Thursday, February 16, 2017

Event happening today, all are welcome!

Women of Color in STEM: Hidden Figures Yesterday and Today

About this event

February 16, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Humphrey School Forum

301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

In preparation for Margot Lee Shetterly's, author of the New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures, Distinguished Carlson Lecture at the University of Minnesota on February 21, 2017, this event will continue and contribute to important and ongoing conversations about issues of race, gender, and science.

Hidden Figures tells the astonishing story of African American women who served as "human computers" behind the scenes at NASA. Our panelists build on Shetterly's work and their own to discuss how the contributions of women of color have been erased historically, how women of color are contributing to science today and how we can ensure their contributions continue and grow.

Panelists include:

Duchess Harris, American Studies, Macalester College and author of Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA

Rhonda Franklin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota

Anu Ramaswami, Professor and Chair of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Humphrey School

                                 All welcome.  No registration required.

Photo credit: Annie Easley was a computer programmer, mathematician and rocket scientist for NASA. Her photo appeared in
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Feb. 21: Will There Ever Be Justice for the Mass Atrocities in Syria?

The James H. Binger Center for New Americans invites you to their upcoming events:

Will There Ever Be Justice for the Mass Atrocities in Syria?

Tuesday,  February 21

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Walter F. Mondale Hall, Room 25

Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp will give the inaugural lecture of a year-long Syria Series exploring the geo-political dimensions of the conflict, the pursuit of justice for mass atrocities, the rights and reality of the millions of refugees, and the local, national, and international responses to their bids for asylum. More details available here.

Refugees at our Border

Wednesday, March 1
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm 
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Humphrey Forum

Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario will address the issues facing Central American migrants who continue to seek refuge at the southern borders of the United States. More details available here.


Developments in Immigration Law:        
Executive Orders, Trafficking, and Federal Litigation 

Friday, March 31
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Walter F. Mondale Hall, Room 20

Students from each of the Center's three clinics will present a half-day CLE conference on developments in immigration law relating to their practice areas. 3 CLE credits will be requested. Details and registration available here.

Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) - study abroad progam for MA students

This summer, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) will be hosting a three week study abroad program for graduate seeking students on the challenges facing the Middle East. The program is an academic program approved by the Tel Aviv University with professors from TAU and INSS alike including former Director of Military Intelligence Amos Yadlin, Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel, and many more similar experts. To learn more about INSS and the program, go to this webpage. Please pass this along to any graduate students who might be interested. For any additional questions, contact Danielle Levin via

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MPP Camila Fonseca wins Mestenhauser Student Award!

Our very own Camila Fonseca (front row, second from left) was recently awarded the 2017 Mestenhauser Student Award due to her involvement in many different activities that promote Campus Internationalization. Notable is her work as vice-president of the Humphrey International Students' Association (HISA), starting a Spanish Conversation Group with a Humphrey Fellow, Juan Camilo Molina from Ecuador, and the fundraising event after an earthquake in Ecuador, among others.

Camila is an international student from Colombia, currently completing the second year of the Master in Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Camila worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.

She has also been involved academically working with Professor Jerry Zhao on projects with the Volcker Alliance and the City of Saint Paul. The latter in funding the Stormwater Management of the City.

Join Camila in celebrating this award! Register here.

Last Call for Application: Global Cities Study Abroad Course in China (May 14-26, 2017)

If you'd like to join the Global Cities Study Abroad Course in China this May, please complete your application at this link by Tuesday, February 28.

There are currently 12 students registered. Registration for this course will close on March 1st to work on pre-trip plans.

When you apply, please submit the Confirmation & Payment Agreement, Health Information Form, and a photocopy of the photo page of your passport to ensure that you have a confirmed spot in the course. If you have further questions, please reach out to Yingling Fan at

Conversation with Margot Lee Shetterly - February 21

University of Minnesota Driven to Discover
Dear Humphrey School students,

I am delighted to invite you to two upcoming events with our Distinguished Carlson Lecturer, author Margot Lee Shetterly.

We will host a student conversation with Ms. Shetterly prior to her public lecture. This intimate conversation will give you the opportunity to ask questions and hear her reflections on issues of race, gender, and civil rights raised by her New York Times bestseller, Hidden Figures.

Student Conversation with Margot Lee Shetterly and Dean Eric Schwartz
Tuesday, February 21
3–4 p.m.
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School

We have a limited number of tickets reserved for students for the lecture. It is sold out to the general public. More information about the lecture is available here.

Registration is required for both events.

Kind regards,
Eric P. Schwartz
Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

International Researcher Series: Best Practices in Proposal Development - March 8, noon

Interested in starting a research project abroad but not sure where to begin? This session covers 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. This series from the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility highlights best practices in planning and implementing global health research studies. Learn more and RSVP.
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