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March 18 Livestream event: Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: Shaping the post-2015 development agenda

Pascal Canfin French Deputy Minister for Development

Jeffrey D. Sachs Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Jean-Michel Sévérino Member of the UN High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda and former Director of the French Development Agency

Laurence Tubiana Founder and director, IDDRI & Co-Chair of the SDSN Leadership Council

Chaired by Ghassan Salamé Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences Po

Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

A panel of eminent leaders will discuss how to shape the post-2015 development agenda.

Key questions include: What have the MDGs achieved and what are the lessons learned? What are the major global sustainable development challenges the world will face in the coming years? How can the post-2015 development agenda address them? How can problem solving for sustainable development be promoted? How can France contribute?

This event will also present the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012. Headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the Solutions Network mobilises scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector to accelerate practical problem solving for sustainable development and to promote transformational solutions initiatives around the globe.

Reminder IPID Student Speaker Conference, Spring 2013

Manifestations of Conflict
Friday, April 12th, 2012 • 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Law School (West Bank), Room 25
Free dinner will be provided!

Presentations and Speakers to be announced

This event is part of Conflict Week, co-sponsored by Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID), the Middle East Interest Group (MEIG), and Dialogues in Security and Peace (DISP).

Additional events include:
MEIG Event - April 8th, 10:00am - Location TBD:
"Syria through the lens of film maker, artist and activist
Fadia Afashe • ipid(at)

May 9 Social Innovation Lab: From Convening to Transforming

May 9, 2013 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, St. Paul

What does it take to move from convening conversations to transforming communities? In recent years in Minnesota there has been an explosion of groups hosting community conversations for the purpose of building stronger communities. In this Social Innovation Lab, we invite a critical and generative dialogue about the impact of this approach to community change. What impact has this kind of conversational leadership led to? What is needed to build on convening to lead to powerful and effective action?
Find out more and register:

MEIG Presents March 26- Modern Turkey: Culture & Regional Influence

Tue Mar 26, 2013 4pm - 5:30pm
Freeman Commons

MEIG PRESENTS Modern Turkey: Culture and Regional Influence

Chet Bodin, MPP Candidate, will share his experience in Turkey.
The "Middle East Interest Group" (MEIG) is an informal networking group of scholars, professors, graduate students and professionals interested in Middle Eastern affairs and policies. In particular, MEIG aims to bring together these groups at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with others interested in the region. We conduct monthly discussion sessions, social networking gatherings and share interesting articles/events/conferences.

Questions? Please email Sahar, angad001(at)

Summer Institute: Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute, New School (Poland)

Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute
Wroclaw [Vrots-love], Poland
July 10-26, 2013

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) is pleased to announce that it will hold its 22nd annual Democracy & Diversity Institute at The New School summer campus in Wroclaw, Poland from July 10 to 26, 2013. Widely admired as an intimate international forum for lively but rigorous debate on critical issues of democratic life, the D&D Institute brings an interdisciplinary, comparative, and highly interactive approach to the social, political, and cultural challenges facing today's world. Over the years the D&D Institute has gathered an exceptional international reputation as a major transatlantic bridge that brings Americans and Europeans closer to ideas generated in both parts of the world.

Located between Berlin, Prague and Warsaw, and saturated with the history and memory of their respective cultures, Wroclaw (formerly Breslau) is a beautiful and booming city that uniquely conveys both the challenges and the promise of a united Europe.

The D&D Institute is organized by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, which has nurtured over the years a growing but closely knit network of extraordinary alumni occupying positions of high responsibility on both sides of the ocean. Our partner in Wroclaw is the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education (IISCE) at the University of Lower Silesia.

New School students register for 2 out of the 4 graduate-level seminars offered, and receive 6 credits, while other participants receive Institute certificates. The following courses are offered at this year's Wroclaw Institute:

Social Imaginary of the Urban: The Spatial, the Temporal and the Political in Wroclaw
Elzbieta Matynia - NSSR, Sociology and Liberal Studies
Susan Yelavich - Parsons, Design Studies

Hannah Arendt: Politics and Philosophy
Richard J. Bernstein - NSSR, Philosophy

The Cultural Politics of Memory
Carol L. Bernstein - Bryn Mawr College, English and Comparative Literature

Politics, Publics, Movements
Jeffrey Goldfarb - NSSR, Sociology

Full program information about this year's Institute, including course descriptions, application instructions and form are available at the TCDS website (

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at tcds(at), or by phone at +1 (212) 229-5580 ext. 3137.

Please note that the deadline for all applicants outside of The New School is April 8, 2013.

See you in Wroclaw!

This material cross posted from Peace & Collaborative Development Network

The Dance That Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post-Genocide Indonesia - Presentation by Diyah Larasati

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Cost: Free

Rachmi Diyah Larasati discusses her new book, The Dance That Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post-Genocide Indonesia (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Indonesian court dance is famed for its sublime calm and stillness, yet this peaceful surface conceals a time of political repression and mass killing. Professor Larasati reflects on her own experiences as an Indonesian national troupe dancer from a family of persecuted female dancers and activists, examining the relationship between female dancers and the Indonesian state since 1965.

Rachmi Diyah Larasati is an assistant professor of Dance with a graduate faculty affiliation in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Drawing on critical ethnography, the theorization of dancing, and choreography and collaborative performance as methodological approaches, her scholarly work expands prevailing conceptualizations of the moving, dancing body. She seeks to elucidate, among other things, the dual-edged allure and potentiality of dance: frequently deployed as a tool of state power to enact the erasure of historical violence, it simultaneously provides access to mobility and a certain space for the negotiation of identity and female citizenship.

Copies of The Dance That Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post-Genocide Indonesia will be available for sale at this event.

More info at

Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide: A March 28 Discussion on "Half the Sky"

Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 4:30-6:00pm in Wilkins Room, HHH 215.

Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

A discussion on Half the Sky based on the work of Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times columnists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality -- which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds -- present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change.

Join us for a discussion on this pressing matter on Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 4:30-6:00pm in Wilkins Room, HHH 215.

The PBS documentary Half the Sky was filmed in 10 countries and follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Screening dates will be announced at the event.

Sponsored by the Humphrey's Diversity Committee (Recruitment and Retention Working Group) with support from TPT

Please RSVP at:

Prof. Zelizer's Guide to Training Programs in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

From the guru at Georgetown University, founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network

One avenue to develop additional skills related to peace and conflict resolution is through various training programs. Pursuing academic studies is one great method to developing expertise and for more information about programs see the Academic Guide. In this section, I provide some general suggestions for key questions to ask in researching opportunities and

A) review of key websites,
B) provide a list of summer training programs, and
C) discuss other training opportunities (short and long-term and a combination of online and on location trainings).

You're also encouraged to research local and regional opportunities by contacting local organizations, universities, and NGOs as there are many relevant activities taking place around the world. In addition, a number of organizations do offer scholarships and funding (for example the Rotary Program listed below does provide funding for select participants), and you're encouraged to inquire about the possibilities by reviewing website and contacting organizations.

When exploring any training program there are a number of questions that I would recommend anyone consider before considering a particular program.

1) Reputation of the Program - Given that the field of conflict resolution is still emerging and for most sectors there is a lack of standards/certification, it is important to do conduct a background inquiry about each program. What is the overall reputation of the organization? Can you speak with alumni of previous courses? Who are the training staff? What is the level of expertise? Any credible training program should be willing to provide you with answers to these questions and be willing to connect you with alumni? Talk with your colleagues to also obtain their opinions about a particular program/institution?

2) Format for Learning - What is the teaching format of the course? How do they help participants to develop skills? If there is experiential learning, are the cases based on real situations? What type of support and mentoring do participants receive to advance their skill level?

3) Elicitive vs. Prescriptive - Some training programs are fixed and always provide the same material and structure regardless of the audience. Other programs provide a more elicitive approach that adapts material/content to the particular needs of a group. In reality most trainings combine both, but it is important to explore if the content and format of a particular training is appropriate for you? For example, while mediation is a wonderful process and model, some trainings in mediation may provide examples and models that are not suitable for other regions.

4) Price - While organizations need to generate funds to support their activities, evaluating the price of a training is an important component. How much does the training cost? Does it cover all expenses? Do they provide scholarships (or partial)?

5) Follow Up - Some trainings are a one time event and after that you are on your own. Other organizations will provide on-going support and mentoring after a training (and perhaps connect you with their networks).

What are some other questions you think are key?


A) KEY WEBSITES - You can find a number of excellent training opportunities on this site looking in the Forums Sections. Also try searching by keyword(s) to find various opportunities Other sites worth visiting include:

Alliance for Peacebuiding Member Forums

ReliefWeb Training Guide

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Events Blog

B) KEY SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAMS - A number of institutions around the world offer intensive summer training programs in peace, conflict resolution and related fields.

American University, Summer Peacebuilding and Development Institute, Washington, DC, Every summer, offers annual Summer Institute, a series of one-week, two-credit courses on fascinating and practical topics. These Summer Institute courses are unique in that they also serve as a professional development training program for NGO practitioners and professionals from all over the world.

Eastern Mennonite University, Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Harrisonburg, VA - The institute has been held each summer for over a decade. Diverse courses focused on key aspects of peacebuilding are offered each year, generally in week long or five day sessions. Courses can be taken for academic credit or as professional training for practitioners at various experience and skill levels. An interactive approach is used in the classroom to draw upon the rich experiences of the participants as well as the instructors.

INCORE: International Summer Course, Northern Ireland. The INCORE Summer School provides a structured learning opportunity to analyse the dynamic and constantly changing field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

International Nonviolence Summer Institute: at the University of Rhode Island. Provides basic and advanced level training in nonviolence practice and theory.

International Peace and Security Institute: IPSI empowers the next generation of peacemakers. Founded on the core belief that education can mitigate violent conflict, IPSI facilitates the transfer of knowledge and skills to a global audience from the world's premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates. They offer two month long symposiums on key issues in the field:

The Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation in partnership with Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice in partnership with the Clingendael Institute for International Relations and the Grotius Center for International Legal Studies at Leiden University.

Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute: MPI is an Asian training institute grounded in the Mindanao, Philippines context using models developed and adapted for and by Asians.


International Peace and Development Training Center: The vision of (IPDTC) is to be part of the peace adult education field which generates improved quality, impact and effectiveness of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, violence prevention and post-war recovery - where individuals, communities and agencies are empowered with the skills, tools, knowledge and commitment to address conflicts constructivelly through peaceful and effective means.IPDTC works to provide high quality practical skills and knowledge-based training for conflict party leadership, government and decision-makers, practitioners and those engaged in peacebuilding and working with conflicts to improve applied peacebuilding and conflict transformation in the field.

Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand): The Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University was established in 2004 to provide a three month, professional development certificate program twice annually to individuals currently working in related fields. Funding is available as part of the Rotary Peace Fellowship Program.

The Network University's Course on Transforming Civil Conflicts- The online course has been taught since 1999 to a wide range of professionals working in conflict areas, academics, journalists and students. During the course the participants are familiarised with contemporary theories of conflict and conflict resolution, acquainted with a range of relevant information on conflict on the Internet and introduced to practical issues and debates within the field. They are brought together in a 'learning community' with people with a professional interest in conflict. The subjects for each of the course weeks are: Introduction to Conflict Resolution, Conflict Analysis and Conflict Prevention.

TechChange: delivers innovative and interactive courses on the role of technology in addressing social problems. And while we facilitate in-person courses and run simulations at leading universities like Georgetown, George Mason, George Washington Universities our real achievement has been to create a completely transformative online learning experience for participants from around the world.

Transcend Peace University TPU is an all-online university, currently headed by Prof. Dr. Johan Galtung, widely recognized as the core founding-figure of the academic discipline of peace-studies. Our inter-disciplinary courses are designed to cover issues pertaining to peace and development studies.

United States Institute of Peace - Academy for International Confli...

(In person and Online courses) - Offers practitioner and distance-learning courses programs that bring relevant courses to the widest possible community of practitioners, students, and academics.

UNITAR: The organization's mission is to deliver innovative (online and on-site) training and conduct research on knowledge systems to develop the capacity of beneficiaries. Our goal is to be a centre of excellence recognized within and outside the United Nations system for standard-setting methodologies, high-quality training, and research capacity on knowledge systems.

West African Network for Peacebuilding: out a variety of trainings, including an annual Summer Peace building Institute.

Posted by Craig Zelizer on February 27, 2013 at 10:46pm on PCDN

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

MDP Student Works to Promote Right to Water in Peru

Human Rights Student Works to Promote Right to Water in Peru

Janelle Shoemake, an MDP student at the University of Minnesota, returned from a successful trip to Peru in February, where she had worked to promote the human right to water in the city of Junín. Junín currently faces a severe water contamination issue, as a mining company that has been working in the region for over eighty years continues to employ malpractices at a mine near Lake Junín, causing drastic amounts of hazardous runoff to enter the lake and threatening both the area's ecosystem and the health of Junín's inhabitants. Shoemake was invited to join a team of human rights lawyers working to bring a case to the IACHR that will hopefully lead to the prosecution of the mining company, who refuses to address these issues of contamination. While in Junín, Shoemake met with the mayor and participated in a press conference with the local community about their plan for the prosecution of the mining company, and was named an honorary guest of Junín. Shoemake will return to Junín this summer to continue her work with Lake Junín and to execute an impact assessment with a University of Minnesota development team, which will examine the effects of water conditions in the area.

This project has been developed under the assistance of 2012-2013 Humphrey International Fellow Dr. Ada Gallegos. Dr. Gallegos is also President, National Committee for the Education for Sustainable Development and member National Chancellors Assembly (Asamblea Nacional de Rectores- ANR), Peru.

crossposted from Human Rights: Ideas & Action
March 11, 2013

The Human Rights Program educates students by connecting them with academic and real-world experience in the field of international human rights. We bring together faculty and students with other human rights actors, including governmental and nongovernmental organizations, to support interdisciplinary research and training in the field of human rights.

Human Rights Program - University of Minnesota | University of Minnesota | 214 Social Sciences | 267 19th Ave S. | Minneapolis | MN | 55455

Commissioning Editor for one-year project on the future of human rights, a global debate

Job Opportunity

Description: Pending final Ford Foundation funding authorization, James Ron, Stassen Chair of International Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs & Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, and Leslie Vinjamuri, Senior Lecturer at SOAS, London, are seeking a Commissioning Editor (CE), at 50% time, to work on a one-year project,The future of human rights: A global debate. The CE will commission and edit op-ed style articles of 1500-2500 words from journalists, human rights practitioners, commentators, and scholars, drawing chiefly (but not exclusively) on contributors from the developing world. These articles will be translated into multiple languages and published on, a London e-zine with 200,000 unique visitors per month, and a committed core readership of 35-50,000 persons. Other publishing collaborations may emerge as well.

Qualifications: Experienced journalist, editor, and/or writer with international experience and strong networks of international human rights practitioners, scholars, and writers. Excellent command of the English language, including extensive professional experience as a writer/editor in that language. Demonstrated ability to work alone and collaboratively, to edit quickly, and meet deadlines. Familiarity with other major world languages an asset.

Compensation: $35,000 USD, negotiable.

To Apply: Please email a brief cover letter, CV, and the names/contact details of two references to Archana Pandya at archana.pandya(at)

crossposted from Human Rights: Ideas & Action
March 11, 2013

New course on Crisis Simulation added -- Will meet 5/31-6/2

Students interested in humanitarian crisis response, please note:
A new class has been added to the Spring 2013 class schedule.

PA 5890, section 3: International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation
1 credit
Grading basis: Student Option (A/F or S/N or Audit)
Class number (needed to register): 70158
May 31, 2013 through June 2, 2013 (This overnight event starts at 1:00 p.m.
on Friday and ends at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday)

Students will learn and practice humanitarian skills through innovative
crisis simulation activities. This course will include in-class meetings
before and after the simulation, a 48-hour crisis simulation, and a final
reflection paper.

Simulation exercise objectives include:

- 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
- 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

This link discusses a previous simulation:

and see here also

If you register, one credit will be added to your Spring 2013 credit load
and your tuition bill will be recalculated, if necessary.

Students who are interested in registering for this class should contact
Stacey Grimes at grime004(at) or Sherry Gray at grayx260(at)

Stacey Grimes
Office of the Associate Dean
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

International Fellows Graduation - April 17

Wednesday, April 17, 4-6:30pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School

International Fellows Graduation

You are cordially invited to the graduation ceremony for our 2012-2013 cohort of Fellows.

We look forward to celebrating the achievements of this year's Fellows with you!

The reception will include Hors D'oeuvres and beverages

Kindly RSVP at ifpadmin(at)

Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives - April 22

Monday, April 22, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S. Minneapolis

Legacies of War is very excited to announce that "Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives," our groundbreaking national speakers tour, will be stopping in MINNEAPOLIS, MN. On April 22nd, Legacies will be hosting a speakers panel and discussion at the HUMPHREY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS at the University of Minnesota.

Voices from Laos will visit 12 cities in April, beginning on April 4th at the United Nations headquarters in New York and ending on April 30th in Washington, DC, on the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Our stop at the University of Minnesota will underscore the important role that students and future policymakers can play in keeping alive the history of the Vietnam War-era bombings and creating a safer future for the people of Laos. Our speakers will be joined by Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz, former Undersecretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State.
Join us at this event to (Register:

Listen to the compelling stories of Thoummy Silamphan, accident survivor and executive director of a Lao survivor assistance nonprofit, and Manixia Thor, a mother and deputy leader of an all-women's bomb clearance team
Learn about the UXO problem in Laos and ways in which individuals and organizations are working to clear land and save lives
Find out how you can Act to raise awareness and resources for clearing Laos of deadly bombs
Participate in a compelling post-panel discussion as community members share their perspectives about war, loss, reconciliation, and transformation.

To learn more about Legacies of War, and this tour, visit:

Job: Project Officer, Education Programs, IREX (Wash DC)

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth.

Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 120 countries.

Summary of Position
IREX seeks a Program Officer for its Education Programs Division for an international education program. The Program Officer will report to the Project Director. This position is contingent on funding.

Summary of Responsibilities:
· Ensure compliance with donor requirements.

· Develop and monitor program budgets.

· Manage recruitment, selection, placement, orientation, and monitoring of program participants and partners.

· Develop program monitoring and evaluation plan, analyzing results to inform program implementation and impact.

· Develop and implement program communications strategy.

· Design, manage and facilitate program trainings/workshops.

· Manage and coach junior program staff and partners.

Skills and Qualifications:
· Minimum 3-5 years progressive management experience in the following areas:

· Developing and managing international education programs;

· Designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans and analyzing data;

· Developing, monitoring and projecting budgets per program design and implementation;

· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including training design and delivery;

· Proven supervisory and cross-cultural communication skills;

· Strong business writing skills;

· Experience and/or knowledge of the US higher education system preferred;

· Experience managing subgrants preferred;

· International work or study experience (experience in Latin America, South/Central Asia, the Middle East and/or Africa preferred.)

To Apply
Go to and click on Current Openings. Then click on the corresponding position and apply through our website. Please supply a resume and a cover letter with your application.



Minnesota International Center Presents March 14: "The Future of Korea"

Thursday, March 14, 2013 Registration: 6:30 pm Program: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Mpls
Parking available in at the 19th Avenue Ramp

The Future of Korea:
Another MIC program to keep you informed about world events as they happen!

During the past three months:
North Korea has resumed atomic testing;
South Korea has elected a new female president;
South Korea has vowed active support of a U.N. probe into North Korean rights abuses;
North Korea has declared the 1953 War Truce nullified;
South Korean and U.S. troops have launched a joint military exercise prompting North Korea to threaten both countries with nuclear attack and to sever a hotline with Seoul.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear from an "in the know" panel of speakers about what the future of the Korean Peninsula is going to look like with all the events mentioned above, plus opinions on the political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to U.S.-Korea relations.

Featured Speakers:
Dayoun Choi, Second Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea
Heather Dresser, Korea Desk Officer, U.S. State Department
Troy Stangarone, Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade, Korea Economic Institute

MIC members $5
Students FREE
Non-members $10

Register online here or call 612.625.4644

Minnesota International Center Presents March 14: "The Future of Korea"

Thursday, March 14, 2013 Registration: 6:30 pm Program: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Mpls
Parking available in at the 19th Avenue Ramp

The Future of Korea:
Another MIC program to keep you informed about world events as they happen!

During the past three months:
North Korea has resumed atomic testing;
South Korea has elected a new female president;
South Korea has vowed active support of a U.N. probe into North Korean rights abuses;
North Korea has declared the 1953 War Truce nullified;
South Korean and U.S. troops have launched a joint military exercise prompting North Korea to threaten both countries with nuclear attack and to sever a hotline with Seoul.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear from an "in the know" panel of speakers about what the future of the Korean Peninsula is going to look like with all the events mentioned above, plus opinions on the political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to U.S.-Korea relations.

Featured Speakers:
Dayoun Choi, Second Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea
Heather Dresser, Korea Desk Officer, U.S. State Department
Troy Stangarone, Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade, Korea Economic Institute

MIC members $5
Students FREE
Non-members $10

Register online here or call 612.625.4644

March 14 Minnesota International Relations Colloquium: Michael J. Shapiro on "What does a Weapon See"

Minnesota International Relations Colloquium March 14th, Thursday, 3:30-5pm
Social Sciences 609

Michael J. Shapiro, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai'i
Professor Shapiro is an eminent scholar of political theory, philosophy, critical social theory, critical IR, and the politics of aesthetics. Among his vast array of publications in these fields, he is well known for his books Violent Cartographies: Mapping Cultures of War (University of Minnesota Press, 1997), Methods and Nations: Cultural Governance and the Indigenous Subject (2004), Deforming American Political Though: Ethnicity, Facticity, and Genre (2006) and Cinematic Geopolitics (2009).

The title an homage to a line in the Philip Dick story (both book and film version) that deals with the surveillance of drug dealing: "What does a Scanner See?" In this paper I analyze what Paul Virilio famously calls "the logistics of perception," focusing on the way various weapons technol- ogies manage vision, beginning with how vision works from within a tank through to the remote vision involved in the use of weaponized drones. Conceptually, the paper is inspired by Jacques Lacan's distinction between the eye and the gaze, where the gaze creates the conditions of possibility for what is seen. In Lacan's terms, the gaze is something behind the eye, "something [that] slips, passes, is transmitted, from stage to stage, and is always to some degree eluded in it- that is what we call the gaze."

To download the paper Shapiro will be presenting on, click here: What does a Weapon ISA version.docx.

In addition, Professor Shapiro will be holding a graduate seminar on war crimes and the problem of life from 11:30am - 1pm on Thursday. The seminar has limited spaces, but if you would like to join, please RSVP to chua0061(at) as soon as possible.

All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!