Thursday, October 20, 2016

HHH Prof. Ron Lecturing on Human Rights in Israel

Humphrey Professor, James Ron will be in Israel on Thursday, October 27 giving a talk to the local human rights community entitled, “Using Public Opinion Surveys to Advance Human Rights.” The talk will be hosted by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the country’s largest rights organization, at the ACRI offices in Tel Aviv.

James Ron holds the Harold E. Stassen Chair for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs & Department of Political Science. He is also an affiliated professor with Mexico’s Centre for Economic Research & Teaching (CIDE); the founding editor of openGlobalRights, a multilingual forum for human rights strategy; and co-Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s new Master’s Degree in Human Rights.

Dec 9 WorldQuest international trivia competition

Have You Registered?  WorldQuest international trivia competition

 Like a little friendly competition? How about great door prizes? Or the chance to be named an international trivia champion? Sign up for our annual battle of global wits - WorldQuest! Gather a team of eight and brush up on your knowledge of flags, capitals, geography, people in the news, current events, 2016 Great Decisions topics, and this year's focus country - Colombia. Don't have a team? Register as an individual and we'll pair you up with stellar teammates. Light dinner will be provided; cash bar available.

Friday, December 9 | 7:00 pm

Nov 14 A celebration for Colombia

Cine Colombia: Between Sea and Land A kick-off celebration for Colombia
Attend a cinematic Colombian-themed reception before a screening of Sundance award-winning Colombian film, "Between Sea and Land," presented by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul as part of their Cine Latino Film Festival. Connect with others interested in and working on our year of Colombia...and enjoy traditional Colombian fare from Café Racer Kitchen.

A screening of "Between Sea and Land" will take place after the reception at the Film Society's St. Anthony Main Theatre. Film tickets sold separately.

Monday, November 14 | 5:00 pm | $10

Film Screening Tonight: Cambodian Refugee Deportations

At the University tonight (Thursday) from 5:30-8:00 pm, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs there will be a screening of "Sentenced Home", a film that follows three young Cambodian Americans through the deportation process. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages provided.

Thousands of individuals are currently awaiting deportation including several Minnesota Cambodian refugees who were detained this past summer. A discussion with the Center for New Americans and family members of those detained will follow the screening.

Event is hosted by the Cambodian Student Association of Minnesota and Minnesota Immigration Rights Action Committee. Co-sponsored by Center for New Americans, Immigration History Research Center, College of Education & Human Development

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

Fostering a Community of Transatlantic Leaders

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers fifteen accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive professional development program in Germany. The Bosch Fellowship is comprised of three main components: customized practical placements, professional seminars, and German language training.
Bosch Fellows act as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with key figures across Germany and Europe. Prior to their professional assignments and seminars, Bosch Fellows participate in up to 5 months of language training with both private tutors in the United States and group classes in Germany.
Fellows are from the fields of public policy and administration, foreign and security policy, urban and regional planning, business, journalism and communications, law, or cultural and arts management (ex. museum, theater, orchestra).
The program is fully funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany, with the goal of fostering a community of American leaders who have firsthand experience in the political, economic and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union.
Cultural Vistas acts as the U.S. representative of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program and has administered the program since its inception in 1984.

Program Benefits
  • One or two high-level practical phases (stages) at leading institutions in Germany
  • Traveling seminar series covering issues of German, European and transatlantic concern
  • Up to five months of German language training
  • Monthly stipend within the range of EUR 3,200 to 3,700 starting in October; monthly summer stipend of EUR 1.500 + free accommodations during July, August and September; exact amount of stipend dependent upon marital status
  • Accommodation and travel to Washington, D.C. for the orientation program
  • Flights to and from Germany
  • Lifelong membership in the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association (RBFAA)
EligibilityCandidates for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program must meet the following requirements:
  • U.S. citizen
  • 40 years of age or younger at the application deadline
  • Minimum five years of relevant, full-time work experience in target fellowship field (excluding internships)
  • Graduate degree preferred
  • Evidence of outstanding professional performance
  • Sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship
Application Deadline: November 1
For more information, please contact

Promoting Understanding of Russia: The Alfa Fellowship Program

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, Fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance U.S.-Russian, U.K.-Russian, and German-Russian relations.

Participant Profile

Alfa Fellows have a demonstrated interest in Russian and European/Eurasian affairs, exceptional academic and professional credentials, proven personal initiative, and clear goals and expectations for their professional assignments. Fellows tend to be between the ages of 25 and 35 with graduate degrees and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy or a related field. Fellows possess leadership potential and are active in community or public service. While Russian language skills vary, most Fellows have studied Russian for at least two years at the post-secondary level.
Eligibility Requirements
  • U.S., U.K., or German citizen between the ages of 25 and 35 (Russian citizens are ineligible to apply, including individuals who are also citizens of the United States, United Kingdom or Germany)
  • Graduate degree and at least two years of relevant professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy or a related field. Candidates without a graduate degree completed or in progress must have an undergraduate degree and approximately 5-6 years of professional experience in their field.
Desired Qualifications
  • Outstanding professional achievement and academic qualifications
  • Active involvement in community or public service
  • Russian language experience is preferred, however not required, at the time of application. If an applicant does not speak Russian, he or she will need to demonstrate proficiency in a second language to qualify for the program
  • Evidence of leadership potential

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a professional-level initiative focused on the Fellows' assignments in Russia. The Alfa Fellowship Program will not sponsor independent or academic research. For more information, visit their website here.

This material was cross-posted from The Alfa Fellowship Program, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Minnesota Political Science Assn conference is Nov 12, registration due Oct 26

The deadline for registering to attend the Minnesota Political Science Association (MNPSA) annual conference hosted by the University of St. Thomas is Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (registration form and instructions attached). Please register early so that we can get an accurate count of people attending for ordering food. All attendees, including panel presenters and student poster presenters are required to register to attend the conference. 2016 Minnesota Political Science Association (MNPSA)

Annual Conference
(Preliminary Program)

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Murray-Herrick Center (MHC)
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minnesota

8:00 Registration begins (MHC Second floor, Front Desk)
Continental Breakfast (MHC 202)

8:30-10:00 Student Poster Session (MHC 201)

10:00-11:15 Panel 1: Comparative Politics and International Relations (MHC 204)
Chair: Steven Maloney, University of St. Thomas

Jordan’s Democratization in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Prospects & Obstacles
Abdalla Battah, Minnesota State University Mankato

Development Projects in Pakistan’s FATA: Challenges and Opportunities
Hina Tillat, Humphrey International Fellow 2016-2017

Federalism and Foreign Direct Investment
Shoua Yang, St. Cloud State University

11:30-1:00 Luncheon (MHC 202)
Keynote speaker address: Dr. Kathryn Pearson, University of Minnesota (MHC 204)

1:15-2:30 Panel 2: The 2016 Elections: US and Minnesota (MHC 204)

Chair: Jim Cottrill, St. Cloud State University

Topic: tbc
Jim Cottrill, St. Cloud State University

Rural MN versus the Twin Cities "Doughnut" in State Legislative Elections
Tim Lindberg, University of Minnesota-Morris

The Art of Democracy" project and elections administration in the U.S.
Shawn Schooley, St. Cloud State University
Steven Wagner, St. Cloud State University

2:30-2:45 Refreshments (MHC 202)

2:45-4:00 Panel 3: Teaching, Learning and Professional Development (MHC 204)

Chair: Kathleen Cole, Metro State University

Topic: tbc
Claire Haeg, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Topic: tbc
Mark Johnson, Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Topic: tbc
Steven Maloney, University of St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Campus Map:
All events held at the Murray-Herrick Center (MHC), which is # 7 on map

Driving Directions and Parking:

We recommend parking in the Anderson Parking Facility (APF), which is # 71 on map. Please follow street signs for on-street parking. Some streets may require parking permits.

Questions about the Conference?
MNPSA Conference Organizer: Arijit Mazumdar (
MNPSA President: Fred Slocum (
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