Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Global Policy Seminar: January 24 – Fernando Burga on Miami, Immigrant City

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar series every other Tuesday.  The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School.
The next three presentations are: 
January 24 –  Fernando Burga on Miami, Immigrant City
February 7 – Claire Hill on Unleasing the Inner (Good) Bankers
February 21 –  Jane Sumner on Offshore Production's Effect on Attitudes Toward Free Trade
Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Seminar on Global Policy
Professor Fernando Burga
Humphrey School
Miami, Immigrant City: Urban Planning and Cuban-American Empowerment
12:45 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, January 24
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus
Over the past few years immigrant refugee crises have come to the forefront of our public consciousness and emerged as a key factor in determining the democratic future of nation states. Based on a book project under contract by the University of Toronto Press, my presentation delves into how urban planners dealt with the Mariel boatlift. Over the span of six months in 1980 more than 120,000 Cuban refugees, “Marielitos,” emigrated from the port of Mariel in Cuba to South Florida. Following the boatlift Cuban Americans successfully forged a community development apparatus to reframe the stigma of a refugee crisis into a narrative of successful assimilation. Driven by planning data, public housing provisions and public policy discourses, this effort mobilized votes to elect Cuban American politicians. By charting the history of comprehensive planning in Dade County before, during, and after the Mariel boatlift, I argue that city planners and public policymakers must reflect upon their roles as advocates to consider refugee and immigrant settlement as a force that reshapes urban politics and influences planning practice. While the experience of immigrant refugee crises is not foreign to American cities, the Mariel boatlift crisis was pivotal in turning Miami into a paradigmatic immigrant city which adapted urban planning techniques for an immigrant-based agenda, transformed the well-established urban regime with elected immigrant leadership, and marshalled the conservative platform of one of the most successful immigrant model minorities in US society. 
All are welcome!  Refreshments will be served

Humphrey alums Vang, Sivalingam, Scherpelz on MINN Board

MINN welcomes new 2017 MINN Board Members including Humphrey School alumni Kaying Vang and Kamaladevy Sivalingam.  MDP alum JB Scherpelz is serving as MINN Board President and HHH adjunct faculty member Jeannie Fox as Vice President.

Humphrey alumni Paul Walters and Sara McGarraugh are stepping down as MINN Board members in 2017.


Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on February 10, 2017
The Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master’s and professional degree programs, and to increase opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. A primary goal of the fellowships is to increase exposure to other cultures. The program especially encourages applications from students who have never traveled abroad.

Funding is provided by a generous gift from the Walter H. Judd Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation and additional funds from the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, with support from individual donors.

For more information on guidelines and application procedure, click here.

2017 FPDI Student Competition

FPDI is proud to announce this unique opportunity for interdisciplinary student teams to work collaboratively to identify and assess food supply-chains and addresses challenges related to food defense. All teams will address potential disruptions in the food supply-chain and give applications and recommendations based on their projects.

For more information, click here.

call for papers 12th Singapore Graduate Forum on SE Asian Studies

crossposted from H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/161316/call-papers-12th-singapore-graduate-forum-southeast-asian

Subject Fields: Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Southeast Asian History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

DATE OF EVENT : 24-28 July 2017
VENUE : National University of Singapore
WEBSITE : https://ari.nus.edu.sg/Event/Detail/b6568d71-b701-4d83-bcf9-314ed24800d0


This forum is organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; with funding support from the Henry Luce Foundation, USA.

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from graduate (master’s and PhD) students who are engaged in research on Southeast Asia to attend the 12th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies on 24-28 July 2017.

This five-day forum, the twelve of an annual series of forums for graduate students who work on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically. Themes broadly reflect (though not limited to) the core research strengths of the Asia Research Institute, including the Asian dynamics of religion, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, population and social change. Keynotes will be delivered by professors Sunil Amrith (Harvard University), Tom Boellstorff (University of California) and Lily Kong (Singapore Management University).

The first two days of the Forum will be dedicated to Skills Based Sessions during which senior scholars will address various topics such as:
How to get published in peer-reviewed journals,
How to apply for international grants,
How to deal with negative reviews,

Besides that there will be sessions on various research methodologies, English academic writing and planning career trajectories.

During the final three days, graduate students will be giving the opportunity to present their work in sessions organized thematically. Graduate students working on topics related to Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based either on work in progress that is at an advanced stage (i.e. already completed data collection and analysis), or on completed work. NUS students are encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with students from ASEAN as well as those from other regions whose interests focus on Southeast Asia.

Partial or full funding may be available for students whose proposals have been selected. Funding will cover board and lodging for the duration of the five-day forum, and a contribution towards air travel to Singapore by the most economical means.

This event coincides with the Asian Graduate Student Fellowship Programme 2017, which brings some 25 graduate students to ARI for a four/six-week period. These students will also participate in the Graduate Forum.


Graduate students should submit a 300-400 words abstract of their proposed paper to Ms Tay Minghua at minghua.tay@nus.edu.sg no later than 3 March 2017. Please refer to the website (https://ari.nus.edu.sg/Event/Detail/b6568d71-b701-4d83-bcf9-314ed24800d0) for the application form. The abstract should clarify the substantive issues which your paper will address and be firmly grounded in your own research project. Please include information on objectives, methods, and findings, as well as explain the original contribution the research makes to the field of study. One letter of recommendation from a supervisor should also be forwarded along with your form by the same date.

Successful applicants will be notified by early April 2017. Those selected will have to submit full-length papers, of around 4,000-5,000 words in length, by 15 July 2017.

Dr Michiel BAAS, Asia Research Institute, NUS (Chair)
Dr Amelia FAUZIA, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Bernardo BROWN, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Celine CODEREY, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr HU Shu, Asia Research Institute, and Centre for Family and Population Research, NUS
Dr Michelle MILLER, Asia Research Institute, NUS
Dr Rita PADAWANGI, Asia Research Institute, NUS
A/P Titima SUTHIWAN, Centre for Language Studies, NUS

Contact Info:

Ms Tay Minghua
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
AS8 Level 7, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
Email: minghua.tay@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 4224
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

IPID student society workshops for UMN MA & Ph.D. writers

IPID Community,
Are you a student working in a thesis, dissertation, capstone or paper related to international development? Are you having troubles to make some progress in your writing? Do you want to have the opportunity to be published? Then IPID Student Society Workshops are going to interest you very much!

These workshops are targeted to Masters and Phd students who are working on their thesis, dissertations, capstone or professional papers related to international development (i.e. social justice, food security, public health, non-profit work, natural conservation, economic development, etc.). The purpose of these workshops are to create a space for students to work quietly and individually in a group setting. At the beginning and end of every session, we will do a check-in and set goals for the duration of the session and for the next session. If there is enough interest among participants we will also set up a system to do peer review for each other. Also, this will be an excellent opportunity to network with researchers across disciplines and catch up with the cutting-edge research in international development. Finally, when you finish your work we will connect you with Reconsidering Development Journal so you can have the possibility to publish your work!

When: 02/01/17, 03/01/17, 04/05/17, 05/03/17
Where: Appleby Hall room 302
RSVP here

**Attendance is strongly recommended if you are planning to apply for a Travel Grant. Applications will be accepted from January 31 – March 1. More information about the 2017 Travel Grant is available on IPID’s webpage.**

Monday, January 16, 2017

Humphrey Fellow alum leads supply chain management group in Haiti

Update from Serge Michel, now working with Partners in Health:  "I would like to give thanks to US Department of States that have been granted me to attend the Fulbright Humphrey Fellowship Program, fiscal year 2014-2015. This adventure provided me with proven knowledge, competencies, and leadership skills. After one year back home, I have the great feeling and satisfaction that I am in a way to better serve my country through some of my personal, social and professional activities.

Personally, I helped build a corporate society called Innovative Professional Group (IPGroup S.A) where I contributed under my leadership to gathering ten (10) former colleagues from UNOPS to create this society – We are over the course to launch a project of Supply Chain Management. I am currently the President of Board of this registered and legal structure.

Socially, I am serving on the Board of Think Tank Group and Actions for a New Haiti (GRAHN-Haiti)- one the largest Civic Haitian Organization, as Vice-Chairman of Innovation and Creativity.
Professionally: since December 2015 I am working at Partners in Health (PIH) in Haiti as Programs Director where I lead two projects funded by USAID such as Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Initiative (CCCI) and WASH In Schools (WIS), both projects provided quality services to under-served population in the lower of Artibonite and lower of Central Plateau areas in Haiti."

Mr. Serge Michel
2014-15 Humphrey International Fulbright Fellow to the Humphrey School, University of Minnesota
President Board of Innovative Professional Group S.A (IPGroup S.A)USAID Program Manager Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Initiative and WASH in Schools at Zanmi Lasante /Partners in Health
Founder and CEO of Ayiti Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ALE)

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