Sunday, February 26, 2017

Summer Seminars in Catholic Intell Trad for grad studs in humanities, soc sciences

Summer Seminars in Rome, Oxford, and Santa Barbara
Now in their ninth year, the Lumen Christi Institute’s Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition are open to graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and other relevant areas of study. Room, board, and a travel stipend are included for those whose applications are accepted. Each seminar includes five days of intensive discussion based on close reading of the assigned texts as well as daily presentations given by the professor and student participants. A deep knowledge of the material is not required to apply. These seminars give participants mastery over the material under discussion, both for teaching and research purposes, and also deepen participants’ understanding and awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information and to apply visit,

June 22-28
“Is God Knowable by Natural Reason? Philosophy, Theology, and Trinitarian Thought in the High Medieval Ages”
Mark Clark, Catholic University of America
Timothy B. Noone, Catholic University of America

In this seminar, scholar of medieval history Mark Clark and scholar of medieval philosophy Timothy Noone will offer an intensive survey of theological and philosophical debates about the natural knowledge of God in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Participants will read and discuss the writings Peter Abelard, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas as well as modern philosophical engagement with these questions.

July 9-15
“The Thought of John Henry Newman”
Fr. Ian Ker, University of Oxford
Merton College, Oxford
Now in its fifth consecutive year, this intensive seminar will examine Newman’s achievements as theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar will approach Newman’s thought through a critical engagement with these texts.

July 29-August 5
“Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation”
Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa
University of California, Santa Barbara
Now in its fourth year, this seminar will have students read, analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in Catholic Social Thought from the late 19th century to the present. Lectures, seminar reports, and discussion will focus on original sources (encyclicals and other magisterial documents), beginning with Rerum novarum (1892) and concluding with Caritas in veritate (2009) and Evangelii Gaudium (2013). This intensive course is multi-disciplinary, since this tradition of social thought overlaps several disciplines in the contemporary university including political science, political philosophy, law, economics, theology, and history.

Contact Info: Grace Wierenga at or (773) 955-5887.
Contact Email:

USIP 2 RFPs for peacebuilding grants

What Makes for Effective Peace Processes – A Comparative Approach

Peace processes continue to become increasingly complex due to the protracted and fluid nature of armed conflict, the shifting composition of actors, and the longer-term political consequences at stake. It is important, therefore, to generate new thinking about the growing challenges for peace processes and develop ideas for greater effectiveness. This USIP grant opportunity will support comparative research that will draw lessons about what is most effective in a peace process across contexts, and why and how these practices will enable negotiators and others engaged in conflict-affected societies to design, facilitate and implement more effective peace processes. The Institute expects to make three to five grants in the general range of $70,000-$100,000, with an implementation period from 10 to 24 months. The deadline for submitting initial concept notes is March 21, 2017. Awards will be made in September, 2017.

Reassessing Peacebuilding in Uncertain Times

The world today may be at a new turning point with potentially far-reaching implications for the peacebuilding community. The liberal international order is being tested as the international community is confronted with the consequences of state fragility and a range of highly correlated challenges related to international peace and security. In this uncertain and fluid context, USIP is inviting proposals from U.S.-based academic institutions, research and practitioner organizations and others for collaborative projects that reflect on, help clarify, and flesh out one or more key issues and propose new approaches and responses to peacebuilding challenges. USIP encourages proposals that draw on creative, multidisciplinary research and engage a diverse set of specialists from different institutions in a conference, workshop or roundtable series or other focused, deliberative program that will result in actionable policy recommendations, specific guidance about new field program design, or ideas for deeper, more focused policy-oriented research. USIP expects to make two to three grants in the range of $60,000 - $80,000 with a general implementation period from 10 to 18 months. The deadline for submitting initial concept notes is March 21, 2017. Awards will be made in September, 2017.

For more information about these USIP grant opportunities and the application process, please visit the Institute’s website at: .

Steven M. Riskin
Director, Grant Strategy
United States Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-429-3859
Fax: 202-429-6063

March 10 deadline for China study/internship fellowships--UMN students

Humphrey students note that the UMN China Center has a number of scholarships to support further study of China and Chinese language.  Applications for summer study due March 10. 

Papers sought for intern'l conference on disability & intern'l pop culture

8th Annual International Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Conference: Disability Stream

The 8th annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Conference is to be held at Massey University's College of Creative Arts, Wellington, New Zealand, from June 28-30, 2017. Papers with a focus on disability in popular culture are now invited.

The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) is devoted to the scholarly understanding of everyday cultures. It is concerned with the study of the social practices and the cultural meanings that are produced and are circulated through the processes and practices of everyday life, as a product of consumption, an intellectual object of inquiry, and as an integral component of the dynamic forces that shape societies.

Academics, professionals, cultural practitioners and those with a scholarly interest in disability studies and popular culture are invited to send a 150 word abstract and 100 word bio to the area chair by March 31, 2017.

PopCAANZ will publish double-blind peer reviewed Conference Proceedings online following the conference, and presenters will be invited to submit suitable articles to our new journal from June 2016, The Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture (Penn State University Press). For further conference information see:

Contact Info:
Dr Kimberley McMahon-Coleman
Chair, Disability

Contact Email:

crossposted from H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online

APSA 2017 14th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Assoc

APSA 2017 (14th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association)
October 12-14,2017 Tsinhgua University, Beijing, China
Deadline for submitting abstract March 15, 2017

14th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association
Asia: Reshaping Urban and Rural Development Through Planning

Please submit through Easychair website before the deadline:

Templates of abstract and paper are provided on:

More Details about Submission

Abstract Submission
· Content Requirement: title, 3-5 keywords, corresponding author’s names, affiliation, contact address, telephone, email address, one of the sub-themes of the conference
· Length: 300-500 English words
· Format: both doc. and pdf. documents
· Submission deadline: March 15, 2017
· Notification of Acceptance: by March 31, 2017

Paper Submission
· Content Requirement: title, 3-5 keywords, corresponding author’s names, affiliation, contact address, telephone, email address, sub-theme of the conference etc
· Length: 3000-5000 English words
· Format: both doc. and pdf documents.
· Image resolution: 300dpi
· Submission deadline: from April 1, 2017 till June 30, 2017
· Notification of Acceptance: by July 31, 2017.

Congress Theme
Asia:Reshaping urban and rural development through planning

Sub-Theme 1: Governance
· Regional governance and coordination
· Integration of economy and ecology
· Regional transportation and infrastructure planning
· Regional responses to climate change
· Planning strategies for coordinated urban-rural development

Sub-Theme 2: Identity/Heritage
· Rurality
· Urban culture
· Historical and cultural heritage protection
· Urban and rural regeneration
· Renewal of traditional wisdom on human settlements planning

Sub-Theme 3: Solidarity/Equity
· Integration of urban and rural areas
· Affordable urban and rural housing
· Inclusive social development
· Public participation in planning
· Construction of rural community

Sub-Theme 4: Sustainability/Environment
· Resilient city
· Disaster mitigation
· Ecosystem protection and restoration
· Low-carbon planning
· Healthy urban and rural planning

Sub-Theme 5: Smart/Intelligence
· Smart city and smart village
· Big data application
· Spatial analysis methods
· Appropriate technologies for green development
· Urban growth boundary control

Sub-Theme 6: Planning & Education
· Role of planning education
· New challenges to planning education
· From theory to practice
· International experience of planning education
· Comparative studies on planning education

· March 15, 2017: Abstract submission deadline
· March 31, 2017: Notification of abstract acceptance; Start of early bird registration
· June 30, 2017: Paper submission deadline
· July 31, 2017: Notification of paper acceptance; End of early bird registration
· August 31, 2017: End of registration
· September 10, 2017: Detailed Congress program online
· October 12-14, 2017: Congress

Official website: for further

For any enquiries,
please contact us on 86-010-62783328
or e-mail us at

Announcement published by LU GUO on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Crossposted from H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online

Enhance your career options--study Chinese at Beijing University

The China Center is currently accepting applications for the Chinese University Exchange Program (CUEP). Students interested in studying for one academic year at Peking University, a top school in China, should consider applying. Students can learn more about this program by visiting our website. Applications are due March 1.

Program Duration  September 2017 - June 2018

Students pay University of Minnesota tuition to participate. An estimate of the total cost of participation can be found here. This cost (UMN tuition) covers tuition, room and board and student fees at Peking University. Students are provided a modest monthly stipend by Peking University to cover living expenses.

Attached are two documents that provide more information about the type of Chinese language classes and English taught classes that students can enroll in during the 2017 - 2018 academic year at Peking University.

Students receive transfer credit for participating in this program and are encouraged to speak with their academic advisers to see if these credits can cover credit requirements for their majors.

This is a unique opportunity for University of Minnesota students to study at Peking University. Please forward this email to any students who may be interested.

Students can contact me directly if they have any questions.

Pashoua Vang
Program and Project Specialist
Confucius Institute and China Center, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
160 University International Center
331-17th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-625-5210
Fax: 612-625-0045

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Feb. 27: Women's Property Rights in Ghana

Date: Monday, Feburary 27
Time: 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: The Advocates for Human Rights
                  First Floor Training Room
                  330 Second Ave. S.
                  Mpls, MN 55401

This presentation by Abigail Ofori-Amanfo, a current Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota will look at the role of law in improving women's economic empowerment as a tool in fighting discrimination against women in Ghana.

Ms. Ofori-Amanfo is an activist with a passion to educate women and girls on their legal rights. She joined the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Ghana in May 2009 and now serves as Assistant Registrar in voluntary services. In 2012 she worked as a temporary voluntary employee for the Waddow Hall Girl Guiding Centre in Clitheroe, United Kingdom. Ms. Ofori-Amanfo has also worked as a part-time tutor at the Wesleyan Center for Continuing Education under Methodist University College, Ghana, where most of her students were young single mothers.

She has dedicated her career to advocating for socioeconomic advancement and the rights of girls and women. Ms. Ofori-Amanfo holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. As a Humphrey Fellow, she plans to focus on gender mainstreaming in development, and more effective enforcement of women’s human rights.
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