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Arab Spring- What's Happening Now?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
McNamara Alumni Center - University of Minnesota

Cost - Free
Registration required, space is limited
Box dinners can be pre-ordered

6pm - Peace Organization Expo

Discover and connect with non-profit organizations that encourage people to take individual and collective action through volunteer and support opportunities.

7:30pm - Forum
Join in the discussion about how the Arab Spring has impacted the Middle East and what it means for all of us.

Featured Speaker:
Rolf Willy Hansen - Norwegian Ambassador to Syria

Meredith McQuaid - Global Programs and GPS Alliance - University of Minnesota

Professor Ragui Assaad - Humphrey School of Public Affairs - University of Minnesota
Hannah Allam - National Correspondent - McClatchy Newspapers

Special Message:
Samuel L. Kaplan - U.S. Ambassador to Morocco

Click on the link below to register.
Register Now!

Norway House | Minnesota Peace Initiative
Royal Norwegian Consulate General - Upper Midwest
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Minnesota International NGO Network
Minnesota International Center
Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights - US Foundation
Sons of Norway

Norway House | Minnesota Peace Initiative

Careers in Global Development, free online course through iTunes

By CSIS Center for Strategic and International Studies

Course Description
For students and young professionals interested in working in international development, "Careers in Global Development" collects insights from senior-level U.S. government, multilateral, and NGO officials who have worked in the field for over twenty years.

Each session provides access to a short podcast and a one-hour discussion with practitioners about current issues in development, their career experiences, and questions from the moderator and participants. Topics range from Africa to the Middle East, conflict to democracy and governance. Supporting materials explore the role of humanitarian assistance and development in U.S. foreign policy.

"Careers in Development" is hosted by the CSIS Project on U.S. Leadership in Development. For more information, please visit or

Oct 26: "Human Rights Diplomacy & the Emerging Powers: The Impact of the IBSATI Countries"

Peggy Hicks, Global Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
Friday, October 26, 4pm
Johnson Great Room
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Emerging powers in the Global South are gaining an increasingly important role in policy-making at the United Nations and beyond. While countries like India, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey and Indonesia talk a good game about their role as leading democracies, their actions in human rights diplomacy have been frequently disappointing and sometimes downright unhelpful. What can we expect from these states in the future, and how can a more progressive human rights foreign policy among the emerging powers be encouraged?

A short reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Event & webcast Oct 23: "Upcycling Plastic Bags for International Relief, Aid, Health & Development"

Tuesday, October 23
(Noon-1:15 pm, Niels Hasselmo Hall 2-110
Next to Coffman Union, one level below entrance)
From Waste to Wares:
Upcycling Plastic Bags for International Relief, Aid, Health and Development

Kimberly Golinskiy, MLS

Pizza at noon; introductions at 12:10

Webcast via UMConnect URL:
(Join via Guest box; ask a question via Chat box)
Sponsored by Program in Human Rights and Health

Global Policy Workshop/Seminar - Chandy John - October 23 - A Reminder

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday. The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School

Nov 6 - Orn Bodvarsson on Rich Country Immigration Policy
Nov 20 - Lalith Samarakoon on the European Financial Crisis
December 4 - Daniel Sokol on Chinese Merger Control

Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy
Professor Chandy John, Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Minnesota
will speak on:

Global Health and Public Policy

12:45 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 23
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

The University of Minnesota is home to internationally recognized researchers and experts in public policy. However, the two groups rarely engage each other. In this talk, Dr. John will discuss some ideas about how research done at the university in global health might be better linked to public policy. Specifically, he'll discuss some of the findings from his research in malaria, and the gap he perceives between findings in research and their incorporation into public health and social policies. The talk and examples are designed to be a springboard for very active discussion and potentially future work in this area.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

Prof. Fennelly teaching Intercultural Communication, spring 2013

*NEW THIS SPRING: Web-based course (with two face-to-face workshops) on
Intercultural Competence*

*Brief Description

* *Courses and experiences that enhance students' abilities to work and interact effectively with diverse populations are essential components of graduate programs in public affairs. They are at the heart of PA 5920 (003), "Intercultural Competence", a course for graduate students and international fellows. The course design engages participants in analyzing readings, films and exchanges with classmates, as well as
researching their own ancestries, and learning to apply skills in intercultural competence to organizational and personal assessments.

The class is primarily web-based, with research, reading, and web interactions with classmates and the instructor. We will meet face-to-face twice during the semester for day-long workshops: once on Feb 15, 2013, and again on April 26, 2013. The first workshop engages students in an investigation of your own ancestries, or--for international students-- the ancestry of someone who shares your national origin. To do this we will work with archives at the Immigration History Research Center at the U of
M. At the end of the day we will have a reception for course participants.

The April workshop will be a visit and analysis of the role of cross-cultural communication in facilitating or impeding community development projects. For this we will spend the day at Mid-town Global Market in Minneapolis, listening to a panel of experts, having lunch, and interviewing immigrant entrepreneurs who own businesses at the market.

Katherine Fennelly
University of Minnesota
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Room 261, 301 19th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
tel: 612-625-6685

Oct 25: "Los hombres que dispararon en los quioscos: los autores de la novela popular en España"

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies presents:
"Los hombres que dispararon en los quioscos: los autores de la novela popular en España"
A talk in Spanish by Javier Pérez Andújar, Spanish author and critic

Thursday, October 25, 2012 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
116 Folwell Hall
Free and open to the public t Light refreshments served

In this talk, Javier Pérez Andújar will explain the history and development of one of the main literary expressions of mass culture in contemporary Spain: the "novela de quiosco" (similar to so-called "pulp fiction" in English).

Pérez Andújar will trace the relations of this kind of literature to broader cultural and social trends, highlighting the differences among its many sub-genres (such as westerns, war tales, science fiction, thrillers, and sentimental fiction), and their different ways of engaging with changing socio-historical realities over time.

Javier Pérez Andújar (Sant Adrià de Besòs, 1965) is the author of the novels Los principes valientes (2007), Todo lo que se llevó el diablo (2010) and Paseos con mi madre (2011). He has also written the non-fiction works Catalanes todos; las 15 visitas de Franco a Cataluña (2002) and Salvador Dalí: A la conquista de lo irracional (2003) and edited the anthologies of fantastic short stories Vosotros los que leéis aún estáis entre los vivos (2005) and La vida no vale nada (2008). He currently writes literary articles and short stories for the Catalan edition of El País and contributes to L'hora del lector, a Catalan television literary program.

Sponsored by: Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance

Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
University of Minnesota
9 Pleasant St. SE, 214 Folwell Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455


AFSA Luncheon Nov 21, talk on Minnesota's Trade

Invites you to a luncheon meeting with

Ed Dieter, Interim Director, Minnesota Trade Office:

Minnesota's Trade: Where in the World Is It going?

Wednesday, November 21
12 Noon - Luncheon

12:40-1:45 PM, Director Dieter, and time for questions and comments

Town and Country Club, 300 Mississippi River Blvd. North, St. Paul, located immediately on the St. Paul side of the Marshall-Lake Avenue Bridge

Ed Dieter is the Interim Executive Director of the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO). Having
joined the MTO in September of 2008, Ed is on the steering committee member of the
Minnesota-China Partnership and Minnesota‐India Alliance initiatives, develops curriculum and conducts export and international business education seminars, provides international consulting services, and directs the trade assistance team to help Minnesota companies export their product or service overseas.

Prior to the MTO, Ed brings 30 years of experience in information technology, having
worked for the Dakota County Department of Information Technology, for hardware
manufacturers Computer Network Technology (CNT) and Xiotech, and software
developers Applied Data Research (ADR) and Axonom.


After many years of not raising our luncheon charge, we now do need to raise it to $30 to cover food and our modest organizational expenses. Students are welcome at a reduced price of $15. Preferred method of registration is to mail your check made out to AFSA to Molly Harris, 4 Cardinal Lane, North Oaks. MN 55127. You may also e-mail your registration to pogopen(at) or call 651-483-4692.

This program continues our 2012 series of Frank B. Kellogg lectures honoring the only Minnesotan to have risen to the position of Secretary of State. It is also co-sponsored by the Minnesota International Center, the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, and the United Nations Association of Minnesota.

Humphrey Fellows' Cultural Presentations in November, at UMN Law School

The University of Minnesota Law School's Humphrey Fellow Program
Cordially Invites You To:
The Humphrey Fellows' Cultural Presentations

In this series, each Fellow will give a brief presentation on aspects of life, culture and contemporary issues of importance in his/her home country. There will also be time for questions and conversation with the Fellows.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012 (5:30 - 8:30 P.M.)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012 (3:00 - 6:00 P.M.)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2012 (6:30 - 8:30 P.M.)

Dialogue for Peace: Arab Spring. What Happens Next?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012- 6 - 9:30pm
McNamara Alumni Center - University of Minnesota

Norway House | Minnesota Peace Initiative presents
Featured Speaker - Rolf Willy Hansen, Norwegian Ambassador to Syria

MINN is pleased to enter into a partnership with the Norway House and its now annual Dialogue for Peace, for the second year in a row. You are invited to participate in "Arab Spring. What Happens Next?", which includes a presentation by featured speaker, Rol Willy Hansen who is the Norwegian Ambassador to Syria, who will speak to his experience in Syria. Join the conversation in the panel discussion spotlighting the Arab Spring and its significant in global relations.

For more info., and to register for this event, click here.

"Social Entrepreneurship: A Solution to Development Sustainability," a panel discussion with MINN

Thursday, November 15 at the African Development Center of Minnesota from 5:30-7

Join Minnesota International NGO Network for a panel discussion on how alternative business models, such as impact investing, can lead to high-impact, sustainable results for poor populations in developing countries. Moderated by Jon Halverson, Vice President at Land O'Lakes International Development, we'll be joined by three all-star panelists.

Spectra Myers of Ashoka Twin Cities/Youth Ventures
Beth Parkhill of Mentor Planet
Fred Rose of the Acara Institute

The event takes place Thursday, November 15 at the African Development Center of Minnesota. Register today by clicking here.

MINN Accepting applications for board membership

Are you interested in getting more involved with Minnesota International NGO Network? Do you have experience in organizational development, fundraising, and/or do you have an enthusaiastic personality? MINN is currently seeking new board members for the 2013 year. Commitment is approximately four hours each month, plus attendance at quarterly board meetings and a retreat.

Please send your CV and letter of inerest with the following information to by October 15th.
·Why do you want to be on the MINN board?
What specific skills and experiences do you think would be most beneficial to the MINN board?
What do you hope to contribute to MINN? What role do you hope to play in the MINN board?
Have you been involved in MINN? If so, please explain.
Please briefly explain previous board experience and the role you played
Please email us with your application or questions at

MINN Global Potluck

Minnesota's International NGO Network is hosting a global potluck on Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us at the Woodlake Nature Center on Sunday November 4th - we'll toast the time change, Dia de los Muertos, Liberian Thanksgiving, and other global holidays from 5:00 - 7:00pm.

Location: 6710 Lake Shore Drive
Richfield, MN 55423

Cost: $5 person; $10 family - Click here to register!

MINN will provide some main dishes (Mexican food), and we ask that you bring one of the following, based on the first letter of your last name:

A - H: a salad or side dish
I - Q: beverages
R - Z: dessert

Of course, if you have a recipe from another culture that you'd like to prepare and serve, that would be welcome too!

We'd love to know by Sunday, October 28th if you can make it - while we don't want to turn anyone away, having a headcount beforehand will help us know how much food to order. We also ask that you bring some plates and serving spoons, if possible - since we will be at a Nature Center, it would be great to conserve as much as we can!

This is a great event for families, students, young professionals, and anyone else who wants to learn more about MINN. We hope to see you there!

Regimes of International Giving: The Politics of Public and Private Foreign Assistance in Britain

Monday, Oct 22
3:30-5pm in the Lippincott Room, Social Sciences building 1383

Minnesota International Relations Colloquium is pleased to host one of our very own, Ralitsa Donkova, who will give a practice job talk entitled "Regimes of International Giving: The Politics of Public and Private Foreign Assistance in Britain."

Ralitsa Donkova is a Ph.D. candidate in IR and comparative politics, and works on the relationship between public and private foreign assistance in the United States, Britain and Sweden.

MIRC will be held from 3:30-5pm in the Lippincott Room, Social Sciences building 1383.

As usual, coffee, cookies and beverages will be served. All are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Advocates for Human Rights survey on diaspora communities

The Advocates for Human Rights is working on a project with diaspora communities. As part of this project, they are conducting a survey with people who belong to diaspora communities to learn more about them and the human rights issues they care about and the tools that would help them engage in human rights advocacy in their countries of origin.

To learn more about what a diaspora community is, visit:

The Advocates will use the survey results to develop resources for diaspora communities to lobby the United Nations, engage in fact-finding and writing human rights reports, use social media, and more.

If you are a member of a diaspora community, visit and fill it out or forward to others who may be interested in participating. No personal data will be shared outside of The Advocates.

CFR 2013-2014 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship (NY)

Nuclear security is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. The spread of nuclear weapons to unstable and hostile states, the risk of conflict between nuclear armed nations, and the potential for terrorist groups to acquire nuclear arms all demand new thinking and creative policy solutions. The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship (SNSF) Program, made possible by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation, offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at the Council on Foreign Relations' (CFR) offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research.

CFR awards up to three fellowships annually. The fellowships will be awarded on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments and promise, and on the merits of the specific research projects proposed. The fellows could work on a wide range of issues, including nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, nuclear force posture, and, as it relates to nuclear security, nuclear energy. While in residence full time at CFR, fellows will be expected to lead a project of their own design, conduct original research, and write at least one policy relevant document. Fellows are expected to participate fully in CFR's intellectual life. The scholars selected as SNSFs will be mentored by the fellows of CFR's David Rockefeller Studies Program.

Interested candidates who meet the program's eligibility requirements must submit an application form, a cover letter, a CV, and a proposal outlining the work proposed to conduct. Each applicant should arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent assessing the policy relevance of the applicant's proposed project as well as the applicant's qualifications for carrying it out. All application materials must be sent to by December 14.

The SNSF Program seeks to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders in nuclear security. Qualified candidates must be junior (non-tenured) faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or pre-doctoral candidates from any discipline who are working on a nuclear security related issue. The program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas.

The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $100,000 for junior (non-tenured) faculty; $75,000 for post-doctoral; and $50,000 for pre-doctoral fellows. Payment will be made in twelve equal monthly installments. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Project.

International Summer School on Forced Migration, 1-19 July, 2013; University of Oxford

For more information, or to apply, please follow this link:

Application is now open for the International Summer School in Forced Migration 2013

The summer school is aimed at mid-career or senior policy makers 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.They also accept applications from Researchers specializing in the study of forced migration.

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.

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2013.

For more information, or to apply, visit:

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Spring Internship

Spring semester internship opportunities
Dates: Jan 31- May 10
Application deadline: Monday, Nov 19

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is now accepting applications for spring semester internships.

Intern Responsibilities: Assist with IPJ programs, including research assistance, events support and a small amount of administrative support.

Enrollment, with senior status, in an undergraduate program; or a recent degree in a field related to peace studies, human rights, international relations, or a related field (preferred).
GPA of 3.3 or higher (required)
Excellent writing skills (required)
Minimum of 15, and preferably up to 20, hours per week (required).

To Apply: Please go to to download an application form and view other requirements. Note that application elements may be sent separately, and some may be sent electronically, as described at the above link.

If you have additional questions, please call (619) 260-7573 or e-mail
emccollim(at) The internship is unpaid.

Please note that while we encourage international applicants, we cannot provide them with assistance in securing a visa, nor cover the costs of the visa and health insurance required by USD.

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

Harry Potter Alliance- full time positions available (Boston, MA)

The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is a 501c3 nonprofit that takes an outside-of-the-box approach to civic engagement by using parallels from the Harry Potter books to educate and mobilize young people across the world toward issues of literacy, equality, and human rights. Our mission is to empower our members to act like the heroes that they love by acting for a better world. By bringing together fans of blockbuster books, TV shows, movies, and YouTube celebrities we are harnessing the power of popular culture toward making our world a better place. Our goal is to make civic engagement exciting by channeling the entertainment-saturated facets of our culture toward mobilization for deep and lasting social change.
The commitment of our members combined with our innovative strategy for social change has enabled us to accomplish astounding successes during our past campaigns. Just as Dumbledore's Army wakes the world up to Voldemort's return, works for equal rights of house elves and werewolves, and empowers its members, we:

Work with partner organizations [NGOs] in alerting the world to the dangers of global warming, poverty, and genocide.
Raise funds for partner NGOs to support equality, literacy, and human rights
Encourage our members to hone the magic of their creativity in endeavoring to make the world a better place.

Open positions: Campaign Manager, Director of Development

For more information on these positions, and how to apply, visit:

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Paid Internship: Alliance for Peacebuilding - Peacebuilding Evaluation Project Intern, Washington, DC

The Alliance for Peacebuilding is a membership-based network of more than seventy organizations and hundreds of professionals devoted to building sustainable peace and security worldwide. For more information, visit

The Alliance for Peacebuilding is seeking a part-time intern to help administer a partnership project with the United States Institute of Peace. The intern's primary responsibility is to assist Program Director, Melanie Kawano-Chiu, in the program design and implementation of the Peacebuilding Evaluation Project: A Forum for Donors and Implementers. Basic duties include assistance with meeting logistics, travel arrangements, substantive and fundraising research, support for project publications, and drafting external communications, including partnership materials and grant proposals.

The internship (15-20 hrs/wk) will accommodate a flexible schedule, start mid-November 2012 or early January 2013, and take place in Washington, DC. Preference will be given to candidates that can potentially continue the internship into the spring of 2013.

At least three years completed college coursework, preferably four years ● Strong computer skills, high proficiency in Word and Excel ● Enthusiasm and commitment to the organization's mission ● Proactive, independent and team-oriented work ethic ● Excellent writing skills and attention to detail ● Professional workplace experience ● Ability manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines ● Positive attitude and an ability to engage with a wide variety of people ● Experience working with evaluation a plus.

Educational Benefits
At the intersection of peacebuilding and development, the intern will connect with AfP's network of partners both overseas and in Washington. The Alliance for Peacebuilding is willing to work your higher education institution for course credit, if applicable.

Application Process
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of 3 references to:, ATTN: Roxanne Knapp, Program Associate. Cover Letter files should be labeled "Last, First - Cover Letter" and Resume files, "Last, First - Resume" (i.e. Smith, Jane - Resume).

Deadline to apply: Friday, October 26, 2012. The position will be filled as soon as a well-qualified person is identified.

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.

This material cross posted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network.