Sunday, September 25, 2016

MPP alum Chikate at Open Society Foundations

Paidamoyo Chikate (MPP ’16) has joined the Open Society Foundations. She will be working as a policy analyst in the area of women’s rights.

reprinted from Humphrey Alumni Notes

Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program Informational Webinars

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is pleased to announce a series of informational webinars about the program and the application process for the 9th class of Fellows, which will serve Oct. 1, 2017-August 31, 2019.

We have scheduled several webinars over the next few months with a cap of 25 participants for each, but more spaces and sessions may be added in the future depending on interest and availability. If you would like to attend a webinar information session, please sign up at Signup is first come, first served. You will receive an email from us a day or two before the date of the session with instructions for how to join the webinar.

If you cannot attend any of the scheduled webinars but would like access to a recording of one of the sessions, please send an email with the word “RECORDING” to and we will send you a link.

The Leland Program
Congressional Hunger Center
400 North Capitol St. NW Suite G-100 | Washington, DC 20001Website | Twitter

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Oct 27 Freedom for North Korean Refugees of Minnesota Symposium

Freedom for North Korean Refugees of Minnesota Symposium

A day-long symposium hosted by the Humphrey School to address the issues faced by North Korean refugees, human rights abuses within North Korea, and the process of resettlement.

October 27, 8:30–1:30 p.m.
Theme: Pathways to freedom; let North Koreans go
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Freedom for North Korean Refugees MN invites you to join them in this cross-cultural, community partnership to help develop relationships and understand ongoing struggles faced by North Koreans.

Freedom for North Korean Refugees
Freedom for North Korean Refugees Minnesota is a Minnesota based non-profit organization working toward the safe and humane resettlement of North Korean refugees in the United States. Freedom for North Korean Refugees Minnesota is pioneering an initiative to educate about the plight of North Korean refugees and to promote relationships and policies that provide for safe, welcoming, and expedite settlement in the United States

Papers sought for 2016 Minnesota Political Science Association annual conference

The 2016 Minnesota Political Science Association (MNPSA) annual conference will be hosted by the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

We invite you to consider presenting as part of either panel 1 or 3 listed below. Panel 2 presenters have already been finalized. Presentations are 10-15 minutes, and no formal paper is required. We welcome presentations on any topic related to the panel themes below. We usually have 3-4 presenters on each panel. If interested, please e-mail a title and brief description of your presentation to Dr. Arijit Mazumdar, University of St. Thomas ( Proposal deadline: Friday, October 7.

Panel 1: International Relations and Comparative Politics
Panel 2: The 2016 Elections: US and Minnesota (panelists finalized)
Panel 3: Teaching & Learning and Professional Development in Political Science

If you would like to serve as Chair of panel 1, please contact Dr. Arijit Mazumdar, University of St. Thomas ( by Friday, October 7.

If you plan to attend, please complete the sheet titled “registration form” and enclose with your checks payable to MNPSA - $25 for students, $35 for all others, and send to address provided in the registration form. Please indicate on the registration form if you prefer a vegetarian or gluten-free lunch option or have any food allergies. Registration deadline: Friday, October 21.

If you have any students interested in poster presentation, have them send their proposals directly to Dr. Angela High-Pippert, University of St. Thomas ( Poster session proposal deadline: Friday, October 21.

Event details can be found at:

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We look forward to seeing you at MNPSA 2016!

Dr. Arijit Mazumdar
Associate Professor,
Department of Political Science,
University of St. Thomas,
Mail JRC 432, 2115 Summit Avenue,
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096,

Tel #: 1-651-962-5726

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Visiting Scholar from Norway Fitwi researching sustainable travel at HHH

Fitwi is research fellow in Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Landscape architecture and spatial Planning, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He has MSc in Development and Resource Economics from the same university and worked afterwards at Statistics Norway before starting his PhD.

Fitwi is interested in understanding urban structural conditions that can induce travel behavior changes towards sustainable travel alternatives. Specifically, his PhD project focuses on the effect of built environment on travel behavior in smaller cities and he plans to hand inn his dissertation by August 2018.

Fitwi is working at the Humphrey School as a visiting scholar from August 2016 to June 2017 and his faculty mentor is Professor Jason Cao.

You can contact Fitwi by e-mail:

Michael Barnett speaking Sept 26 on "Humanitarianism, Human Rights, & the Practices of Humanity."

The Minnesota International Relations Colloquium (MIRC) is pleased to host Professor Michael Barnett of George Washington University on Monday, September 26th from 3:30-5:00pm in Social Sciences 1314.

Professor Barnett will be presenting a paper (attached) titled "Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and the Practices of Humanity." Discussant remarks will be offered by Elif Kalaycioglu (UMN Political Science) before the conversation is opened up to all attendees.

We ask that all attendees read the paper beforehand, as the event will be conducted as a workshop rather than a talk or a summary of the project.  For a copy, please email Minnesota International Relations Colloquium:

Immediately following the discussion (5:15pm), MIRC will be hosting a small social event at Republic with Professor Barnett. All are welcome.

MPP Aoki wins Rugby Silver Medal in Rio

Humphrey Student Wins Silver Medal at the Rio Paralympics

Incoming MPP student Chuck Aoki and Team USA’s wheelchair rugby squad won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Sunday. In what was called one of the greatest games of rugby ever played, the U.S. and Australia went to double overtime before Australia ultimately won, 59-58.
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