Wednesday, July 29, 2015

HHH Prof. Oelberger sparks debate on internationalization of human rights NGOs

In early May, our colleague, Carrie Oelberger, published this short piece in openGlobalRights, the Ford Foundation-supported platform backed by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School and Department of Political Science. In her provocative piece, Carrie applied her research findings to our ongoing debate over the internationalization of human rights NGOs. 

Over the past few months, this debate has included contributions from the leaders of some of the world's top human rights and development groups, including the Amnesty International Secretary General, Salil Shetty; the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Ken Roth; the executive director of Action Aid, Adriano Campolina; and the former head of the International Crisis Group, Louise Arbour. It also included contributions by human rights funding officers at the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundation, as well as a string of NGO leaders and academics from the global North and South.  

Today, Jacques Stroun, the former director of human resources for the International Committee of the Red Cross - the world's leading humanitarian organization, and official guardian of the Geneva Conventions - responded directly to Carrie, in English and French. 

Please join me in congratulating Carrie on this important achievement; it's a great indication of the policy relevance of her work. 

Please circulate widely to your networks. 

Jim Ron
Associate Professor 
Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs, Global Policy Area

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Amrita Vijay Jain
Master of Development Practice (MDP) Candidate 2016
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota, MN

Minn IDEA Summit Oct 16

Here are the key updates you need to know about the IDEA Summit on October 16, 2015
  • Registration for the 2015 MINN IDEA Summit is up and running. Read More.
  • Marketplace Application Deadline - August 3 is the application deadline and your last change to participate in the Marketplace Showcase your organization. Read more and Apply now.
  • Call for Volunteers - We need YOU to help make the 2015 MINN IDEA Summit a success. Read More.

New Angles on Chinese Film History. August 13-15, 2015

New Angles on Chinese Film History
An International Conference

Open to the public; no registration required.

Thursday, August 13
Founder’s Room, Northrop

5:15 Welcoming Remarks: Jason McGrath, University of Minnesota

5:30 Roundtable Discussion: The State and Stakes of Chinese Cinemas Studies

Sponsored by the Journal of Chinese Cinemas

Chris Berry, King’s College London
Yingjin Zhang, UC-San Diego
Zhang Zhen, New York University
Xinyu Dong, University of Chicago
Moderator: Song Hwee Lim, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Friday, August 14
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop

9:00 Light breakfast and coffee

9:30-10:15 Keynote Talk 1: Chris Berry, King’s College London

What (not) to Wear during a Cultural Revolution: Film, Fashion, and Agency in China
co-authored with Shujuan Zhang, University of Minnesota

10:15-12:45 Panel 1: Film Form: China and the Global Cinematic Idiom

Chair: Xin Yang, Macalester College

Wild Roses and Pink Tears: The Afterlife of Lady of the Camellias in Postwar Hong Kong Cinema
Jean Ma, Stanford University
Big Face: The Screen Kiss in Shanghai Cinema of the 1930s
Jessica Ka Yee Chan, University of Richmond
Experience and Stylization: Genre Narrative of Chinese Early Singing Film (1930-1949)
Chen Gang, Chinese Agricultural University
Animated History, Plasmatic Reality: China’s Folktale Animation Films from 1941 to 1965
Li Guo, Utah State University
Discussant: Jason McGrath, University of Minnesota

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-4:30 Panel 2: Institutional History and Film Industry Transformations

Chair: Julian Ward, University of Edinburgh

Provincializing Chinese Cinema: Shanghai Films at the Zhenjiang Mass Education Center
Hongwei Thorn Chen, University of Minnesota
Taiwan’s Meteroric Rise as a Film Festival Powerhouse: A Revised Institutional History
James Udden, Gettysburg College
French Producers and the Support of Chinese Art Cinema
C├ęcile Lagesse, Yale University
Unstable Pixels: Digital Plasmaticness and Semiotic Pluralism in Chinese Independent Animation
Jinying Li, University of Pittsburgh
Discussant: Yingjin Zhang, UC-San Diego

4:30-5:00 Coffee & snacks

5:00 Keynote Talk 2: Zhang Zhen, New York University

From Sidewalk Xianchang to Spectral Realism: Yang Lina’s Beijing and Beyond

Saturday, August 15
1210 Heller Hall

8:30 Light breakfast and coffee

9:00-10:30 Panel 3: Rethinking Film and Media Historiography through Genre, part 1

Chair: Christine Marran, University of Minnesota

Battle over Comedy: Rereading the Hard Film vs. Soft Film Debate in Shanghai Cinema
Xinyu Dong, University of Chicago
Pursuing Happiness in Cold War Modernity: Affect, Belonging, and the “Wenyi Musicals” of Hong Kong Mandarin Cinema, 1950s-1960s
Tsai Po-Chen, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Space, Scene, and Body Movements: The Construction of the Jianghu Secondary World in Chinese Martial Arts Films of the Shaw Brothers, 1960s-1970s
Liu Shengmei, Beijing University

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:30 Panel 3: Rethinking Film and Media Historiography through Genre, part 2

The Secret War: Gender, Code, Media Technology—Chinese Espionage Films during the Second World War
Weihong Bao, UC-Berkeley
Horror, Historiography and the Aesthetic of the Liminal
Xiao Liu, McGill University
Discussant: Chris Berry, Kings College London

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:30 Panel 4: Cinema as Historical Conjuncture

Chair: Suvadip Sinha, University of Minnesota

Dire Straits: Shifting Boundaries of “Home” in the Cinematic Representation of 1949
Guo-Juin Hong, Duke University
Film Historiography through the Self-reflexive Screen – When a Star is Reborn
Yiman Wang, UC-Santa Cruz
Negotiating the Ideal Womanhood: Rewriting and Re-interpreting the Legend of Mulan in Late Qing and Republican China
Zhuoyi Wang, Hamilton College
Discussant: Yomi Braester, University of Washington

3:30-3:45 Coffee & snacks

3:45-5:45 Panel 5: Beyond Mandarin: Dialect and Diasporic Cinemas

Chair: Baryon Tensor Posadas, University of Minnesota

Cantonese Cinema: Industrial Crisis and Reconstruction, 1930-1957
Victor Fan, King’s College London
Singaporean Film as History of the Sinophone: Glen Goei’s Forever Fever and The Blue Mansion
Carolyn Fitzgerald, Auburn University
Configuring Translocalism in Taiwanese-dialect Cinema
Wang Chun-chi, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
Discussant: Song Hwee Lim, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Greek Festival Aug 22-23, Saint Paul, MN

Aug 31 enRoute to a Global Mindset: Global Business Savvy

enRoute to a Global Mindset: Global Business Savvy

This past year, enRoute attendees have learned the art of networking and diplomacy, how to communicate effectively, and build self-assurance in an international setting. Now, we are finishing out the year at Surly Brewing Company with an exciting enRoute to Global Business Savvy – information on how to assess the risks of doing business internationally and how to succeed in the global market. There will be a short panel discussion, small group conversation, a Q & A period, time for networking, and of course, beer tasting!

The panel discussion will feature Anne D’Angelo, Assistant Dean of Global Initiatives at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota; Donovan Walsh, Founder of The Financial Services Consulting Group, a management consulting firm; and John Walthour, Vice President of Consumer Insights at UnitedHealth Group. Our panelists have more than 20 years of experience in international education, development, finance, and marketing.

Caux Scholars Program - Asia Plateau

The Caux Scholars Program - Asia Plateau is accepting applications for this year’s winter program which takes place from 20 December 2015 to 10 January 2016. Applications are due by September 15, 2015!

Program Overview: 
The Caux Scholars Program - Asia Plateau (CSP-AP) is a three week peacebuilding and sustainable development institute for young leaders. It invites youth leaders, community organizers, and scholars from different countries and cultural backgrounds to learn and experience the integration of sustainable development and peacebuilding, including with issues such as trauma healing, human rights and gender, restorative justice, and non-violent action. CSP-AP also aims to instill principled leadership by focusing on introspection and personal understanding, and interfaith and intercultural experiences. In addition to theoretical approaches to conflict, peace and development, the program aims to develop practical skills in negotiation, building local capacity, applied theatre in peacebuilding, community mobilization, and understanding cultures. Our goal is to endow young people with a sophisticated multi-cultural and global perspective on peace and development--and to equip future leaders with the inspiration to be the change they want to see in the world and the practical skills to do so.
Applicant requirements: 
Be between the ages of 18 and 35 • Have a high level of academic achievement • Demonstrate leadership qualities and commitment to public or community service • Exhibit interest in the ethical dimensions of world affairs • Possess openness to a multi-cultural learning experience • Two letters of recommendation • 500-word essay describing why you would like to participate in this program • Application form is available at our website:

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