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REMINDER: Deadline is Extended! Call for Submission for Student Speakers for April 4 Conference

Hope everyone is having a relaxing and/or productive spring break! We just want to remind you that submissions for our Student Speaker Conference are due Wednesday March 26. Guidelines are attached and reprinted below!

** IPID Call for Speakers **
Want to present your research in a conference of your peers?
Spring 2014 Biannual Student Speaker Series
Working Across Differences Towards a Common Goal
(Integrative Leadership In International Development)

Submission Deadline has been extended to Wednesday March 26th, 2014

Event Date: Friday April 4th @ Walter Library Rm 101 (3:30-7:30pm)
Contact: Rachel Herr-Hoyman (herrh110(at)

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID), together with the Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL), is hosting our biannual student speaker series. We are looking for papers from graduate students across the University of Minnesota to be selected for IPID's Spring 2014 Student Speaker Conference.

This semester the theme is Working Across Differences Towards a Common Goal. This can include public-private partnerships, social enterprise, cross-sectoral collaboration, conflict resolution or any other form of interdisciplinary work in the field of international development. This type of engagement falls under the broad theme of integrative leadership.

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

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

The deadline to submit your abstract and bio is WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26TH, 2014. Please send these (500 word limit for the abstract) to Rachel Herr-Hoyman ( by the due date and feel free to contact me with any questions.

NOTE: all selected student speakers have the opportunity to submit a full paper by May 16th, 2014 to the Center for Integrative Leadership for selection for the Integrative Leadership paper award, to learn more please visit Also note that students can also engage with the eJournal, Reconsidering Development. For more information regarding both opportunities please see the attached Speaker Selection Criteria.

David Davies-Deis
Candidate, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, 2014
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

China 100 Symposium & 13th Annual Bob & Kim Griffin "Building US-China Bridges Lecture""

Greetings! It was great to see many of you at the meeting on Chinese New Year and at the opening of the China 100 exhibit. The China Center is busy with preparations for the upcoming China 100 Symposium and the Bob and Kim Griffin Building Bridges Lecture on April 22nd. Please see the links below for more detailed information.

"The China 100 Symposium: U, Minnesota and China Looking Forward to the Next Century" at McNamara Alumni Center (Twin Cities Campus) on April 22, 2014 will be a half-day conference to discuss the U and Minnesota's future collaboration with China. RSVP online:

The 13th annual Bob and Kim Griffin "Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture" - welcomes former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman (洪博培) as the keynote speaker. President Eric Kaler will also give a congratulation remark. RSVP online:

After the Griffin lecture, the day will conclude with the "China 100 Dinner." Ambassador Huntsman will join us for a short social reception and then dinner. This is an invitation-only event and we are asking companies, departments and individuals to consider sponsoring a table (eight people). I encourage you to sponsor a table and support the China 100 events and the China Center. Space is limited and the price per table is $1,000.

Please consider who in your department, company or perhaps your alumni would enjoy joining us for this dinner. I look forward to hearing from you. I am attaching a program draft and the sponsorship form for the dinner. In the weeks leading up to the events please share the links for the China 100 Symposium and the Griffin Lecture with your colleagues, students and friends.

University of Minnesota - China Center
160 University International Center
331 17th Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tel: 612-624-1002
Fax: 612-625-0045

International One Medicine, One Science conference

You won't want to miss the International One Medicine One Science Conference in Minneapolis in late April. This conference features a distinguished roster of presenters.

Andrew Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher, who is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel's hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, and his new series, Bizarre Foods America, he travels the globe, exploring food in from world class restaurants to street carts and jungle markets. He views his work as discovering and sharing the authentic experience as a way to interpret the way we live our lives so we can make better choices for our future.

At the this One Medicine, One Science conference Zimmern will be speaking on the topic of "The Anthropology of Food: Consequences for Humans, Animals and the Environment."

Hurry, early registration ends Wednesday, March 26 and seats are going fast! Register now.

Mar 27 China 100 Lecture by HHH alum Patrick Mendis

Greetings from the China Center! We know that your summer study abroad trips to China are just around the corner and we thought you might be interested in attending, and encouraging your students to attend, a lecture by Dr. Patrick Mendis about his latest book "Peaceful War" in University International Center Room 101 on March 27.

Also, we'd appreciate help promoting this event to any of your contacts who may be interested.

Here's the link to RSVP; the flyer attached contains all relevant information about the lecture.

Chelsea Keeney
University of Minnesota - China Center
160 University International Center
331 17th Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tel: 612-624-1002
Fax: 612-625-0045

Mar 25 Thomas Schimidinger speaking on "Rojava: 2nd Kurdish Para-state in the Shadow of Syria's Civil War"

"Rojava: Second Kurdish Para-state in Shadow of Syria's Civil War" by Dr. Schimidinger

Day: 03/25/2014
Time:4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Place: 710 Social Sciences
Cost: Free

Please join the Center for Austrian Studies for a lecture given by Thomas Schimidinger entitled, "Rojava: The Second Kurdish Para-state in the Shadow of Syria's Civil War."
Kurds faced decades of political repression and economic marginalization under the rule of the Syrian Baath-Party. The civil war in Syria gave them the opportunity to take over most of the territories of Syrian-Kurdistan in 2012. However, the civil war also reached Kurdistan. Kurdish fighters were involved in clashes with Jihadist forces, militias of the FSA and the armed forces of the regime as well. And the highly fragmented political landscape of the rival Kurdish parties is far from united.

Political Scientist Thomas Schmidinger traveled to Syrian-Kurdistan (Rojava) in 2013 and 2014 to research the political and humanitarian situation of the Kurds in Syria. His lecture will give an outline of the history and present situation of Kurds in Syria and their role in the fight for Syria. Thomas Schmidinger is a lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University for Applied Science in Vorarlberg. He is secretary general of the Austrian Association for Kurdish Studies. In 2010-2011 he was the BMWF Research Fellow at the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Disability Options:
To request disability accommodations, please contact the Center for Austrian Studies at 612-624-9007.

2015-2016 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition is Now Open

Application Deadline: August 1, 2014

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2015-2016 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Fulbright has introduced several innovations to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals.

Other highlights from nearly 600 awards offered in this year's program include:

The Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art
The Fulbright-Terra Foundation award provides U.S. Scholars the opportunity to teach and guest lecture on American art history prior to 1980 at the undergraduate or graduate level in China and select European Union (E.U.) countries. Fulbright-Terra Foundation Scholars to the E.U. will also have the opportunity to conduct research while on their grant. Proposed coursework and methodology should be designed to increase awareness about American art to the next generation of art history teachers and scholars and to inspire university administrators, faculty and students to build their institutional capacity for curriculum and research mentoring on American art history.

Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Award in Public Health
Fulbright-Fogarty U.S. Scholar grants have been newly established to promote post-doctoral research in public health in resource-limited settings. Grants support projects at sites affiliated with the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, across eight countries: Bangladesh, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Peru, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Fulbright-Coach Award in Fashion and Design
The Fulbright-Coach Award is funded in cooperation with the world-renowned design house Coach. The selected scholar would spend a semester working with Master's students in the Communication in Fashion and Beauty program at CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain.

New Countries Offering Awards
After a 10-year hiatus, the U.S. Scholar Fulbright program is reopening in Belize, the Bahamas, and Guyana. The Bahamas has a strong academic community with a healthy appetite for new and cutting-edge research. Applicants interested in a teaching or teaching/research grant to Belize will find themselves in high demand for their expertise in a country that abounds with natural wonders. Guyana is eager to benefit from curriculum development, knowledge exchange, and research collaboration.

Regional Highlights
For an overview of Fulbright Scholar opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe-Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere visit the interactive map on new Fulbright Scholar Program website.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2014. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions, please visit our website.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit

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Program Officer for the Academy for International Conflict Management & Peacebuilding, USIP (Was, DC)

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent quasi-federal institution established and funded by the U.S. Congress to:

Prevent and resolve violent international conflict;
Promote post-conflict stability and development;
Increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital.

The Institute accomplishes its mission through direct engagement in peacebuilding efforts around the world, and by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources.


The Program Officer for the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding will design and implement countering violent extremism (CVE) courses focusing on alternative messaging and engaging civil society actors. The Program Officer will cooperate with the existing Academy team to develop curriculum, organize professional expertise meetings, and support the Academy's efforts on international projects related to countering violent extremism.

The Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding is the education and training center of USIP. The Academy is a leader in the field of professional education and training for practitioners in conflict management. Established in 2009, the Academy provides practitioner-oriented education, training, and resources via facilities at USIP's Washington headquarters, mobile training in conflict zones, and online distance education and training.


Collaborating with national and international organization on countering violent extremism (CVE).
Collaborating with CVE experts with USIP units and the CVE working group.
Lead training seminars with colleagues relating to CVE.
Conduct research and write for various publications of articles and papers.
Provide monitoring and evaluations of the courses.
Supervise the development of curricular materials and course development in the particular topic.
Requires extended travel overseas.
Provide reports and summaries to the program and Academy leadership, most especially the Vice President.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to
A doctorate is preferred and extensive field experience is expected.
5+ years of demonstrated experience in preventing and/or countering violent extremism field.
In-depth knowledge of preventing/countering violent extremism, counter-terrorism, conflict studies and peacebuilding fields.
Experience with engaging civil society members creatively which prevent and counter extremist violence.
Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
Excellent administrative skills are required and strong qualities in working with teams.
Proficiency in relevant foreign language is desirable.
All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

1. Cover letter

2. Resume

3. List of references

If a link does not appear on your screen to "Complete your Application", please go to to submit your cover letter and resume.

If you are having problems submitting your online application, please email support(at) This email is for technical difficulties only.

For questions about this position please email Cheryl Saferstein at csaferstein(at) Please do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Due to the high volume of applicants, only those candidates that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Click Here to Complete Your Application

Cross-posted from USIP: and from PCDN

Program Officer

Department: Academy
Requisition ID: 159284
Employment Status:
FTT - Full-Time Term
FLSA Status: Exempt
City, State and/or Region
Washington, DC

Development Project Management Institute

The Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) is a professional certificate program for those seeking training for careers in humanitarian relief, emergency response, poverty alleviation, and long-term community development. Application Deadline for both locations: April 1, 2014

It is comprised of 3 modules: (1) Managing Development Projects, (2) Strategic Partnership and Social Entrepreneurship, and (3) Facilitation and Participatory Development. DPMI uses a cross-sector approach, taking best practices from the development field and combining these tools with successful concepts drawn from the private sector.

DPMI instructors include Dr. Beryl Levinger, Chair of the Public Administration Program at Monterey Institute of International Studies, Dr. Evan Bloom, co-founder of Root Change, and Dr. Seth Pollack, Director of the Service Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay.

DPMI is open to development professionals, career-changers, graduate students, and a limited number of gifted undergraduates. Participants will join an elite network of like-minded professionals, learn management and facilitation skills, how to create strategic partnerships, gain Monterey Institute alumni status, and benefit from over 100 years of combined experience from our faculty.


Monterey, CA - May 19-June 6, 2014
Washington, D.C. - May 26-June 13, 2014

For more information or to apply, please visit or email dpmi(at)

Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Summer/Fall Policy Internship Announcement, Policy Intern, Alliance for Peacebuilding, DC

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is seeking a part-time Policy Intern for summer (and preferably fall) 2014 to work at the intersection of the international peacebuilding field and US policy-making processes in Washington. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the peacebuilding field at the policy level, with broad exposure to a wide variety of civil society organizations, government and military partners, and representatives from fields closely related to peacebuilding. The Policy Intern will engage with AfP's network of partners both overseas and in Washington, learn about all of the latest news, events, jobs and research going on in the peacebuilding field, and will represent AfP at important events. The Alliance for Peacebuilding is a membership-based network of nearly eighty organizations and hundreds of professionals devoted to building sustainable peace and security worldwide. AfP's Policymaker Engagement program brings the voices of local civil society overseas and the expertise of the peacebuilding field to key policy-shaping conversations in Washington. For more information, visit our Policymaker Engagement program page.


The Policy Intern will work directly with the Senior Program Manager for Policy to help coordinate meetings, plan events, research issues related to peacebuilding and U.S. policy, manage online communications, and provide general staff support on a range of projects. The ideal candidate will be a pro-active problem-solver and help shape the substance of AfP's policy programs, not just implement assignments. This is a part-time (20-25 hrs/week) unpaid internship based in Washington, and will accommodate a flexible schedule. The internship will begin in late May/early June and preferably end in mid-December. Preference will be given to candidates available through the fall term, but strong applicants only available during summer months may also apply. Please indicate your availability in your application.


Bachelors or Masters degree in a relevant field ● Experience working in the U.S. government or the Washington policy field strongly preferred ● Ability to absorb new information quickly and problem-solve according to program goals ● Resilience to manage multiple fast-paced assignments ● Strong research and academic skills, including writing ● International experience a strong plus ● ICT skills a plus ● Commitment to peacebuilding values

Application Process:

Please send to humanresources(at) a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references; ATTN: John Filson, Senior Program Manager for Policy. Files should be labeled "Last Name, First Name - Cover Letter" (i.e. Smith, Jane - Resume). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline to apply is COB, Friday, April 11. The position will be filled when a well-qualified candidate is identified.

crossposted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. The Alliance for Peacebuilding is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. AfP does not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, race, or persons with disabilities.

Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute

Calling all peacebuilders and peace advocates from all walks of life!

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) is now accepting applicants for its 15th Annual Peacebuilding Training which will be begin on May 12, 2014, in Davao City, Philippines.

MPI is an Asian Training Institute that brings together a wide range of people with experience, knowledge and skills in peace-related work from across the Asia-Pacific Region and other parts of the world. For over 14 years, MPI has trained 1,753 peacebuilders coming from more than 42 countries.

Now is your chance to be part of our growing network.

Share, learn, and enhance your knowledge and skills in courses that explore major themes and cutting-edge debates in conflict transformation, peace education, active non-violence, interfaith dialogue, restorative justice, and gender and peace. These intensive courses are taught by a distinguished roster of facilitators from Asia-Pacific and other countries. You may choose to enroll for one, two or three weeks.

For MPI 2014, we are offering three new courses - From Understanding to Action: Theories and Tools for Designing Effective Peace and Development Interventions in Fragile and Unpredictable Situations; Conflict Sensitive Economic Governance: Peace-Enabling Approaches in Complex and Fragile Contexts; and Resource-Based Conflict: Indigenous People's Perspectives and Approaches (Field-Based Course).

The deadline for the receipt of applications is on March 31, 2014.

To top it all, take the opportunity to experience the multi-cultural people and captivating nature of Davao City!

For more information on the courses, trainers, application and fees, please follow this link

crossposted from PCDN

Georgetown University: Short Courses in International Program Evaluation

Georgetown University is offering three short courses in international program evaluation this summer. These professional development courses are open to the public and held in Washington, DC.

Advanced Techniques in International Program Evaluation (4 days)
Cost/Benefit Analysis (3 days)
International Program Evaluation for Managers (2 days)
Register before April 21 and get an early-bird discount.

crossposted from PCDN

Summer Apartments available at University Village from May-July, 31st

University Village apartment is a 5 minute bus ride and 20 minute walking distance from the Humphrey School (2515 University Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414). Additionally, they offer below-market rental rates for international fellows and scholars, competitive rates for others. Please contact Nkayo Drepaul (ndrepaul(at) for rent rates.

The apartment has unlimited heat, air conditioning, water, gas, sewer, electric, high speed internet and washer/dryer in-unit. On site they have a fitness center, tanning room, community room, indoor bike storage, and study room - all this is covered in your rent. They also have parking available in their indoor heated garage for an additional $75 per month.

Apartments are provided with some of the basic essential furniture and kitchen utensils.

The UMN Village apartments are run by a non-profit organization called J.A. Wedum Foundation (

Mar 29 documentary on urban housing issues in Quebec, Morocco, France

The Consulate General of Canada is hosting a new French-Canadian documentary called Bidonville about urban housing issues (slums/shantytowns) in various places around the world including Quebec, France and Morocco.

The event is Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Main theater.

The screening is free. For more information visit:

Mar 29 documentary on urban housing issues in Quebec, Morocco, France

The Consulate General of Canada is hosting a new French-Canadian documentary called Bidonville about urban housing issues (slums/shantytowns) in various places around the world including Quebec, France and Morocco.

The event is Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Main theater.

The screening is free. For more information visit:

March 27 Brazilian Truth Commission: Is It Time to 'Reframe' the Gross Human Rights Violations?

Brazilian Truth Commission: Is It Time to 'Reframe' the Gross Human Rights Violations?
Reframing Mass Violence presentation by Glenda Mezarobba
Thursday, March 27, 3 p.m., 1-109 Hanson Hall

March 27 CPC presents Prof. August Nimtz on Lenin's electoral strategy

The Comparative Politics Colloquium is is excited to present our own Prof. August Nimtz on Thursday, March 27 at 12:30 in Lippincott, Social Sciences Bldg. Professor Nimtz will present on his recently-released two-volume book, Lenin's Electoral Strategy from Marx and Engels through the Revolution of 1905: 'The Ballot' or 'the Streets'--or Both; and, Lenin's Electoral Strategy from 1907 to the October Revolution of 1917: 'The Ballot' or 'the Streets'--or Both. Prof. Nimtz's work serves a critical response to two influential arguments in the literature--Skocpol's claim that strategy, tactics and leadership are inconsequential in explaining social revolutions, and Przeworski's claim that working class involvement in the electoral/parliamentary process is inevitably compromising, leading to reformist outcomes.

The preface and introductory chapter from the first book are attached. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, and lunch will be provided.Nimtz - Lenin-Chapter 1.pdf

Nimtz - Lenin-Preface Vol. 1.pdf

Mar 27: The Politics of Foreign & Humanitarian Aid to Child Refugees, 1945-1960

Objects to be protected, not subjects with rights: examining the appropriation of the CRC and ACRWC in Ugandan policy and Constructing America's Global Responsibility to Give: The Politics of Foreign & Humanitarian Aid to Child Refugees, 1945-1960

Childhood and Youth Studies presentations by Elisabeth Lefebvre and Sharon Park
Thursday, March 27, 1:30 p.m., 235 Nolte Center

UMN grad students "Tell us Your Sustainability Story" deadline extended to Mar 24

Calls for Proposals
Graduate, professional, and undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota: Have you worked on a project, report, or research related to sustainability? Share your work at the 2014 Sustainability Symposium on April 11 for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. This year's theme, "Tell us Your Sustainability Story," encourages you to communicate your story in terms relatable to the broader University community. The symposium is open to all undergraduate, graduate, professional and postdoctoral students. Submissions can be made in three categories: poster, lightening talk, or art/multi-media work. Complete information and instructions are available here; abstracts are due March 24, 2014 (new extended deadline).