Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Visiting Scholar from China Lin Dishan researching Sustainable Travel at HHH

Lin Dishan is research fellow in education, human capital resource and poverty in China at the department of public finance, school of economics in Xiamen University. He has bachelor degree in development of economics from the same university and starting his M.Econ and PhD.

Lin Dishan is interested in understanding the role of public spending in education plays in the reduction of poverty through human capital resource in China. Specifically, his PhD project focuses on public educational expenditure, human capital and poverty reduction in China and he plans to hand in his dissertation by December 2017.

Lin Dishan is working at the Humphrey School as a visiting scholar from October 2016 to September 2017 and his faculty mentor is Professor Jerry Zhao.

You can contact Lin Dishan by e-mail:

Volunteers needed for Nov 8 Model UN (High School) at HHH

Model UN is seeking volunteers to work with students during unmoderated caucuses on Tuesday, November 8th from 9:30-2:00 pm. As you know, this is an exciting opportunity for the students to debate issues that confront world leaders and draft resolutions in response to global issues.

Volunteers play a crucial in ensuring the success of this program and even an hour of your time will be helpful to the students. Please let me know if you are interested and the time periods you can assist with the conference.  Info here

Pepe Wonosikou
Assistant Director, International Fellows and Scholars ProgramHumphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Humphrey Center, 301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 USA
Telephone: 612-625-8045 Fax: 612- 624-5756

Volunteer to help count ballots in the election through the Hennepin-University Partnership

Open to international and domestic scholars!

Hennepin County needs student volunteers November 2-8 to help process thousands of absentee ballots for the 2016 presidential election.

Get a $50 VISA gift card for each half-day shift (up to 3 shifts).

Sign up by October 30

Oct 28: Identities, Cultures, and Education in “Economically Liberalized” India

Presented by: Dr. Nina Asher, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Abstract: This paper draws on postcolonial and globalization theories and educational research to frame the analysis of identities, cultures, decolonization and education in a globalized India. Akash Kapur’s nuanced, insightful work, India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India, serves as an illuminating study. Findings based on qualitative data (including observations, interviews, and field notes) from my 2014-15 Fulbright-funded research project (Examining the Intersections of Globalization, Privatization, and Education after Two Decades of Economic Liberalization in India) conducted in urban India are also incorporated. I interviewed 24 students (female and male from diverse linguistic, regional, and socioeconomic backgrounds) enrolled in a master’s program in education at a top, urban research institution in India and observed the seminar where they presented their field research projects. The audio-recorded interviews were transcribed. Analyses of these data, along with my field notes and various scholarly and media reports, revealed the ways in which identities, cultures, and education are shaped by privatization and capitalist expansion in an increasingly urbanized India. Loss of indigenous languages and the resurgence of English as the language of currency as well as an emphasis on STEM fields over others are also among the key issues that emerged. Implications are discussed in terms of resisting re- colonization in contexts shaped by global corporatism through cultivating the ability (of students and teachers) to read the world in critical, self-reflexive, recursive ways. Such curricular and pedagogical work needs to occur in relation to larger efforts to dismantle structural inequities in power in transnational contexts.

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EVOLVING US-CUBA RELATIONS: History, Politics and Economic Opportunities, November 1

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November 1, 2016 4-6 PM
Carlson School of Management
Room 2-260Z
321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Relations between Cuba and US entered a new stage in December 2014, when Presidents Obama and Castro announced negotiations that led to the restoration of diplomatic relations, followed by new talks in search of normalization. However, these are just the most recent developments in a long, complicated and intertwined history. This is a great opportunity to understand this historical moment between the US and Cuba.

Dr. Ernesto Domínguez López is a professor, researcher and former director of the Center for Studies of the USA and Americas(CEHSEU) of the University of Havana Dr. Domínguez López specializes in studies of the United States, inter-american relations and regional and subregional studies of the United States, inter-american relations and regional and subregional studies of the Americas.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Help Me: Climate Change Study Abroad at COP22

What We're Fundraising For

Check out our fundraising video:
We are a group of seven graduate students studying climate change policy at the University of Minnesota. We're passionate about creating a more sustainable future through public policy. In our coursework we are developing mastery of climate change science, economics, and policy so that we can make a difference at the local, national, and international levels. 
This November, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention will convene in Marrakech, Morocco for the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22). At the convention, the nations of the world will begin work on designing policy to implement the historic Paris Climate Agreement. Under the guidance of UMN Professor Gabe Chan, The Executive Director of the UMN Energy Transition Lab, Ellen Anderson, and Minnesota State Representative Melissa Hortman, we will be travelling to COP22. 
This will be a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience to experience the inner workings of real-world climate negotiations first hand. We have a great plan developed to prepare the students to dig deep into preparatory research, engage with policymakers while at COP-22, and disseminate our findings to the University of Minnesota, Minnesota policymakers, and the broader community. 
You can check out more about our travel plans on our group's webpage:
Keep checking back there for our reflections on the trip. We'll be regularly updating our blog as we prepare for our journey!

Why This Is Important To Us:

Climate change poses one of the greatest global policy challenges of this generation. Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in a climate-constrained world will require creative thinking and policymaking. Empowering this group of graduate Public Affairs students to engage directly with international climate policy-making will help us learn how we can make a difference in working towards mutually beneficial solutions at the local and global scales.

How We Will Use The Funds:

We have an excited group of 7 Masters Students who want to attend, but we need help covering travel expenses. Please consider making a donation to support our trip. 
Check back on our blog to track what we're up to as we plan for the trip:

Our Strategy To Reach This Goal:
We are hoping to raise travel funds to support a group of 7 students and 3 faculty mentors. Every little bit helps. 


We would love to give all of our supporters a shoutout on our blog and in all of the publications and public engagement efforts we participate in following the trip. 
We'll also take requests to bring back any special Moroccan souvenirs you would like: specialty rugs, embroidery, lanterns, spices, you name it. 

Atlantic Expedition Fellowship & Exchange program

We would like to inform you of our new fellowship and exchange program, Atlantic Expedition, for 20-35 year old German and US citizens with an interest in the European-American partnership: young professionals in the public, private and military sectors, and college and graduate students of all disciplines.

The aim of the program is to broaden the transatlantic debate beyond established political circles, to seek new perspectives and ideas shaped by a wide variety of academic, professional and cultural backgrounds.

Participants will meet decision-makers and stakeholders during group trips to Chicago and Houston in the US, or Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden in Germany. Fellows will also collaborate online to produce policy memos for modernizing European-American relations.

We would greatly appreciate it if you were to share this opportunity.

Fellowship opportunity: Help modernize transatlantic relations, while travelling to Germany and the US!

Applicants don’t have to be experts! We are specifically in search of new points of view and bold ideas from a diverse group of young leaders. Transatlantic matters affect everyone, and ought therefore to be discussed by everyone.

Those interested in participating need to submit a short article (500-1000 words) analyzing the current state of European-American relations, with a focus on whichever sub-topic interests them most – however niche or marginal. The deadline for applications for the first expedition is November 16, 2016.

Thank you very much!

Kind regards,

Dr. Johannes Bohnen

Founder & Director of the Atlantische Initiative

Atlantic Expedition aims to empower a younger and more diverse generation of leaders in transatlantic relations. It's a project of the non-profit NGO Atlantische Initiative e.V. based in Berlin, Germany. Subscribe to our Newsletter and follow us on Facebook or Twitter
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