Sunday, April 23, 2017

Humphrey School International Fellows meeting with MN Gov. Dayton

April 19, 2017 the Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellows in residence at the Humphrey School, together with Humphrey School staff members Pepe Wonosikou and Nkayo Drepaul, met with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

Pictured with the Governor are (left to right, back) Biljana Volcheska (Macedonia), Aung Gyi, (Myanmar), Christine Lukudu (South Sudan), Mmeli Dube (Zimbabwe), Floro Balato, Jr. (Philippines), Darin Hussein (Palestine), Li Li (China), Lungten Zangmo (Bhutan), Pepe Wonosikou, Nkayo Drepaul, Paul Andrés Cuadrado (Ecuador), and Nodira Odinaeva (Tajikistan). Pictured (left to right, front) are Omer Khan (Pakistan), Rodrigo Aybar Perlender (Argentina), Faisal Mukhtar (Pakistan), Al Beli Afifa (Bangladesh), and Eszter Gál (Hungary).


HHH students--Nominations due May 5 for Freeman-Stassen


The Freeman-Stassen Award is given to the Humphrey student who has demonstrated the greatest achievement in the field of global affairs. The award jointly is presented by the Freeman and Stassen chairs.

Eligibility + selection

The purpose of this award is to challenge Humphrey School graduate students to excel in international activities. To that end the Freeman and Stassen Centers jointly offer a $500 award to a student or students who achieve excellence in international activities during their program at the Humphrey School. This award may be given for the following kinds of activities:
Institutional innovation at the Humphrey School that helps strengthen the School's global programs
A professional paper that addresses an international problem;
A paper done as a part of coursework in the School or done independently of formal course work; or
Fieldwork done in an internship as part of the student’s regular degree program.

The criteria for evaluating the submissions include (1) academic rigor, (2) institutional innovation, (3) creativity, (4) contribution to policy design and implementation, and (5) contribution to the Institute and its programs. Nominations for the award must be made by the student's advisor with a brief statement (one page) of support. Students are encouraged to suggest their work to their advisors for possible submission. Advisors can submit more than one nomination.

Students are encouraged to suggest their nomination to their advisor. Awards may be given to two or more students. An award will not be given if a nomination of exceptional quality is not forthcoming. The decision of those judging the awards will be final.
To apply

A student must be nominated by his or her faculty advisor. Advisors will submit a brief, one page letter of support for the nomination. Advisors can submit more than one nomination. Students are encouraged to suggest their nomination to their advisors. Please email nominations to Sherry Gray at .

See main Awards page for nomination due dates. 

Apr 25 South Indian Classical Music Featuring Nirmala Rajasekar

University of Minnesota School of Music Presents
The Improvisational Art of South Indian Classical Music Featuring Nirmala Rajasekar
4/25/17, 4:30 PM
Registration / Tickets may be required for this event. See "About this event" for details.

Worlds of Improvisation proudly presents acclaimed veena player Nirmala Rajasekar, who will give a lecture-demonstration illustrating the principles of Carnatic (South Indian classical) music and describing development of her improvisational conceptions, followed by an interactive master-class in which she will work with students and respond to questions from audience members.

Nirmala Rajasekar is a master veena artiste and vocalist. A dynamic and vibrant performer, she is one of the most recognized names in the world of Indian Classical music today. She began training in this art form from the age of 6 and started her career as a concert performer when she was 13. She has been recognized by many institutions around the world for her contributions to music and education – including awards from top music organizations in India as well as commissions and grants from the Bush Artistic Fellowship, the McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship, the American Composers Forum, and the Minnesota State Arts Board, among many others.

Worlds of Improvisation
A series of open lecture-demonstration/master-classes – hosted and moderated by Scott Currie – focused on global traditions of musical improvisation, introducing UMN students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public to the extemporaneous artistry of distinguished musicians in the Twin Cities and beyond.

This event was made possible with support provided by the School of Music’s Community Engagement Leadership Team.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary, seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Convenient parking is available at the University's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps; you must pay a fee to park in these ramps.

May 1 Radium Discourse and the Emergence of an “Atomic Utopia” in Japan

Radium Discourse and the Emergence of an “Atomic Utopia” in Japan
A talk by Dr. Maika Nakao, visiting scholar at Columbia University and senior researcher at Ritsumeikan University

Monday, May 1, 1-2:30pm, Nolte Center, Room 20

Apr 27 IPID Student Research Conference

Conference Line-up

Presentation 1: Mitigating the impact of illegal cattle ranching on deforestation in protected environmental zones in Mesoamerica
Team Members: Lily Osborne (MDP), Shai Fogelson (MS-STEP), Nfamara K Dampha (MDP) and Audel Shokohzadeh (MPP)
Team Advisor: Dave Wilsey

Presentation 2: Evaluation of the Namibian Empowerment and Equality for the Deaf through Skills-Transfer, Mentorship, Education & Technical-Training (NEEDS-MET) Program.
Team Members: Camila Fonseca, Bettsy Hjelseth, Rebekah Nelson, Evan Hromada.
Team Advisor: Sherry Gray

Presentation 3: Leveraging Human-Centered Design to Improve Maternal and Child Survival in West Africa
Team Members: Katelynn Rolfes, Oyudari Baatartsogt, Kristina Doan and Elise Holmes
Team Advisor: Robert Kudrle

Presentation 4: Exit Strategies: A Community Led Approach with OneVillage Partners
Team Name: OneVillage Partners
Team Members: Sean Hadorn, Maria Villarraga, Corinna Turbes, Antony Makuri
Team Advisor: Robert Kudrle

Presentation 5: The MoSAIC Process
Team Name: MoSAIC
Team Members: June Nkwenge, Alex Cheatham,, Claire Psarouthakis and Yu Sun
Advisor: Dave Wilsey

Presentation 6: Monetary policy in the U.S and around the world
Team Members: Jargalmaa Erdenemandakh, Wenchen Wang (MPP 2017)
Advisor: Dr. Morris Kleiner

Presentation7: Ethnographic study in Senegal and Social Expectations of “School Success”
Presenter: Haley Madderom
Advisers: Peter Demerath and Bill Beeman

Schwarzman Scholars program for China

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

HHH Prof. Friedemann-Sánchez & MPA alum Grieve research on violance against women in Colombia

reprinted from Humphrey School:
Humphrey School Researchers Take on Human Rights Challenge: Ending Violence Against Women in Colombia
April 14, 2017

After an internal conflict that has lasted nearly 60 years and been characterized by gross human rights violations, Colombia is at last moving toward peace. Leaders there signed an historic peace agreement with the FARC rebels in December, and are negotiating with another armed group, the ELN.

Ending the conflict in Colombia is a tremendous accomplishment. But peace is no closer to reality for many women in that country, an astounding number of whom are victims of intimate partner violence.

Violence against women in their own homes, from their own partners, and the failure to address it effectively, represent one of Colombia’s most persistent and serious violations of the fundamental human right to physical security—a violation that has been overshadowed by the internal conflict.

This issue clearly resonates with Greta Friedemann-Sánchez (at left in photo above, with research partner Margaret Grieve), associate professor of international development at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a native of Colombia. As an applied anthropologist, she has done extensive research on women's empowerment and gender equity, including the prevalence of intimate partner violence in Colombia.

“Violence against women in the context of the conflict, particularly sexual violence against women as a tactic of war, justifiably has received widespread international attention. But, every year more Colombian women are victims of sexual violence in their own homes than women who become victims through the conflict. And the number of women who experience nonsexual violence is even higher,” said Friedemann-Sánchez.

“Using violence to resolve disagreements in Colombian homes is common. Regrettably, signing the peace accord will not change this reality,” she said.
Strong laws, applied inconsistently

Unlike many other developing countries, Colombia has robust laws on the books criminalizing intimate partner violence and providing protection for victims. But, implementation and enforcement of the laws is irregular throughout the country.

Colombia’s rates of intimate partner violence are among the highest in the world: In 2010, 65 percent of partnered women had experienced emotional violence, and 37 percent had experienced physical violence, at some point during their lives.

This disconnect between strong laws and persistent high levels of intimate partner violence was the impetus for Friedemann-Sánchez and researcher Margaret Grieve (MPA '16), an attorney, to launch their project more than two years ago.

Through their research, they're determining the obstacles to successfully enforcing these laws. They’re examining the question from the perspective of family commissioners, who have the primary responsibility of issuing orders of protection for victims of intimate partner violence.

Colombian officials describe family commissioners as “the front line” in combatting violence against women. But they’re also required to handle other family conflicts related to issues such as divorce, child custody and support, and child abuse, and are assigned a host of other diverse responsibilities under national laws.

Friedemann-Sánchez and Grieve have interviewed some 130 people in the cities of Bogotá and Medellín as well as 35 small communities, including family commissioners, judges, prosecutors, police, and municipal officials. They also spoke with victims, as well as lawyers and nongovernmental organizations who advocate for victims, to assess the situation.
Family commissioners face 'brutal' job stress

Their initial analysis finds that for the most part, family commissioners in the large cities have adequate resources to perform their duties. But the story is quite different for the vast majority of family commissioners who serve in small cities and towns.

In smaller communities, commissioners aren’t provided with adequate equipment such as computers, printers, and Internet connections, or the support personnel mandated by law. They also have to juggle additional responsibilities that mayors and city councils dictate, such as drafting and supervising school lunch contracts and developing public policies on matters like child labor, substance abuse, or gender equality.

“Because the city officials—who also supervise the commissioners and control their budgets—assign these responsibilities, this work takes precedence over domestic violence cases,” said Friedemann-Sánchez.

Commissioners deal with difficult populations, including people who are very poor, who were displaced by the war, ex-combatants, and drug micro-traffickers. Substance use and mental health issues often complicate their cases. A few family commissioners have been physically threatened by alleged abusers.

In general, family commissioners are held in low esteem in Colombia, and in small cities and towns they’re not paid well. “The level of stress for the family commissioners is brutal,” said Friedemann-Sánchez. “Day in, day out, they hear difficult cases and are faced with a relentless volume. Depression and burnout among these officials is a real concern.”
Goal: Peace within the home

Friedemann-Sánchez said the Colombian Ministry of Justice, the cities of Bogotá and Medellín, and NGOs welcome the study, which is known by the acronym COLPAZ. They hope its conclusions will help them improve the response to intimate partner violence, allow women to enjoy their human right to live free of such violence, and further a peaceful society.

One family commissioner interviewed by the research team put it this way: “Colombia will not find political peace, stability, and prosperity until it achieves peace within the home.”

Another aim of the study, according to Friedemann-Sánchez, is to create a methodological process that other countries around the world can use to evaluate the implementation of laws to address intimate partner violence.

The project’s public policy report is expected to be published this fall. Friedemann-Sánchez received funding for this research project from the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Initiative Fund.
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