Friday, October 2, 2015

Applications Invited for Fall 2016 Inaugural Master of Human Rights Class

In light of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents September vote of approval to initiate a Master of Human Rights (MHR) degree at the University of Minnesota, faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts and Humphrey School of Public Affairs have been hard at work preparing the degree for its inaugural cohort in the 2016-2017 year.

The interdisciplinary degree is designed to provide students with the diverse substantive and methodological approaches necessary for the study and practice of human rights. Throughout the program, students will be able to draw upon and develop these theoretical and practical tools in a wide range of courses, internships, and field experiences available with leading global scholars and activists in human rights. To further develop students’ professional skills, the program also includes a wide range of concentrations in the field of human rights. Whether it is NGO management or the rights of refugees and asylum, students will be able to support their individual expertise and interests as they complete their Master of Human Rights.

The Faculty Committee for the new Master’s program was appointed by the offices of the Deans of CLA and the Humphrey School. At its first meeting, Lisa Hilbink (Associate Professor, Political Science) and James Ron (Associate Professor, Political Science and Humphrey School) were elected co-chairs of the Master’s faculty. The remaining committee members include:

Cawo Abdi, Associate Professor, Sociology
Ragui Assaad, Professor, Humphrey School
Alejandro Baer, Associate Professor, Sociology
Laura Bloomberg, Associate Dean, Humphrey School
Elizabeth Heger Boyle, Professor, Sociology
Karen Brown, Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change
Mary Curtin, Diplomat-in-Residence, Humphrey School
Ana Forcinito, Professor, Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Barbara Frey, Director, Human Rights Program
Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, Associate Professor, Humphrey School
Deborah Levison, Professor, Humphrey School
Samuel L. Myers Jr., Professor, Humphrey School
Sarah E. Parkinson, Assistant Professor, Humphrey School
Alex Rothman, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, CLA
Joachim J. Savelsberg, Professor, Sociology
Melissa M. Stone, Professor, Humphrey School

Students interested in the MHR should visit its new website and download a brochure for more information. Applications for Fall 2016 will become available in October. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the admissions office ( or the Coordinator of the Master of Human Rights, Mary Curtin, ( with any questions.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oct 5, Professor Brian Edwards Public Lecture, After the American Century

The Institute for Global Studies and The African Studies Initiative
After the American Century:
The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East
A public lecture by Professor Brian Edwards
Northwestern University
Monday, October 5 at 2:30 pm in Nolte 125

Brian T. Edwards is Crown Professor in Middle East Studies and professor of English and comparative literary studies at Northwestern University, where he is also the founding director of the Program in Middle East and North African Studies. He is the author of Morocco Bound: Disorienting America's Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express and a coeditor of Globalizing American Studies.

Description of the public lecture:

When Henry Luce announced in 1941 that we were living in the "American century," he believed that the international popularity of American culture made the world favorable to U.S. interests. Now, in the digital twenty-first century, the American century has been superseded, as American movies, music, video games, and television shows are received, understood, and transformed in unexpected ways. How do we make sense of this shift? Building on a decade of fieldwork in Cairo, Casablanca, and Tehran, and drawing on material from his new book, Brian Edwards maps new routes of cultural exchange that are innovative, accelerated, and full of diversions. 

Information about the workshop:

The workshop features a more intimate, seminar-style discussion of what Edwards calls logics and contexts of circulation and “jumping publics,” both of which are developed in the forthcoming book, but which engage the fields of comparative literature, postcolonial studies, transnational cultural studies, American studies, and sociocultural anthropology.  Two recent essays by Prof. Edwards will be pre-circulated as a jumping off point for a broader conversation that will engage participants’ own work and project. Please feel free to attend the seminar even if you do not have time to read the precirculated papers.

HHH 1st yr global policy students--watch for Rosenthal Fellowship announcement soon

HHH first-year global policy area students are eligible to apply for the 2016 Rosenthal Fellowship through APSIA. Information on the Humphrey School competition forthcoming.  At least one HHH student achieved a permanent position after graduation based upon this program's internship opportunity.

Please note past HHH awardees:

Ido Sivan Sevilla, MPP, internship in the Office of California Congressman Ami Bera

Syed Ghazi Ghazan Jamal, MPP, interned at the office of US Senator Sherrod Brown


Marie Kurth, MPP, internship in the State Department in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs (INL/AP)

Cody Nelson, MPP, internship in the United States Treasury, Office of International Affairs - South/Southeast Asia


HHH 2nd year students interested in global policy area capstone

Important: The GPA/MDP capstone process for 2015-16 is starting this week.

MPP/MURP/MSTEP/MPA students: If you did not register for PA 5990 and would like to join the selection process, please contact one of the following faculty members as soon as possible:  Mary Curtin, Sherry Gray, Robert Kudrle, or David Wilsey.

Capstone selection process is starting Oct. 2nd.

Oct 7-9 Education in a Globalized World: Equity, Diversity and Civic Participation, Annual Roundtable

22nd Annual International Roundtable


7-10 October 2015
Knowledge emerges only through invention, and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.  ~Paulo Freire
The 2015 Macalester International Roundtable (IRT) will seek to better understand disparities in education. We will explore opportunities for closing the education gap(s) through discussion of emerging innovations and socio-political and cultural platforms that promise to improve the delivery of, diversity of and access to education. The IRT will consider local, national and international perspectives on education and learning in the context of globalization.
Please join us as we deepen our participation in the challenging task of overcoming disparities in education locally, nationally and internationally:
  1. Equity and diversity
    Consider social, cultural, political, economic and geographic barriers to quality education locally, domestically and in nations around the world. Seek to understand how socio-economic determinants (e.g. race, class, ethnicity, language, gender and disability) limit access to quality education in the humanities and the arts, social sciences, civic participation, natural sciences, mathematics and technology.
  2. Teaching and learning
    Explore models, innovations, and best practices—including formal and informal, state supported and privately funded, indigenous and community-based—aimed at reducing educational disparities in a globalized world. 
  3. Political voice and policy
    Explore the complex dynamics  that limit or give voice to the many stakeholders in education. Consider the complementary and often conflicting positions of educators, students, families, citizens, advocacy groups, and communities as they work to shape global systems. Seek to understand how they interact with transnational corporations, NGOs, international agencies, foundations, and all levels of government—in advancing education for all.
Plenary sessions, student-led workshops, and engagement with various Twin Cities communities will explore a multitude of themes. All events free and open to the public.
For more information please contact Karla Nagy at .

Oct 8 Engaging Communities in the Heartland: Archaeology of a Multi-Racial Community

Engaging Communities in the Heartland: An Archaeology of a Multi-Racial Community with Paul Shackel  Thursday, October 8, 4 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop

New Philadelphia, a town founded in 1836 by a freed African American, no longer exists on the Illinois landscape. A collaborative archaeology project worked with descendant and local communities to help make the story part of the national public memory. We encouraged student, community, and descendant interaction while making all groups more aware of the historical issues related to race and racism in a region that has been known to be hostile toward African Americans. This work is helping to fostere an attitude of inclusion and diversity as we help preserve the memory of the place.

Paul Shackel is Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and Director of the University’s Center for Heritage Resource Studies. Dr. Shackel joined the Department in 1996 after working for the National Park Service for 7-½ years. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1987.

His extensive work at Harpers Ferry delves into issues of class and labor in this early industrial town. He received a 3-year NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates award that allowed him to partner with other institutions to train undergraduates in archaeology and explore issues of race, class and ethnicity in the historic town of New Philadelphia, on the Illinois western frontier. He is now working with graduate and undergraduate students on a project that includes oral histories, documentary research, and archaeology in the anthracitre region of Pennsylvania. The project initially focused on the 1897 Lattimer Massacre. Now the research program, known as the Anthracite Heritage Program, is exploring issues related to immigration in the past as well as the present in the coal patch towns surrounding Hazleton, PA. The project has worked in Lattimer, Pardeesville, and most recently Eckley Miners’ Village, focusing on the the households of mining families.

This talk is cosponsored by the IAS Heritage Studies Collaborative, the MNHS/UMN Heritage Partnership, the Office for Public Engagement, and the Departments of History, Chicano and Latino Studies, Anthropology, and African American and African Studies. It is free and open to the public. Shackel will also speak on Friday, October 9, at 7pm at the Mill City Museum on Remembering the Lattimer Massacre.

Oct 2, Norway Ambassador Hans Brattskar @ Augsburg College

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