Sunday, February 19, 2017

HHH Dr. Curtin on MPR, discusses Trump NSC team

Humphrey School Expert Analyzes Flynn’s Resignation as NSC Chair

Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin was a guest on MPR News Tuesday, discussing the abrupt resignation of Michael Flynn from the Trump cabinet over his communications with Russia.

crossposted from Humphrey Herald

MDP alum Barroso at Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED)

Felipe Dyna Barroso (MDP ’16) has joined the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a nonprofit that works at the local, state, and federal levels to create economic opportunity for vulnerable communities in the U.S. As a Research Associate, Felipe will contribute to applied research projects under the Human Insights Initiative, which seeks to learn from low- and moderate-income communities in order to co-create strategies of asset building and financial capability enhancement.

Barroso previously worked at the International Development Group, an international development consulting firm, as a Project Coordinator.

Feb 21 Amb Rapp on Justice for Mass Atrocities in Syria?

Will There Ever Be Justice for Mass Atrocities in Syria?

Ambassador Steven J. Rapp
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 4:00 - 5:30pm

University of Minnesota Law School
Mondale Hall Room 25
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The University of Minnesota's James H. Binger Center for New Americans, Human Rights Center, and Human Rights Program are excited to announce the inaugural lecture of our 2017 Syria Series.

This year-long series will explore the geopolitical dimensions of the Syrian conflict, the pursuit of justice for mass atrocities, the rights and reality of the millions of refugees, and the local, national and international responses.

Please join us for this unique opportunity to learn about the efforts to pursue justice for the mass atrocities committed in Syria. Ambassador Rapp led the U.S. State Department's Office of Global Criminal Justice from 2009-2015 and he is currently part of a "dream team" of international lawyers working to bring war criminals to justice for atrocities committed in Syria.

crossposted from U of M Human Rights Program

Center for Austrian Studies Event

The Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota is pleased to present events as part of its Spring 2017 Program Calendar, the beginning of our 40th anniversary celebrations! 
Thursday, February 23
5:00 PM

A talk by CARL NIEKERK, German, comparative and world literature, and Jewish studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
"Zemlinsky contra Mahler: Aesthetic Modernism, the Jewish Body, and Alexander Zemlinsky's Deconstructive Fairy Tales"

Presented by the 
Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, cosponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, and the Center for Austrian Studies.

Feb 21 Offshore Production's Effect on Attitudes Toward Free Trade

Jane Sumner on Offshore Production's Effect on Attitudes Toward Free Trade

Tuesday, February 21: 12:45–2 p.m.
Stassen Room 170, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

8th Minnesota Cuban Film Festival Feb 23-March 30

7:00 pm, Thursdays, February 23 - March 30, 2017
Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society's St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

Opening night, February 23
El acompaƱante (The Companion)
Pavel Giroud I 2015 I Fiction I 104 min

This film is a universal tale of struggle against adversity, a drama that takes up the theme of AIDS in the world of amateur boxing.

At the start of the epidemic in the 1980s, the Cuban government took the drastic, although ultimately successful, step of quarantining infected patients in a sanatorium. Part of the approach was to assign a “companion,” in this case, a former world-class boxer who is paired with a veteran of Cuba’s mission to support the Congolese colonial revolution.

$8.00 general admission; $6.00 seniors, students and MSP Film Society members. The majority of the films are in Spanish, subtitled in English. A discussion will follow each film.

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MINN Feb 23 NGO event & networking

Thursday, February 23rd: Talk at Tour at Friends of Ngong Road   6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join MINN for an evening of learning and discussion about Friends of Ngong Road (FONR) with Paula Meyer, president and founder of the organization. FONR provides education and support to children living in poverty in Kenya whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS.   [Note from Sherry Gray: Several HHH alumni did internships with this organization--HHH students interested see me for more information.]

Meyer left a successful career at Ameriprise Financial in 2006 and has since focused on building FONR. As President of FONR, Meyer leads a talented team of senior executive volunteers from a variety of business backgrounds. After many years as a corporate executive, Meyer’s belief is that the skills she and the organization’s board of directors have learned in business can be applied successfully to deliver results in a different context. Under her leadership FONR has grown from an idea to a vibrant organization delivering education and life transformation for nearly 400 children in Nairobi, Kenya.

In 2015, the board of directors launched for-profit, portable sanitation business called Karibu Loo to provide income to the charitable mission. Karibu Loo operates in Nairobi and is an exciting addition to the FONR story. Its goal is to provide one-third of FONR's budget and jobs to graduates of the program.

Space is limited, RSVP today!

MINN Talk and Tours (T&T) are an opportunity for MINN members to gain first-hand knowledge of the workings of international NGOs in the state. The T&T agenda is simple. Employees of an international NGO offer a private tour of their facility and then field questions about their organization’s work and their office culture. While MINN T&Ts are free and open to MINN Members, space is limited, and registration is required. Please consider joining the hundreds of international professionals who already have a MINN membership. Click here to join. If you have questions regarding your membership write us at

There will be a networking opportunity following the Talk and Tour at Park Tavern starting at 7 pm. The Park Tavern event is open to all who would like to network with the MINN community and FONR staff!

If this event is filled please sign up for the waitlist as we often ask waitlisted people to attend closer to the event.

Contact Lacey Kraft, MINN Program Committee Volunteer, with any questions.
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