Tuesday, October 6, 2015

HHH 1st yr students--Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations

Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations - Summer 2016 in DC

Internal application deadline: 11:59 pm, Monday, November 2, 2015.  See details below.

The Harold W Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations Summer 2016 offers students pursuing a career in international affairs the opportunity to spend a summer in professional fellowship positions in the US Congress or at a US government agency (including the State Department and the Department of Defense) in Washington, DC. 

Eligibility: The program is open to all graduate students enrolled in APSIA-member schools (Humphrey is an APSIA member school), are returning to school full-time in Fall 2016, can demonstrate a commitment to public service and express a keen interest in international relations.

For more information about Harold Rosenthal and the Rosenthal Fellowship including where previous fellows have interned, go to http://www.rosenthalfellowship.org/

- A stipend of $2,000 will accompany a limited number of awards
- Fellowship positions are chosen to ensure they provide substantive work experience in international relations and security policy
- International students may apply for the program but are limited to Congressional placements
- Each school may nominate up to 3 candidates
- Semi-finalists for the program will be notified on January 31, 2016
- Interviews and final selections will take place in Washington, DC on March 7-8, 2016, with travel costs the responsibility of the nominees. (Remote interviews may be available under certain circumstances.)
- Finalists will be notified of their selection as soon as possible after March 8th.
- By accepting a Rosenthal Fellowship, finalists agree to accept their Rosenthal-provided internship placement and to write a memo to the Fellowship Committee at the end of the summer describing their experiences.

Additional benefits of the program: The Fellowship program offers after-hours lectures, roundtables and networking programs.
Note: Students may apply to the Fellowship with an internship at a qualifying US government agency already in hand (thus, applying for stipend support only) or for just the internship placement if they already have a source of funding available.
Rosenthal Fellows also receive preferred consideration for the European Union Visitors Program.

(DEADLINE - 11:59 pm, Monday, November 2, 2015)

Please submit the following materials to Martha Krohn at krohn036@umn.edu by 11:59 pm on Monday, November 2, 2015.  Materials should be attached to your email as Word documents.   Please put Rosenthal Application Materials in the subject line of the email.
1. A brief (300 words or less) statement as to why you would like to be a Rosenthal Fellow and how that relates to your education and career goals.
2. Resumé (1-2 page) showing education and experience relevant to a career in international affairs*
3. A two-page (single-spaced) original policy memo style essay written for this application on a current international affairs topic of the student's choice. The essay should not refer to you personally. This essay is key; it must be succinct, well-written and showcase your knowledge of a current international affairs topic.*
*Note: The resumé and original essay should be your best first-draft work. If you are chosen to be a nominee, we will work with you in polishing both for final submission.
You will be notified by no later than Thursday, November 12 whether you have been chosen as an HHH nominee.


If you are a nominee, all remaining materials (unofficial transcripts, letter of reference, application form and final copies of your resumé and essay) will be due to Martha Krohn (krohn036@umn.edu) on Monday, November 23, 2015.
1. Unofficial transcripts: An academic transcript from universities previously attended (unofficial accepted).  An academic transcript from your current graduate program. The Fall 2015 semester transcript with grades should be sent when available (in early January 2016).
2. Reference Letter: If you are selected as a nominee, you will need to submit a letter of reference from a professor or professional associate with direct knowledge of your interests and abilities. NOTE: Please inform your proposed recommender that you may be requesting such a letter in mid-November. It may also be helpful to offer to draft the letter.
3. Application form
Questions about the Rosenthal application process? Please contact Martha Krohn at krohn036@umn.edu, Jen Guyer-Wood at jguyerwo@umn.edu or Sherry Gray at grayx260@umn.edu

Martha Krohn, MA | Associate Director of Career Services
Humphrey School of Public Affairs - University of Minnesota | Ph: 612.625.3585 | Fax: 612.626.0002
Fall 2015 Drop-In (No Appointment Needed!): Wednesdays, 1-2:30 in Room HHH280
To make an appointment online, go to our website: www.hhh.umn.edu/career

Oct 13, Jodi Sandfort on Global “Hubert”, Freeman Center Seminar

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy

Jodi Sandfort
Humphrey School
will speak on
The Global Partnerships of the Hubert Project: Using Multimedia Learning Objects to Improve Instruction: 

12:45 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 13
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

Since 2012, the Humphrey School has served as a global hub for the development and sharing of multi-media learning objects to improve public affairs education. Professor Sandfort will explain the project and its partnership with Hong Kong University and the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (working in 12 Universities).  The talk will also highlight other international materials developed for the collection from Turkey and India, and consider ways to broaden the reach for material development and use in the future.

All are welcome!  Refreshments will be served

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every otherTuesday.  The sessions are held from 12:45 to
2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School. The next two
presentations are:

October 13 – Jodi Sandfort on Global “Hubert”
October 27 – Richard Painter on the Reform of Political Campaign Financing

HHH student WorldQuest Team Recruitment

Fancy yourself a geography buff?

Can you name 15 international capitals?
Do you spend hours pouring over atlases and maps?

Looking to join a group of smarty-pants, fun-loving nerds 
for a night of competition, wit, and excitement? 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, WE WANT YOU! WorldQuest, the international trivia competition, is returning to the University of Minnesota on Friday, November 13, and we need your help. Teams are made up of 8 students, and last year we were able to sponsor two entirely free of charge for participants, thanks to the generosity of Humphrey's Global Policy area. All of this can be yours for the mere cost of the few minutes it takes to send us an email letting us know you're interested!

For questions or to join a team, email Karl (schue155@umn.edu) or Emily (muell922@umn.edu
Check out WorldQuest: http://micglobe.org/program_worldquest/register.php 

Apply to present at UMN Global Health Day (Nov 19)

Global Health Day provides an opportunity for those engaged in global health around the University of Minnesota to come together, exchange knowledge across disciplines, and make connections. Global Health Day 2015 will take place on November 19 in the Mayo Auditorium.

Submissions are now open for the Poster Session and Photo Contest. 

Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate. http://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/news-events/global-health-day

Oct 19 Freedom for North Korean Refugees

Monday, October 19th, 2015
Humphrey School of Public Affairs -
University of Minnesota
301 19th Ave S #307
Minneapolis, MN
$25.00 Adults
$15.00 Students(Students must show student ID)
The above costs covers a continental breakfast and delicious authentic Korean lunch. The Symposium is free. 

Unaddressed Inhumanity 

An estimated 200,000 North Korean defectors have escaped the poverty and oppression of their government, hoping to reach safety in South Korea. To do so, these stateless people must undertake hazardous treks through China and other countries. Many never make it across miles of Gobi desert, mountains or similarly treacherous terrain for even a chance at diplomatic immunity.

An estimated 70 percent are women and children vulnerable to opportunists, most forced into human trafficking, slavery and other crimes. If caught by Chinese authorities, these refugees have no claim to diplomatic asylum. They are deported immediately to North Korea, where they often face torture or imprisonment.

Despite all this, the world community has done little to provide these refugees resettlement, which is why we are writing to you today.  We need a strong push for diplomatic and humanitarian action. We hope you’ll contribute to our efforts and provide a powerful one!

In October of this year we will be collaborating with a number of Twin Cities universities and colleges, non-profits, and influential U.S. and South Korean political and social figures to be a part of a symposium addressing these important issues. We’ll produce a powerful program that will spread awareness and understanding of the human rights issues of North Korean refugees and spark an effort to establish long overdue solutions.

Cross-cultural Partnership

These engaged leaders from both the US and Korea are coming together for a captivating and catalyzing effort to mobilize behind this cause.  The symposium will be hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  

A number of North Korean refugees are among the remarkable group of Koreans who have agreed to come and share their stories!  Additionally, subject matter experts from academic, human rights, diplomacy, media social services, faith organizations, and the arts will join them to inform us on the facts and current status of this complex international issue. Together they will illuminate the realities of refugees' lives in China, giving us a vivid glimpse into the desperation people face when they have no country and no legal rights.  

We invite you, to join us to address this critical international human rights issue.  There are many ways you can help. Most immediately, we are in need of funds to support the development, promotion and launch of this much-needed program and to secure and support the costs of expert presenters and speakers.

Unmet Need
With your help, we can engage community partners in a dialogue that will go beyond this symposium and transform into meaningful outcomes in our communities.  The result will be a way to provide desperately-needed support and aid for safe and humane resettlement of North Korean refugees in Minnesota and elsewhere in the U.S.

I would love the opportunity to share my story with any community group, and encourage participation in our October 19 symposium, where we will explore the role of community partners in depth, as together we create a workable structure that can offer humane resettlement and follow up support to North Korean refugees who choose Minnesota as their home.

We appreciate you considering funding or otherwise supporting this important effort and look forward to hearing from you soon.

To support the costs for the symposium and our vision of safe and humane resettlement of of North Korean refugees in the United States please visit our campaign site at:


Symposium Participants...

PicturePictureDirector Sang-Hoon Lee: Director Lee is a nationally recognized Production Designer and Film Director of numerous award winning TV shows and movies across the Republic of Korea. He is the creator of the popular Korean television program “On My Way to Meet You”, a panel show where North Korean refugees tell their heartbreaking stories to a panel of South Korean celebrities.

Chang-Soo Kim: An expert on Korean policy from WWII to the present, Mr. Kim serves on the editorial board for the Korea National Strategy Institute (KNSI) is an independent, nonprofit domestic and foreign relations policy think tank Korea's, seeking to accomplish reconciliation and reunification between South and North Korea.

Professor Jin-ho Kim: Professor Kim is the president of the YaenInBang Professional Theater Troupe and is well-known in the theater drama scene for his contributions in the development and recognition of theater’s significance in the history, development and promotion of Korean culture.


Representative Keith Ellison: Representative Ellison is an elected member of the United States House of Representatives representing Minnesota’s fifth district, the most culturally diverse district in the state. His legislative philosophy is one of "generosity and inclusiveness” and he consistently advocates for civil and human rights.

Jack Rendler: Mr. Rendler is the North Korea Country Specialist for Amnesty International, the Chairman of the Board for World Without Genocide and has served as the Executive Director for Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.


Dean Eric Schwartz: Dean Schwartz is the dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In addition, he currently serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration with the U.S. State Department.


Praise Ju (Joo Yang): A North Korean defector named Joo Yang recently participated in an AMA on Reddit, and her story of escaping the totalitarian rule of the country is completely stunning. Joo Yang defected from the country in 2010 after her parents went to South Korea first. She now helps to bridge the gap between North and South Koreans on the popular television program “Now on My Way to Meet You.”
Heejung Jang: Is the lead writer for "Now on My Way to Meet You." She is a writer for a new production in the Broadcasting Industry, and has written other successful TV shows in South Korea. Since 2011, she has been an entertainment lecturer for KBS (Korea Broadcasting System), which is a broadcasting academy, and talent development center.

Oct 22, ICGC Public Lecture, Left Leaning: Toward a Sinister Humanities

International Center for the Study of Global Change

ICGC Distinguished Public Lecture

Thursday, October 22nd


1210 Heller Hall

“Left Leaning: Toward a Sinister Humanities”

Presented by: Dr. John Mowitt, Leadership Chair in the Critical Humanities at the University of Leeds

ABSTRACT: The crisis of the Humanities is now understood to be endemic to the field.  Indeed, this state of affairs threatens to engulf the social thought experiment of the university itself.  Typically, humanists rise in defense of their enterprise by condemning the excesses of "instrumental reason,"  a defense that often has recourse to a concept of "the human" (if not "humanism") that many humanists have begun to trouble.  Drawing on Bernard Stiegler's concept of "technogenesis," this paper develops a response, both theoretical and political, to the crisis of the Humanities that derives the value of the field from its capacity to grasp a link between the ontology and the paleontology of the human, a link that, in pointing out the importance of the hand, underscores the special significance of "right-handedness" to the articulation of ontology and paleontology.  Examining Derrida's GLAS, and two piano concertos composed for Paul Wittgenstein after the loss of his right arm, the paper explores how a certain "sinisterism" might engage the crisis of the Humanities more offensively.
For the complete ICGC Event Schedule, go toICGC.umn.edu

Local Evaluator for the Trans-Border Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region programme

Local Evaluator for the Trans-Border Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region programme

Reporting to: International Evaluator for the Trans-Border Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region programme
Location: Travel to Rwanda, Burundi or Democratic Republic of the Congo
Type of position: Consultancy
Application ending: 15 October 2015
Job start date: November 2015
Authorization: Rwandan, Burundian or Congolese citizenship onlyPeriod: 30 working days
Interpeace’s Trans-Border Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region programme seeks a consultant to conduct a mid-term evaluation. The evaluation is expected to measure progress of the programme and to assess the effectiveness of the programme strategies for achieving programme outcomes. The evaluation is also expected to provide recommendations for ensuring programme effectiveness and efficiency, adapting to changes in the political context, as well as maximizing programme impact. The programme has been designed using the outcome mapping approach which is also expected to guide the methodology of the evaluation. Interpeace anticipates that the evaluation will commence in November 2015, for a period of 30 working days, including a minimum of 15 days in Nairobi, Burundi, DRC, and/or Rwanda.
The Trans-Border Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region programme is a 40-month programme implemented by Interpeace and six partners: Centre d’Alerte et de Prévention des Conflits (CENAP) in Burundi; Never Again Rwanda (NAR) in Rwanda; the Centre d’Etudes Juridiques Appliquées (CEJA) and Pole Institute in DRC’s North Kivu province, as well as Action pour la Paix et la Concorde (APC) and Réseau d’Innovation Organisationnelle (RIO) in South Kivu province. The programme aims to restore trust and collaboration between communities and other key stakeholders of the region and to reduce the vertical space between decision makers and citizens. The main strategy employed to achieve this aim is catalyzing and facilitating dialogue, supported by participatory action research processes, on key issue concerning peace and collaboration in the region.
The African Great Lakes region – comprising the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi – has suffered from recurring cycles of violence for decades. Despite numerous peace agreements, violence flares up every couple of months. The work of Interpeace in Rwanda and Burundi, since 2001 and 2007 respectively, revealed a deep interconnectedness of conflicts in the region and the necessity of anchoring sustainable conflict resolution at the regional level. Thus, in 2012, Interpeace and six partners in the Great Lakes Region initiated a trans-border dialogue programme which builds upon a 6-month exploratory research, using Participatory Action Research (PAR), on the dynamics of peace and conflicts in the Great Lakes Region.
Interpeace and its partners designed the Trans-Border Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region programme using the outcome mapping approach, focusing its efforts on contributing to behavioural change among key stakeholders in order to promote sustainable peace in the Great Lakes. In keeping with the outcome mapping approach, the programme has identified the following:
  • Vision: The Great Lakes is a region where there is peace and social cohesion achieved through collaboration and inter-cooperation among and between diverse populations and decision makers.
  • Mission: In support of the vision, the programme will hold dialogue processes with communities, decision makers, CSOs in particular youth, women and peacebuilding organizations and regional institutions to promote the value of common interests and to reduce feelings of mistrust and prejudice held by local populations. It will conduct participatory action research with various stakeholders in order to gain a deep understanding of the identified divisive factors within Great Lakes Region populations and will propose and disseminate concrete consensus-based solutions to decision makers that take into account the concerns and recommendations of local populations. It will facilitate dialogue processes involving decision makers, community members, civil society organizations and regional institutions in order to strengthen the collaboration and linkages among and between the populations of the Great Lakes regions and will sensitize the media and religious leaders about both divisive factors and opportunities for social cohesion.
  • Boundary Partners: To achieve this mission, the proposed programme has as direct target groups in the four intervention zones: i) decision makers, ii) civil-society organizations, iii) community members and iv) regional institutions.
These elements have been complemented by outcome statements and progress markers for each boundary partner.
Interpeace and its partners launched the programme in October 2012, commencing with a PAR on “Identity-based manipulations and stereotypes,” an issue identified as a key driver of conflict by key stakeholders during the exploratory research phase, consulting close to 350 across the Great Lakes region. A second PAR on “land, identity and population movement,” during which the programme teams consulted close to 1800 people, is in the process of finalization. In addition, the programme has established several mechanisms for trans-border dialogues, a network of cross border civil society organizations and linkages with decision makers at the local, national and regional levels. The first phase of the programme is anticipated to run until the end of 2016. This mid-term evaluation will inform the next year and a half of programming as well as the next phase of the programme.
Objectives and key questions of the evaluation:
The main objective of the evaluation is to assess the progress, achievements, and challenges of Trans-Border Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region programme to contribute to behaviour change among boundary partners in order to promote collaboration and inter-cooperation among and between diverse populations and decision makers. The evaluation is expected to analyze the effectiveness of programme strategies in achieving the intended outcomes, to gather lessons learned during programme implementation and to provide recommendations for maximizing impact and achievement of progress markers and outcomes. The evaluation will be of interest to Interpeace, CENAP, NAR, CEJA, Pole Institute, APC, and RIO as well as to international donors and policy makers engaged in the Great Lakes region.
The evaluation will assess and analyze progress and challenges under each programme outcomes by responding to the following questions:
  • What is the programme doing to contribute to changes in behaviour among the four boundary partners? How? (effectiveness, impact)
  • What strategies employed by the programme have been most effective in pursuing programme outcomes and overall vision? Why? (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact)
  • What strategies employed by the programme have been least effective in programme outcomes and overall vision? Why? (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact)
  • What are key recommendations for strengthening the programme’s ability and strategy for meeting progress markers and achieving its four key outcomes, particularly in light of the evolving political context in the region? (effectiveness, sustainability and impact)
Interpeace anticipates that these key evaluation questions will be further refined with the selected evaluation consultants.
Timeframe and Methodology:
The anticipated duration of the evaluation is 30 working days with a minimum of 15 days spent in Nairobi, Rwanda, Burundi, North Kivu and South Kivu, as possible. The anticipated start date is early November 2015 with submission of the final draft in early January 2016. The final timeframe will be agreed upon with the selected consultants.
Outcome mapping will be used as the primary method of assessment, applying the conceptual framework of assessing outcomes and changes in behaviour and relationships among boundary partners as a result of engagement in programme activities and actions. The evaluation will be both an objective and a consultative/participatory exercise, and is expected to involve the following elements:
Initial planning process: in conjunction with Interpeace and partners, finalize the methodology, guiding questions and indicators, and workplan.
Documentary review: a review of relevant documentation, including the original and revised programme document; programme logical framework; programme reports and updates; reports of workshop proceedings; research outputs; and relevant audio visual material produced for the programme.
Stakeholder interviews and focus group discussions: including with employees of Interpeace; the Interpeace partner organizations; authorities in Rwanda, Burundi, North Kivu and South Kivu, as possible; representatives of regional institutions engaged by the programme; donor representatives; members of the boards of the Interpeace partners; civil society organizations engaged by the programme and community members participating in programme activities. Indicators to assess the progress and impact of the programme, complementing existing progress markers and outcome statements, will be developed in consultation with Interpeace, local partners and stakeholders.
While Interpeace anticipates the use of the elements listed above, the list is not exhaustive. The evaluation may include additional elements and approaches as appropriate for responding to the mid-term evaluation questions. The applicant is encouraged to suggest a comprehensive methodology that includes these elements and others that the evaluators deem fit for meeting the evaluation objectives. The methodology for data collection should be described in the proposals. The final list of elements will be discussed with selected consultant or team.
Deliverables, Reporting and feedback:
The evaluators will provide:
  • A brief inception report (no more than 5 pages) at the end of the initial planning phase, setting out a timetable for the evaluation, an overview of the final agreed upon methodology, the names of people and groups to be interviewed, a detailed workplan and a list of documents to be reviewed. Data collection tools are expected to be reviewed by and finalized together with Interpeace.
  • The evaluators will provide a brief mid-term progress report and presentation at the end of the fieldwork phase (no more than 10 pages) summarizing the progress of the evaluation, highlighting any changes to the evaluation schedule, and providing tentative findings.
  • The evaluators will submit a draft report within 15 days after completing the fieldwork.
  • They will provide a final report taking into account comments on the draft report within 5 days of receiving such comments.
The evaluators will hold a feedback meeting (or meetings) for the Interpeace partner organizations, the Interpeace East and Central Africa office and invited stakeholders. This will be an opportunity to debrief on the evaluation, and to exchange views on preliminary findings and recommendations.
The evaluation report will include a main text of no more than 30 pages with findings and recommendations. The report will be expected to include:
  1. An analysis of the programme progress, strategies, challenges and lessons learned
  2. Recommendations for enhancing programme activities and interventions to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and continued relevance as well as responsiveness to the evolving political context and achievement of intended outcomes over the remainder of the Trans-Border Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region programme.
The evaluation will be undertaken by a team composed of an international consultant, who will be the team leader, and a local consultant from the Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Burundi or the DR Congo).
The consultant will be expected to have the following skills and experience at a minimum:
  • Experience conducting evaluations/assessments
  • Strong analytical skills and experience working with the Outcome Mapping approach
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with conflict resolution, peacebuilding and reconciliation programmes
  • Experience working in the Great Lakes region or other conflict or post-conflict environments, with preference given to Great Lakes-specific experience
  • Proven record of delivering professional outputs
  • A willingness to travel to the Great Lakes region
  • Excellent French and English speaking and writing skills
  • An ability to work within tight deadlines
  • Rwandan, Burundian or Congolese citizenship only
  • Ability to work effectively and inclusively with people of different culture, race, nationality, gender, religious belief, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or political affiliation
Interpeace and its partners will be responsible for:
  • Providing a focal point for the evaluation, who may travel with the consultants (time and funds permitting)
  • Providing a focal point at each partner organization
  • Providing logistical support inside and outside the Great Lakes region
  • Providing standard Interpeace security support for the evaluators (responsibility rests with the consultants)
  • Arranging meetings with stakeholders
  • Providing relevant programme reports and documentation in advance.
Instructions for Submitting CVs:
For consideration for this opportunity, please submit an expression of interest (no longer than 3 pages) and a CV by October 15, 2015 (midnight) for more info see http://www.interpeace.org/jobs/local-evaluator-for-the-trans-border...
Applicants, if shortlisted, will be required to subsequently submit work samples in English and a preliminary evaluation methodology.
Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving greater gender parity in all levels of its work. We welcome applications from women and men, including those with disabilities

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only.  
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