Sunday, March 26, 2017

Humphrey School Carnegie Fellows gather for Naples research workshop

In January 2017 a group of scholars, including HHH alum Dr. Caroline Krafft and former Humphrey School Carnegie Centennial Scholars joined a research workshop organized by Professor Ragui Assaad of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota as part of the Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities. This program was funded by Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship, a program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The workshop focused on the use of household surveys to assess human development outcomes in the Middle East and North Africa and took place January 12-14, 2017 in Naples, Italy.

Participants included (*indicates a former Humphrey School Carnegie Centennial Scholar):

Caroline Krafft, Assistant Professor, Saint Catherine University

*Ali Souag, University of Mascara, Research Center in Applied Economics for Development

*Moundir Lassassi, Research Center in Applied Economics for Development, Algeria

*Shaimaa Mohsen Mohammed Abdel Moneim Yassin, post-Doctoral researcher, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

*Sami Zouari, Institut Supérieur de Gestion Industrielle, Tunisia

Prof. Jackline Wahba,Professor of Economics,University of Southampton

*Irene Nabil Wahib Selwaness, Faculty of Economics and Political Science Cairo University

Ragui Assaad, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

HHH Dean Schwartz discusses global political issues on MPR

From Humphrey Herald: "Humphrey School Dean Discusses His Departure

Dean Eric Schwartz was a guest on MPR News with Tom Weber, where he discussed President Trump's revised travel ban, the polarized nature of politics, and the value of public affairs schools like the Humphrey School."

HHH Diplomat-in-Residence Dr. Curtin at Theater of Public Policy

"Who Needs Friends?!" The Theater of Public Policy with Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin
Monday, March 27: 7–8:30 p.m.  The Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis

About the T2P2:

Dr. Mary T. Curtin, a Minnesota native, joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as Diplomat-in-Residence in 2013 after a twenty-five year career as a Department of State Foreign Service Officer.  As Diplomat-in-Residence, she teaches courses in foreign policy and diplomacy and serves as Coordinator for the Global Policy Area and for the newly approved interdisciplinary Master in Human Rights degree, jointly sponsored by the Humphrey School and College of Liberal Arts.

During her Foreign Service Career, she served at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels; as Political Counselor in Warsaw, Poland; and at missions in Tunisia, Mali, and Chile, as well as in Washington, D.C. She has expertise in issues including Middle East policy; European affairs, including the EU and NATO; human rights and democratization, and non-proliferation. She was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 1995 UN Conference on Women.

Dr. Curtin earned a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in the City of New York (1986), writing her dissertation on "Hubert H. Humphrey and the Politics of the Cold War, 1943-1954,” a Masters in Security Studies from the Army War College (2003), and a BA from the University of Notre Dame (1977). She speaks French, Polish, and Spanish.

Mar 30 Google Earth Engine

U-Spatial Brown Bag Series Geographers, Start Your (Google Earth) Engines!
Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Blegen Hall 445  West Bank, Twin Cities Campus

Google Earth Engine is a platform for cloud-based digital image processing and visualization. Petabytes of public satellite imagery are stored and organized for use with the Earth Engine API. Datasets available include the entire Landsat archive, Sentinel, MODIS, NAIP, and more.

This API can be accessed from any internet browser and runs JavaScript and Python scripts. Since processing occurs on Google’s servers, large image processing tasks can be completed very quickly without the need for a high power work station. Earth Engine can be used to filter images, map land cover, and chart changes over time.

This presentation will demonstrate some of the current applications of Google Earth Engine and provide a walk-through of how to display and filter imagery in Google Earth Engine. Access to the code editor is free for research, education, and nonprofit use. Apply for access to the advanced features of Earth Engine.

Presenter: Trevor Host, Research Assistant, CFANS Forest Resources
Degree Program: Assessment, Monitoring, and Geospatial Analysis

Reminder--Austria based summer grant app due March 31

Greetings from the Center for Austrian Studies (CAS)! We have summer funding opportunity for graduate students who specialize in (or intend to explore specialization in) Austrian/Central European Studies -- applications from all disciplines are welcome.

The application deadline is March 31. Details can be found on the CAS website:

Mar 31 Aniceti Kitereza: A Tanzanian Epic

Aniceti Kitereza: A Tanzanian Epic
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:00pm
537 Heller Hall

Presented by Dr. Shoonie Hartwig, founder of Mwangaza Partnership of education, health, family and faith

Dr. Joseph Mbele​, University of St. Olaf

ANICETI KITEREZA - A TANZANIAN EPIC. The man, his home, his book Myombekere na Buganoka received a mere glance in 1945. Yet, when Aniceti Kitereza welcomed an American to his home on the island of Ukerewe, Tanzania in 1969, ordinary began to be transformed to extraordinary. This is an epic tale of how a novel completed in Kikerebe is now published in Kiswahili, French, German and English. It is a tale of the author, Aniceti Kitereza, whose tome is the longest novel written in Africa and whose life of 81 years is a testimony to his reason for writing: what should we teach our children? From their forthcoming book – Aniceti Kitereza – A Tanzanian Epic-, Professor Joseph Mbele (St. Olaf) and Dr. Shoonie Hartwig (St. Olaf, emeritus) will present examples of his writing and its extraordinary contribution to African literature.

Dr. Shoonie Hartwig
For more than fifty years, Dr. Hartwig has lived in Minnesota, North Carolina and Tanzania as a teacher, researcher, program facilitator and as a writer. She taught at North Carolina Central University and St. Olaf College. The Lutheran College Consortium for Tanzania, an exchange program between several Lutheran colleges and the University of Dar es Salaam was operative for thirty-three years.

In 1996, Dr. Hartwig resigned from St. Olaf to take a position as Director of Mwangaza Education for Partnership-ELCT/ELCA based near Arusha, TZ. This grass-roots, faith based organization serves twenty dioceses of the ELCT and their partnered ELCA synods. Teacher training for secondary school teachers, an intergenerational mother-daughter program focuses on health/GBV/HIV-AIDS and entrepreneurial skills, and a community health program - water borne disease/conflict resolution/GBV comprise the three programs. She retired in 2003, continuing only as advisor. All sixteen Mwangaza staff are Tanzanian.

Dr. Hartwig has published four books, the most recent - EDUCATION OF A STRANGER (2014) and LIVING WITH DYING - A FAMILY VOCATION (2017).

The primary documents, letters, pictures and tapes related to ANICETI KITEREZA - TANZANIAN EPIC, were collected in 1969 when the Hartwig family lived on the island of Ukerewe. During that time, her husband, Gerald Hartwig, assembled oral traditions from the Bakerebe so as to write their history. Kitereza was one of his informants. The Hartwigs published four articles related to Kitereza’s novel - BWANA MYOMBEKERE na BIBI BUGONOKA.

Currently, Dr. Hartwig lives in Roseville, MN. She is mother to four, grandmother to five and great-grandmother to six.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

MPP Bland awarded Smaby Fellowship for study in Oslo

Congratulations to MPP student Marinda Bland who was awarded the 2017 Philip C. Smaby Peace Fellowship. This award will cover costs for her to attend the University of Oslo's International Summer School (ISS). Marinda is a Master of Public Policy student with a concentration in Science, Technology,and Environmental Policy (STEP). At the ISS she will enroll in the Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development class.

Information about the Oslo ISS:

Philip C. Smaby was proud both of his Norwegian immigrant heritage and of his life-long commitment to building global business relationships that encouraged economic stability and supported a more peaceful world. A 1942 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Smaby wished to reflect these deeply held values in a gift to his alma mater to endow a graduate fellowship at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs designed to inspire and engage students to pursue academic studies at the world-renowned University of Oslo International Summer School in the fields of world peace, social justice, conflict resolution and human rights. A biography of Mr. Smaby can be found at

Previous Humphrey School Smaby Awardees are:

2016 Abbie Plouff (MPP)
2015 Meredith Cavin (MPP)
2014 Erin Cowles (MSTEP)
2013 Tenzin Khando (MPP) and Brendan Crosby (MPA)
2012 Harshada Karnik (MPP) and Erik Sande (MPP)
2011 Brandon Baumbach (MPP) and Duane Johnson (MPP).
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