Nuclear History Boot Camp 2018 Call for Applications

Participants will receive full tuition and round-trip airfare to Rome as well as accommodations and meals during the boot camp.

Type: Summer Program
Date: June 15, 2018 to June 25, 2018
Location: Italy

Aimed at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the eighth-annual Nuclear History Boot Camp is an initiative of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). The continued proliferation of nuclear weapons is one of the most pressing security issues of our time--NPIHP’s Nuclear History Boot Camp is an intensive, ten-day immersion in the history of nuclear matters ranging from the evolution of nuclear technology to the origins and development of deterrence theory and nuclear strategy through the historical roots of today’s global nuclear landscape.

Thematic seminars led by world-class historians and leading experts will:
Fully immerse participants in the world of nuclear history research,
Explore the international history behind today’s nuclear challenges,
Foster discussions of the presentations that each participant will offer based on their current research.

NPIHP’s summer 2018 Nuclear History Boot Camp will be hosted by the University of Roma Tre and the Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies (CIMA) at a former ACE HIGH NATO communications relay site in the village of Allumiere near Rome, Italy for ten days, June 15th-June 25th

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This education abroad opportunity is not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and has not been fully vetted. Notification of an opportunity should not be construed as an endorsement by the University of Minnesota. For information regarding participation on
any opportunity abroad, contact the Learning Abroad Center on the Twin Cities campus. All other campuses should consult the appropriate education abroad office for their campus.

Winter French classes at Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul

Winter Session Registration is Open!
Winter Session runs from Jan 15 to Mar 25. View the current schedule of adult classes here.

Save $30 on ten week adult classes when you register prior to Dec 23.

Winter Session Intensive Classes
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Semi-Intensive
Winter session Intensive classes are open for registration! Winter session will run from Jan 15 through Mar 25. Ten-Week options available both day and evening. We are also featuring a semi-intensive Advanced class.
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Five-Week Classes
In French and In English
Comme un roman: Calling all bibliophiles! What leads us to enjoy or dread reading? Do we have to finish a book we don't enjoy? Popular French author Daniel Pennac explores these questions essay. Read and discuss these themes with Damien and discover this thought-provoking contemporary author. IN3+. Fridays, Jan 19 to Feb 16, 10 am to noon

Paris à la mode: Prepare for fashion week in Paris by learning about the history of French fashion, popular contemporary designers and the main events of this celebration. Alexie will lead you through springtime in Paris! No French experience required, classes will be led in English.
Tuesdays, Jan 16 to Feb 13, 6 to 8 pm

All winter classes are open for registration online.
Register by phone: 612 332 0436

Edina Classes Open for Registration
Prefer to take classes in the West Metro? AFMSP offers classes at Edina Community Center. View the class options and check their website as classes open for registration this Friday.

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Global & Local Perspectives on Food--request for paper proposals

Eating for Change: Global and Local Perspectives on Food and Transformation
Paper proposals are due Friday, December 29.

Type: Conference
Date: May 16, 2018
Location: California, United States
Subject Fields: Sociology, Social Sciences, Geography, Humanities, Anthropology

Eating for Change:
Global and Local Perspectives on Food and Transformation
Wednesday, May 16 2018 | SS&H 273

Transformation is inherent in food as a material substance. Wheat, for instance, is transformed into flour and flour into bread, a process that is environmental, social, cultural, technological and political in essence. Likewise, food systems and eating habits have always been subject to transformation and change. In contemporary Western societies, processes such as the globalization of food production and the industrialization of agriculture significantly change both local and global food systems. However, social movements that encompass political, economic and cultural resistance to these changes and the inequities they incur emerge as a substantive force for transformative change.

This one-day conference will tackle the notions of change and transformation underpinning contemporary and historical processes of food production, consumption and distribution. We wish to bring together scholars to focus on the social dynamics driving changes in food movements, food cultures and food systems.

We ask what are the epistemological and the ontological presuppositions that underlie changes in food systems and food cultures? In what ways do food and foodways partake in social change? How are new culinary trends affected by contemporary cultural, economic, technological and political processes? What is the role of food in struggles for social justice and equity? How are interactions between states, markets, social movements and individuals shaping and re-shaping cultural, moral and political frameworks guiding food practices today?

Food Studies scholars - including graduate students - from Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, CRD, STS, Environmental Studies, Human Ecology, History, Cultural Studies, Food Science and Technology, International Agricultural Development or any related field, are invited to email Rafi Grosglik ( with a paper proposal (abstract, 250-500 words). In order to encourage a comparative perspective, papers can focus on either local empirical cases (California, Mexico) or elsewhere in the Global North or the Global South.

Contact Info:

Rafi Grosglik, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Israel Institute Teaching Fellow
The Department of Sociology
The Jewish Studies Program
University of California, Davis

Minnesota universities bucking trend on foreign student enrollment article

A recent star tribune article about Minnesota universities exception to decline in foreign student enrollment, talks about how universities like St. Thomas and University of Minnesota are defying trends of drop in international admissions:

"Nationally, the number of new foreign college students dropped by 7 percent this fall, according to a November report by the Institute of International Education. Critics say it’s evidence that the Trump administration’s travel bans and anti-immigrant rhetoric are scaring away potential students.

So far, Minnesota appears to be bucking the trend. This fall, the U welcomed 6,060 foreign students from more than 100 countries to the Twin Cities campus — almost the same as last year — while the number of new international freshmen crept up by 1 percent.

The story was much the same at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, another magnet for international students. It reported a fall enrollment of 574 students from other countries, a five-year high."

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Crossposted from Star Tribune, Dec 4th 2017,

Humphrey Faculty Rethinking Urban Infrastructure

Urban Outfitting: Imagining cities for a changing world

Gabriel Chan, Yingling Fan, Anu Ramaswami, Greg Lindsey, and Jason Cao on the roof of the Minneapolis Convention Center, which holds one of the largest solar arrays in the Midwest. Photo: Bruce Silcox
"With as many as three billion more people expected to live in cities by 2050, there’s renewed interest in a topic often taken for granted: infrastructure. Many are wondering if there are options better than vast highways, elaborate power grids, and complex underground water systems. And cities are already trying localized, “distributed” systems such as community solar power, rain gardens, bike sharing, and urban farms. But what should such systems look like? How should they work? And how should we measure their impact—on efficiency and cost? What about their impact on people’s health and happiness?

Researchers from across the globe are asking such questions as part of a massive four-year effort to rethink urban infrastructure. Knit together in the sprawling Sustainable Healthy Cities network, they are attempting to provide the analyses needed to understand the effects of decisions cities have already made as well as envision what cities might do in the future. The network, supported by a $12 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation, is anchored at the University of Minnesota and led by Anu Ramaswami, the Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School.

The researchers are exploring seven components of urban infrastructure—energy, water, food supply, waste management, transportation, buildings, and green space—in an attempt to develop science-based tools that cities can use when making decisions, and identify infrastructure and policy innovations that enhance sustainability. They also are piloting strategies in the real world. The idea is to develop approaches that could be used everywhere, from fast-growing cities like Denver to shrinking cities like Detroit, and from stable cities with aging infrastructure, such as Minneapolis and New York City, to new cities in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. Southeast Asia alone is expected to have 250 new cities by 2030."

Read the entire piece here.

Crossposted from Humphrey School News, November 29th,

MDP Prof. Vavrus on MPR: Multilingualism in Minnesota

Frances Vavrus was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) education reporter Solvejg Wastvedt for a story broadcast on December 7, 2017 entitled Polyglot, MN: Census shows Minnesota increasingly multilingual (

In the interview, Vavrus discussed the importance of multilingualism among graduate students and faculty at the University of Minnesota, particularly as it enhances collaborative research: "We're all seeing the phenomenon that we're interested in slightly differently and that generates new knowledge that wouldn't be possible if it were only a monolingual, monocultural research group," Vavrus said.

Frances Vavrus is Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota, USA.  She joined the OLPD faculty in August 2008, where she serves in the Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) program. Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Vavrus was a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University for eight years and an Andrew Mellon/Takemi Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropological Demography at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Prof. Vavrus' research and teaching are in the fields of comparative and international education and development studies, and her principal interest lies in exploring how schooling is situated in these fields as a solution to a host of complex social problems. By looking historically at the cultural, economic, and political bases of arguments to bolster schooling for certain segments of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa—her primary geographical area of interest—she seeks to advance understanding of the transformative potential of education as well as its limitations. Her research is informed primarily by the disciplines of anthropology, history, and political science (especially international relations), and her principal work uses an ethnographic approach to explore how people make sense of educational development narratives that emerge from local, national, and international interactions. Dr. Vavrus also conducts research that utilizes critical discourse analysis and survey methods to address, respectively, questions regarding poverty reduction policies and the long-term impact of secondary schooling on the lives of African youth. Her longitudinal ethnographic and survey research focuses on the Kilimanjaro Region of northern Tanzania, where she has intermittently lived, taught, and studied since 1992. Prof. Vavrus has been a teacher at the secondary and tertiary levels in the region and involved in a teacher education program for Tanzanian secondary school teachers and teacher educators at Mwenge Catholic University in Moshi, Tanzania. In addition to working with this higher education institution in Tanzania, Prof. Vavrus was the co-principal investigator on a USAID-funded project in Zambia working with faculty at colleges and universities to conduct policy-relevant research and has been serving as a consultant to the Open Society Foundations’ Education Support Program on a project with the Malawian Ministry of Education to improve their pre-service teacher education curriculum.

Fellowship: Sping Lin & Ying-Ngoh T. Lin China Center Visiting Scholars Initiative

The China Center is currently accepting applications for the Sping Lin and Ngoh T. Lin Visiting Scholars Initiative. The application deadline for a spring 2018 award is January 31, 2018.

Preferred fundable activities include those that develop new, or strengthen existing, institutional and faculty-to-faculty relationships with Chinese partners; support outstanding research projects from across the University that are poised to make significant contributions to their field; and/or increase opportunities for meaningful student engagement.

Examples of fundable activities include:
  • Research and academic collaborations
  • Conferences, symposia, and workshops
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Professional consultation and collaboration
  • Faculty exchange programs
  • Select travel costs, including international airfare (to/from China) for visiting faculty
Application materials:
  • Online application form
  • Proposal: Upload a 3-page (maximum) proposal that details: -Why you or your department wish to bring a visiting scholar to campus? -How the collaboration between this visiting scholar and your department will contribute to building on existing UMN institutional partnerships, sustain and enhance future activities between UMN and China, advance strategic international goals, and/or reflect the Grand Challenges initiative. 
  • CV/Resume for Visiting Scholar
  • CV/Resume for Host Faculty Member
Apply here

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