Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HHH Curtin speaking on Sectarianism in the Middle East, Sept 9

As instability continues to plague the Middle East, many of the current conflicts in the region have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi‘i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region and shows no signs of abating. But for all the religious discourse permeating the conflict, much of its roots are political, not religious. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How have governments manipulated sectarian differences? And finally, what is the U.S. doing about it? 

 On September 9, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Great Decisions speaker Mary Curtin will lead a conversation on sectarianism in the Middle East. 

The event will be moderated by Bill Davnie, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Great Decisions speaker.

Mary T. Curtin is Diplomat in Residence at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She worked as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer from 1986 to 2011, serving in five overseas assignments including Poland, Tunisia, Mali, Chile, and Washington, D.C. Throughout her career she kept a focus on how the U.S. could help promote democracy and human rights through bilateral and multilateral efforts. She was political counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European Union and oversaw mission engagement efforts regarding NATO and Afghanistan.

MPP Bitton Adviser to Israel's UN Mission

Naor R. Bitton, MPP '15, Becomes an Adviser to Israel's Mission to the United Nations
Following his internship in New York during the Summer of 2014 as part of the MPP program, Naor R. Bitton joins the Israeli Mission to the UN in a full time position starting this September. Naor, an Israeli native and a former Fulbright student at the Humphrey School, also interned for Governor Dayton's Cabinet Advisory team.
As part of his UN position Naor will advise the Israeli Mission during the general debate of the UN's General Assembly that will start in the upcoming weeks.

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Expert on US-China relations to speak at Humphrey School Sept 10

The Humphrey School is pleased to announce that Prof. Ren Xiao, Fudan University, will speak on

"Managing US-China relations in a changing world" at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 3pm.  

Dr. REN Xiao is currently professor of international politics and Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy at the Institute of International Studies (IIS), Fudan University. Previously he was Senior Fellow and Director of the Asia Pacific Studies Department, Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS). Before joining SIIS in 2002, he taught international politics at Fudan University from 1992 to 2002.   

Dr. Ren studied in the University of Essex and held research or visiting positions at the University of Turku, Nagoya University and George Washington University. His recent publications are: New Frontiers of China’s Foreign Relations (co-ed with Allen Carlson), “Debating China’s Rise in China” (book chapter, Palgrave Macmillan 2013), and “Between Adapting and Shaping: China’s Role in Asian Regional Cooperation.” 

He is a member of the China National Committee of Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and he worked at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo from 2010 to 2012. 

He received his Ph.D. in political science from Fudan University in 1992.

HHH first year students: Space available in Crisis Simulation 1 credit courses

Fri Sept. 11 - Sun Sept. 13 (Cannon Falls, MN)
3-Day Humanitarian Crisis Simulation
Department of Medicine Global Health / Humphrey School of Public Affairs / School of Public Health
1-credit course options below

PubH 6290 International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation (1 Cr)
Instructors: Sarah Kesler, MD / Kirk Allison, PhD, MS
Pre-Session:  Tu 9/8, 5:40-7:30 p.m.
Simulation: Fri-Sun 9/11-9/13  (continuous 09:00 Fri - 16:00 Sun)
Post-Session: Tu 9/29, 5:40-7:30 p.m.
or, take 
PA 5890 Crisis Simulation (1 Cr)
Instructor: Sherry Gray, PhD
Pre-Session:  Wed 9/9, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Simulation: Fri-Sun 9/11-9/13  (continuous 09:00 Fri - 16:00 Sun)
Post-Session: TBA
(Either Pre-Session for either course, if other does not work . . .)

Sept 16 Getting Hired Event MINN

Seminar: The Unique Role of NGOs in Global Health – Sept 17

Join the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility for a seminar with Dr. R. Balasubramaniam (Balu), a development activist and leadership consultant from Mysore, India, who will draw on his experience of working with NGOs over the last 3 decades to discuss their unique role in addressing global health issues. He will also explore the role NGOs play in changing the discourse on global health in the context of the geo-politics and economics of global health.  Balu is the Founder and Chairman of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), a development institution engaged in a grass-roots approach to improvements in sectors such as health, education, and community development.  

 Co-sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Sept 17, 3:00 pm, Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower, Room 2-520.   

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Sept 17 Discussion of Unihabited Aerial Vehicles

Eyes in the Skies: An Exhibition and Critical Discussion of Unihabited Aerial Vehicles ▪ Peter J. Seiler, Volkan Isler, Ian MacRae, William McGeveran, Cassandra Isackson ▪ September 17
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