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Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, includingFreedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

Position Summary
The Intern will assist with logistical, research, and administrative support for Latin America programs. She/he will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, grant management, proposal development and writing to shape Freedom House's work to promote democracy and human rights in the Latin America region. This position is based in Washington DC and reports to the Director for Latin America programs.

Some Duties and Responsibilities

-Assist with background research needed for proposals and program activities
-Provide administrative and logistical support for day-to-day functioning of Latin America programs
-Assist with database maintenance
-Attend Latin America related events and other external meetings as necessary and provide readout to team members
-Other related duties as assigned.


Desired Qualifications

-Bachelor's degree or current college or graduate student
-Strong ability to communicate effectively in English and Spanish, both verbally and in writing
-Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint
-Knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of democracy promotion, with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean
-Academic and/or field experience working on issues specifically in Latin America region
-Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multi task to meet tight deadlines
-Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error free work
-Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
-Knowledge of basic accounting principles and grant-related compliance requirements preferred

Contact Details

Shannon East

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Upcoming Same Sun Happy Hour: Friday, October 4, 3-4:30pm

Please join us for the next *Same Sun* Happy Hour taking place this Friday! The event will feature a presentation on housing issues in
Montenegro, led by Humphrey International Fellow Suzana Miljevic. Professor
Ryan Allen will join the discussion to follow the presentation.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

*Next week's event -*

Topic: Housing Issues in Montenegro

Date: Friday, October 4**

Time: 3-4:30

Location: HHH Room 55 (International Fellowship Program office)


Are you interested in gaining experience working for an international human rights organization? The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) is currently seeking a volunteer for their Development Intern position.

The development and communications team at the Center for Victims of Torture carries out fund raising, communications, and advocacy in support of CVT's mission, which is: to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and their communities and to end torture worldwide. Development raises funds from individuals, corporations, foundations, and religious and civic groups. The overall CVT budget for 2013 is nearly $13.4 million. The development office is responsible for $4.2 million. Development interns will conduct research, improve the usefulness of the Donor Perfect database, prepare proposals for submission, and assist with events and other projects.

Click here for more details.

HHH students see Sherry Gray with questions about Global Spotlight grants

Global Spotlight Grants for UMN Faculty and Graduate and Professional Students: Global Food Security or South Asia Focus

Faculty grant applications are due October 28, and students grant applications are due December 4.

This is an important funding opportunity to support international research by UMN faculty and graduate students.

In 2013-2014, the Global Spotlight program will again award grants to faculty (major and seed grants) and graduate and professional students (dissertation and small grants) to support innovative research and the continued development of a global network of engagement and scholarship. This program supports research and scholarly initiatives related to the two current Spotlight themes:
global food security or South Asia.

Here is a link to information on the grants program:

The grants were announced last spring, but the deadlines for application are now approaching and we hope to get the word out again.

Please know that I have been in contact with all TC campus college/school deans and associate deans for research as well as coordinate campus leadership. If you know of colleagues who might have an interest in these grants, please let them know about the program, and that I am glad to talk with them.

Karen Brown, Ph.D., Director
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and
Assistant Vice President for International Scholarship
University of Minnesota
537B Heller Hall
271-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-0255
Fax: 612-625-1879
Email: kbt(at)

Oct 8: Career Conversation with US Economic/Commercial Officer for Somalia (RSVP req)

Humphrey School Career Conversation: Julie Limoges, U.S. Embassy in Kenya
8:30 - 9:30 am Tuesday, October 8 Room 205 (Freeman Commons) Humphrey School

Join us Tuesday, October 8 from 8:30 am - 9:30 am to learn about the Foreign Service and being a Foreign Service Officer in an informal talk with Julie Limoges, Economic/Commercial Officer for Somalia. Registration required. Sign up here Light refreshments will be available.

Julie Limoges is a Foreign Service Officer serving as the Economic/Commercial Officer for Somalia at the US Embassy in Kenya. Prior to this tour, she served in São Paulo, Brazil. Ms. Limoges is an economic-coned officer who has been in the foreign service for over three years. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, and her graduate degree at American University in Washington, DC. Prior to the foreign service, Ms. Limoges was working in monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS Programs.

To attend please sign up at

Jane Vega, Employer Relations Coordinator, Career Services
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
t 612-624-1440
f 612-626-0002

University of Minnesota
Driven to Discover

Oct 8 Global Policy Workshop with Pamela Smith on International Trade in Genetically Modified Organisms

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

Professor Pamela Smith, Department of Applied Economics, will speak on: International Trade in Genetically Modified Organisms

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 8
The Stassen Room (Room 170) Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

Professor Smith will examine the character and determinants of international trade in crops that are intensive in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Findings show that land endowments are the primary source of comparative advantage in the GMO-intensive industries before and after GMO adoption. An increase in a country's allocation of land endowments to GMO crops has a positive effect on the country's net exports in the GMO-intensive industries. This positive effect is shown both across countries and time. A country's portfolio of GMO regulations has an insignificant effect on comparative advantage. Nevertheless, some component policies have a positive trade effect, and some other policies, including those about labeling, have a negative trade effect for select industries.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday. The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School. The next three presentations of this year are:

October 22 - Sarah Parkinson on Militant Finance
November 5 - Sherry Gray on China Today

Nov. 2-3: UMN International Humanitarian Law Workshop (registration req)

On November 2 & 3, 2013, the University of Minnesota Law School & Human Rights Center, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, and supported by The Advocates for Human Rights, will be hosting an International Humanitarian Law Workshop.

This workshop features lectures and hands-on exercises that guide participants through an intensive examination of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians.

This workshop is open to law and graduate students, lawyers, and practitioners, and has been accredited for 12 CLE hours. The workshop and course materials are provided at no cost to accepted applicants, though participants will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Some meals will be provided.

Applications to attend this workshop should be completed by October 11, 2013, and returned to matso092(at) UMN IHL Workshop Application.docx

Applications and more information can be found at:

Please forward this information to your networks. Thank you! UMN IHL Flyer 11_2-3.pdf

Laura Matson
J.D. Candidate, 2014
Ph.D. Candidate,
Department of Geography, Environment and Society
University of Minnesota

Kristi Rudelius-Palmer
Human Rights Center Director,
Humphrey Fellowship Program Director, &
Adjunct Professor of Law
University of Minnesota Law School

Tel: 612-626-7794
Fax: 612-626-7592

The Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers working to promote and protect human rights.

Oct 4 Ragui Assaad speaking at ICGC Brown Bag about current politics in Egypt

Brown Bag Series Friday, October 4, 2013 12:00pm, 537 Heller Hall
"Making Sense of Developments in Egypt: A Popularly Backed Coup or a Military-Backed Second Wave of Revolution?"
Presented by Professor Ragui Assaad
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Abstract: Professor Assaad will try to make sense of current developments in Egypt by going beyond news headlines and situating them in the recent history of the Egyptian revolution. He will lay out the constellation of political actors and the shifting coalitions among them in an attempt to explain the severe polarization that currently exists in Egyptian politics. Rather than seek clarity through simple characterizations of the situation, he will instead highlight the complexities of the fast-moving situation and caution against rushed or simplistic responses.

For a full list of the Fall 2013 ICGC brownbags go to ICGC(at) 10-4 RAssaad.pdf

Friday's ICGC Brown Bag "Making Sense of Developments in Egypt: A Popularly Backed Coup or a Military-Backed Second Wave of Revolution?"

American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue, youth leaders summit (ages 18-28)

AMENDS 2014 Delegate Application

Thank you for your interest in the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS). AMENDS offers a unique opportunity to interact, collaborate, and form personal relationships with fellow youth leaders from across the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States, while exchanging ideas and implementing initiatives that work towards a better future. AMENDS has three main components: networking, summit, and the AMENDS Talks. During the summit, delegates will share their ideas, collaborate on their initiatives, and interact with world leaders in workshops, panel discussions, and formal networking events. This year, the AMENDS summit will take place on April 9-14, 2014.

The conference will culminate in the AMENDS Talks, presentations from all of the delegates on their initiatives, ideas, and experiences.These presentations will be shared online for the world to see. Delegates will be selected based on the level of their dedication to promoting change in the MENA region and/or in U.S.- MENA relations.

We will also heavily consider the past experiences and backgrounds of each delegate that will enable him/her to contribute a unique perspective to the conference, in order to ensure a rich, diverse group of delegates.

As a participant in the AMENDS conference, your lodging, food, and conference expenses will be covered. Participants who have the financial means to contribute to their travel expenses (plane, train, etc) will be expected to do so. If selected as a delegate, the AMENDS Team will assess your level of need, offer a corresponding travel subsidy, and work with you, when possible, to acquire a travel grant or scholarship from your university or organization.

However, the application process is need-blind and AMENDS hopes to ensure that financial concerns do not prevent anyone from participating in the summit. Being selected as an AMENDS delegate entails a commitment to continue giving back to your community, country, and world. Delegates are expected to remain active members of the AMENDS community after the conference.

Applicants currently living outside of the United States:

In the event that you are accepted to serve as a delegate, please keep in mind that you will need a passport that is valid at least six months from the time of the conference and an American visa. We will do our best to assist you in the visa process should you need one. In addition, English proficiency is required. Please make sure to fill out the entire application. You will also need to copy/paste a current resume, in addition to any website links, e-articles, or certificates you believe highlight relevant accomplishments.


for more info see

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

Oct 2: Inclusive Education in Denmark, brown bag

ICI International Brown Bag
- A World of Inclusive Education -Presented by: Visiting Scholar (Denmark) Thomas Engsig

Wednesday, October 2 118 Pattee Hall 12:00-1:00pm

Thomas Engsig has been a Visiting Scholar at the ICI since august 2013. At the Brown Bag Presentation Thomas will make an informal presentation on his research, and his collaborative work at ICI.

Denmark is engaged in a nation-wide debate on inclusive education primarily fueled by teachers who do not feel they have the skills to support children with disabilities in regular classrooms. This debate highlights a tension between civil society and inclusiveness norms in Denmark and fear that teachers are underprepared to support inclusion. There is an increase in the use of in-class support staff in relation to students with special needs. However, we have very little knowledge on the effects of these supportive practices.

Furthermore, research in inclusive education, in an international perspective, faces many conceptual and methodological challenges due to differences in definitions, cultural and historical backgrounds.

Thomas Engsig and ICI Sr. Research Fellow Chris Johnstone are working on a comparative perspective on the state of inclusive education in The US and Denmark with an emphasis on the paradoxes of inclusive education and accountability, and the practice of inclusion through the use of in-class support.


Thomas Engsig (International Visiting Scholar: Institute on Community Integration)

Thomas Engsig is a PhD Fellow and Assistant Professor in educational psychology and special education at UC College of Education, and Aalborg University, Denmark. Thomas Engsig's research interest is inclusive and supportive education in the Danish public school system. Through Mixed Methods research Thomas Engsig is investigating the correlations between inclusive and supportive practices, and the student's learning outcome, possibilities of participation, and subjective experience of being included.

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

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

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IPID Call for Speakers: Fall 2013 Biannual Student Speaker Series Technology in Development

Want to present your research in a conference of your peers?
Fall 2013 Biannual Student Speaker Series Technology in Development

Submission Deadline: Friday October 18th, 2013
Event Date: Friday November 22nd @ Walter Library Rm 101 (3:30-7:30pm)
Contact: Rachel Herr-Hoyman (herrh110(at)

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID) is hosting our biannual student speaker series. We are looking for papers from graduate students across the University of Minnesota to be selected for IPID's Fall 2013 Student Speaker's Conference. The title is: Technology in Development

We define the theme broadly, seeking a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives on any relevant issue, event, population, or geographic area. As our goal is to promote an interdisciplinary perspective of international development, we would love to get submissions from all University of Minnesota schools and departments!

Selected students will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on his or her paper, followed by a brief Q&A. After all speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated panel session with all presenters and open discussion to tie together the ideas presented.

The deadline for submissions is Friday October 18, 2013. Please send your abstracts (500 word limit) along with a short bio to Rachel Herr-Hoyman (herrh110(at) by the due date and feel free to contact me with any questions. IPID_Call_for_Speakers_2013[1].docx

Reminder Oct 2, 4:30pm: Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch speaking at Humphrey School

U.S. Human Rights Policy: Leadership Must Begin at Home
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch

Wednesday, October 2 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Ken Roth leads Human Rights Watch, regarded by many as the most influential international human rights advocacy organization in the world. Human Rights Watch has some 300 staff worldwide and has urged the U.S government to protect human rights at some and seeks to defend rights overseas. Roth will discuss the organization's perspectives and advocacy on the use of drones, interrogation, privacy, and related topics.

Global Policy Series:
This event is the first in the Humphrey School's Autumn Global Policy series, which will also include leading experts on non-proliferation and the Middle East. Please join us for our two other events:

Joe Cirincione: October 15
Shibley Telhami: November 5

All events are free and open to the public
For parking and directions please go to:
To request disability accommodations, please call 612-625-5309 or email hhhevent(at)

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer

International Journalists Discuss US Role in the World at Forum Oct. 9 at Univ of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)

St. Paul--America's role and influence in the world is a hotly debated issue these days in Congress, in politics, at the U.N. and in Middle East negotiations.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas, 10 international journalists from the World Press Institute (WPI) will attempt to shed some light on the topic at a forum entitled: "Inside Out: How International Journalists View America's Global Footprint."

The WPI Forum will be in the south half of Woulfe Alumni Hall on the third floor of the Anderson Student Center, corner of Summit and Cretin in St. Paul. It's free and open to the public. It will be moderated by Duchesne Drew, managing editor for operations of the Star Tribune. The Forum is co-sponsored by the Star Tribune and the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences.

The journalists, from 10 countries across the globe, have just spent nine weeks in the U.S. studying, traveling and meeting with dozens of political, business, policy and community leaders as well as other journalists. Their visits included farms in southwestern Minnesota, a community meeting in Ely and trips to New York, Washington, D.C., Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

The 2013 World Press Institute Fellows are:
Australia Mr. Carson Scott, anchor and chief business correspondent for Sky News Business television in Sydney.
Bulgaria Mr. Spas Spasov, editor and correspondent for Capital Daily, Capital Weekly, and newspapers and website in Varna.
China Mr. Fu Tao, vice editor-in-chief for website in Beijing.
Colombia Ms. Diana Duran, judicial reporter for El Espectador newspaper in Bogota.
Finland Ms. Elina Lappalainen, columnist and business reporter for Talouselama magazine and website in Helsinki.
Ghana Ms. Veronica Kwabla, anchor and reporter for Tv3 Network Ltd. television in Accra.
Israel Mr. Ami Kaufman, co-founder and editor for +972 Magazine, a web magazine in Tel Aviv.
Kuwait Mr. Shakir Reshamwala, front page editor and columnist for Kuwait Times newspaper in Kuwait City.
Philippines Mr. Paul Henson, executive producer of news for ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation television in Quezon City.
Russia Ms. Vera Krichevskaya, writer and producer for The New Times magazine and formerly creative producer for 24DOC TV and TV Dozhd in Moscow.

The World Press Institute is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. It has been offering fellowships to international journalists since 1961 and it has 550 alumni in over 95 countries. The program's mission is to promote journalistic professionalism and best practices outside the United States by exposing young and mid-career journalists from across the globe to the rich diversity of the United States, its media and its people, while at the same time encouraging adherence to the journalistic values of transparency, independence, accuracy and holding powerful institutions accountable.

For more information and photos of the 2013 fellows:
Note: Parking is available in the Anderson Parking Facility at the southwest corner of Cretin and Grand Avenues.

Contact David McDonald, WPI Executive Director 612-977-8257; dmcdonald(at)
Or Doug Stone, WPI Program Director 651-336-9907; wpidstone(at) WPI Forum release.2013.docx

Same Sun Happy Hour Oct 4 features Suzana Miljevic & Ryan Allen

topic: Housing Issues in Montenegro
Date: Friday, October 4 Time: 3-4:30pm
Location: International Fellowship Program Lounge (HHH Room 55)
Same Sun flyer Oct 4.pdf

Humphrey International Fellow Suzana Miljevic will present on the
key housing issues in her home country of Montenegro, where she
works as an Adviser for the Ministry of Sustainable Development and

Professor Allen's research focuses on the community and economic
development processes of immigrants in the United States. Recently, he has
focused on how households have responded to the foreclosure crisis as well as
how the foreclosure crisis has affected neighborhood quality in the U.S. He is
also interested in immigrant home ownership and entrepreneurship.

Ms. Miljevic earned a master's of Performance Management Systems in
Economics from the University of Montenegro, a Certificate in Regional Policy
from the University of Hiroshima, and a Certificate in Human Capabilities from
the Institute of Applied Manpower Research in India. As a Humphrey Fellow,
Ms. Miljevic will focus on strategic planning and organizational culture,
strategic communication, project monitoring and evaluation.
Featuring commentary from Ryan Allen, assistant professor of
community and economic development in the urban and regional
planning area at the Humphrey School.

About: The Same Sun Happy Hour brings together Humphrey International Fellows with Humphrey School faculty, staff and students to present, share, and discuss a range of international topics in an informal setting. Same Sun will take place on select Friday afternoons from 3-4:30pm over the course of the semester.

Food and refreshments will be provided!

Dates for future Same Sun events are: 10/11, 11/15, 11/22 & 12/5.

For more information on the Humphrey International Fellows, visit:

Feb 2014: Graduate Research Conference--call for grad student papers

Call for Papers: 12th Annual Graduate Research Conference at Old Dominion University

The Graduate Society for International Studies, in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Studies, is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Graduate Research Conference to be held in Webb Center, Old Dominion University on February 21, 2014. The conference title this year is "Dynamics of the Twenty-First Century."
We welcome abstracts from programs including political science, economics, communications, humanities, history, public administration, business studies, criminology, women's studies, modeling and simulation, foreign languages, and intercultural studies. This multidisciplinary conference is intended to be a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas among students interested in examining the challenges that the twenty-first century brings to the international system and our increasingly interconnected societies and cultures.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract to the Conference Coordinator, Scott Duryea, at sduryea(at) Include a cover sheet with the following information: name, mailing address, telephone number and email address, academic affiliation, and paper title.
For more information, please visit the conference website at

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network,

MPP alum Rachel Garaghty profiled

From UMN Human Rights-Ideas & Actions:

Rachel Garaghty is a former human rights student of the UofM, where she completed her Master's degree in the Humphrey School. Last September, Rachel was hired as an international fundraiser for Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts. In her position at Perkins, Rachel finds funding for the programs that the Perkins School has in 67 different countries, including seeking USAID and other bilateral agency grants, major gifts from foundations and individuals, and developing partnerships in the U.S. and abroad to increase access to education for children with disabilities. This work constitutes a fundamental pillar not only of the Perkins School, but also of human rights organizations big and small across the world, proving absolutely essential to the functioning and success of such organizations.

Minnesota Legislative Coordinator, Amnesty International

Amnesty International is looking for a Legislative Coordinator for the state of Minnesota. It is an important volunteer position for which you would receive training and guidance from AI USA staff. This is a great opportunity for a student who wants to experience in grassroots lobbying and has an interest in human rights. Please contact Aaron Tovo, aarontovo(at), for more information on this enriching opportunity.

crossposted from UMN Human Rights: Ideas & Action

Oct 17 "The Musa Dagh Resistance to the Armenian Genocide & Its Impact through Franz Werfel's Historical Novel"

The Ohanessian Chair Lecture: Vahram Shemmassian, "The Musa Dagh Resistance to the Armenian Genocide and Its Impact through Franz Werfel's Historical Novel"

Date: 10/17/2013 Time: 7:00 PM
Location: President's Room Coffman Memorial Union
Cost: Free

The Ohanessian Chair Lecture 2013 will be given by Dr. Vahram Shemmassian, professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at California State University, Northridge. He will explore the History of the Musa Dagh Resistance to the Armenian Genocide and its impact through Franz Werfel's historical novel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. Please join us for this intriguing lecture.

Dr. Vahram Shemmassian is Associate Professor and the Director of the Armenian Studies Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the California State University, Northridge. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His dissertation is titled "The Armenian Villagers of Musa Dagh: A Historical-Ethnographic Study, 1840-1915."

Prof. Shemmassian has conducted extensive research in thirty-five governmental and non-governmental archives in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Armenia, gathering data on such areas of interest as the Armenians of Musa Dagh and the Sanjak of Alexandretta, as well as Armenian Genocide survivors in the Middle East at the end of World War I. He has published many scholarly articles, delivered lectures at community events and in universities, and participated in international symposia and conferences.

Dr. Shemmassian's latest article, published in the 2012 issue of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, deals with the "Armenian Genocide Survivors in the Holy Land at the End of World War I." He is currently completing a book, titled The Musa Dagh Armenians: A Socioeconomic and Cultural History, 1919-1939, and co-editing another volume, with Prof. Richard Hovannisian, titled Armenian Musa Dagh, Kessab, and Dort Yol. Among his awards, he has received a certificate of recognition from the California State Assembly. In the summer of 2010 the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia awarded Dr. Shemmassian the "William Saroyan Medal" for his contributions to the promotion and preservation of Armenian culture in the Diaspora.


Name: Institute for Global Studies
E-mail: igsevent(at)
Sponsored by: Global Studies, Austrian Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Critical Asian Studies, Study of the Asias

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Institute for Global Studies at 612-624-9007.