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Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2014

Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2014 - Check out or schedule of courses and apply now

Gaining new skills or knowledge in addressing conflict and building peace?
Enhancing already existing skills?
Sharing stories and experiences with people from more than 30 countries?
Join us at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI), May 5 - June 13, 2014.

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute provides broad-based and specialized trainings that empower participants to contextualize knowledge gained to their own situations.

SPI courses are not just for "peacebuilders." At times, everyone has conflict in their professional and personal lives. The knowledge and skills taught at SPI help you to understand people and situations, and to better yourself, your community, your organization, and the world.

This year SPI is offering several new courses at the frontiers of peacebuilding, including:

Media for Societal Transformation, where you can learn to use video and social media to get your message out.
Trauma-Sensitive Practice and Programming, to explore how to include trauma-sensitivity in all stages of emergency response and post-conflict recovery work.
The Impact of Social Issues on Restorative Justice will look at the effects of race, class, gender, and culture on individual and community conflict and resilience.
Peace by Design, where participants will discuss how the design of working spaces conveys a message that helps or hinders the work.
Applied Playback Theatre for Conflict Transformation, to teach you how to be part of a team of actors that weaves together stories from the audience into a single narrative, while respecting and validating each individual story.
Mindfulness teaches you to give full and non-judgmental attention in all situations and how to reflect on the similarities and differences between people in conflict that help or hurt situations.
Additional courses will be taught in trauma awareness, restorative justice, monitoring and evaluation, designing peacebuilding programs, resilience, monitoring and evaluation, and several other areas.

See our website for a full list of courses and instructor bios.

Check out a video (click here) of some previous participants from the Middle East discussing their experiences at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) offers four 7-day sessions, each with several courses running concurrently. An interactive approach is used in all courses. Participants learn from the course instructor as well as other participants and are encouraged to reflect and to share from their own experiences in the "safe space" created by SPI. Minds and hearts are further opened with stimulating conversations outside of class, laughter, group meals, hiking, volleyball, and other activities. Courses can be taken for professional training or master's level academic credit.

Apply online at

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be processed as space permits.

For more information, including costs, scholarship opportunities, and lodging or transport information:

Check out our website at
visit our facebook page at
Call 540-432-4672
Contact us by e-mail
The Summer Peacebuilding Institute is a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Crossposted from PCDN

Nov 7 Alain Patrice Nganang speaking at Macalester College

Cameroonian Novelist, Critic, and Cultural Theorist Alain Patrice Nganang
On the Crisis of Current African Writing
At Macalester College in St Paul
November 7 at 4:30PM, Humanities Building Room 401

Patrice Nganang, Writer and Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Theory at Stony Brook University will present "The Crisis of Current African Writing." Patrice Nganang is a Cameroonian writer and scholar, Associate Professor of literary and cultural theory at Stony Brook University. His publications include poetry: elobi, L'apologie du vandale; novels: La Saison des prunes, Temps de chien, La Joie de vivre, which constitute a cycle depicting urban life in Cameroon; Mont plaisant and La Saison des prunes, a cycle about world wars (WWI, WWII, and the Civil war) as seen from a Cameroonian point of view; short novellas: L'Invention du beau regard and the serialized La Chanson du joggeur. He has also published three collections of essays, Le Principe dissident, Manifeste d'une nouvelle literature africaine: Pour une écriture préemptive and Contre Biya: Procès d'un tyran. His work has been translated into several languages and has received numerous awards.

This lecture will be in English
Contact: Theresa Klauer, 651 696-6437

French Lecture Series
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Thursday Nov 7, 2013
Humanities Building 401

Nov 22 IPID Student Speaker Conference - Technology in Development

Friday November 22

SAVE THE DATE: IPID Student Speaker Conference - Technology in Development
Time: 3:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Walter Library Room 101

Food will be provided - RSVPs coming soon

NEXT STEP-FAR EVENT: Humphrey Students Share Experiences (Nov 7)

Humphrey students who traveled to India over the summer as part of the Sustainable Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities class will discuss their research and findings.

Read about their experiences here.

November 7, 2:00pm. Room 170 (Stassen Room).

Guide to Careers in International Affairs (Including Review of Top Job Sites)

Finding the right job in conflict resolution, international development and related fields requires a combination of the right experience and training, an understanding of the field, developing strong connections and a bit of serendipity. In addition to academic and/or professional training, it is essential to have an understanding of how conflict resolution works in practice. Many people working in conflict related jobs, will not find employment with "conflict resolution organizations" but with organizations in others sectors (international development, education, environment, business) working on conflict related jobs. Thus it is also important in the job search to broaden your scope to include international development organizations, government and intergovernmental institutions, for-profit and business institutions, educational institutions, and more.

One of the things that I encourage my students to consider is developing strong skills in conflict resolution processes and theory, but also develop an expertise in a another sector and/or regional area. For more information on careers in the field, see a report I co-authored, Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. offers guide to careers in the field based on interviews with over 60 organizations and practitioners. The document also offers 10 pages of resources for finding jobs, internships, scholarships and more. You can download the report for Download Webreport.pdf or at the ACT website. Another great resource is a Career Guide from Sustainability on Corporate Social Responsibility. Idealist has also developed an excellent guide to Nonprofit Careers and a separate Careers Resources Section . Dr. John Paul Lederach and Kate Mansfield from the Kroc Institute have also developed a wonderful visual representation of possible careers in the field.

Here are some additional career development suggestions

1) Develop a Strong Resume - Make sure you have a strong, clear and compelling resume and cover letter. See the Download TipsforWritingEffectiveResumes.pdf . Many university career centers also offer guidance on resumes.

2) Conduct Informational Interviews - Most people are more than happy to talk about their job and conducting informational interviews can be an excellent way to learn more about an organization and what a career is like in a particular area. Informational interviews are a chance for you to ask general questions of someone already in the field. However, it is very important in informational interviews not to ask for a job or put pressure on the person you're speaking with to help you find a job.

3) Subscribe to Key Web and Job Lists - There are countless numbers of websites that provide resources on jobs and internships in the field (and in related fields). You should get on all or some of these sites as you will get daily or weekly updates of opportunities around the world (note some charge a fee, whiles others are free or provide partial postings for free).
Some of the best sites for jobs directly in conflict resolution, development, social entrepreneurship, etc. include:

ALLIANCE FOR PEACEBUILDING MEMBER FORUMS - Jobs and Fellowships in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Related Fields
UNJOBLIST- A very useful site with jobs at UN agencies and other Intergovernmental Organizations.
IDEALIST - Primarily Jobs in International and Domestic Non-profits. Covers many sectoral areas, health, development, etc.
INDEED- A Very useful site that searches across many job sites around the world. Searching by conflict and development keywords is best way to use the service.
RELIEFWEB - Primarily jobs in International Non-profits and UN.
DEVELOPMENT EX - Covers jobs in International Development and Consulting around the world.
International Organization Careers Website - Professional employment opportunities in International Organizations (site sponsored by the US Department of State)
SOCIAL EDGE - Job and Fellowship postings related to social entreprenuership.
BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Jobs in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entreprenuership.
Social Impact Jobs - List from Echoing Green, one of the leading orgs in the field.
Liberation Tech Jobs - Listserv that has jobs exploring how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods.
Be Social Change Jobs - Maintains a job board of positions and internships in key social change orgs.
Give to get Jobs - Opportunities in the for profit sector that are involved in social change.
ICT4D Jobs - Opportunities in information and communication technology for development.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Job Board - Careers in international Affairs, largely NY and DC based positions.
Zebra Jobs - A leading online portal for jobs in Africa, many focused on development related issues.
JOBS FOR CHANGE - Useful resources and guides to careers in social change.
BRITISH OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT NETWORK - Listing of Jobs at Key UK Based International Development Organizations.
ALERTNET - Jobs in International Development and Humanitarian Relief.
EUROPEAN PEACE BUILDING LIAISON OFFICE -Jobs at European Based Organizations.
FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION - Listing of Jobs at Key US nonprofits involved in international affairs.
JUSTMEANS - Jobs in Social Change and Environment.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Listing of jobs in International Affairs.
DEVNETJOBS - Listing of Many Positions in International Development and related fields.
JOBS4DEVELOPMENT -List of many jobs worldwide in International Development and Related Fields
MandE News Job Forum - List of jobs/consultancies related to monitoring and evaluation in international development.
The New EU - European Affairs Jobs in Brussels and Europe.
Democracy Digest Jobs - List of jobs related to political and democratic develpoment.
Society for International Development Job List - Posting of SID/DC Member Jobs. - Positions related to sports and development.
Next Billion Career Center - Learn about job opportunities in the development through enterprise space.
Social Venture Network - Jobs in social entrepreneurship and related fields.
Omidyar Network -Jobs in social entrepreneurship.
Jobs for Change - Wonderful resources on nonprofit jobs.
Inside NGO Jobs - Jobs in international development
OneWorld Jobs - brings the latest jobs and volunteer positions from organisations working to create a better world.
BCorps Jobs - lists opportunities in companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Angel List- Jobs at Startup companies largely in the Information Tech Sector (including some focused on social change).
Other Job Sites/Resources that may have relevant jobs:

FOUNDATION CENTER - Jobs in Foundations and US based nonprofits.
CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY - Variety of jobs in US based non-profits working in diverse sectoral areas.
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION - Jobs in the US (and some international) Higher Education Sector.
BRIDGESTAR NONPROFIT JOBS BOARD - Has useful list of nonprofit jobs in the US in diverse sectors.
Monitoring and Evaluations News Job List - Has M&E related short term consultancies and full time employed positions.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in new/social media.
ACRE Resources - Jobs in environmental and corporate social responsibility areas.
BRIGHT GREEN ALERT - Executive search firm for jobs in the green sector. - jobs in the environmental sector.
Greenona Jobs - Green jobs.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in Social Media.
Net Impact - Jobs in corporate social responsibility and related fields.
NONPROFIT OYSTER - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
REDF - Nonprofit and social enterprise jobs.
TREE HUGGER - Green jobs.
VENTURE LOOP - is the worldwide leader in job postings focused on venture-backed companies.
Global Impact Investing Network - Jobs in impact (financial) investing.
Microfinance Gateway Jobs - Jobs in micro-finance and related fields.
3) Use your contacts/networks - One of the key strategies for finding a job/internship is to consult your personal and professional networks. Let your professors, colleagues and friends know that you're seeking an opportunity and perhaps they will have suggestions/contacts. University career centers and alumni can also be terrific resources.

4)Join New Networks- Joining a professional network in the field can also be a useful way to make contacts and learn about opportunities. Some relevant networks include:
Society for International Development or Society for International Development DC Chapter
Association for Conflict Resolution
Women in International Security
Peace and Justice Studies Association

5) Examine Ethical Practice - When you are researching an organization it is important to make sure that the organization's ethics and practice fit with your values. If you're offered a job (hopefully before this happens) learn about what the organization does, how do they treat their staff, how do they work in they field and with partners, etc.

6) Considering Taking a Job to Get Experience - Although many people would like to obtain their ideal job right away, sometimes it may be worth considering taking a job that will help you develop the necessary skills, contacts and experience that in the future can help lead to more of an ideal job.

7) Explore Fellowship Opportunities - There are many excellent fellowships/scholarships that do provide funding for independent research/volunteer work/study. Thus, fellowships can be an excellent way to get experience in the field. You can find many fellowships/scholarships on this site by searching by various keywords.

8) Explore Organizations that Have Developed Mentoring Programs for New Employees - A number of organizations have developed special entry level positions in which new employees receive extra mentoring. Look for organizations that have Junior Program Officer Positions (some in the UN), Entry Level Fellowships (Catholic Relief Services in the US) and others.

9) Develop an Expertise in a Needed Area - There are number of current areas in which the field is in need of developing further expertise. Developing your skills in this area can make you more attractive to potential employers. Some areas include: Program Evaluation and Monitoring, Conflict Mainstreaming and Conflict Sensitivity (Integrating Conflict Across Sectors), Organizational Conflict Management. Talk with your colleagues and other professionals in the field to see what might be potential growth areas.

Link to discussion here.

Reminder: 'Arab Uprisings and the Reshaping of the Middle East' by Shibley Telhami (Nov. 5)

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

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, Professor Telhami has served as Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, advisor to the Department of State, member of the Iraq Study Group, and 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 work, 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. His most recent book, The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East, has been widely praised.

Register here.

International Summer School in Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, United Kingom, 7-25 July 2014

International Summer School in Forced Migration 7-25 July 2014

The summer school is aimed at mid-career or senior policymakers and practitioners involved with humanitarian assistance and policy making for forced migrants. Participants typically include host government officials, intergovernmental and non-governmental agency personnel engaged in planning, administering and co-ordinating assistance.

We also accept applications from Researchers specialising in the study of forced migration.

Why participate?

The summer school offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

Now in its 25th year, the three-week course combines the very best of Oxford University's academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning.

How is it structured?

The curriculum
Over three weeks, the course looks at the complex phenomenon of forced migration from a number of different angles. Beginning with reflection on the diverse ways of conceptualising forced migration, the course considers the political, legal and well being issues associated with contemporary displacement. Individual course modules also tackle a range of other topics, including globalisation and forced migration, and negotiating strategies in humanitarian situations.

The methodology
The summer school aims to foster a culture of the reflective practitioner while also practising and developing skills useful in the workplace. The course takes an active learning approach to the transfer of knowledge. Participants engage in reflection-analysis-synthesis-teamwork, via critical engagement with lectures, readings, case studies, interactive exercises and the sharing of insights and experiences. Each participant is allocated to a tutor group, sometimes working in these small groups, at other times in larger groups.

The teaching
Lecturers, tutors and seminar leaders are drawn both from the Refugee Studies Centre and from outside institutions. They include research staff, academics and professionals from a number of disciplines and practices, including anthropology, politics, law, psychology, international relations, and social development.

The participants
Around 70-80 participants from all over the world study together, take part in group activities and produce independent presentations. Participants have the time and space to reflect on their own work and to benefit from the international mix and varied professional experience of other participants.

Language of instruction
All teaching and instructional materials are in English.

The details

In 2014 the dates are 7-25 July.

Fee TBC.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have as a minimum:

substantial experience in working with, or on issues related to, refugees or other forced migrants
a first degree as a minimum
proficiency in the English language. As a guide, foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of 7.00 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL.

How to apply
Please complete the online application form.

For more information, please visit:


Meridian International Center is a non-profit organization that promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. Established in 1960 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Meridian offers a wide array of outreach, exchange, and arts programs. We promote dialogue among people of all ages about global issues, connect professionals from different countries and enrich the cultural perspectives of audiences across the United States and abroad.

The GlobalConnect division was established in 2001 to pursue new business opportunities for the organization. The majority of our projects have involved the development and implementation of exchange programs for professionals and university and high-school students, sponsored by U.S. embassies around the world, USG agencies and private-sector firms. Our programs cover a wide array of issues. Some recent topics include US foreign policy, youth leadership, empowering women entrepreneurs, human rights, journalism training, women as political leaders, interfaith issues and the US election process. In addition, we continually develop grant proposals (solicited and unsolicited) for government agencies and foundations for projects in the coming year.


The Grants and Contracts Finance Specialist reports directly to the VP GlobalConnect. He/she works closely with Meridian finance staff, Global Connect Division directors, and project staff to ensure accurate financial reporting and compliance on a range of USG and private sector grants and contracts. He/she acts as primary advisor of compliance and financial matters for the GlobalConnect Division. The Grants and Contracts Specialist will provide cradle-to-grave management of assigned grants portfolio, including review of proposals, grant negotiation, award, compliance monitoring, administration and closeout.

He/she will also perform ad hoc duties as assigned by the VP of GlobalConnect.


Operational Support and Analysis

Work closely with Vice President, GlobalConnect to develop and maintain a grants management database on the Salesforce platform. Ensure that assigned fields of grants database are timely updated.

Work closely with the Vice President to ensure the smooth functioning of the division and handle special projects as assigned.

Provide support to efforts of project staff and Finance relating to monitoring compliance with agreement terms and conditions.

Review and recommend changes to operational policies and procedures for procurement and contracts/grants management, coordinate with Finance department to produce templates for contracts and grants and prepare instruction for internal use and in-house training.

Develop operational, procurement and record-keeping systems for efficient performance and audit records of USAID and State Department contracts and grants.

Coordinate with Program Accountant to investigate and resolve any accounting issues and ensure that properly documented adjustments are made to the general ledger.
Provide training, guidance, and technical assistance to program managers and finance staff on laws, regulations, and procedures. Ensure staff remains aware of, and assist with documentation of compliance with federal requirements and ORG's procedures for government grant administration.

Collaborate with Finance department to develop analytical data for use in annual planning.

Sub-Award Management

Obtain required closeout information from grantees and otherwise facilitate grant closeout process.

Monitor sub-awardees for deliverables, invoices, compliance with regulations, as well as terms and conditions.

Assist with negotiating agreements with subcontractors/subrecipients and consultants in response to project needs, providing logistical support and follow up.


Review grant awards, agreements and amendments ensuring consistency and accuracy between budgets and statements of work. Compare award with proposal to ensure consistency and accuracy between the proposal and the award document.

Review proposal budgets and prepare Representations & Certifications for proposals in response to RFA's & RFP's and other solicitation documents.

Monitor submission of required financial and narrative reports for programs; review submitted reports and follow-up with program staff, as needed.

Track outstanding requests, pending award documents, amendments and various other issues and follow up with staff and sponsors when necessary.



Undergraduate degree and 3-5 years of progressively responsible administrative experience.

Minimum two years of successful experience in Department of State and USAID grants and contracts administration or project administration, preferred. Experience with non-federal contracts and grants helpful.

Current knowledge of applicable U.S. Federal government circulars (OMB Circulars A-110, A-122 and A-133), state and local regulations, and of meaning of standard contract clauses.

Strong computer skills with experience working with database programs, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Salesforce experience preferred.

Demonstrated experience using accounting and financial reporting systems.
Proven ability to organize priorities, meet deadlines, and manage peak periods of activity while maintaining related paper records.
Must be able to coach and work collaboratively with others.
Excellent written and analytical/problem solving skills as well as interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong organizational skills for managing and coordinating a variety of tasks simultaneously.

Contact Details

Gretchen Ehle

Application Instructions

Please send a current resume and coverletter, including salary requirements and availability, to Please include "Grants and Contract Specialist" in the subject line of the email. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Conference Social Exclusion in India on Oct 30

The Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice would like to cordially invite you to the conference "Social Exclusion and the Problem of Dalits in India" by Professor Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research on Wednesday October 30th 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 25 at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Professor Thorat is a leading scholar in the area of social inclusion/exclusion, one of the first Dalit academics of his kind, who will discuss the causes and consequences of social exclusion in India.

Please register for the event here:

For more information, please visit:

Monday Oct 28: Prof. Sarah Parkinson speaking at Minnesota International Relations Colloqium

We are pleased to announce that on Monday, October 28th, Dr. Sarah Parkinson of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will be speaking at MIRC. The talk will be held at 1:30 PM in 1314 Social Sciences. Parkinson_Poster_10.28.13.pdf

Dr. Parkinson will be presenting a talk entitled "The Old Guard and the Die Hards: Generational Effects, Money, and Cohesion in Militant Organizations." An abstract for the talk can be found below, and a copy of the event poster is attached. If you would like to read a hard copy of the paper prior to the talk, copies are available in 1414 Social Sciences, outside of 1208 Social Sciences, and outside of 245 Humphrey.


How does access to external funding affect militant organizations' structures and behaviors? Recent events in the Middle East have spurred extensive debate over the impact of providing financial support and non-lethal aid to insurgencies in countries such as Libya and Syria. These deliberations not only force scholars to examine the causes and geopolitical consequences of economic intervention in civil war, but also to study the relationship between rebel finance and militants' long-term adaptive trajectories. Drawing on over nine months of organizational ethnography among Fateh cadres in Lebanon, this paper argues the ways that militants talk about money provide key insights into their conceptualization of organizational membership and into their reflexivity as political and social actors. I demonstrate that in Fateh, money-centered discourse--specifically, money talk transmitted through rumors, complaints, and jokes--flows across gender, age, family, and subunit divisions and produce different organizational "generations" depending on time of recruitment. This paper thus challenges extant research on the economics of rebellion by examining non-material aspects of finance and by connecting money talk to militant behavior.

Oct 31 The Politics of Representation: Genocide, Mass Violence & Atrocities in the Media

Holocaust, Genocide & Mass Violence Workshop
2013 Badzin Fellowship winner and PhD Sociology candidate Wahutu Siguru presents the next event in the series

Thursday, October 31st, 3:00 pm
710 Social Sciences, 267 19th Avenue South (U of M West Bank)

Wahutu Siguru's project takes a constructivist perspective on knowledge production in an attempt to explicate how knowledge about instances of mass violence, atrocities and genocide is produced and disseminated by the media. It begins from the understanding that representations are based on particular memory, social and knowledge structures leveraging multiple theories to investigate the effects of these on representations. This particular project is the first step towards a larger project that investigates differences and similarities in narratives about Rwanda and Darfur by the media in multiple countries within and outside of Africa.

Oct 31 "Vampires in Austria: The True Story Behind the Austrian Vampire Princess"

Center for Austrian Studies Lecture
"Vampires in Austria: The True Story Behind the Austrian Vampire Princess"
Rainer Köppl, Institute for Theatre, Film, and Media Studies, University of Vienna

Thursday, October 31, 2013
3:30 pm, 1210 Heller Hall

Please join the Center for Austrian Studies for a very special Halloween lecture.
Rainer Köppl's lecture explores the numerous historical connections between Austria before "The Sound of Music" and the "Vampire Hysteria" sweeping the world since the dawn of enlightenment. For more than a century scholars have been searching for real vampires who could have inspired Bram Stoker to write his bestselling Dracula. Whereas most of them have focused on Transylvania's Vlad "the Impaler," or the Hungarian "Blood Countess" Bathory, Rainer Köppl takes a close look at an Austrian "Vampire" Princess from the 18th century, when postmortem "lynching" by impaling "undead corpses" had become such a nuisance to the Habsburg Empire that Maria Theresa had to issue a law to forbid these uncanny rituals which frequently led to riots.

Costumes encouraged; spooky snacks will be served.

Dr. Rainer M. Köppl is a tenured professor at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is the 2013-2014 Fulbright visiting professor in the Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota.

Nov 13 event with CTI: What will it take to end global hunger?

What will it take to end global hunger? How reducing postharvest losses could be
the answer to feeding our growing world CTI post harvest seminar.pdf

November 13, 5:00 - 6:30pm
At the Agronomy Seminar Room, 308 Borlaug Hall, UMN St. Paul Campus

15-50% of food grown in the developing world is lost postharvest, when farmers must process, store, and transport their crops with few resources and only rudimentary tools. Postharvest losses aggravate hunger and have enormous economic costs, but until recently, the issue of postharvest loss hasn't played a big part in agricultural investment or development strategies.

Dr. Vernon Cardwell, Professor Emeritus from the University of Minnesota, will lead a dscussion on the causes and implications of postharvest losses, as well as innovative solutions that can prevent losses and strengthen food security in the developing world and beyond.

Nov 15 Workshop for Chinese Culture & Language for Business & Education

November 15
Workshop for Chinese Culture and Language for Business and Education Abroad is half-day cross-cultural training sessions focused on communications in business settings, negotiating, hosting guests, and networking. This workshop is designed for University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff who plan to study in or travel to China in 2014. It is a collaboration bewteen CIBER, the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, and the China Center. Learn more about this workshop online

Nov 20: 2013 Dialogue for Peace | Social Media: War or Peace in 140 Characters

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Social Media: The Basics: 6:30 pm
Panel Discussion: 7:30 pm

Norway House | Minnesota Peace Initiative
Dialogue for Peace Panel Discussion

McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN
(East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota)

Cost: Free to the public Reservations required

Nov 1 "Local Human Rights NGOs (LHROs) in the Global South: Findings from Mumbai"

RSVPs to lnoble(at)

"Local Human Rights NGOs (LHROs) in the Global South: Findings from Mumbai"
Archana Pandya, Project Manager, Researcher & Hubert Fellow

Friday, November 1, 2013 9:00 - 11:00 am Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Stassen Room (170 HHH)

PA 5890 Topics in Foreign Policy: Human Rights and Development

LHROs play a fundamental role in promoting human rights in the developing world and are thus key components of the international human rights infrastructure. Yet, very few studies have focused on these organizations let alone their legitimacy and sustainability. Prof James Ron's research collaborator and Hubert Fellow, Archana Pandya, will shed light on the LHRO community in Mumbai, India. Drawing on data collected in Mumbai between 2010 and 2012, Archana will present findings on how LHROs are perceived by the general population, how they sustain themselves, and what relationships they have with other local actors.

Archana Pandya is a multilingual project manager and research consultant. She is also a Hubert Fellow at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs and the managing editor of openGlobalRights, a new multilingual online forum on human rights. Since 2010, Archana has conducted surveys of rights-based organizations in Mumbai and Mexico City and coordinated Human Rights Perception Polls in India and Morocco for Prof. Ron. She is now overseeing as well as conducting some of the data analysis and is developing e-cases for teaching non-profit studies with the Hubert Project at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Archana holds a BA from the University of Ottawa, and an MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, in Canada.

Light refreshments will be served.

Scholarships for US students to study in China

Greetings! I would like to seek your help promoting our scholarships available for American students to study abroad in China and for newly arrived Chinese students at UMN.

Hsiao Scholarship
Red Pocket Scholarship
China West Scholarship
Min (Amy) Xu and Michael Schumann Scholarship

Please feel free to forward it to your students who may be qualified. The deadline for 2014 winter break/spring is now extended to November 1, 2013. The awards vary from $500 - $1000. Students can find more info and download the application form here:


Mandy Xue Bai
Assistant Director, China Center
Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
University of Minnesota
331 17th Ave SE Minneapolis MN 55414
T: +1 612.626.2287
F: +1 612.625.0045
E: bai(at)