Thursday, October 27, 2016

Visiting Scholar from China Guocan Su at HHH

Guocan Su is PhD candidate at the Department of Economics, Xiamen University, and his major is Public Finance. He is interested in the china’s urbanization and the fiscal sustainability of government. Specifically, his research plan focuses on the mechanism in effect of urbanization quality on fiscal sustainability and he plans to finish it by July 2018.

Guocan Su is working at the Humphrey School as a visiting scholar from October 2016 to September 2017 and his faculty mentor is Professor Jerry Zhao.

You can contact Guocan Su by e-mail:

HHH course in China May 2017

Dear HHH students,

As the registration day is approaching, I hope you would consider the new study abroad course I will offer in May 14-26, 2017.  I have lined up all the site visits, guest lectures, and hosting universities for the course. The latest draft syllabus is here,which include detailed information on site visits and scheduled guest lectures. 

It is a 3-credit course. There is no tuition charge. The set price for this 2-week program is $1870, which include:
  • all domestic transportation in and between the five Chinese cities, 
  • all breakfast and lunch meals, and 
  • all hotel accommodations in the five cities.  
The out of pocket costs to the students are dinners and the roundtrip airfare to China. 

I think it will be a great experience for those of you interested in global urban planning practices.   The co-instructor is Sherry Gray. Please freely let us know if you have any questions about the course. 

Yingling Fan, Ph.D. 
Director, Global Transit Innovations
Editor, Journal of Transport and Land Use
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Follow me on Twitter at @yinglingfan

U.S. Engagement with Muslim Communities Around the World, Nov 1

U.S. Engagement with Muslim Communities Around the World
Shaarik H. Zafar
Special Representative to Muslim Communities
5:30–6:45 p.m.
Humphrey Forum
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis
Please join Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz for a discussion with U.S. Department of State's Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar. Special Representative Zafar will discuss his role in engaging Muslim communities globally, fostering relationships with minority communities, and the role religious communities play in welcoming and integrating refugees.

Shaarik Zafar was appointed as the Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the U.S. Department of State in July 2014. He is responsible for driving Secretary John Kerry's engagement with Muslim communities around the world on issues of mutual interest, in support of shared goals, and to advance U.S. foreign policy.

To request disability accommodations, please contact or 612-625-5309. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota ranks among the country's top 10 professional public policy and planning schools.

Acara Info sessions: Nov 11 & 15

The Acara Challenge!!!!

The Acara Challenge ( is a competition for students with ideas for financially sustainable social ventures that address social and environmental challenges. Students receive intensive training and mentoring to learn how to best pitch their ideas at the competition, then compete for up to $500 in competition prizes and $5,000 in fellowship funding. Applications are accepted from graduate and undergraduate students from all majors and in all stages of project development.

Learn more at our info session: November 15th from 11:30-12:30 in ME 1130, Lunch is provided.

For more information, or if any questions come up, email Erin Kayser -


Acara Study Abroad Opportunities

Come join us to learn more about the study abroad opportunities that Acara has to offer during the May 2017 term! There will be two three week courses focused on sustainable development, one in India and one in Nicaragua, running from May 15 - June 5. These seminars are open to upper level undergraduate students and graduate students and address sustainable development and impact in each country. Hope to see you at the information session!

November 11, 12 - 1 pm, Learning and Environmental Sciences Building - St. Paul Campus Room 350.

Lunch provided!

See for more information.

For more information, or if any questions come up, email Erin Kayser -

Awareness Event to Protect Teens from Exploitation & Trafficking Nov 17th

Trafficking Justice is putting on an event in partnership with the School Community Ed Department and local law enforcement aimed at preventing exploitation of teens. The event is being held at Eastview High School in Apple Valley on Thursday Nov 17th from 6 to 9 pm. It is open to parents and teens grade 6 through 12. We will be providing free food and there will be a panel discussion at the end for questions that people might have. We all grieve when we see another new story about a trafficking ring and young girls being rescued. Our goal is to prevent more of these stories from happening!!

We want to invite teens (and there parents) to become aware of this issue so that they can be advocates and champions for their friends and help prevent exploitation and trafficking. See the attached flyer for all the details.
And please also pass on to your friends and family in the twin cities area.

Contact Keith Lokkesmoe, if you have any questions!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Visiting Scholar from China Lin Dishan researching Sustainable Travel at HHH

Lin Dishan is research fellow in education, human capital resource and poverty in China at the department of public finance, school of economics in Xiamen University. He has bachelor degree in development of economics from the same university and starting his M.Econ and PhD.

Lin Dishan is interested in understanding the role of public spending in education plays in the reduction of poverty through human capital resource in China. Specifically, his PhD project focuses on public educational expenditure, human capital and poverty reduction in China and he plans to hand in his dissertation by December 2017.

Lin Dishan is working at the Humphrey School as a visiting scholar from October 2016 to September 2017 and his faculty mentor is Professor Jerry Zhao.

You can contact Lin Dishan by e-mail:

Volunteers needed for Nov 8 Model UN (High School) at HHH

Model UN is seeking volunteers to work with students during unmoderated caucuses on Tuesday, November 8th from 9:30-2:00 pm. As you know, this is an exciting opportunity for the students to debate issues that confront world leaders and draft resolutions in response to global issues.

Volunteers play a crucial in ensuring the success of this program and even an hour of your time will be helpful to the students. Please let me know if you are interested and the time periods you can assist with the conference.  Info here

Pepe Wonosikou
Assistant Director, International Fellows and Scholars ProgramHumphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Humphrey Center, 301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 USA
Telephone: 612-625-8045 Fax: 612- 624-5756
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