Thursday, September 22, 2016

Visiting Scholar from Norway Fitwi researching sustainable travel at HHH

Fitwi is research fellow in Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Landscape architecture and spatial Planning, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He has MSc in Development and Resource Economics from the same university and worked afterwards at Statistics Norway before starting his PhD.

Fitwi is interested in understanding urban structural conditions that can induce travel behavior changes towards sustainable travel alternatives. Specifically, his PhD project focuses on the effect of built environment on travel behavior in smaller cities and he plans to hand inn his dissertation by August 2018.

Fitwi is working at the Humphrey School as a visiting scholar from August 2016 to June 2017 and his faculty mentor is Professor Jason Cao.

You can contact Fitwi by e-mail:

Michael Barnett speaking Sept 26 on "Humanitarianism, Human Rights, & the Practices of Humanity."

The Minnesota International Relations Colloquium (MIRC) is pleased to host Professor Michael Barnett of George Washington University on Monday, September 26th from 3:30-5:00pm in Social Sciences 1314.

Professor Barnett will be presenting a paper (attached) titled "Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and the Practices of Humanity." Discussant remarks will be offered by Elif Kalaycioglu (UMN Political Science) before the conversation is opened up to all attendees.

We ask that all attendees read the paper beforehand, as the event will be conducted as a workshop rather than a talk or a summary of the project.  For a copy, please email Minnesota International Relations Colloquium:

Immediately following the discussion (5:15pm), MIRC will be hosting a small social event at Republic with Professor Barnett. All are welcome.

MPP Aoki wins Rugby Silver Medal in Rio

Humphrey Student Wins Silver Medal at the Rio Paralympics

Incoming MPP student Chuck Aoki and Team USA’s wheelchair rugby squad won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Sunday. In what was called one of the greatest games of rugby ever played, the U.S. and Australia went to double overtime before Australia ultimately won, 59-58.

HHH Prof. Ryan interviewed on refugee issues

Professor Ryan Allen Interviewed on Skittles/Refugees Controversy

Allen, an expert on immigrant and refugee policy, discussed the outcry over Donald Trump Jr.’s comparison of Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles candy, in an interview with KARE-11.

reprinted from Humphrey Herald

Critical Language Scholarship

The State Department offers full scholarships to students studying Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu who wish to travel abroad next summer and participate in a 10-week immersive language course. Students can view a CLS Informational video and find the 2017 application on the CLS web-site. While students can apply for this scholarship on their own, please encourage them to contact the Office of National and International Scholarships for advice and support.

Timothy S. Jones, Ph.D.
Office for National and International Scholarships
University Honors Program
390 Northrop
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis MN 55455

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Inclusive Economies program officer, Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation seeks a creative, dynamic Program Officer to join its Inclusive Economies team. This Program Officer will be part of a global effort to help advance an inclusive economy, where opportunity and prosperity are widely shared regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or caste—through collaborations with governments, business, and civil society.

We’re looking for a thoughtful and engaged team player who has led cross-cutting social justice strategies and has subject matter expertise related to inclusive economies in the US and globally—particularly on the topics of quality work and economic security, including, ideally, consumer financial protection public policy-related experience.

For more information or to apply please visit:

Sarah Ashton
Search Coordinator
The Ford Foundation
(212) 573-4666

This material appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.  This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MHR student Kelly State Dept internship

Q&A with Marina Kelly, Master of Human Rights, 2018

Summer Internship: U.S. State Department's Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

I participated through the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which promotes diversity in the Foreign Service by bringing more women and minorities to the State Department. The fellowship lasted from late May to early August. (Pictured at right, Marina met Ambassador Tom Pickering, for whom the fellowship is named, at the Humphrey School's Public Leadership Awards in June.)

I attended events around Washington and at the State Department, and wrote readouts—basically notes that summarized what was discussed. The readouts were primarily for internal distribution in my department. Since I speak Spanish, I also did some translation work for events and consultations that were conducted in Spanish.

It was very formative and fun the whole way through. I’ll be working in the Foreign Service for at least five years, and wanted to see for myself if this was truly an environment that I would be comfortable in. My fellowship solidified for me that this is really what I want to do. The State Department has so many advocates for human rights who are very committed and they don’t get the recognition they should.

I was given some very cool assignments. One of them was to draft a document on human rights and civil society in Guatemala for a senior level official. I was chosen for the assignment because I’m half Guatemalan, and I interned at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission a few years ago. The person in my office who had the Guatemala portfolio trusted me enough to take that on.

I also was assigned to work two days a week on a portfolio, to fill in for a person who was gone. One of the countries in the portfolio was Brazil. I studied in Brazil during my undergrad and learned some Portuguese while I was there. In that role, I received papers that others had drafted, and reviewed them to make sure human rights was mentioned in them. I also compiled information, media notes and so on to make sure human rights issues were present in various conversations. I was able to be in meetings with incoming officers who were assigned to different posts.

Interning at the State Department helped me gain a comprehensive understanding of human rights issues that are critical right now in the western hemisphere—corruption and indigenous rights, for example—that will definitely drive my studies and future research. It also reminded me how fast things change and evolve in global issues. So when I start school, I’m going to try to be very intentional in following foreign news, and try to keep track of global developments that are happening every day.

I plan to work in the Foreign Service for at least five years, to fulfill my Pickering Fellowship. I’ve also been interested in the work done by non-governmental organizations (NGOs). When I interned at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, my observation was that while grass-roots advocacy is critical, that I could probably do more to promote human rights if I were in the government.

I also witnessed the important role that NGOs play at the State Department. A goal of mine at the Humphrey School is to expand my network of contacts with NGOs. One of the reasons I chose Humphrey over schools on the East Coast is because of the number of NGOs that are based in Minnesota.
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