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Perspectives on Global Food Security and Social Justice: A Roundtable Discussion

May 8, 2013
3:30-5:00pm
180 Humphrey Center

Please join us for a discussion of global food security and social justice on themes including:
- How do we meet the challenges of global food security and long-term environmental sustainability?
- How is the global food system evolving and what are some implications for Africa and for small farmers? What are some strategies for addressing the food insecurity of the poorest of the poor?
- What are some different ways of understanding global food security and how do these understandings map onto thinking about food justice?
- How do questions of food security and social justice fit in the context of India's economic growth story?

The new Global Spotlight Grants Program focused on global food security and South Asia will also be announced. Event sponsored by ICGC and Global Spotlight Program of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Remarks by:

Jonathan Foley, Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

William Moseley, Professor and Chair of Geography, Macalester College

Rachel Schurman, Professor, Institute for Global Studies and Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota

Vinay Gidwani, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment & Society and the Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota

Moderator: Valentine Cadieux, Research Associate, Departments of Sociology and Geography, Society and Environment, University of Minnesota

Refreshments will be served.

May 6: Professor Peter Andreas on "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America"

Lippincott Room, SS 1314, on Monday May 6th from 3:30-5pm.

We are very pleased to announce that on Monday, May 6th, MIRC, together with the Harold E. Stassen Chair at the Humphrey Institute, and the department of Political Science, is proud to host a distinguished speaker, Peter Andreas, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Brown University.

Peter Andreas will be presenting a talk based on his newly launched book, "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America." An abstract is below, and the poster attached.

Please feel free to disseminate this announcement to any who might be interested. All are welcome!

This talk has been generously sponsored by the Harold E. Stassen Chair and the Department of Political Science.


About "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America"
America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexican workers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contraband capitalism, it turns out, has been an integral part of American capitalism.

Providing a sweeping narrative history from colonial times to the present, Smuggler Nation is the first book to retell the story of America--and of its engagement with its neighbors and the rest of the world--as a series of highly contentious battles over clandestine commerce. As Peter Andreas demonstrates in this provocative and fascinating account, smuggling has played a pivotal and too often overlooked role in America's birth, westward expansion, and economic development, while anti-smuggling campaigns have dramatically enhanced the federal government's policing powers. The great irony, Andreas tells us, is that a country that was born and grew up through smuggling is today the world's leading anti-smuggling crusader.

May 3: Professor Tarak Barkawi on "States, Armies and Empires: Armed Forces and Society in World Politics"

The Colloquium will meet from 1:30-3:00 in the Lippincott
Room (Social Sciences Tower 1314)

The Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium is proud to present Professor Tarak Barkawi from the Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research. Tarak is an alumnus of the Political Science program at U of M and significantly contributes to critical international relations theory and strategic studies. Tarak will be presenting his paper, "States, Armies and Empires: Armed Forces and Society in World Politics," with discussion to follow. His paper can be downloaded here: states.armies.empires.2013-2.pdf.

Coffee will be served. All are welcome.

Please join us for this wonderful discussion, also co-sponsored by ICGC, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change & The Humphrey School.

Summer 2013 Confucius Institute Chinese Language Classes

The weather may suggest otherwise, but it's time to register for summer 2013 classes! The ten-week semester will start on June 10, 2013 and run through August 22, 2013. There will be no classes the week of July 1 for Independence Day.

To register for classes, please use our registration form. The registration deadline is Friday, May 31, 2013. For questions about course offerings or registration, please contact Emily Ruskin at ecruskin(at)umn.edu.


Course Offerings

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: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: June 11 - August 20, 2013

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
Semester dates: June 10 - August 19, 2013

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: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: June 12 - August 21, 2013

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: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: June 10 - August 19, 2013
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: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: June 11 - August 20, 2013

Intermediate Chinese III
This class allows students who have successfully completed Intermediate Chinese II at the Confucius Institute, or those who have a similar level of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. 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: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Semester dates: June 12 - August 21, 2013

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: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Semester dates: June 12 - August 21, 2013

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.

Registration

To register for classes, please use our registration form (class_registration.pdf) and review our policy on class cancellations and refunds. The registration deadline is Friday, May 31, 2013. Classes fill quickly, so register early to guarantee your spot. For questions about course offerings or registration, please contact Emily Ruskin at ecruskin(at)umn.edu.

Vote for HHH students competing in international food security competition- Thought for Food 2013

Thought for Food is a movement dedicated to tackling the global challenge of feeding 9 billion people through bold, breakthrough solutions.

It is comprised of some of the best and brightest minds of the next generation, driven by a desire to invigorate innovation and uproot the status quo.

They run an annual competition to catalyze university students from all fields of study to learn more about the complex challenges surrounding food security, and inspire them to channel their passions and creativity towards developing new ideas that make a difference.

HHH students Justin Anderson, Sahar Angadjivand, Prabin Bajgain, Yong Bao, & Patrick Ewing are competing with a project focused on empowering cooperative farming. More info on their project & the opportunity to vote for them can be found at: http://tffchallenge.com/team/9-billion-networks/

Job: Program Officer, Global Development and Population, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, California

Program Officer, Global Development and Population

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, seeks a Program Officer for the Global Development and Population Program.

About the Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Foundation's assets are more than $7.5 billion, with annual awards of grants and gifts totaling over $350 million. A thirteen member Board of Directors provides overall direction for the Foundation. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.hewlett.org.

About the Global Development and Population Program
The Global Development and Population Program make grants to improve the well-being of vulnerable people. In developing countries, this grantmaking focuses on promoting women's empowerment, including through expanded access to high quality reproductive health care; and on promoting transparent, accountable governance to deliver social services. The program also makes grants to strengthen the capacity of research-based organizations, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, to collect and use data. The Global Development and Population Program team currently consists of nineteen staff, including eleven Program Officers.

About the Position
The new Program Officer will report to Ruth Levine, Program Director, and work collaboratively with other Program Officers and Program Associates. A particular focus of this position will be on the generation, use, and communication of data to inform and influence policy decisions and to improve accountable governance. Specific roles and responsibilities include:

Participate in strategic planning for grantmaking related to research capacity, transparency and accountability.
Maintain current knowledge of trends, practices, technology applications, and other related aspects of the Program field.
Review and assess grantee proposals in light of Program strategies.
Provide assistance to grantees and other parties in the field.
Draft proposal summaries for Board consideration and discretionary awards.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in the Foundation's headquarters, and with diverse groups of professionals and professional organizations, foundations, and funding sources.
Make site visits, attend conferences, and represent Foundation programs to the public and to leaders in the Program area.
Evaluate grants and Program initiatives and respond to annual grantee reports.
Contribute to the Foundation's interest in and practice of strategic philanthropy, including due diligence, goal setting, review of business plans, knowledge building, and evaluation.
Represent the Foundation's programs to a variety of external entities.
Guide potential grantees through the Foundation's proposal process, including its compliance-related procedures.
Organize Foundation-sponsored meetings of grantees and field experts.
The Program Officer's responsibilities involve working with a broad array of collaborators, including grantees, multi and bilateral donors and civil society organizations. Ideally, the Program Officer will possess knowledge of relevant international social and economic development issues. The Program Officer should bring a deep understanding of African contexts; a demonstrated track record of building and fostering sustainable partnerships at the regional and international level; an ability to work with advocacy organizations in the collection and use of data to inform key policy making actions; a strong methodological and analytical capacity; and an abundance of energy and intellectual curiosity.

Moreover, the Program Officer should possess exceptional interpersonal skills and a capacity to work in highly collaborative teams comprising colleagues as well as individuals in government, private-sector, and international institutions; public policy organizations; think tanks; and academic institutions engaged in the international arena.

The Program Officer should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

Qualifications

Advanced degree in development economics, population science, or related discipline.
Knowledge and appreciation of transparency and accountability issues and actors, as well as issues related to the generation and use of data for research, for policy formulation and for monitoring government performance in developing countries.
Knowledge and appreciation of approaches to mobilize citizen participation and catalyze citizen feedback a plus.
Applied knowledge of social science methodologies in research design, data collection and quantification, modeling, and analysis.
Relevant grantmaking experience, preferably including designing and implementing strategies, developing budgets, and managing portfolios.
Demonstrated success mobilizing and working with multilateral and development organizations, foundations, other nonprofit entities, and academia, as well as government officials and technical personnel in developing countries.
Excellent writing skills and capacity to distill complex ideas in simple language, both verbally and in writing.
Personal Attributes

Deep commitment to the values and mission of the Hewlett Foundation and to the vision and goals of its Global Development and Population Program.
Ability and flexibility to travel extensively.
French language skills and work experience in Africa strongly preferred.
Exceptional ability to articulate and realize a vision, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with a high-caliber team of staff and external partners.
Capacity to learn from experience, to adapt as needed, to generate new and practical ideas, to listen, and to work with others to shape emerging issues.
Excellent organizational skills, with a demonstrated track record of consistently meeting deadlines.
Natural talent for bridging differences, finding common ground, and building relationships with people at all levels of society.
Capacity to communicate persuasively, orally and in writing, in a range of settings.
Clear personal integrity and sense of humility.
Compensation and Benefits
The Hewlett Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a salary commensurate with experience and education. This position is exempt and full-time.

To Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter detailing your interest in this position to Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company: resumes(at)explorecompany.com. Please refer to PO/HF in the Subject line. No phone inquiries please.

More info at: http://www.hewlett.org/about-us/careers/global-development-and-population-program-officer/program-officer-global-development-and-population

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcome a diverse pool of candidates for this search.

The Foundation uses an outside firm to check the accuracy of information supplied by applicants.

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network.

Chavanne Peercy Awarded Fulbright Grant

Chavanne Peercy has been awarded a Teaching/Research grant through the Fulbright Scholar Program for the academic year 2013-2014. She will spend her time in Guinea as a visiting faculty member at the University of Conakry where she will teach two graduate level courses on development. Her research focuses on the current political transition in Guinea, and specifically the ways in which various levels of local leadership influence the process.

Perspectives on Global Food Security and Social Justice: A Roundtable Discussion

May 8, 2013 3:30-5:00pm
180 Humphrey Center

Please join us for a discussion of global food security and social justice on themes including:

- How do we meet the challenges of global food security and long-term environmental sustainability?
- How is the global food system evolving and what are some implications for Africa and for small farmers? What are some strategies for addressing the food insecurity of the poorest of the poor?
- What are some different ways of understanding global food security and how do these understandings map onto thinking about food justice?
- How do questions of food security and social justice fit in the context of India's economic growth story?

The new Global Spotlight Grants Program focused on global food security and South Asia will also be announced. Event sponsored by ICGC and Global Spotlight Program of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Remarks by:

Jonathan Foley, Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

William Moseley, Professor and Chair of Geography, Macalester College

Rachel Schurman, Professor, Institute for Global Studies and Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota

Vinay Gidwani, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment & Society and the Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota

Moderator: Valentine Cadieux, Research Associate, Departments of Sociology and Geography, Society and Environment, University of Minnesota

Refreshments will be served.

Why You Must Know The Differences Between Sunni and Shiah Muslims: Publicizing what Islam REALLY teaches

Why You Must Know The Differences Between Sunni and Shiah Muslims
Publicizing what Islam REALLY teaches

islamicmediamn(at)gmail.com islamicmediamn.org
Sat. May 11, 2013
12:00-3:15

3 life-changing hours

Please RSVP

Ridgedale Regional Center Robert H. Rohlf Room 12601 Ridgedale Dr. Minnetonka, MN 55305

Enjoy a free boxed lunch from Holy Land; vegetarian or halal meat options; let us know your preference We regret we cannot accommodate young children.
The event is free to people who are not Muslim. If you are a Muslim and want to attend, kindly ask us first.

Odeh Muhawesh is a respected theologian, captivating speaker, brilliant teacher, and wildly successful entrepreneur who has humbly dedicated his life to seeking
knowledge with a divine aim and inspiring others to do the same. He composes his moving, knowledge-packed, scripture-backed speeches on the way to an event itself, and each speech is worthy of being recorded for broadcast publication.

Please join us for an eye-opening speech about the differences between Sunni Muslims and Shiah Muslims, a Q & A time, and a delicious free lunch. Ask ANY question about Islam--Mr. Muhawesh loves any question.

Please RSVP to islamicmediamn(at)gmail.com by May 9th, 2013.

What previous event attendees had to say:
"Simply excellent!"
"People only hear negative little blitzes in the news, and they don't have the right information."
"I felt you could ask any question you wanted."
"I'm glad I was able to ask basic questions about Islamic theology and history without feeling silly or out of place."
"Each of us who comes to these events needs to take the information back to their own groups and correct the wrong information that is out there."

Preparing Global Leaders Institute 11-24 August, Struga and Skopje, Macedonia

Preparing Global Leaders Institute (http://pglinstitute.org)

Preparing Global Leaders Institute (PGLI) is created to train new generations for effective and ethical leadership, prepared to act as global leaders in addressing world's problems.

Participants learn through intensive engagement in classes, debates, simulations - all involving future national and international leaders from different countries, cultures, religions and races.

The institute is open for young professionals who wish to extend their theoretical knowledge and acquire leadership skills by listening to lectures from eminent professors, diplomats, politicians, directors of regional and international institutes, CEO's etc.

Organized by the Association for Global Development Initiatives - "Third Millennium" and in partnership with FON University, PGLI is proud to welcome three award - winning professors from Georgetown, Oxford and St.Cyril and Methodius , including one of America's best professors according to the renowned Princeton Review, a communications adviser to the world's most prominent leaders and the director of Oxford's Psychology, Physiology, and Philosophy department, to teach courses on the psychology of leadership, public speaking, political economy, diplomacy and foreign policy.

Delegates will then be able to put their instruction into practice through exciting constitutional, diplomatic and business simulations that will foster important leadership skills and help prepare our delegates for real-world
challenges.

Outside of the classroom, PGLI delegates will hear political dignitaries discuss their leadership experiences and have the opportunity to socialize with bright, young, motivated students and professionals from 30+ countries.

Attendees will also benefit from immersion in the host country during an 11-day stay on the beautiful coast of the Lake of Ohrid, a UNESCO heritage site, and through recreational trips to Ohrid, St. Naum, and Bitola.

At the end of our program there will be a graduation ceremony held at the prestigious FON University in Skopje. Upon completion of the institutes our delegates will receive certificates from PGL and FON as future global leaders.

PGLI TOPICS:
Political Persuasion, Cross-cultural Communication, Analytic Thinking, Political Economy, Social media, Journalism, Diplomacy, Personal Branding, Networking, Advertising, Transition Democracy, Psychology of Leadership, Cognition,
Marketing and International Relations

SIMULATION EXERCISES:

Delegates will receive real-time training and guidance from PGL experts and faculty in competitive exercises.

Simulations: parliamentary, diplomatic reporting, diplomatic etiquette, speech-making, business plan writing, and campaign advertising.

SCHOLARSHIP AND PROGRAM COST

Students may apply for scholarships given by PGLI. Scholarships are based on merit, civic involvement, and motivation. Should applicants wish to apply for a scholarship they should enclose a brief scholarship statement to their application.

Self-financed students pay the full cost of the program which is 1000 EUR (covering tuition fees, accommodation, full meal plan, special events, sport facilities, vocational trips, and transportation Struga-Skopje).

All participants are responsible for travel arrangements and associated insurance and VISA costs (if needed) to Macedonia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1InvFGY1AtU

Online Certificates From Tufts University: Humanitarian Assistance & Delivery Science

The Friedman School currently offers the following certificates designed to meet the needs of professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge in order to advance in their careers.

Delivery Science for International Nutrition
Evidence-Based Humanitarian Assistance
Each certificate is made up of three courses. All courses are all taught online by Tufts faculty, and every course is held to the same academic standards and rigor as those taught live on the Boston campus. The certificate takes one year to complete (Fall, Spring, and Summer).

Additionally, both Tufts and the United Nations University confer the certificate in Delivery Science for International Nutrition. Recipients of the certificates receive an enhanced level of recognition by virtue of the standings of both institutions.

The Friedman School also offers certificates in "Healthy Communities" and "Nutrition Communications in addition to a blended-learning (online with intensive residencies) and our seven residential degree programs.

Graduate Certificate Courses and Continuing Education at Friedman

Through advanced teaching pedagogies and robust software platforms, students in our certificate programs are taught fully online over one year through three 16-week semesters. Students are from around the globe and learn from the school's renowned faculty, collaborate and network with fellow students, and receive superior career-advancing instruction on a schedule that fits the demands of today's professionals.

Tufts has mastered the art of distance learning with proven educational experiences that are recognized as being equally as enriching as the traditional classroom. On average, students need 8-12 hours each week to do the work required for each course.

Students who earn certificates will have the ability to apply their courses toward electives at the Friedman School should they decide to pursue a masters degree. (Please consult with the Office of Admissions for full details in applying for individual degree programs).

Admissions

Visit the school's website for full information

May 3 ICGC Brown Bag: "Plant a Tree, Save a Life: Urban Vitality, a Green Delhi, & the Water Poor

Friday, May 3, 2013 12:00 noon, 537 Heller Hall

Plant a Tree, Save a Life: Urban Vitality, a Green Delhi, and the Water Poor"
Presented by: Heather O'Leary, ICGC Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology

The amount of water available to Delhi is limited and using it in one way often precludes other uses. This raises two important questions: how are legitimate categories of water use determined? And who decides what this resource distribution should look like? This paper explores the reaction of people on the brink of water scarcity to the movement toward a "Green Delhi." When the city's annual garden show is held in a garden abutted by a water-poor slum, what are the reactions of the residents? How do water-poor domestic workers rationalize their employers' daily chores of watering plants with more water than their own family gets to drink? The stark juxtaposition of superfluous water use celebrating "Green Delhi" and the water struggles of marginalized citizens is a rich site for exploring the socio-ecological relationships that directly impact the future vitality and viability of life in Delhi.

Summer 2013 Arabic Language Study Abroad Opportunities

Summer Intensive Language Program at The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco

The National Council, in collaboration with The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) for the summer of 2013, is pleased to announce its Summer Language program in the Kingdom of Morocco. Students will spend six weeks in historic Meknes, Morocco taking part in an intensive Arabic language program. Students at all levels of Arabic proficiency are encouraged to apply. The AALIM center is host to a community of Arabic learners throughout the summer, providing for a fully immersive program. Those selected will also gain direct personal experience in Moroccan culture, history, and society through a variety of day excursions, local outings, workshops and demonstrations.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/aalim


Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture at Lebanese American University

The Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture (SINARC) is a multi-faceted language and cultural immersion program that welcomes students from all over the world. The SINARC program is hosted each year at the Lebanese American University (Beirut Campus), one of the premier institutions of higher education and research in Lebanon and the region. SINARC offers courses in Arabic language and culture at various levels of proficiency. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture. In addition, students partake in a series of excursions to historical, cultural and tourist sites.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/lau


Summer Intensive Language Program at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in Morocco


The National Council, in collaboration with The Center for Cross-Cultural Learning (CCCL) for the summer of 2013, is pleased to announce its Summer Language Program in the Kingdom of Morocco. Students will spend six weeks in Rabat, the capital city of Morocco, taking part in an intensive Arabic language program. CCCL organizes a variety of cultural and educational activities, which include language courses, seminars, and lecture series on Moroccan society and Arab and Islamic cultures. CCCL also sponsors art exhibits and musical performances and organizes educational excursions to various parts of Morocco both in urban and rural areas. The aim of these activities is to provide participants with opportunities to learn from the rich cultural diversity of Morocco and to better understand and appreciate the country's cultural heritage. Students at all levels of Arabic proficiency are encouraged to apply.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/cccl

Intensive Arabic Language Programs at the Center for International Learning in Oman


The Center for International Learning (CIL) invites you to learn and grow through study in the Sultanate of Oman. Comprised of Americans and Omanis with PhD and Masters Degrees, the CIL faculty facilitates experiential education, cultural exchange, and comparative studies to deepen understanding, promote common interests, and explore the shared aspirations of people from different cultures. CIL offers all three levels of Modern Standard Arabic (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), as well as Omani dialect, media Arabic, and skills classes. A limited number of partial scholarships to study at CIL are available through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/cil-oman


Summer Intensive Language Program at AFKAR Academy in Jordan


The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, in collaboration with AFKAR Academy, is pleased to announce its 2013 Summer Intensive Arabic Program to be held at Yarmouk University, Jordan, from June 9 to July 19, 2013. Students will spend six weeks in the historic city of Irbid taking part in intensive Arabic language study. This program is ideal for students seeking to further their proficiency in Arabic language and exposure to Arab culture. Students enrolling in this program should be able to obtain the equivalent of 6 college level credit hours in Arabic.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/afkar


Program in Arabic Language at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies


The Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies (YCMES) is a fully accredited, non-profit college that provides students and scholars from around the world the opportunity to develop a complex knowledge of the Arabic language and the contemporary Middle East. Students can study at YCMES for 5, 10, or 15 weeks, or more -- programs are tailored to meet students' needs. Sana'a, Yemen is an ideal location for language acquisition and cultural immersion. Unlike many other Middle Eastern cities where English and/or French are pervasive, Sana'a is one of the few remaining places in the world where Arabic is spoken exclusively. In short, it is nearly impossible to remain isolated in a Western bubble.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/ycmes


For More Information:

Visit: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad

or contact Megan Geissler or Josh Hilbrand at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations:

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
ATTN: Study Abroad Programs
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Email: Megan(at)ncusar.org and Josh(at)ncusar.org

To all HHH students going abroad: UMN travel policies

Please be aware that UMN requirements to purchase CISI insurance and seek permission for any country on the DOS travel warning list (and some that may be on other lists, like CDC) apply to all students on any university program abroad, or any overseas program connected to their studies at UMN, even if organized through another organization including internships, field experiences, capstones, study away, research or even a student-organized trip (if planned and promoted as UMN).

**MDP students going on field experiences and all students taking courses through Learning Abroad Center please note that the LAC handles CISI and release and waiver automatically for you.

2011 example: UMN had 3 students in Egypt spring 2011 semester. Two had UMN
CISI insurance and were quickly and efficiently repatriated from AU of Cairo via Madrid by the insurance company's security provider; a third student (unknown to UMN until he gave an interview to a media outlet) did not have insurance. He spent several days (3 days his family could not find him) in the Cairo airport, signed a promissory note to reimburse the US government for his evacuation flight to Istanbul ($2,000), and had to pay his costs in Istanbul as well as a new ticket home.

http://policy.umn.edu/Policies/Education/Student/EDABROAD.html
Travel Approval

The University of Minnesota encourages its students to participate in education experiences abroad. To minimize health and safety risks, University policy requires students, or faculty/staff leading students, traveling to countries on the US Department of State's travel warning list to seek special permission.

In addition, travelers may be required to submit a request for permission to travel to locations or participate in programs that pose a specific health, safety, or security concern as indicated by authorities other than the U.S. Department of State such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), non-U.S. government authorities (e.g., Australian or Canadian authorities), and University of Minnesota authorities.

The International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee will review
requests to travel to these countries. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. The committee review process commonly takes 6 to 8 weeks.

Please also note that even if students aren't going to a Travel Warning country, faculty/staff approving/sponsoring the travel are still required to assure students meet the policy requirements at: http://www.policy.umn.edu/Policies/Education/Student/EDABROAD_PROC02.html(insurance, release and waiver and emergency communication plan).

Please call or email me with any questions.

Sherry Gray

MPP Patricia Dorsher selected for APSIA Japan Travel Program, will focus on Japan's humanitarian aid policy

The Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders, organized by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) in partnership with APSIA.

This Program will host fifteen graduate students from U.S.-based APSIA schools to Japan as a group for ten days in August 2013. The group will consist of students who currently are or previously have been engaged in Japan studies as well as those who successfully demonstrate a serious interest in Japan but may not have had previous exposure to the country. The group will meet experts in international relations, economics, energy and security; visit government ministries, think tanks, policy institutes, businesses and nonprofits; spend one day in Tokyo for individual, self-organized research activities; and engage in cultural excursions.

Graduate internship program in India--HHH 06 alum Uma Krishnan

HHH students: Please contact alum Uma ukrishnan(at)tata.com

Background: Set up in 1919, the Sir Ratan Tata Trust is one of the oldest philanthropic institutions in India, and has played a pioneering role in changing the traditional ideas of charity and introducing the concept of philanthropy. Through its grant making, the Trust supports efforts in the development of society, through institutional grants in areas of Education, Health, Arts & Culture, Enhancing Civil Society & Governance and Rural Livelihoods & Communities. Besides institutional grants, the Trust also makes individual grants for education and medical relief. The Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust, formed in 1974, embodies a similar approach in its grant-making. Since inception, the Trusts have disbursed grants to various institutions in the above mentioned themes, besides individuals. The uniqueness of the Trusts is characterized by its practice of giving grants to individuals and organizations engaged in developmental and creative activities, rather than undertaking such activities on its own. More information on the Trust's is available on www.srtt.org.

For the first time, the Trust's have initiated The Graduate Internship Program (GIP). The GIP is a two to three months paid internship program offered to students (who have completed their Year I in Graduate School) for the various Trust's projects in different locations in India.

The current internship is under the Trust's Education initiative (further details available on http://www.srtt.org/institutional_grants/education/education.htm). The detailed internship project profile is attached with the e-mail.

Please note:

a) The internship is paid but visa and travel related costs to India will have to borne by the intern.
b) The Trust's will support the intern with a letter of invitation.
c) Professional mentor and a host family (optional) to be assigned.


If there are queries/clarifications on the internship and its processes, please connect with Uma Krishnan at ukrishnan(at)tata.com, Rewasa Nishchal at srtt.ppp1(at)gmail.com and Ganesh Neelam at gneelam(at)tata.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Warm Regards,

Uma, Rewasa and Ganesh

Volunteers needed for Crisis Simulation May 31-June 2

Humanitarian Crisis Simulation Exercise http://www.globalhealth.umn.edu/education/disaster-camp/index.htm
May 31, 2013 - June 2, 2013
(This overnight event starts at 1pm on Friday and ends at 1pm on Sunday)

Learn and practice humanitarian skills through our innovative crisis simulation activities!

SIMULATION EXERCISE OBJECTIVES:
 Understand common good practice, minimum standards, and how to improve the effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian program implementation.
 Achieve humanitarian-based outcomes by using resources efficiently and effectively.
 Develop collaborative skills, coordinating people and organizations at times of heightened complexity and risk.
 Operate safely and securely in a pressured and changing environment.
 Develop personal management and leadership skills.
Location: Phillippo Scout Reservation ~ Cannon Falls, MN

EVENT REGISTRATION OPENS SOON! (Deadline May 24)

EVENT REGISTRATION FEE (May 31, 2013-June 2, 2013):
►Community Members/Professionals $226
►Students/Trainees $126
►Support Staff/Volunteers Donations Welcome
Outstanding Volunteer Opportunity! Get Details HERE

Contacts for more information: Debbie Luedtke, Sarah Kesler, Eric James, Sherry Gray

This event is offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Department of Medicine Global Health Pathway, Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, and the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs as well as the MDH Refugee Health Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Victims of Torture, Mayo Clinic, and the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross will be conducting a BLOOD DRIVE as part of this event on Saturday, June 1, from 10am-2pm.

Tarak Barkawi, New School, speaking Friday, May 3

May 3 (FRIDAY) Tarak Barkawi, New School (co-sponsored with the Political Theory Colloquium)

3:30-5pm, in the Lippincott Room (1314 Social Sciences)

Co-sponsored by Political Theory Colloquium and Minnesota International Relations Colloquium

Tarak joined the New School in 2012 after ten years at the University of Cambridge. His research concerns armed conflict between the West and the non-European world in historical and contemporary perspective. He has written on colonial armies, 'small wars' and imperial warfare, the Cold War in the Third World, and on counterinsurgency and the War on Terror. Tarak has contributed also to critical international relations theory and strategic studies. More generally, he is interested in the place of armed force in histories and theories of globalization, modernization and imperialism, especially from a postcolonial perspective. Tarak has worked extensively with the UK and US armed forces in advisory and educational capacities. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera English online.

Tuesday Mock Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing in Cowles Auditorium

REMINDER: Mock Senate Hearing in the Cowles Auditorium --- April 30th

The class of PA 5890, Bilateral and Multilateral Diplomacy, will hold a mock hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Cowles Auditorium on April 30 from 11:15 to 12:30. Faculty, staff and students are invited. (Event will begin promptly at 11:15.) We thank Dean Schwartz for facilitating the use of the auditorium for this exercise.

Students will be assigned roles as senators, witnesses (Secretaries Kerry and Hagel), staff and journalists covering the hearing. The topic to be discussed is the negotiation with Iran over the effort to end any attempt by Iran to militarize its nuclear program. We expect other related issues to arise in the course of questioning by senators, including the nuclear program of North Korea and the Obama Administration's general approach to non-proliferation, terrorism and diplomacy.

Given the partisan and ideological differences represented on the committee, we expect that Administration policies and strategies will be strongly challenged. Journalists from media outlets such as CBS, Fox News, the Weekly Standard, China Daily, the New York Times and the Guardian will cover the event. Students playing journalistic roles will present their coverage in the following class.

This hearing is designed to demonstrate how difficult it is to conduct diplomacy in a democratic country. The United States apparently has long ago abandoned the notion that politics stops at the water's edge. Sincere differences of approach generally characterize the two political parties and there are even notable differences within the two parties.

So come and see whether our outstanding students can capture the essence of elected representatives such as Robert Menendez, Barbara Boxer, John McCain and Rand Paul. See how witnesses John Kerry and Chuck Hagel stand up to sharp questioning by the committee. Students will also learn the vital role that staff play in planning these hearings and preparing their principals.

Our purpose is to learn, not to entertain. However, given the enthusiasm and extroverted nature of some in our class, we would not be surprised if this hearing turns out to be quite entertaining!! So join us for some fun. Note: the hearing will not be found on CSPAN.

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This invitation has been sent on behalf of Professor Brian Atwood. Please note that although this event will be held over the lunch hour, no food or beverages are allowed in the Cowles Auditorium.

AFSA Luncheon with J. Brian Atwood on "Development Challenges in the 21st Century"

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the American Foreign Service Association invites you to a luncheon meeting with J. Brian Atwood:

Development Challenges in the 21st Century

Wednesday, May 8
12 Noon - Luncheon

12:40-1:40 PM, Dean Atwood, and time for questions and comments

Town and Country Club, 300 Mississippi River Blvd. North, St. Paul, located immediately on the St. Paul side of the Marshall-Lake Avenue Bridge

We are delighted to welcome J. Brian Atwood back to the Twin Cities and to AFSA, where he has graciously spoken before. He is currently Chair of Global Policy Studies and Professor of Public Policy at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. From 2010 to 2012, Atwood served as Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. He was dean of the Humphrey School from 2002 to 2010. He served for six and one-half years as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Administration of President William Clinton, following a lengthy career in government service.
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Our luncheon charge is $30 to cover food and our modest organizational expenses. Students are welcome at a reduced price of $15. Preferred method of registration is to mail your check, made out to AFSA, to Malcolm McLean, 111 East Kellogg Blvd., Apt 2702, Saint Paul, MN 55101. You may also e-mail your registration: mmclean2702(at)gmail.com.

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