Sunday, November 29, 2015

International Researcher Series: Best Practices in Proposal Development - Dec

Interested in starting a research project abroad but not sure where to begin? The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is excited to announce this new series with the first session on Dec 9, 12:00 to 1:30pm. This session will cover the key considerations when developing new research proposals that include an international component, particularly when the field work is done abroad. Best practices will be highlighted through a case study, with time at the end for questions and answers. 

 Bring your current project and proposal ideas and biggest challenges - there will be time at the end for questions and discussion. Learn more and RSVP.

Dec 9 Global Conversations: Syria's Refugee Crisis*

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, December 9, 2015
Doty Board Room, Hennepin County Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Join the Minnesota International Center at Hennepin County Library on December 9th as it hosts a conversation with former Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson on the global impact of the resettlement of Syrian refugees and possible long-term strategies for resolution of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. For more information and to register, click here.

*This is an external event.

cross posted from U of M Human Rights Program

Dec 2 “Challenges & a New Vision to End Poverty and Inequality in Laos”

“Challenges and a New Vision to End Poverty and Inequality in Laos” Phouthamath Sayyabounsou, Humphrey International Fellow, with commentary from Ragui Assaad.

Wednesday December 2, 2015 12:30 – 1:30 PM Andreas Theater (HHH Room 110)

Pizza and refreshments will be provided!

The world acknowledges and welcomes the historic success of the fastest reduction in poverty levels during the last decade, including Laos as the significant achievements of economic growth.
However, it has been evidenced how rising inequality prevented even greater progress in current poverty reduction and development trends in many countries like Laos. The presentation will
analyze some underlying reasons of the existing poverty and increased socio-economic inequality in Laos. It will also further explore the commitment and plans of government of Laos and
international organisations to eliminate poverty, reduce inequalities and enhance socio-economic
development in a sustainable manner by 2030 through the Post-2015 Development Agenda (SDGs).

Ms. Sayyabounsou is a Program Analyst in the Poverty Reduction Unit of UNDP Laos. She manages and provides technical support and advice to the UNDP regional office, UNDP senior management in Laos, and Government counterparts through the UNDP-supported socio-economic development
programs. Ms. Sayyabounsou holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Laos and earned her Master of Development Practice from University of Queensland in Australia. During her fellowship at the Humphrey School, Ms. Sayyabounsou is interested in strengthening her professional knowledge and practical skills in public policy analysis, especially cost-benefit analysis and effectiveness of socio-economic development policy and inclusive development implementation in order to address poverty and inequality issues in Laos.

Ragui Assaad, professor, researches labor policy and labor market analysis in developing countries with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. His current works focuses on inequality of opportunity in education, child health, and labormarkets, transitions from school-to-work, employment and unemployment dynamics, informality, labor market responses to economic shocks, international migration, and family formation. Assaad is a Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, Egypt and serves as its thematic director for Labor and Human Resource Development. Assaad has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the Ford Foundation, UNICEF and UNDP.   


The Same Sun Happy Hour brings together international fellows and scholars with Humphrey School faculty, staff and students to present, share and discuss a range of international topics in an informal setting. Same Sun will take place on select afternoons over the course of the academic year.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Dec 2 "Legacies of Violence in Contemporary Spain: Exhuming the Past, Understanding the Present"

HGMV Workshop
4:00 PM, December 2, 2015
710 Social Science Building, West Bank, University of Minnesota
Join the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as they host Professor Ofelia Ferrán (Spanish and Portuguese Department) and Professor Lisa Hilbink (Department of Political Science) as they discuss the position of exhumation in memory of the past and understandings in the present in Spain.

Dec 1 Humphrey School Career Conversation & Breakfast with Alexander Montgomery

Tuesday, December 1
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Freeman Commons, (Room 205 Humphrey School)

Join us for a light breakfast and conversation with Alexander Montgomery, Associate Professor of Political Science at Reed College. Learn about Professor Montgomery's work and research around nuclear nonproliferation, political organizations, social networks, weapons of mass disruption & destruction, and interstate social relations.

Humphrey School Career Conversations are opportunities brought to students throughout the academic year to meet with high level policy makers from different sectors in small, informal settings.

Registration required. Sign up today at

Jane Vega
Employer Relations Coordinator
Career Services
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
t 612-624-1440
f 612-626-0002

Nov 30 Allen Isaacman on Development Projects in Mozambique

11.30.15 ~ 3:30-5p ~ 1210 Heller Hall

The African Studies Initiative and ICGC present: Development Projects in Mozambique: Spanning the Colonial/Post Colonial Divide
 a lecture by: Allen F. Isaacman, Regents Professor of History

Refreshments will be served

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Global Public Policy course spring 2016

Humphrey School of Public Affairs & Dept. of Political Science

Spring Semester 2016
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:45 PM

35 Humphrey School – West Bank Campus

Why did the U.S. invade Iraq, how can Human Rights Watch change the world, and who cares about the World Trade Organization? Why are UN peacekeepers getting serious in the Congo, and what’s the logic behind suicide bombing? Why is a global environmental deal so difficult?

Find out in Public Affairs (PA) 5801: Global Public Policy, taught by James Ron. Prof. Ron has worked for the Associated Press, the Red Cross, CARE, and Human Rights Watch, and incorporates insights from those experiences into his teaching.

PA 5801 is recommended for Public Affairs and other graduate students interested in international development, human rights, public health, the environment, and world politics. Advanced undergraduates welcome with instructor permission. The course assumes no prior knowledge of international affairs. Advanced graduate students may, with permission, elect to write a paper, rather than write all of the final exam.
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