Humphrey Fellows Alumni gathering in Bhutan

Last October there was an alumni gathering for all the Humphrey Fellows in Bhutan.

In the picture you can see the presence of three alums of UMN - Mr. Sonam Tobgay who is now the Secretary of Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs (third from right, back row; Humphrey School Fellow 2005-06), Major Wangdi, Royal Bhutan Police (far right, back row; UMN Law School 2013-14) and 2016-17 Humphrey School Fellow Lungten Zangmo (fourth from the right, front row).

Nov 29 Society Environment Nexus

The event will consist of small groups joining various storytellers to hear ideas and perspective through storytelling, and will then invite questions and discussion around those stories. We hope to promote conversation and a better understanding of how development efforts surrounding natural resource management could be better integrated with Native American efforts and traditions surrounding land. We invite you to approach this as a casual event that seeks to promote understanding and growth. Refreshments will be provided. We greatly value your voice!

Where: Wilson Library Collaborative Space in the West Room at the UMN's West Bank Campus
When: Wednesday, November 29th from 12 pm - 3 pm

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Apps due Dec 1 @data4change workshop in Beirut

Join the next @data4change workshop in Beirut! Apply now to visualise #dataforgood

WHEN: 21 – 25 February 2018
Applications close: 1 December 2017

This year we’re shaking things up a little and moving the 2018 instalment of our flagship 5-day DATA4CHAN.GE Beirut workshop to the amazing antwork co-working space. This year there are three application forms to choose from, so please read the descriptions carefully before choosing your stream. If you have any questions, we’re just an email away.

The application process is incredibly competitive. For our most recent workshop, more than 500 people applied for just 30 spaces. Be sure to put your best foot forward and spend time on your applications, so that we can really understand who you are. We highly recommend reviewing past events and projects to get a feel for how we do things at a DATA4CHAN.GE workshop. Our team carefully reads and reviews every single application we receive.

DATA4CHAN.GE brings talented people in the visual storytelling community together with human rights organisations that have fascinating original datasets and powerful stories to tell. During our workshops interdisciplinary teams consisting of data researchers, coders, UX designers, graphic designers and human rights organisations (HROs) create data visualisations and devise innovative advocacy strategies. DATA4CHAN.GE is a workshop where HROs and the creative sector can collaborate to create data visualisations aimed at elevating public engagement and effective advocacy, which in turn could bring about real positive change.

Applications are now open, and will close on 1 December 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

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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. 

LSU Curriculum Camp Call for Proposals

LSU CURRICULUM CAMP LSU Curriculum Camp is designed to showcase the work of graduate students engaged in research on a host of subjects, such as: curriculum theory, gender, race, culture, higher education research, policy analysis, political and/or intellectual thought (including but not limited to postmodernism, feminism, poststructuralism, posthumanism, new materialism, queer theory, chaos & complexity theory).

TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: Please submit your proposal no later than Dec.10th through our online submission portal Submissions are accepted from Graduate Students only.

All accepted proposal presenters will be expected to register for the conference ($45) no later than February 17, 2018. For further questions or special requests, please email us at

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This education abroad opportunity is not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and has not been fully vetted. Notification of an opportunity should not be construed as an endorsement by the University of Minnesota. For information regarding participation on any opportunity abroad, contact the Learning Abroad Center on the Twin Cities campus. All other campuses should consult the appropriate education abroad office for their campus.

Dec 1 Exploring the (in)commensurability of ‘gender’ within international development

The Evaluation System as an Outspoken Boss who “doesn’t get gender”: Exploring the (in)commensurability of ‘gender’ within international development

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:00pm
ICGC - Heller Hall 537

Emily Springer - Department of Sociology

Abstract: Lightly drawing from Latour’s notion of social actants, I will personify evaluation systems to sharpen attention to the powerful role they play in the everyday lives of international development professionals and the organizations they animate with their labor. Presenting data from ~50 interviews with professionals in East Africa and Washington DC, I will describe the pressures exerted by the ‘outspoken boss’ regarding the incorporation of ‘gender and women’s empowerment’ in a recent agricultural development initiative. I argue that greater attention needs to be paid to evaluation systems as a form of neocolonial governance, with their importance amplified by the ‘evidence-based decision-making’ climate of international development. I offer description of how evaluation shores up its power through a set of practices and processes around indicator definitions, targets, and compliance to contracts. Ultimately, I find methods of sex-disaggregated data combined with contractual targets for women’s participation focus attention on numerical benchmarks over the social transformation of gender relations. Although gender professionals view quantitative indicators as inadequate for capturing the underlying causes for gender relations and the realities of women’s lives, they utilize them to “make the case” for gender programming in possibly unenthusiastic communities and organizational contexts. Simultaneously, professionals throughout the system describe consistent organizational pressures for easy-to-demonstrate results, closing the space for concerted empowerment programming.

Nov 30 Racial Violence & Clandestine Migration from Mozambique to Zimbabwe

Invisible Histories: Racial Violence and Clandestine Migration from Mozambique to Zimbabwe 1900 ca.-1980

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Heller Hall 537

Allen Isaacman, Regents Professor of History, University of Minnesota

Abstract: From its earliest days, the field of African history has been, above all else, about rendering visible people whose past has been in the shadows of history. Despite efforts of scholars to open up new areas of inquiry, expand their theoretical perspectives and widening the lens of possible sources, there is much that still much remains lingering in the shadows of history. The challenge of invisibility poses significant epistemological and methodological problems for contemporary scholars. These silences are particularly acute in the literature on the clandestine labor migration from Mozambique to colonial Zimbabwe of more than 2 million Mozambicans. Conspicuously absent from voluminous official reports are accounts describing the lived experience of the trekkers many of whom walked hundreds of miles and faced innumerable dangers. Most scholars also understated or overlooked the pre-history of cross border migrations and the and the long tradition of cognitive mapping which helped to guide these labor migrants. In omitting these issues researchers literally jumped over history. It is these two issues which the paper addresses.

Fellow alum Narinder Khajuria at Knowledge Co-Creation Program, Japan

Fellow alumnus (2012-2013) Narinder Khajuria is currently attending a 7 week Knowledge Co-creation Program on Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Conservation at Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), Kitakyushu International Centre, Japan.

This program is designed for central and local governmental organizations involved in energy efficiency and conservation policy, measures and promotion in a country which has already introduced energy efficiency. The main goal of the course is  "The energy efficiency policy and enforcement plan of the own country are carried out. Energy is used effectively, and saving energy method is promoted."

Khajuria is currently an additional Secretary to the Government Jammu and Kashmir since 2016, at the Power Development Department, working on Power Policies and Power Sector Reforms.

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