Feb 21- Young women in the 'Great Divergence': Textile labor, consumption, and marriage in Europe and China between the mid-17th and the mid-19th centuries
02/21, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
235 Nolte Center for Continuing Education
A project presentation by Emily Bruce,
Hui-han Jin, Kan Li, M.J. Maynes,
Eric Roubinek, and Ann Waltner
We focus on ideologies and practices around generational relations, the gendered life-cyclical transition between childhood and adulthood, and the arrangement of marriages or other forms of sexual union. We are interested in girls' household and non-household labor (especially in the production of cotton and silk thread and cloth) as they move through the life-cycle transition from daughter to wife and from a natal to a marital household and in the use/consumption of textile goods as acquired by young women through market and non-market mechanisms locally, regionally and globally.
Organized by the Childhood and Youth Studies Across the Disciplines Research Collaborative.
Feb 19- Trade: Evolution of Local, Regional and Global Trading Patterns in Eastern African and the Indian Ocean
Tuesday, Feb 19, 4pm
125 Nolte Center
Trade is a necessity, is ever-present in any system of exchange, and is the material basis of the relational network of exchange. Trade accompanied and abetted humanity through the Upper Paleolithic, the emergence of agriculture/social complexity, and the rise and decline of chiefdoms, states and nations. Trading behaviors have been shaped by and in turn shaped social, political, ideological, and physical environments. The "Trading Systems Approach" enables us to abandon the either-or perspectives that have characterized anthropological thought on trade and economy. Chapurukha M. Kusimba draws attention to various strategies and approaches to understand the emergence of complex processes from a bottom-up perspective. He combines these insights with ethnographic research on trading communities to model how trading specialists respond to their socio-political contexts and thus shape trading infrastructures or trading complexes. He points out archaeological, economic, historical, political, and geographic correlates to this new Trading Systems Approach.
Chapurukha M. Kusimba is Curator of African Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the Field Museum and Professor of Anthropology the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Organized by Geraldine Heng, a current Winton Chair holder
More info: https://events.umn.edu/026124
Feb 26, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
130 Murphy Hall
Cost: Free but registration required. Click here to register.
Operation Iraqi Freedom began on March 19, 2003. Coming on the heels of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, it inserted the United States deeply into Middle East affairs. As we approach the 10th anniversary of these wars, join us as we discuss the media coverage and the ripple effect they have had on the entire region.
For questions, please contact Sue Couling at scouling(at)umn.edu
Sponsored by: Journalism and Mass Communication, Minnesota Journalism Center, Anthropology
Humphrey Fellow Gallegos serves on Council of Advisors for Leaders of the New Millennium For Latinas
Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community and personal lives. The customized program explores leadership from the cultural perspectives of individual, family, community and professional identity.
Latina professionals and guest speakers are the lead Instructors and share a wealth of personal and career experience and academic knowledge. This program is for the Latina leader who wants to expand her social capital and leadership skills. LNM provides the necessary tools, skills and professional network to assist
high-potential Latina women in successfully managing their careers.
This is the only Latina leadership program of its kind offered by a women's university. Leaders of the New Millennium brings together emerging leaders and St. Catherine's faculty experts in a supportive environment uniquely suited for Latina Women.
The Volunteer Manager Disaster Response Team is responsible for the recruitment, training and deployment of volunteers to assist in the needs assessment, as well as coordination efforts in response to international disasters. (Earthquakes, tsunami, hurricanes, combat areas, etc.) Shelter For Life International is a faith-based NGO, headquartered in Minnetonka, MN - providing humanitarian relief to vulnerable populations worldwide. (For more information visit our website - www.shelter.org).
Serve as a primary resource for SFL as it relates to attracting, selecting, retaining and rewarding volunteers and to the general public related to Disaster Response Team opportunities. Provide prompt, professional and thorough responses to a high volume of general inquiries and requests for technical assistance, advice and guidance on best practices, materials, policies and procedures related to the day-to-day management of a volunteer workforce.
Using existing SFL materials, establish SFL's Needs Assessment Training Booklet. Utilizing the SFL Needs Assessment Training Booklet, and other appropriate SFL resources, create a curriculum to train volunteers in the skills of: needs assessment, proposal writing, field coordination, and how to structure programs.
Update and maintain Volunteer database, logging in completed trainings and volunteer availability for assignments. Clearly communicate availability expectations (3-7 days), as well as screen volunteer candidates to amount of time they can commit to be deployed. (if employed, emphasizing working with their employer to utilize vacation time). Schedule volunteer training. Work with SFL HR department to complete reference check on volunteers, as well as required background screening.
On occasion, be available to speak in public in a corporate, church, rotary club or other public setting.
• Bachelor's Degree.
• 3-5 years work experience, some background in training or development a curriculum preferred. Relevant experience in a Volunteer Management role for a not-for-profit, military, multicultural and/or global organization preferred.
• Strong interpersonal and customer service skills. Ability to maintain clear, frequent communication with SFL leadership, staff, and volunteers at a variety of levels and geographic locations. Solid presentation skills.
• Demonstrated problem solving skills. Ability to use sound judgment and discretion. Ability to handle confidential information and communication using multiple channels with tact and poise.
• Ability to manage a high volume of assignments with varying complexity and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment with integrity and professionalism.
• Working knowledge of various software programs including but not limited to Microsoft Office suite. Ability to maintain and update a Volunteer Excel database.
• Demonstrated initiative/self-motivation, attention to detail, organizational and time management skills.
• Demonstrated proficiency interpreting and understanding financial statements. Ability to perform basic accounting/business functions including project management and budget reconciliation.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds.
• Must be a strong advocate of the SFL's mission to demonstrate God's love by enabling vulnerable populations affected by conflict and disaster to rebuild their communities and restore their lives.
• This position is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Only local candidates will be considered.
• Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.
• Resume is required for full consideration.
How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume to: marguerite(at)shelter.org
Opening of the 2013 Young Leaders selection
We are pleased to announce the opening of the 2013 Young Leaders selection process.
The Young Leaders program, the flagship program of the French-American Foundation, was created in 1981 to foster a new network of trans-Atlantic leaders. Since its inception, the program has taken small groups of carefully selected up-and-coming leaders in government, business, media, the military and the non-profit sector and provided them with the opportunity to spend five days together two years in a row, once in France and once in the United States. As part of the highly competitive selection process, candidates are evaluated according to their potential to attain the highest level of their chosen profession.
For complete details on the selection process including guidelines for referring candidates and selection criteria for applicants, please click here.
Candidate applications are due on Monday, March 18, 2013.
You may also contact us at young-leaders(at)french-american.org if you would like additional information about applying.
Dr. Veerendra Mishra, 2012-2013 Humphrey Fellow from India needs pro-bono assistance with a documentary on human trafficking. Please see his note below and contact him directly.
"What we need first is, one good voice for voice over; second, want someone who can help us put subtitles; and third someone who can really help us smooth the whole documentary with professional touch."
Dr. Veerendra Mishra, Humphrey Fellow
International Fellowship Program
H H Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Assistant Inspector General of Police
Crime Investigation Department, Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh, India-460216
6:30- 8:00, 2812 Anthony Ln S, St. Anthony
The Turkish American Society of Minnesota will be hosting a History Talk on the topic of "Empire of Difference: Religious and Ethnic Diversity in the Ottoman Empire." Dr. Hasan Karatas from the University of St. Thomas will be presenting until 7:30, with time for discussion after. Pizza and beverages will be served.
The event is free. Please submit RSVP form here: https://docs.google.com/a/tasmn.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHl2ZXY5SzhleC1ybGpWYXJueGZEekE6MA
Rides are available to students to and from the St. Paul campus to the Turkish American Society of MN's office. When RSVPing, please indicate on the form that you would like a ride.
The Grants & Contracts Managers primary responsibility will be in the area of U.S. Government grants and contract financial management from grants to other sources, such as Foundations and Multilateral Organizations. This position takes the lead in Africare's efforts in the management and administration by ensuring accurate grants financial tracking, recording and reporting to donors, monitoring best business practices to ensure timely and accurate reporting to donors, provide data for use in the internal and external financial reporting, and ensuring the organization's compliance with grants and contracts financial reporting requirements. The Grants & Contracts Manager will work closely with program managers to ensure that terms and conditions of agreements are met and properly documented.
The Grants & Contracts Manager provides technical support services to all staff involved with government and donor-funded projects including proposal writers, program managers, and finance staff. The Grants & Contracts Manager will play a key role in establishing necessary financial and accounting systems and procedures within Africare.
Manages Africare's grant reporting function for assigned U.S. Government awards;
Monitors spending performance, ensures that all financial reports are filed with the applicable donor on a timely basis;
Creates standard templates for sub-award agreements, financial reporting and train staff in their use;
Establish standard procedures in the area of sub-recipient monitoring and train Program Managers in their use;
Requests and monitors receipt of monthly financial reports from Country Offices and Headquarters;
Maintain government and donor tracking and reporting systems with the Grants Tracking System (GTS) and the General Ledger to ensure timely submission of all deliverables;
Prepares financial reports for assigned U.S. Government grants (including but not limited to (Standard Form 425) and for grants where Africare is a sub-recipient of federal funds;
Prepares any required ad hoc reports for donors--e.g. requests for financial information, USAID requests for financial information, pipeline analysis, etc.;
Prepares and maintains internal documents to support donor financial reports;
Reviews Africare's financial documentation for compliance--e.g. costs charged to grants and contracts including travel expense reports, consultant agreements, personnel allocation (time) sheets, etc.;
Ensures that all financial reports are filed in a designated central location.
Reviews "burn rate" on projects;
Assures appropriate explanations for variances on budget versus expenditure reports and notifies the Program Manager of any financial issues;
Works closely with the field to resolve any financial related issues and follows up on open points to ensure they are resolved;
Maintains up-to-date, accurate financial records on all grants in the field which credit Africare for revenue;
Maintains up-to-date grant and contract files and assures appropriate documents are available-- e.g. pre-approvals, agreements, sub-agreements, modifications, correspondences with the donors, etc.;
Ensures the completion of closeout process for grants and contracts, including the developmentof an early warning system.
Supports the Program Manager/Officer and field office staff on the project budget management throughout the life of the projects;
Tracks project expenditures and fund availability;
Prepares budget modification as necessary and request increases in the Obligated Amount when required;
Supports the Country Office in preparation for audits;
Reviews internal and external audit reports and recommends solutions to audit findings;
Assists the project team in negotiations with the donor.
Supports field finance staff in the areas of fiscal management and financial reporting on assigned
U.S. Government grants and contracts and other assigned grants.
Participates in start-up workshops for new projects.
Liaises with the Program Managers to identify field staff training needs to increase their capacity to manage funds.
Works with the Program Managers, troubleshoots unforeseen problems in Country Offices, provides and implements solutions, and creates systems to ensure that the problems do not reoccur.
Bachelor's Degree preferably in Accounting or Finance.
Not-for-profit accounting experience.
5+ years' experience within a broad range of accounting and financial functions.
Experience in accounting and reporting U.S. Government grants and contracts, especially USAID. Ability to work with minimal direction and to initiate activities and identify organizational needs related to responsibilities.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to maintain effective and satisfactory working relationships with people from diverse cultures across all levels of the organization.
Superior analytical skills, attention to detail, and strong work ethics.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of financial and other sensitive information.
Capacity to work under pressure, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet inflexible deadlines.
Familiarity with U.S. Government rules and regulations, particularly USAID Regulation 22 CFR 226, 22 CFR 228, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), AIDAR, and OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, and A-133.
Thorough knowledge of and experience with financial reporting, especially with regard to U.S. Government.
Knowledge of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and financial accounting standards.
Proficiency in computer software particularly Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Access, Word and accounting software packages such as Lawson, Great Plains, Quickbooks.
Knowledge of French or a second language preferred.
Previous experience working with field staff preferred.
Appreciation for deadlines and adherence to project plans.
Positive attitude, desire to be a part of a diverse team, and commitment to Africare's mission.
How to Apply:
Applications should include a CV and cover letter. In the cover letter (of no more than two pages in length) the candidate should briefly describe his or her motivation for the position and highlight relevant experience and salary requirements. Successful candidate must be authorized to work in the US without sponsorship.
Please send CVs to resumes(at)africare.org, including "Grants & Contracts Manager " in the subject line.
This position is opened until filled. Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications that we receive, we may not be able to respond to each individual candidate. Please respect our no phone calls policy. No third party resumes/appications/calls are being accepted
Africare is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to workplace diversity.
The Pacific Council seeks to hire a Senior Programs Officer to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Pacific Council's Programs department. Reporting directly to the Pacific Council's executive team, the Sr. Programs Officer will oversee the Pacific Council's line-up of general programs, develop and implement new strategies and initiatives around programs, secure and administer program sponsorships, and manage the work of personnel in the Council's programs department. The Sr. Programs Officer will also administer the Pacific Council's international trips portfolio and oversee sustaining member programming.
The Sr. Programs Officer will work in close collaboration with other Pacific Council departments and individual/institutional stakeholders to make sure that the programming architecture supports membership and other strategic goals. The successful candidate will have a strong, combined academic and professional background in international affairs and management with the proven ability to oversee complex projects in a faced-paced and demanding atmosphere.
General Programs: Programs Calendar & Speaker Recruitment
Oversee the Pacific Council's general programming calendar
Develop and implement a refined speaker recruitment plan in collaboration with executive team
Recruit prominent speakers from a myriad of backgrounds for speaking engagements in Los Angeles and other program opportunities
Develop a long-term recruitment plan for prospective speakers characterized by regular, routine check-ins with speakers' offices
Leverage the Pacific Council's Board, members, and institutional collaborators to bolster speaker recruitment
Develop short, medium, and long-term programming plans that respond to breaking issues in international affairs
Disseminate programming forecasts for internal and external audiences, including a monthly forecast to the Pacific Council's executive team
General Programs: Programs Administration & Agenda Forecasting
Stay on the cutting edge of new developments in international affairs to serve as a key organizational agenda-setter
Ensure that key issue areas are covered on a timely basis by assessing breaking/looming developments in the short, medium, and long-terms and developing appropriate programming
Administer "named" programs series in collaboration with series' donors
Develop and implement feedback mechanism to ensure that Pacific Council programming is adequately responding to the interests of our members
Content Generation & Other Programming
Develop and implement innovative in-person and virtual programming formats to better deliver Pacific Council 'content' to core audiences
Develop new linkages between in-person programs, teleconferences, virtual programming, written content and other specialized communications to foster a 'continuum of content'
Refine and implement more robust teleconference portfolio characterized by regular calls times
Develop new teleconference feature: the on-the-record '30-minute briefing' by key issue experts
Develop an action plan to launch video conferences and live-streaming on the Pacific Council's website and/or social media sites
International Trips & Sustaining Member Programming
Organized and facilitate international trips in collaboration with the executive team and programs staff
Develop pre-trip agendas and build in-country itineraries
Develop a strategic action plan for the Pacific Council's international trips portfolio, characterized by a 3-year plan for new trips
Develop a strategic action plan for sustaining member programming
Develop a 'scalable' model for sustaining member programming in close coordination with the development team
Fundraising/Sponsorship & Membership Support
Develop and market new funding proposals for prospective programming and teleconference series, in collaboration with programs and development staff
Secure one-off program sponsorships, including in-kind support, for regular programming
In collaboration with the Membership department, develop and execute strategies in programs to increase the involvement of current members, strengthen member relationships, and recruit new members
Initiate and develop new initiatives and outreach strategies to build sustainable, long-term relations/institutional collaborations with corporations and foundations
Programs Department Strategy and Operations
Recruit and manage programs personnel in coordination with HR department
Develop work plans, job responsibilities, and work calendars
Provide developmental feedback to support professional growth
Make recommendations for incentives and compensation to executive team
Develop and manage Pacific Council's annual programs budget
Forecast appropriate revenue and expense models for general programs, international trips, and sustaining member programs
Refine and implement program operating and administrative policies
Develop and implement further quality control measures to maintain a consistently high level of customer service to members
Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree strongly preferred.
4 - 6 years of relevant experience.
Substantive background in international affairs, political science, or a related field with record of high academic achievement required.
The Pacific Council is affiliated with the University of Southern California. YOU MUST UPLOAD YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME DIRECTLY ON USC'S WEBSITE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE POSITION.
Please apply for the position through the University of Southern California's jobs website, https://jobs.usc.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1325870930365. Please look for the internal job title "Sr. Programs Officer" with the requisition number 016219 under the Department "Pacific Council."
Due to a high volume of applications at the Pacific Council, only select candidates will be contacted directly. No phone calls or direct solicitations, please.
This material cross posted from Foreign Policy Association.
Feb 15 ICGC Brown Bag- Carla Manzoni on "Kinetic Collages of Resistance: Argentina's Alternative Multi-Screen Memorials by Women"
Friday, February 15, 2013 12:00 noon, 537 Heller Hall
"Kinetic Collages of Resistance: Argentina's Alternative Multi-screen Memorials by women (Argentina 1936-2011)"
Presented by: Carla Manzoni Spanish and Portuguese Department
This project focuses on two new-millennium post-dictatorial cinematic memorials by women, Los rubios (Albertina Carri, 2003) and La mujer sin cabeza (Lucrecia Martel, 2008), and their roots in avant-garde/underground audio-visual productions since the
1930's. As distinctive expressions of the ever-changing counterculture, these narratives created both a space of resistance along with a venue for interdisciplinary experimentation throughout the 20th century. Revising collage theory, ethnographic surrealism, and later inter-media concepts, such as expanded cinema, I delve into the aesthetics of resistance and memory by proposing dialogues among local non-mainstream productions. My research includes silent films, proto-feminist late 1940's photomontages, experimental films since the 1950's and video-art, vis-à-vis contemporary hybrid audiovisual narratives by women directors exploring the 1976-1983 Argentine dictatorship.
For the complete Fall 2012 ICGC brown bag schedule, go to ICGC.umn.edu
Tue Mar 5, 4pm - 5:30pm,
MEIG Presents: Waleed Mahdi (American Studies PHD Candidate) and the 2nd Anniversary of the Yemeni Revolution
The Middle East Interest Group (MEIG) invites you to come and learn more about the developments of the Yemeni Revolution. Waleed Mahdi will lead a discussion and talk about his home country's recent events.
Please join us. Treats will be served.
Please contact Sahar Angadjivand, MPP candidate for any questions at angad001(at)umn.edu.
We are planning a "Sing-Along" sponsored by the "Kaiser's Klubhaus" (1079 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN) on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. until...
There will be members of the TC Maennerchor, the Volkfestsingers, the Spielmannszug and the other German speaking communities in the Twin Cities.
It will be a social get-together of music/singing lovers. No special choir experience necessary! Just bring your favorite songs with you to share! Free copier service on-site so we can all "chime in"!
Full bar service will be available.
RSVP and more information:
Herbert: 651-773-9525 or 651-226-2666
Nancy: 651-773-9525 or 651-808-5980
We do hope that you can come to this FREE event and support this "Gemuetlichen Abend"!
Date: February 13, 12:00pm. 385 Peik Hall
How to Get a Fulbright...From Application to Acceptance!
A Professional Development Series for Students, Staff, and Faculty
"How to Get a Fulbright" is a series of lectures designed to help students, staff, and faculty members navigate the US government's Fulbright international programs. Information will be provided on the vast array of Fulbright programs, application deadlines, and opportunities that are available to the CEHD community at any point in their career.
Session #1: What is Fulbright?
This session will provide an overview of the Fulbright program and its myriad programs. All programs provide sponsorship of overseas academic and professional work. A hard copy list of programs will be made available to participants or is available at http://sky.cehd.umn.edu/international/events (click on "supplemental information")
Featured Speaker: Erin Randall, Board President of Minnesota Fulbright Chapter and Fulbright Bangladesh recipient
Light snacks will be served
B4 Youth Theatre, Inc.
Burning Barriers, Building Bridges (B4) with Children
Arts Mentor Internship: Liberia, West Africa
The benefits of participating in B4 Youth Theatre, Inc. are numerous. The
program provides an opportunity for current or recent college and university students to gain valuable experience serving as mentors for their particular arts discipline (music, dance, theater, playwriting) to children and youth in a developing country. Support is provided for living expenses, lodging, and transportation in-country. Some of the major benefits include:
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Field experience is gained in working with children and youth that will build your practical and theoretical knowledge and your resume.
DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS
The program provides an opportunity to learn new skills and competencies in working with children and youth as you design and implement a summer arts program curriculum and national production.
ENGAGING IN WORTHWHILE WORK
Teaching others to use the tools of the arts to advocate for themselves in an international development context is an extraordinary way of giving of yourself. The effort you make creates meaningful opportunities and experiences for young people to make their voices heard through the arts.
By traveling to Liberia, you have an opportunity to learn about other people and their culture, broadening your horizons and making new connections.
COMPENSATION AND FINANCIAL BENEFITS
Although B4 Youth Theatre, Inc. does not offer participants a wage, we do
provide housing, meals during the work day and a stipend. Transportation to and from various program sites within Liberia is provided. Each Arts Mentor Intern will also have a program budget for pedagogical tools to enhance the educational experience for their students.
OBLIGATIONS (Numbers in parentheses are only approximate values)
The cost of the trip will be your own airfare ($1800) and vaccinations (see the US Department of State website for US citizens traveling abroad), plus food outside of the work day ($500), medication, and other costs (phone, entertainment, personal transportation, etc. $400). Approximate total($3,000). All travelers should purchase international health insurance prior to departure.
￼￼http://b4youththeatre.wordpress.com ~ 732.491.7944 US ~ B4YouthTheatre@gmail.com
For specific job descriptions and application instructions, see: http://b4youththeatre.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/b4-youth-theatre-arts-mentor-internship-announcement.pdf
Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Deadline: March 1, 2013
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is March 1, 2013 for the Summer 2013 internship that runs from June to August 2013. Summer internships are full-time; interns are expected to work from 32 to 40 hours per week. See application instructions below.
CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates with a background in Chinese politics, law, and society, and strong Chinese language skills.
Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, democratic governance institutions, environmental problems, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women's rights, etc.).
Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and draft Commission analyses. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also be trained to work with the Commission's Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).
The CECC staff is committed to interns' professional development, and holds regular roundtables for interns on important China-related issues.
Summer 2013 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Summer 2013 internships may apply for the Spring (February-May) or Fall (September-December). Further details are available on the Commission's Web site at http://www.cecc.gov/pages/general/employ.php.
• Interns must be U.S. citizens.
• Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
• Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on Web sites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
• Although our interns are generally undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates, others are also welcome to apply.
Application Instructions for Summer 2013:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration at judy.wright(at)mail.house.gov by March 1, 2013. Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on March 1. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls please.
Ms. Kalpana Shrestha and Mr. Hari Paudel will be speaking about their country "Nepal and our Culture" in OLLI Monday ( February 11, 2013). Sorry for late information.
Date: February 11, 2013 Monday
Time: 2:15 - 3:45pm
at Room # 250 in McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN
Biographies of Kalpana and Hari can be found here: http://www.hhh.umn.edu/ifp/current_fellows.html
For those who are unable to attend the former Prime Minister's talk at the Humphrey School, please connect to us via livestream:
Live stream link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/adc-community-engagement
5pm - 7pm
Twitter updates also through: https://twitter.com/Semhar
A successful and a transformative process has taken place in Somalia, a country many thought was doomed to fail. After repeated attempts to stabilize the country since the fall of the Siad Barre regime in 1991, the country has begun to achieve its political and security goals.
In June 2011, Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was appointed to lead the Transitional Federal Government to usher in a new era for the country. Today, Somalia has a permanent government; a more efficient parliament, a new constitution, and is almost free from the yoke of the terrorist organizations that kept this country hostage for the two decades. On January 21, 2013, the U.S. government formally recognized the first Somali national government in more than two decades.
Learn firsthand about this road map to success that led Somalia from an era of lawlessness and violence to an era of peace and stability from one of its leaders, Dr. Abdiweli Ali. Dr. Ali's lecture will highlight the process through which Somali overcame challenges to reach this new level of stability and his view of the prospects for the future of Somalia. A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation.
The Global Development And Environment Institute (GDAE - pronounced "gee-day") was founded in 1993 to combine the research and curricular development activities of two Tufts programs: the Program for Sustainable Change and Development in the School of Arts and Sciences (directed by economist, Neva Goodwin), and the Center for Environmental and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Directed by William Moomaw, a chemist and environmental policy specialist). The combination creates a center of expertise in economics, policy, science and technology. The Institute has produced more than a dozen books and numerous articles, policy documents, and discussion papers. These materials are being used in academic settings, to enhance the teaching of economics and related subjects, and in policy circles, where GDAE researchers are recognized leaders in their fields.
Programs: Responding to the Institute's growth, in 2000 its activities were organized within two program areas: Research and Policy, and Theory and Education. While Co-Director Goodwin works most closely with the Theory and Education program and Co-Director Moomaw is mainly associated with the Research and Policy program, there is considerable interaction and mutual feedback between the two areas.
Theory and Education, headed by Dr. Jonathan Harris, is dedicated to developing a comprehensive, teachable system of economic theory that will better serve human needs and respond to ecological realities. The program explores and develops alternatives to the standard economic paradigm, both in the form of new economic theories and as teachable curriculum materials.
Research and Policy, led by Timothy Wise , carries out applied research on the effects of economic policies using an analytical framework that assesses the limitations of market-mechanisms for addressing social and environmental issues. Research priorities include energy and climate change, recycling and materials use, and trade and sustainable economic integration.
The Institute also participates in a variety of initiatives at Tufts University, including:
GDAE sponsored on-campus Lecture and Seminar Series, which brings speakers and panelists to campus to discuss a wide range of topical subjects: globalism, climate change, free trade and the environment, and many others
GDAE remains connected with Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy through its Co-director William Moomaw, who is a professor at Fletcher and directs its International Resource Policy Program. GDAE researchers also advise and support the work of Tufts's Urban and Environmental Policy Program.
GDAE participates on the Steering Committee of Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), an interdisciplinary, university-wide education and research institute which facilitates and coordinates environmental programs at the University.
GDAE supports and promotes the goals of the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. The Talloires Declaration was composed in 1990 at Tufts Campus in Talloires, France, and was originally signed by 20 university presidents. It has since been signed by over 300 university presidents and chancellors in over 40 countries.
To learn more, visit: http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/about_us/gdae_overview.html
Can you make a change in the world and make a living doing it? Social ventures, also known as impact or environmental ventures, are an idea that you can indeed do just that. While the notion isn't new, it is an idea that has been gaining increasing traction in the past few years and is creeping into many different types of businesses and non-profits globally.
The Acara program, part of the Institute on the Environment and the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota has been running international courses for the past several years on developing impact ventures. This experience is now being packaged into a series of evening workshops for people who are interested in understanding more about social entrepreneurship.
All sessions are two hours, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Thursday, Feb 14. What's a Social Venture?
Thursday, March 7. The Business Model Canvas.
Thursday, April 4. Impact Investing.
Location: IonE Seminar room (R380), Learning and Environmental Sciences Building, 1954 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Directions are here.
Sessions are $30 each. Sign up here! Numbers are limited so don't delay.
A short summary of each class is below.
Feb 14. What's an Social Venture?
Impact ventures (also known as social ventures) are a growing area of interest and attraction as a way to both make positive social or environmental change and do well as a business. This session is an introduction to what makes an impact venture, what makes it both different and the same as a "regular" venture, and how impact is measured? Impact ventures have two value propositions: an economic one (just like any other business) and a social one. We'll spend time in this session on what is a social value proposition, how do you measure it, and how these two propositions fit together.
March 7. The Business Model Canvas: A framework for describing impact ventures.
The Business Model Canvas is a simple but effective way to develop and describe a venture. It's a tool developed through design thinking practices applied to many ventures around the world and is a rapidly growing tool. You don't need an MBA to understand it or use it, yet even MBAs will find it useful. It is important because impact businesses are still businesses and will live or die based on that. The business model canvas gives a common language to talk about the ventures.
April 4. Impact Investing. How to invest or find funding.
This session will be useful to both people interested in funding social ventures and also those who are seeking funding. As you might expect, the funding mechanisms for impact ventures are rapidly and continually evolving. Investments are necessary to make the movement real. What are existing ways, how does this work. This session will talk about traditional funders, social funds and crowd funding.
About the instructor: Fred Rose is a program director at the University of Minnesota and has more than 30 years experience across corporate, non-profit and academic settings. He has been on the founding team of ventures in three countries, has extensive experience in leading global teams and many years experience in teaching innovation.
If you have questions about the course, please email Fred Rose at fred.rose(at)acarainstitute.org.