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.

March 8-The Uneven Transformation of Rural Africa: Myths, Facts and Pressing Needs


The Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP), Department of Applied Economics is pleased to invite you to the Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm in room 105 of the Cargill Building.


Christopher Barrett, Deputy Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs of the College of Business, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and International Professor of Agriculture at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as Professor in the Department of Economics and Fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, all at Cornell University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please register at for planning purposes. 

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April 25 - The Time Has Come for a Reset in U.S.-China Relations: What Will That Look Like?

Save the Date: The 2017 Griffin Lecture is Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
University of Minnesota Driven to Discover

The Time Has Come for a Reset in U.S.-China Relations: What Will That Look Like?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall 
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis (map)

  The time has come for a reset in US-China relations with a focus on how the two countries can make room for mutual prosperity and genuine cooperation on geopolitical and security threats. The DNA of our political systems is very different. But our economies, and increasingly our societies, are deeply intertwined. America has to accept that China is on its way to building a global economic, political, and military footprint to rival the U.S. The Chinese leadership has to accept that, as world's second largest economy and an international trade and finance powerhouse, China will have to begin genuinely playing by global rules. The answer may be for China and the U.S. to treat each other as equals, and to have reciprocity as the bedrock that underlies our business and trade relations.

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James McGregor is Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide and author of two highly regarded books: No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism and One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China. He is a former China bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and former CEO of Dow Jones China. In his nearly three decades in China, he has also been a venture capital investor, entrepreneur who founded a research company for hedge funds, and an advisor to many companies. He currently splits his time between Shanghai, Beijing, and Duluth.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration instructions will be sent out at a future date. For assistance, contact the China Center at 612-624-1002 or

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

UMN ICI hosts Spanish expert on education in diversity & inclusion

ICI Hosts Professor from Spain
ICI and its Global Resource Center on Inclusive Education are hosting a visiting professor,  M. Cristina Cardona , PhD, a Professor of Research Methods in Special and Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. Her research interests include teacher education in diversity and inclusion, special education, instructional/curricular adaptations and diversification strategies, co-teaching, and collaboration. Diversity and inclusion have become critical to teacher education in Spain as the country adapts to Europe's process of higher education convergence. 

Dr. Cardona’s work at ICI, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota (U of M), will compare syllabi, teacher education models, course content and practices in pre-service teacher training programs at the U of M, other Minnesota universities, and her university in Spain. Dr. Cardona also plans to survey/interview teacher educators and students for their perceptions about how well Minnesota university programs prepare teachers for diversity and inclusion in classrooms and schools. 

crossposted from Institute on Community Integration News

Feb 27 Schooling Expansion & Timing First Marriage in Ethiopia, Malawi & Uganda

Monday, February 27
Schooling Expansion and the Timing of First Marriage in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda
Monica Grant, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MPC seminars are held from 12:15 to 1:15 PM on Mondays in the MPC Seminar Room (50 Willey Hall)

Since 2004, the MPC has been bringing national and international demographers to Minnesota to share their research at our seminar series. Click on the links below to see a listing of previous MPC Seminar Series presentations and speakers. If you would like more information regarding a past presentation, please contact the MPC administrative core.

MPC is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. Weekly seminars are held during both the fall and spring semesters.

UMN alumni trip to Italy

Studying abroad not just for students

A new collaboration between the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development provides alumni and friends the chance to participate in a non-credit educational experience similar to study abroad. Participants will travel to Italy Nov. 3-13, learning about the science of food, wine, and the Renaissance from U of M faculty and local experts. Learn more and reserve a spot >

Feb 28 South Korean Bereishit Dance Company

Feb. 28 - Northrop presents Bereishit Dance Company

The South Korean Bereishit Dance Company makes its Twin Cities debut with a program that merges the control and excitement of break dancing with the ancient musical heritage of Pansori. 7:30 p.m. $20 U of M faculty/staff rush tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. the day of the show online, over the phone, or in person. Watch a sneak peak of the evening's performance.
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