of everyday visual experience of the street. The digital means of production of street imagery – never delivering a clear end product and always in circulation between material and virtual networks – and the fleeting glance with which consumers relate to that imagery, point towards a distinctly performative visual language. It seems that what is most important to this visual culture is not so much the content of the imagery as its immediacy. This development asks for new concepts, theories and research methods that would combine close analyses of the image with the study of the practices of production, circulation and consumption of the image, and the diverse set of social, cultural, affective and performative implications of it in everyday life.
Please submit abstracts (max 300 words, for 20 min papers) together with an academic CV to Pedram Dibazar (email: by November 1, 2015.
Please note that we are also working on a publication on the same topic for the Amsterdam University Press book series Cities and Cultures. A selection of contributions to the conference will be included in the book.
For any inquiries please contact the organizers Pedram Dibazar or Judith Naeff.Contact Info: ASCA Cities Project
University of Amsterdam
Pedram Dibazar and Judith NaeffContact Email: j.a.naeff@uva.nlURL:

HHH Gray on Iran--"US needs a secure Iran"

Sun, 2015-08-30 21:49
Reprinted from MinnPost

Iran needs security; the U.S. needs a secure IranShare on printShare on emailBy Sherry Gray | 08/26/15REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader Understanding the aspirations of Iran and its people as well as the security dilemmas it faces is crucial to understanding that decisions being made today will shape whether Iran and the region can embrace peace and growth, or war and destruction. The Obama administration is hawking a nuclear agreement with Iran, an agreement long in the making, long on details, and long overdue. Iran may be a nuclear threat, but one surrounded by more powerful nuclear powers — any first use or limited use would pour down devastation on Iran. Iran may be a proliferation threat, but selling parts and expertise is attractive only to money-hungry countries with few enemies — assisting any of its regional neighbors in acquiring nuclear capability could prove risky to Iran’s own security.Sherry GrayIsrael for Iran is a symbol of European/U.S. power games in the region, but Iran has more serious security threats. Shi’ites are far safer living in the West than in South Asia; it is nuclear Pakistan where sectarian violence has led to Shi’ite deaths. It is the threats of its own region, led by powerful Saudi or nuclear Russian or anti-Shi’ite competitors/enemies, that keeps Iranian security analysts awake at night, not Israel.Better relationship means safer neighborhoodTake a look at the map of the region and see how surrounded Iran is? Where are its friends in the region? A better relationship with Europe and the U.S. means a safer neighborhood for Iran.A successful nuclear agreement could open the door to better relations between the U.S. and Iran, or at least the possibility of more cooperation on regional matters, vital to U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf and Caspian regions. It also opens the door to a better future — more stable, secure and prosperous — for Iran and its people.Iran is on the move, a large country with a population of more than 74 million, that, while not religiously diverse, has a surprisingly heterogeneous population; ethnic Persians make up only 51 percent of a citizenry that includes Azeris, Kurds, Afghans, Turks and Arabs. Iran occupies a central place in the region, sharing land borders with seven countries of interest to the U.S. — including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey — and sea borders with the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. It is enmeshed in a region important for oil production and shipping, as well as wars and conflicts, making the direction it goes politically and economically critical to peace and stability in the region.Great progress in developmentSince the upheaval of the late 1970s and a long, crippling war with Iraq, Iran has made great progress in development, ranked by the World Bank as an “upper middle income” country and by the UNDP as a “high human development” country on the Human Development Index. Goldman Sachs lists Iran as one of the “Next Eleven” countries, a group the National Intelligence Council predicts that, following and together with powerhouse developing countries China and India, “will begin to surpass Europe, Japan and Russia in terms of global power by 2030.”Understanding the aspirations of Iran and its people as well as the security dilemmas it faces is crucial to understanding that decisions being made today will shape whether Iran and the region can embrace peace and growth, or war and destruction.Iran the nation-state may aspire to expanding its regional power, but the Iranian people have made clear their interest in a country that is respected internationally and holds increased economic opportunities for its citizens. According to the World Bank, Iran is the second largest economy in the region (Middle East/North Africa) but “unemployment remains elevated and is expected to be a central challenge” as increasing numbers of women and young people enter the labor market.A work force with high expectationsIran’s success in improving literacy and education rates in recent decades, perhaps second only to South Korea, means a work force that has high expectations; already the World Bank estimates that 150,000 college-educated Iranians leave every year to find better opportunities. National Public Radio estimated in 2006 that there were half a million Iranians in Southern California, and sizable populations of Iranians can be found around the U.S. and Europe. Daily international flights to and from Tehran are filled with middle-class Iranians going between family members in Europe or the U.S. and Iran.Iran has a great deal of internal reform necessary to creating the kind of open and vibrant society necessary for the growth of creativity and innovation necessary to a contemporary economy, and a better relationship with Europe and the U.S. are an important step in that process.Security for Iran needs to be understood in light of its unique location and long history of wars with neighbors. Iran has been occupied many times by foreign powers and for the past four decades involved in a series of cold wars: With the USSR and then Russia, the U.S., Europe, and Saudi Arabia. It is surrounded by nuclear countries (Russia, Pakistan, India, Israel), encircled by U.S. military bases, on the border of two wars involving heavy U.S. forces, and embattled by anti-Iran and anti- Shi’ite neighbors. Iran has not been passive, either, once promoting a radical religious revolution and in recent decades taking sides in regional disputes that have created new security dilemmas and alienated the U.S. and its allies in the region.Build upon mutual interestsIt is time for the U.S. and Europe to recognize Iran’s legitimate security concerns and work to create reassurance measures that help dampen their fears and promote strategic engagement on issues of mutual interest. It is no secret that the U.S. and Iran have cooperated remarkably well, albeit through convoluted lines of communication, on a range of issues involving U.S. and Iranian activities in both Afghanistan and Iraq and these areas of mutual interest can be built upon for a stronger, strategic relationship.In 2001, a commission headed by Lee Hamilton, James Schlesinger and Brent Scowcroft for the Atlantic Council argued that “U.S. policy makers should focus on rebuilding diplomatic and political relationships with Iran to a point at which the serious disagreements can be addressed.”It is long overdue for the United States to focus on how engaging Iran will benefit U.S. interests in a peaceful and stable Middle East.Sherry Gray directs international projects at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. From 1998 to 2003 she coordinated a U.S.-Iran foreign policy dialogue program for the Stanley Foundation, making four visits to Tehran.

WIIS new Jobs Hotline (membership req)

Sun, 2015-08-30 21:41
Check out the new Jobs Hotline!
Please note, the WIIS website was recently updated to provide a membership portal where members can now create forums, access and comment on blogs, easily view and connect with other members, and better utilize the benefits of a WIIS membership. To protect confidential information, members will be asked to reset their passwords when logging into the new member portal for the first time. The member portal can be accessed by clicking on the Jobs Hotline link below. You will be redirected to the WIIS website where you will need to sign in on the right-hand side of your screen. Additionally, we kindly ask that members update their profiles when logging into the new portal to improve member visibility and strengthen services provided through the WIIS network.
If you have trouble resetting your password, please contact WIIS Global at

Former Humphrey Fulbright Fellow Chin Idirisu Medorni visiting HHH this week

Sun, 2015-08-30 21:40
Chin Idirisu Medorni was Hubert H. Humphrey International Fulbright Fellow at the Humphrey School 2010-2011.  He is currently Executive Director of the Cameroon Education Foundation in Kumbo-Cameroon.   Chin will meet current Humphrey School International Fellows and visit friends in the Twin Cities.

Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program

Sun, 2015-08-30 21:35
View this email in your browserDEADLINE APPROACHING - SEPT. 1
Apply now for the 2015 Fall Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program!
Are you an American that has lived or studied in China and are back in the United States after an unforgettable experience abroad?
Project Pengyou is recruiting passionate young Americans with first-hand China experience to join our nationwide Leadership Network and lead the establishment of a Project Pengyou chapter on their campus. Leadership Fellows will receive an exclusive invitation to participate in a four-day Leadership Training Summit at UC Berkeley on October 10-13, 2015. This is your chance to receive transformative leadership training and join a growing movement of US-China bridge-builders across the nation.
  • EXCLUSIVE INVITATION to attend a four-day Leadership Training Summit at UC Berkeley from October 10 – October 13, 2015*
  • GAIN strategic skills in cross-cultural leadership and community-organizing methods to mobilize people and resources as part of a national grassroots campaign
  • CONNECT with other motivated Americans with China experience from across the U.S., and be a part of our exclusive national Leadership Fellows network.
  • VIP ACCESS to special high-level US-China events and opportunities to meet government, business and civic leaders deeply experienced in US-China cooperation; make valuable connections for personal growth and professional development
  • LEAD a Project Pengyou Chapter at your university or institution, and be a pioneer of China exchange, knowledge and action in your community
* All participants are responsible for their own airfare and travel. Lodging, food, speaker and summit costs will be covered by Golden Bridges Foundation / Project Pengyou. Limited scholarships will be available based on donations.WHO SHOULD APPLY
  • American citizens or legal residents who have studied or lived abroad in China and are available to participate in the Leadership Training Summit at the University of California, Berkeley from October 10-13th, 2015.
  • Highly committed individuals with enthusiasm for Project Pengyou’s mission to promote constructive China exchange
  • Current students of a university, community college or high school (graduate students also eligible) who will be in the United States for at least one academic year
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate high potential for leadership, public speaking, and event coordination responsibilities
* Applicants should be a member of a China alumni group on and have completed over 80% of their online profile, including a profile photo.

Questions? See our FAQ!
 - Meet previous Leadership Fellows -INTERESTED TO BE A SUPPORTER? Project Pengyou is a global community of U.S.-China bridge-builders, led by young Americans with firsthand China experience. In 2014, we began to mobilize a grassroots network of campus chapters and facilitated over 100 events across the United States promoting friendly exchanges with China. Our efforts are completely driven by private philanthropic funds. 
Support us by making a donation online or contact us for special sponsorship opportunities.FacebookTwitterWebsiteInstagram
Project Pengyou is a flagship program of The Golden Bridges FoundationEstablished in 2007, Golden Bridges is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with a mission to build bridges to China that strengthen the sustainability and capacity of community-based nonprofits and individuals to serve, inspire and transform lives.

 Project Pengyou would not be possible without the generosity of our seed sponsors:

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You are receiving this email because you are a Pengyou!

Our mailing address is:
Project PengyouNo.65 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Guloudong Ave, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009Beijing, 01  100009China
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MPP Zhou interns at AFS International (NYC)

Sun, 2015-08-30 21:32
With the help of Stassen scholarship,guidance from my faculty adviser Sherry Gray and recommendation of former Humphrey global policy chair--J. Brian Atwood, I am able to finish my summer internship in AFS Intercultural Programs Headquarter-- AFS International(AFS INT) in New York City. I worked as full-time intern in the Department of Program Development and Risk Management for 440 hours in total. 
While in New York City, I mainly worked on six programs, assisted in two programs and finished two memos. AFS, as one of the UNESCO’s consultative NGOs, is an international organization which provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. In order to fulfill AFS 2020 vision and take on the expectation of wider global intercultural learning experience from UNESCO, I am able to provide some policy recommendations(two recommendation memos about program’s development in China) for AFS INT to expand AFS program’s capacity in China and deal with stakeholder relations with government. Furthermore, I also worked on the risk management field, which includes completing PRIA(Partners’ Risk Internal Assessment) reports for 10 member states, record retention summary for all member states, World Cafe government regulation outlines recommendations and statistic analysis for medical claims.
In addition, I undertook the assignment of translating some English intercultural learning materials into Chinese for Department of Intercultural Learning. Also, I assisted in reconciliation projects and videos selection for AFS-UNAOC cooperation program.
As the intern in the nuclear department of AFS INT, my internship provides me with a more profound insight of practical application of global policy, deepening my understanding of importance of intercultural learning to create a more just and peaceful world. My logical and critical thinking abilities to work for an international organization are also enhanced. 

Internship Search for Common Ground (Wash DC)

Thu, 2015-08-27 17:57
Youth Training and Mobilization Graduate Intern
Battle for Humanity - Washington, DCDo you believe that technology has the power not just to connect us, but to make us better? Battle for Humanity (B4H) is an online training platform; a youth movement, mobilizing millions to end violent conflict; and a videogame in real life.We will launch B4H in 2016. Apply to our Graduate Internship and join the founding creative team that’s mixing online and offline into a formidable concoction to unite youth around the world.The OrganizationSearch for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes non-violent conflict transformation. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Search partners with conflicting parties in a process of understanding their differences and acting on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects from 57 offices in 35 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff. The person filling this position will be joining a highly motivated team.Summary of PositionSearch for Common Ground is seeking a graduate intern with skills in conflict resolution training, especially for youth, to work on Battle for Humanity, a multi-year, global initiative to end violent conflict based on an online, gamified platform now in pre-launch phase. The Youth Training and Mobilization Graduate Intern will report to the Strategic Development Manager; the intern will help develop content for youth trainings and missions, working closely with the creative team behind Battle for Humanity, Search for Common Ground’s global partners, and field offices across four continents. Through hands-on experience, the intern will hone training and mobilization skills that can be broadly applied to the nonprofit world, at the cutting edge of the field. The scope of the internship will be tailored to the intern’s strengths and experience. This is an unpaid internship with the option of earning post-graduate credit.Responsibilities
  • Playing a lead role the process of content design for a series of 10 conflict resolution trainings and activities for young people, age 13-30 worldwide, under guidance from the Strategic Development Manager
  • Gather participatory input on content design from advisory council youth and participating Country Program Directors
  • Partnering with a creative videographer to execute the development of trainings, including script-writing, filming, and editing
  • Contributing to the creative process behind Battle for Humanity
  • Assist with writing grant proposals based on B4H
As internship descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.Minimum Qualifications
  • Experience or practical education in conflict transformation training and activities design
  • Passion for mobilizing youth as leaders in peace
  • Experience teaching, training, or mobilizing young people (13-30)
  • Significant intercultural experience and understanding
  • Currently enrolled in graduate program in conflict resolution or a related degree

Salary: This is an unpaid internship.To ApplyInterested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume through our application system at: LINK HERE.  No phone calls please. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Please see our web site for more details of our work. The deadline for applications to this position is August 31, 2015. In your cover letter, please clearly state why our program is of interest to you, what you can bring to the organization, and what experience you hope to gain from the internship. Also, include the dates of your availability and the number of hours per week to which you can commit. Candidates who can intern a minimum of 20 hours per week are preferred. While we will make this a very rewarding internship experience for you, note this is an unpaid internship.
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.organd appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

Sept 16 MINN 3rd Annual Getting Hired Event

Thu, 2015-08-27 17:57
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:30p MINN's Education Committee and the University of St. Thomas are collaborating to produce MINN Getting Hired, a fun-filled evening with activities that will help increase your visibility as a potential candidate for international jobs and provide insider tips on getting hired. This is our third year hosting this event, and last year, over 90 people attended this free event, who were either entering or transitioning into the international field. With 95% of attendees ranking this event as good or excellent the last 2 years, we are pleased to offer this FREE event again on Wednesday, September 16th, from 5:00pm - 8:30pm at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus.

Please join us at this free workshop and receive important insights from hiring managers at local NGOs. This event is great for:

1.   University students and graduates seeking to enter into an international career
2.   Individuals returning from the Peace Corps or military service who are wishing to continue their international work
3.   Mid-career professionals who are wishing to transition into the international field
4.   And anyone who has a passion (per MINN's tagline) to Do Global Good, Better
Remember to bring your business cards. Also, think about updating your LinkedIn page and creating your DEVEX profile, because this event will help you increase your professional network.

Exec Dir job Lwala Community Alliance, Kenya

Thu, 2015-08-27 17:56
Hi -- Very interesting job opportunity for the right person. Half time in Nashville, half in Kenya.   Pls pass along to anyone you know who might be interested.

Sent by Anne Hussian, HHH alum (and she might know someone with connection)

Remembering the Bohemian Flats: One Place, Many Voices

Thu, 2015-08-27 17:56
Bohemian Flats is site of current UMN West Bank campus.

 This exhibit, organized by the Heritage Studies Collaborative, explores the many perspectives on the people and the conditions of this early immigrant neighborhood adjacent to the Mississippi River. Through photographs, newspaper clippings, maps and surveys, visitors can “journey” down the 79 steps from the bluffs to the flats, and see how a community in the middle of the city could simultaneously be at the margins of the river, of society, and of historical memory. Free and open to the public. 

Runs through November 1 at the Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St, Minneapolis

Sept 16 Luncheon with Morocco Ambassador to the US

Thu, 2015-08-27 17:55
The U.S. and Morocco: Important Allies
Wednesday, September 16; 11:30 am

For more than 100 years, the U.S. and Morocco have shared a close and abiding relationship. Today, our shared interests include the economic prosperity of both countries, pursuit of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, promotion of regional security and cooperation, and sustainable development. 
Join us for a public luncheon to hear Rachad Bouhlal, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, discuss cultural and diplomatic relations between our two countries.

Global Fellowship for Social Intrapreneurs

Thu, 2015-08-27 17:55
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.organd appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
We're talking a high intensity, hands-on, accelerated fellowship experience working one-on-one with a social enterprise in India. Our six-month accelerator is filled with one-on-one coaching, monthly capacity building workshops, customized curriculum specifically designed for intrapreneurs, networking opportunities… not to mention you'll build relationships that will last a lifetime.  
IDEX is a professional fellowship experience designed for ASPIRING INTRAPRENEURS who want to take control their career path while helping to address society's most pressing problems. With more than 200 global alumni, IDEX is creating the next wave of “social intrapreneurs” who will support, lead and advance the work of socially-focused enterprises around the world.
QualificationsCandidates must possess the minimum qualifications to be eligible for the IDEX Fellowship:
  • Bachelor or Masters/Graduate Degree (BS/BA/BBA must be obtained prior to start of program);
  • Age limit: 21-35 years old
  • Ability to perform in a high pressure environment;
  • English fluency (written and spoken);
  • Ability to legally work in India for six months (IDEX will provide more information on the business visa application process).
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of professional work experience;
  • Excellent listening and communication skills (written and verbal).

 Our Ideal CandidateIDEX values diversity and passion. We believe the unique perspectives and experiences of each fellow leads to greater impact in the field.Candidates are chosen from a diverse yet competitive pool of talented, passionate individuals from a wide range of geographies, professional and academic backgrounds and ethnicities. In the selection process, we are seeking to understand your passion and the value you bring to IDEX and the larger social enterprise sector.
Applicants should have:
  • Two professional references;
  • Proven track record of leadership responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated passion for social enterprise and improving quality of life for low-income communities;
  • Ability to work in new and challenging environments with limited resources;
  • Willingness to work with low-income populations in developing economies and demonstrated practical skills in relationship building, cultural sensitivity and thrive in a start-up environment;
  • High interest in working in emerging markets;
  • A passion and desire to work in emerging markets and use social enterprise principles to solve global issues;
  • An ability to quickly adapt and work in resource constrained environments;
  • Desire to engage in an intense professional development experience while applying; creative solutions to deepen impact;
  • Committed to make an equity investment of time, energy and capital in their personal growth and professional development.
How to ApplyVisit Applications close September 15th.

Schwarzman Scholars for study at Tsinghua Univ, Beijing

Thu, 2015-08-27 17:55
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.organd appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only.  Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies
Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Applications open in April 2015.Each new cohort of Schwarzman Scholars will join a global network of the world's most talented young leaders, helping to build stronger links between China and a rapidly changing world. The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative master's degree program at Tsinghua University, one of the country's leading universities. Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the world, the curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China's expanding role in the world.The program also provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.Each year, up to 200 exceptional men and women will be accepted to the program.45%US20%China35%Rest of worldEligibility Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent. Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before orientation begins in July 2016. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.
  • English language proficiency. Applicants must demonstrate strong English Language skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant's native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application. Acceptable test options are:Age. Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of June 30, 2016.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT)
    • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Pearson’s (PTE Academic)
    This requirement is waived for applicants who graduated from an undergraduate institution where the language of instruction was English at an institution located in a country where English was a national language.
Key dates
  • April 2015: Application opens
  • October 1, 2015: Application deadline
  • October 2015: Reading and selection of semi-finalists
  • Mid-November 2015: Interviews for semi-finalists
  • Late November 2015: Finalists notified
  • July 5, 2016: Orientation at Tsinghua University begins

Scholarship FundingThe extraordinary students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:
  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Required course books and supplies
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • Health insurance
  • A modest personal stipend
With a $350 million endowment, Schwarzman Scholars will be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors.for more info see