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Oct 5 The Minnesota World's Fair film showing & reception with the filmmaker

Can you let your readers know about this upcoming film debut: "Where's the Fair?" thanks, Mark Ritchie
Please RSVP by Thursday, October 3 to Cristina(at) to reserve complimentary tickets and VIP seating for you and a guest.

The Minnesota World's Fair

Please join us for the premier showing of the film Where's the Fair?, followed by a reception with the film maker, Jeffrey Ford, and The Minnesota World's Fair Organizing Committee.

For decades, the U.S. has hosted many World's Fairs, including Seattle, Spokane, San Antonio, Knoxville and New Orleans. Then we stopped. Why? This film looks at that history and at the movement, including efforts underway here in Minnesota and across the country, to welcome the world back to the United States at our own World's Fair.

The film will be shown on Saturday, October 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, as part of the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. The reception will follow at Pracna on Main, next door to the theater. Appetizers will be served.
Map and directions:
Link to the trailer:

Best, Mark Ritchie,
214 East 4th Street, Suite 140St. Paul, MN 55101

Advisory Committee
Chair: Mark Ritchie
Honorary Co-Chairs: Walter Mondale, Arne Carlson, and Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Members: Margaret Anderson-Kelliher, Peter Bell, Bill Blazer, John Edman, Tom Fisher, Sue Haigh, Karolyn Kirchgesler, Tim Korby, Michael Langley, Nancy Maeker, Harry Melander, Patricia Mitchell, Maureen Reed, Trisha Stark, Will Steger, Melvin Tennant, Jack Uldrich, Kent Warden, Sri Zaheer

2014 Unreasonable Global social entrepreneur applications due by Nov 7

Applications for 2014 Unreasonable Global Are Open (for entrepreneurs creating solutions to the world's biggest social and environmental problems)


Welcome! This page is where you can apply to the 2014 Unreasonable Institute. We now have three distinct programs that will run in the summer of 2014:

Unreasonable Global (open to applicants from around the world),
Unreasonable East Africa (open to applicants from Uganda and Kenya),
Unreasonable Mexico (open to applicants from Mexico)
Below, find out which Institute is right for you.

Are You Eligible? And for Which Institute?
Take the Eligibility Quiz to find out.

Please email any questions to us at natasha+apply(at)

click to read more about UNREASONABLE GLOBAL
SEP 23 - NOV 7, 2013

Applications are OPEN!

Location: Boulder, CO USA

Institute Dates: May 30 - Jul 6, 2014

Open to ventures that:

Operate anywhere in the world
Have achieved significant traction in their market already, meaning they have many customers/users and have consistent revenues.
Have released their product/service, gained feedback from their target population, and then iterated their product to better meet the demand. In short, they have "market intimacy".
Are for-profit or non-profit
Have a strong business model


Applications are OPEN!

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Institute Dates: Jun 25 - July 31, 2014

Open to ventures that:

Operate in Kenya or Uganda
Are early-stage ventures that are actively prototyping or iterating their product or service
Are typically not yet profitable, but may have generated some early revenues
Are for-profit or non-profit
Have a strong business model


Applications open soon

Location: Aguascalientes, Mexico

Institute Dates: Aug 2 - Sep 5, 2014

Open to ventures that:

Operate in Mexico
Are early-stage ventures that are actively prototyping or iterating their product or service.
Are typically not yet profitable, but may have generated some early revenues.
Are for-profit or non-profit
Have a strong business model

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

Pickering Fellowship grad applications due Feb 7, 2014 (US citizens)

Students can apply online now for the 2014 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs & Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships competition! For graduate fellowship:
Application deadline:February 7, 2014
Recommendations deadline:February 14, 2014

As you know, the Pickering Fellowships help talented students -- highly motivated and academically excellent college juniors and graduating seniors or college graduates -- who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. We invite you to share this information with individuals who may be interested in either the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (for undergraduate students) or the Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship (for graduate students).

Register Today
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To be placed on the 2014 interest/update list and/or to begin the application process, please register here.

Changing the world, one Fellow at a time

The programs provide:

Up to $40,000 annually for academic expenses, covering the last year of undergraduate study and first year of graduate study (Undergraduate Fellowship); or the first and second year of graduate study (Graduate Fellowship)
Two paid State Department summer internships (domestic and abroad)
Professional development through workshops and informational seminars
Mentoring by U.S. Foreign Service Officers

Eligibility requirements at the time of application:

Undergraduate applicants: college junior or equivalent
Graduate applicants: entering a two-year terminal master's degree program in the fall of the Fellowship year
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale)
United States citizenship

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Pickering Programs honor Career Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, one of the country's most respected Foreign Service Officers. The goal of the programs is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply to one of the two programs. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which administers the Pickering Fellowships, identifies and develops leaders and institutions to meet the nation's most critical challenges.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee to speak in Minnesota March 2014 at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

2014 Speaker Announcement: Leymah Gbowee
Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Peace Activist, Author

"We succeeded when no one thought we would, we were the conscience of the ones who had lost their consciences in their quest for power and political positions. We represented the soul of the nation." - Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is honored to announce that Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, will be attending and speaking at the 2014 Forum (March 7-9) in Minneapolis. Leymah Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work." Gbowee advanced the peace process and worked to facilitate free elections in 2005 via a women's peace movement that aided in ending the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. She is the co-founder of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-Africa). Leymah Gbowee will be a Keynote Speaker during Global Day, March 9th, at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness a tremendous leader and role model!

If you've attended the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, you know that this annual event brings together a dynamic group of speakers, including leading peacemakers in law, politics, business, economics, health, science, and the arts. The full list of speakers will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep track of us via Facebook and Twitter, and make sure your friends, family, and colleagues are on our email list so they can receive the latest program and registration updates.

Sept 29 at HHH: Talk by Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale on rebuilding Somali National Univ

Saving the future through education today.
Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, Rector of the Somali National University

Rebuilding the Somali National University: From crumbled, bullet-holed walls to producing bright minds for the future

Sunday, September 29 3:00-5:00pm
Hubert H. Humphrey Center
301 19th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55455
Humphrey Forum Room

All are welcome. Open to the public. Please forward.

Sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development Dean's Office and the Educator Development and Research Center

University of Minnesota
Martha Bigelow, Associate Professor

Interim Executive Director, Educator Development and Research Center
Check out the TERI BLog:

Program in Second Languages and Cultures Education

Co-Editor of Education and Pedagogy Section of Language and Linguistics Compass:

2013-2014 Junior Fellowships on Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Growth for young professionals from Canada or ASEAN member state

A Call for Proposals for the ASEAN-Canada Junior Fellowships

The ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership*, with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, invites applications for the 2013-2014 ASEAN-Canada Junior Fellowships** on Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Growth.

11 junior fellowships will be offered in 2013-2014. Research should seek to address the challenge of finding means of improving systems for managing natural resources to allow sustainable economic growth and meet growing energy needs in the ASEAN region. The papers should explore how to do this without degrading common resources (increasing atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas concentrations, and overharvesting and causing degradation of open access fisheries and forest resources) and with due regard to human security. Research must be analytical and policy relevant.

Fellowships will commence in January 2014, with fieldwork and a first draft of the paper to be completed by June 2014. To help refine draft papers into publishable material, junior fellows are required to participate in a 10-day research training workshop (to be organised by the University of British Columbia [UBC], Canada) as well as the 2014 ASEAN-Canada Forum. Junior fellows are expected to produce at least one publishable academic paper (8,000 words) at the end of the fellowship. The fellowship comes with a stipend of CAD 12,000 (the total sum for the duration of the fellowship), and it ends with the publication of these academic papers by the ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:

The research proposal should focus on issues/topics that are transnational in nature or have broader regional relevance (or applicability), analyse regional processes and impacts, and would have significance to ASEAN's regional development.
Collaborative proposals among ASEAN nationals are encouraged.
Proposals that incorporate creative methodologies (e.g. visual media) are also encouraged.

Eligibility will be assessed based on the following:

Applicants from ASEAN must be a national from one of the 10 ASEAN countries and based in Southeast Asia.
Applicants from Canada must be resident in Canada (Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents).
Applicants should normally possess a minimum of a Master's degree and have no more than 5 years of working experience since their last degree.
Applicants with demonstrated interest in related research fields would have an advantage.
Applicants from various disciplines are invited to apply.

All interested applicants should submit their applications via email by 31 October 2013 (Thursday) with the following information:

A proposal of about 2,000 words which should include:
A Statement describing the aims, objectives and methods of the research project.
Time frame (to include time plan for fieldwork and paper writing).
An institutional base of choice in Southeast Asia, and reasons for it being the most suitable institution from which to conduct research. Applicants must take full responsibility for research arrangements with the chosen institute.
Expected findings and output.
Ways in which these findings will contribute to knowledge and policy.
Information on his/her expertise in relation to the research that is to be carried out.
Previous analytical papers on topics related to this research theme.
Two recommendation letters.
A curriculum vitae and a copy of his/her educational certificates.

All interested applicants should submit proposals via email (please do not submit hard copies) to:

Ms Cheryl Lim (ischeryllim(at)
Project Coordinator
ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership Secretariat,
Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies,
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS),
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

*Officially launched in January 2012, the ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership seeks to build stronger research capacity and partnership between and among Canada and ASEAN countries, institutions and individuals, in order to deepen ASEAN-Canada relations including at the highest levels. Click here for more information on the ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership.

**The 2013-2014 junior fellowships is one of several key activities conducted under this initiative. To reflect on ASEAN and Canada's priorities and/or expertise, this fellowship focuses on the theme of Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Growth. Click here for more information on the 2012-2013 junior fellowships.

2013-2014 Junior Fellowships on Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Growth

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

Lecture Sept 27: "Mamluk Architecture in Cairo & the Catalans in the Mediterranean"

Dr. Tarek El-Akkad, AIA, ASID
September 27, 2013 12:15 pm, 1210 Heller Hall

Dr. Tarek El-Akkad is a registered architect and professor with completed projects in both Egypt and the US. He received his Doctorate in Architecture from the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona. He is a specialist on Spanish and Mamluk architecture and has lectured across Europe. In addition, he has several publications on the topic of Neo-Islamic design. He taught art and design courses for over 12 years at the American University in Cairo, the French University in Egypt, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Registration open for 6th Annual Great Decisions Conference 2013 on Global Food Security

6th Annual Great Decisions Conference 2013
TOPIC: Global Food Security
WHEN: Friday, October 11; registration 8:30 A; conference 9:00 A - 2:00 P
WHERE: Where: 3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 321 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis
Cost: MIC members, Great Decisions program participants and conference cosponsors $40; Non-members $50; Students FREE; includes continental breakfast and individual boxed lunch
Conference special: $100; includes conference registration and basic MIC membership
Advance registration required
NOTE: When registering, please choose ONE breakout session to attend.

Cosponsor: CIBER, Foreign Policy Association

A 1996 World Food Summit defined food security as existing "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life", and set a goal to halve the number of undernourished people by 2015. Yet nearly 20 years on, achieving food security for all is increasingly difficult as the global population expands and shifts in climate become more unpredictable. Food security is a global concern, but when will it become a shared priority?

On Friday, October 11, join MIC, local experts, and distinguished keynote speaker, Dr. Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, to explore food security in the face of climate change, globalization, and population growth, a 2014 Great Decisions topic. The Conference will also feature breakout sessions examining water security, sustainable agriculture and emerging trends for optimizing the food system. The afternoon panel will bring together public and private sector voices to discuss the role of foreign policy and the impact of developing economies, and share insights on how citizens can play a role in addressing the grand challenge of global food security. Please check MIC's website and eNewsletter for additional speakers as confirmed.

The conference is open to the general public, and participants in MIC's Great Decisions program are especially encouraged to attend. A post-conference information session will also be held for those interested in continuing the conversation with Great Decisions groups in their communities.

About the keynote speaker:
Jonathan Foley is the director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, where he is a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. His work has led him to be a regular advisor to large corporations, NGOs and governments around the world.

Reminder to register for Sept 30 on foreign service careers at MIC

enRoute_9.30.13[1].pdfWould you like to hear about others' international experiences? Would you like to share your experience with like-minded people? This is an event for you! Register here:

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Join the Minnesota International Center for a discussion with former foreign service officers about the advantages and challenges of choosing this career path. Our panel of experts will chat about their interesting posts throughout the world and their personal career routes, whether traditional or not.

Featured speakers include:

 Mary Curtin, Foreign Service Officer, 1986-2011, five overseas assignments and in Washington, D.C.
 Katrina Mosser, Foreign Service Officer, 2005-2013, Macedonia, U.K., Afghanistan and in Washington, D.C.
 Jon Tollefson, Foreign Service Officer, 2008-2013, Nigeria and Mexico and in Washington, D.C.
 Randy Czeswik, panel moderator and Great Decisions Group Leader

The Minnesota International Center's enRoute program series was created to engage young, globally-minded professionals in MIC's activities as well as provide a thoughtful and compelling forum for lively discussion and social networking in the many areas of international career development.

Cochrane Lecture Oct 18: "Why Ending Hunger is so Hard: Finding the Right Balance between Market Outcomes & Government Interventions to Improve Food Security"

The Minnesota Lectures on Applied Economics and Policy presents the Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy, Friday, October 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics on the St. Paul Campus.

The Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy

Speaker: Dr. C. Peter Timmer, Cabot Professor of Development Studies, Emeritus at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Adjunct Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra; Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development

Title: "Why Ending Hunger is so Hard: Finding the Right Balance between Market Outcomes and Government Interventions to Improve Food Security"

Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Cargill Building for Microbial & Plant Genomics, 1500 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108

Professor C. Peter Timmer grew up on a farm in Southwestern Ohio and helped manage the family-run tomato canning factory. He is a leading authority on agricultural development and structural transformation during the process of eco¬nomic growth. Dr. Timmer has served as a profes¬sor at Stanford, Cornell, three faculties at Harvard, and the University of California, San Diego, where he was also the Dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He was a core advisor on the World Bank's World Develop¬ment Report 2008: Agriculture for Development and is a senior advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on agricultural development strategy. Dr. Timmer was a Wendt Lecturer at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, on "A World Without Agriculture: Structural Transformation in Historical Perspective," in 2009 and served as the principal analyst for the Asia Society-IRRI Task Force on Food Security and Sustainability in Asia (2010). He was the recipient of the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, awarded by the Center for Global Development and Environment, Tufts University, April, 2012.

This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please go to our Department website at: and follow the online registration instructions.

Reception to follow lecture.

For questions contact: Elaine Reber (612-625-8713 / ereber(at) 2013 Cochrane Lecture.pdf

Arab Uprisings and the Reshaping of the Middle East (November 5th)

As a scholar deeply engaged in issues of policy, Shibley Telhami is one of the leading authorities on a broad range of questions relating to the Middle East. A non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution, Telhami has served as Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, an advisor to the Department of State, a member of the Iraq Study Group, and a member of the U.S. Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World. Author of many books on the Middle East, his best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East, was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium

Register for the event here.

Nuclear Nightmares Securing the World Before It's Too Late (October 15)

Joe Cirincione is widely seen as the foremost nuclear non-proliferation advocate in the United States. An accomplished author and member of the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board, he has worked in Congress, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Stimson Center, and the Center for American Progress. Cirincione will address nuclear proliferation challenges--and avoidance of nightmares--surrounding Iran, North Korea, India, Pakistan, and other parts of the world.

Joe Cirincione
President, Plowshares Fund

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium

Register for the event here.

U.S. Human Rights Policy Leadership Must Begin at Home (October 2nd)

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 home 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.

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

Please register for the event here.

OSI program officer for International Migration Initiative

Program Officer, International Migration Initiative, Open Society Institute, London or Central Asia Based

for more information on how to apply see

Program Officer

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The International Migration Initiative (IMI) aims to reduce the human and social costs of migration by achieving two end goals: labor migration will be a safer, more just, and a less exploitative process; and laws, policies, and practices will not discriminate against migrants or violate their rights. In order to achieve this, IMI prioritizes three target areas: 1) recruitment and employment systems to improve labor protections; 2) migration enforcement policies to prevent the violation of migrant rights by border, detention, and deportation practices; and 3) Governance and norm-setting structures at the regional and global levels. IMI works by fostering coordinated, transnational advocacy in countries of origin, transit, and destination, focusing on migration corridors and the shared responsibilities of nations and stakeholders towards migrants.

Purpose of Position
Reporting to the director, the program officer will engage in advocacy and grantmaking in three areas of work: advancing migrant protections in the Central Asia/Russia corridor; strengthening norm-setting on migration at the international and regional level; and ensuring that migration enforcement polices comply with human rights norms. The program officer will develop connections between the assigned areas of work and the broader priorities of IMI and Open Society. Work is carried out independently/under general supervision. The program officer could be located in Open Society's London office or in the Central Asia/Russia region.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Open Society may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.


Work with director and other staff to develop advocacy and grantmaking strategies for assigned portfolio;
Manage a diverse portfolio that includes work in Central Asia, Russia, Europe, and other regions as opportunities emerge;
Assist in the annual stra tegy development, planning, and evaluation processes;
Write strategy/position papers and provide direction on policy issues impacting the field and/or offer suggestions about strategic program development for funders and grantees;
Write and edit program materials;
Stay abreast of developments in the field through research and attendance of conferences and meetings;
Ensure close collaboration with other Open Society programs; convene cross-program collaborations as needed to advance strategic grantmaking opportunities;
Identify joint programming opportunities and efforts with external funders and partners;
Develop, plan, and organize program-related events.


In conjunction with the director and other staff/consultants, develop grantmaking strategies, priorities, and guidelines;
Review and assess letters of inquiry and make funding recommendations to the director;
Invite grant proposals from selected funding applicants;
Work with applicants to develop and finalize grant proposals;
Review grant proposals and prepare written grant recommendations as part of grant dockets preparation process;
Perform site visits of prospective and current grantee organizations;
Monitor grants through site visits and review narrative and financial reports;
Ensure that grantees submit narrative and financial reports as required under the terms of the contract;
Interact with grantees and other field professionals and participate in program- and field-related meetings and convenings.


Manage financial and budget reports to track grant and program spending;
Assist in the planning and developing of the program's annual budget.


Travel will be required;
Perform other duties as assigned.

Education / Experience
Bachelor's degree and several years' relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Master's degree or equivalent in international relations, human rights, the social sciences, development, economics, or a related discipline preferred;
NGO or governmental experience essential.

Skills Required
Strong experience advancing policy reform, legal advocacy, and social justice;
Experience in project management;
Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot, and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget, and reporting;
Excellent written and verbal skills in English, as well as strong analytical and interpersonal skills;
Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office, and experience with internet research and database management;
Good listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
Effectively work as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
Show discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
Knowledge of key organizations and networks active in the field;
Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with colleagues and the general public;
Knowledge of international migration and intergovernmental systems;
Capacity for critical and creative thinking and complex problem-solving;
Demonstrated expertise implementing advocacy strategies, working with policymakers and diverse sectors;
Ability to identify trends and opportunities and rapidly develop innovative strategies to respond to them;
Track record of moving projects from concept to successful implementation;
Written and verbal proficiency in English and Russian desirable.

Work Environment and Physical Demands
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package.

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

East-West Center Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship

The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP) for the 2014 - 2015 year. The APLP is the center of excellence for leadership education in the Asia Pacific region and a signature program of the East West Center.

Currently celebrating its 13th anniversary, the APLP has created a network of 461 dynamic leaders in 53 countries who are helping to build a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community. Upon acceptance, all participants receive a fellowship valued at approximately $15,000 USD to cover the majority of the program costs.

Program Description

The APLP seeks outstanding individuals from all walks of life (government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education) to participate in an innovative leadership development program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

From August - December 2014, 35 Fellows from around the globe will join regional specialists and leadership educators in a dynamic learning community. From January - April 2015, Fellows have the option to participate in extended fieldwork in Southeast Asia, internships, self-designed projects and employment experience.

To Apply

Candidates who wish to be considered for scholarships to cover participation costs should complete their applications by December 1st, 2013. All other applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1st, 2014.

Eligibility requirements and application information is available on the APLP website at:

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

New Voices Fellowship, Aspen Institute

New Voices Fellowship, Aspen Institute, designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion

The New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute is a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion.

for more info see

The Fellowship, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, offers development experts from Africa and other parts of the developing world a year-long program of media support, training, research and writing under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers.

The program will help Fellows to sharpen their messages, elevate their stories, focus their media targets, and communicate their insights across a variety of media platforms - illuminating crucial grassroots perspectives for a broad worldwide audience.

Fellows can be drawn from a variety of development disciplines, ranging from public health and education to poverty alleviation, agriculture, sanitation and community activism. Ideal candidates are experts in their fields who have a deep understanding of broad development challenges and a passion for communicating their views.

The Aspen Institute's New Voices Fellowship is a year-long media skills, communication and leadership program designed for standout development professionals from the developing world. Candidates for the Fellowship are expected to have both a record of significant professional achievement and a desire to share their perspectives on global development with a broader international audience. The Fellowship is open by nomination only.

While the fellowship is non-resident and not full-time, it does require a significant and sustained time commitment as fellows write opinion articles, participate in interviews with local and international media, and speak at international conferences. All expenses related to the fellowship are paid, including certain media-related travel costs.

Please note, this not a fellowship for journalists or others trained and working in communications.

Q: Is the New Voices Fellowship only open to people from African countries?

A: No! We welcome candidates from any developing country.

Q: Will I get paid as a New Voices Fellow?

A: No, but we pay all expenses for the fellowship, and often provide funds for Fellows to participate in media-related activities and conferences.

Q: How much time will I spend on the Fellowship?

A: We hold two major meetings during the fellowship year, where you'll be expected to travel and take part in intensive media training. These are usually each about 5 days long. In addition, most fellows estimate spending about 5 hours per week working on fellowship-related activities, including meeting with their mentors, taking part in interviews, and writing opinion pieces.

Q: Can I nominate myself for the Fellowship?

A: We ask that you find a mentor, supervisor or professor to nominate you, if possible.

Q: If I get many people to nominate me, am I more likely to be chosen as a New Voices Fellow

A: No. It's fine if more than one person nominates you, but this is not a popularity contest. You only need one good nomination.

Q: Can I miss one of your meetings if chosen as a fellow?

A: Unfortunately, these meetings are one of the core components of this Fellowship, and are mandatory.

Q: I'm a journalist/PR professional/communications expert. Can I participate in this Fellowship?

A: We love communications people, but this fellowship is really for development experts, not journalists/PR professionals/communications experts. There are many excellent fellowship programs for journalists, and we encourage you to apply for them!

Q: What do you look for in a New Voices Fellow?

A: For some examples of what we're looking for, check out the bios of our 2013 class of Fellows. We like people with big ideas, who have a proven track record of implementing them. We also like people with strong personal stories and the ability to think critically about development as it relates to their own experiences. Finally, we're looking for people who aren't shy about sharing their opinions, and have strong potential in writing and public speaking.

Q: Is there an age limit for this Fellowship?

A: No. In fact, we like people who have some experience, and recognize that often this comes with age.

for more info see

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

Sweta Shah Tips for Entering the Education in Emergencies Field

Key Tips for Entering the Education in Emergencies Field

What are the skills and competencies that organizations are looking for in Education in emergencies staff? How can I get a job in this field?

Students and young professions trying to get into the Education in Emergencies (EiE) field ask me these types of questions regularly. And while it is not impossible, it can seem like a difficult and daunting endeavor, especially to get that first job. About 15 years ago, it was much easier to get a job doing education in emergencies work, but as the field has become more professionalized, competition has increased and it has become harder to get EiE jobs.

As someone who has navigated through the system and who does a lot of recruitment for EiE positions for Plan International, I have some tips to share.

Tips on getting your foot in the door

Build Your Network: The #1 advice I have for those that want to enter the EiE field is to build up a strong network. You can do this by attending INEE and other events in your city focused on EiE. When you go to these events, introduce yourself. Don't be shy to say 'hello' and meet someone new.

Set up "Informational Interviews": Use the work you have done in your studies to get "informational interviews" and build that network. If you wrote a paper on a particular subject, use your school to set up a panel discussion or presentation. You can also send a person a copy of your work and say that you would like to talk them about it or simply that you would like to talk to them about some work they do.

Get Field Experience: Field experience implementing EiE programs is the best way to get a job in the EiE field and it should not be for just 6 months or 1 year. You should work on EiE programs for at least a few years. That is because most of the available jobs that are not administrative are in the field where programs are implemented. Non-administrative technical jobs based at headquarter locations make up a smaller percentage of overall EiE jobs available and usually require years of experience working in developing countries. Field experience also provides the credibility to do a technical advisor role at a head-quarters location. The more field experience you gain, the more credibility you will have later in your career. Many students ask me how to get that first field experience. And it's true because once you get your first field experience, it will lead to more experiences. This could mean that you need to volunteer, do a short term consultancy or work in a hard location.

Strengthen Language Skills: Advanced speaking and writing ability to work professionally in English, Spanish, French and Arabic can be really important and can set you apart from other candidates. You do not need to be able to speak all of these and other languages, but in addition to English, speaking one more language can be advantageous, especially if that language is the majority language in a country where you want to work. Recruiters may test your language skills if it is in your CV so be honest with your ability in the language. Take the time to advance your language skills.

Develop Strong Writing Skills: Agencies often need short term consultants to write proposals, reports etc... and this could be a way to get into the Eie field. Someone who has strong writing skills, who can write proposals, reports etc... can be very valuable to an organization.

Develop a Particular Expertise in Something within EiE: the EiE field has many aspects and while it is important to gain knowledge and experience in all areas, it can also be advantageous to develop a particular specialty, especially if it's something you are passionate about. Some areas could include teacher training, early childhood, working with children with special needs, gender etc.

Develop Research Skills: If you are able, learn about research methods during your studies. This can help you get short term consultancies in developing countries doing assessments, baselines and evaluations. This could help you get your foot in the door with a particular organization that could lead to further opportunities.

Show Your Soft Skills: Problem solving, creativity, entrepreneurship, motivation - those are very important skills that I look for in candidates. I want to know about someone's character and soft skills along with their academic background, the number of trainings they have attended, the experience they have and the languages they speak. There could be many opportunities to show a potential employer these skills such as during an informational session or an interview.

Sweta Shah is the Global Education in Emergencies Specialist for Plan International. She supports Plan's education and early childhood development in emergencies programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to working with Plan, Sweta worked with UNICEF, INEE, International Rescue Committee and Child Fund. Sweta has been working in the humanitarian and development fields for over 15 years and has experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. She has a Masters in International Development Studies from George Washington University and is pursuing a PhD in Education at the Institute of Education in the UK. A long time INEE member, Sweta represents Plan International at the INEE WG on Minimum Standards.

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

Reminder Tues Sept 24: Myles Shaver on Twin Cities as corporate HQ cluster

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

Professor Myles Shaver, Department of Strategic Management, Carlson School
will speak on: Minnesota and the Twin Cities as a Corporate Headquarters Cluster

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

Citizens of the Twin Cities know that this is home for a number of large corporate headquarters and a dynamic business community. In this talk, Professor Shaver will show what this level of corporate headquarters activity looks like compared to other states and how it has changed over time. The data paint a picture that few people - even within our community - will easily recognize. Although still work in progress, Professor Shaver will present his thoughts on the factors behind the present situation and how his perspective differs from current views of regional economic clusters.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be serve

Barbara L. Sullivan
Executive Administrator
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

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.

Myles Shaver is Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and the Pond Family Chair in the Teaching and Advancement of Free Enterprise Principles at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Management and International Business at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Shaver's research interests revolve around corporate strategy choices and their impact on performance. He has been published in numerous academic publications and is on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Organization, and the Journal of International Business Education. He was awarded the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan) Distinguished PhD Alumni Award and Poets and Quants includes him in their profile of the "World's 50 Best Business School Professors." He holds a PhD in international business from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

Sept 24 Freeman Center hosts Workshop on Global Policy with CSOM's Myles Shaver speaking on "Minnesota & the TC as Corporate Headquarters Cluster"

Oct 14-15 UMN Food Summit

2013 U of M Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Food Summit, October 14 and 15

We are pleased to invite you to the 2013 Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Food Summit, "Food and the Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People," on Monday and Tuesday, October 14 and 15, sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

The event will feature a research symposium led by world-renowned experts in food, health, and the environment, followed by a day of case studies and conversations on best practices with community members, health service practitioners, dietitians, policy makers, and researchers.

October 14 speakers

Keynote: Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Earth Institute, Columbia University, will discuss how climate change is affecting food production.
Bruce Dale (Michigan State); Food and sustainable biofuels
Craig Cox (Environmental Working Group); Food and environment issues in the farm bill
Keith Wiebe (International Food and Policy Research Institute); Global change and food security
Cristina Tirado (World Health Organization); The environment, food production, and public health
Michelle Wander (University of Illinois); How intensive sustainable agriculture can feed the world

For complete details and registration information, visit

University faculty, staff, and students receive reduced rates.

Mindy S. Kurzer, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Tim Kenny, Director of Education, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sept 27 HHH alum Caroline Krafft speaking on "Inequalities in Early Childhood Development in the Middle East & North Africa"

The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) Inequality & Methods Series presents Caroline Krafft, Department of Applied Economics, U of M speaking on "Inequalities in Early Childhood Development in the Middle East and North Africa" on Friday September 27 from 12:15-1:30 pm in the MPC Seminar Room, 50 Willey Hall. (West Bank campus) --

Free and open to the public. For more information on this seminar series, visit the MPC website

Early childhood is the most important and sensitive time for human development. However, countries tend to under-invest in this stage of development, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. Additionally, children may face unequal opportunities to grow and thrive based on their circumstances. This paper analyzes inequality of opportunity in early childhood development in twelve countries in the Middle East and North Africa, assessing development along a variety of dimensions and across the early lifecourse. We quantify inequality from in utero to age five in terms of health, nutrition, social-emotional development, early learning, and early work and decompose inequality into the shares related to different circumstances. The findings demonstrate that there is substantial inequality of opportunity starting early in life, and that inequality of opportunity is particularly high in early learning and in activities that support early cognitive development. A variety of circumstances impact early inequality, with wealth, mother's education, and geographic differences all contributing substantially. Our analysis suggests that ensuring equality of opportunity in school and adult life will require redressing the causes of inequality of opportunity in early childhood.