Monday, October 12, 2015

Oct 13 Jodi Sandfort on Hubert Project & Global Partnerships--Freeman Seminar

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday.  The sessions are held from 12:45 to
2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School. The next two
presentations are:

October 13 – Jodi Sandfort on Global “Hubert”
October 27 – Richard Painter on the Reform of Political Campaign Financing
The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy
Jodi Sandfort
Humphrey School
will speak on
The Global Partnerships of the Hubert Project: Using Multimedia Learning Objects to Improve Instruction: 
12:45 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 13
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus
Since 2012, the Humphrey School has served as a global hub for the development and sharing of multi-media learning objects to improve public affairs education. Professor Sandfort will explain the project and its partnership with Hong Kong University and the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (working in 12 Universities).  The talk will also highlight other international materials developed for the collection from Turkey and India, and consider ways to broaden the reach for material development and use in the future.

All are welcome!  Refreshments will be served

Dr. Zelizer's list of World's Top Meta List of Job Sites/Resources in Soc Change, Soc Impact, Development, Peacebuilding

World's Top Meta List of Job Sites/Resources in Social Change, Social Impact, Development, Peacebuilding and Related Fields

Finding the right job in social change, development, peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, and related fields requires a combination of the right experience and training, an understanding of the field, developing strong connections and a bit of serendipity. In addition to academic and/or professional training, it is essential to have an understanding of how social changeworks in practice. Many people working in social change , will not find employment with "social change" or "peacebuilding" but with organizations in others sectors (international development, education, environment, social entrepreneurship, social impact, business) working on social change related jobs. Thus it is also important in the job search to broaden your scope to include international development organizations, government and intergovernmental institutions, for-profit and business institutions, educational institutions, and more.

I strongly encourage my students to develop developing strong skills in social change/conflict resolution processes and theory, but also develop an expertise in a another sector and/or regional area. For more information on careers in the field, see a report I co-authored, Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. offers guide to careers in the field based on interviews with over 60 organizations and practitioners. The document also offers 10 pages of resources for finding jobs, internships, scholarships and more. You can download the report for Download Webreport.pdf or at the ACT website. Another great resource is a Career Guide from Sustainability on Corporate Social Responsibility. Idealist has also developed an excellent guide to Nonprofit Careersand a separate Careers Resources Section . Dr. John Paul Lederach and Kate Mansfield from the Kroc Institute have also developed a wonderful visual representation of possible careers in the field.

Here are some additional career development suggestions

1) Develop a Strong Resume - Make sure you have a strong, clear and compelling resume and cover letter. See the Download TipsforWritingEffectiveResumes.pdf . Many university career centers also offer guidance on resumes.

2) Follow Dr. Zelizer's Twitter List of Key Careers Resources in Social Change. This is an excellent way to follow key job openings and news regarding careers in social change real-time.

3) Conduct Informational Interviews - Most people are more than happy to talk about their job and conducting informational interviews can be an excellent way to learn more about an organization and what a career is like in a particular area. Informational interviews are a chance for you to ask general questions of someone already in the field. However, it is very important in informational interviews not to ask for a job or put pressure on the person you're speaking with to help you find a job.

4) Subscribe or Visit Key Websites and Job Lists - There are countless numbers of websites that provide resources on jobs and internships in the field (and in related fields). You should get on all or some of these sites as you will get daily or weekly updates of opportunities around the world (note some charge a fee, whiles others are free or provide partial postings for free).
Some of the best sites for jobs directly in conflict resolution, development, social entrepreneurship, etc. include:
UNJOBLIST- A very useful site with jobs at UN agencies and other Intergovernmental Organizations.

IDEALIST - Primarily Jobs in International and Domestic Non-profits. Covers many sectoral areas, health, development, etc.
INDEED- A Very useful site that searches across many job sites around the world. Searching by conflict and development keywords is best way to use the service.
RELIEFWEB - Primarily jobs in International Non-profits and UN.
DEVELOPMENT EX - Covers jobs in International Development and Consulting around the world.
Rework- Jobs in impact with companies working on social, environmental, and cultural innovation.
Sustainability Careers- Job openings at Business for Social Responsibility and at BSR member organizations.
International Organization Careers Website - Professional employment opportunities in International Organizations (site sponsored by the US Department of State)
SKOLL WORLD FORUM JOB LIST- Job and Fellowship postings related to social entreprenuership, the social sector and corporate social responsibility.
The Posner Center for International Development Job Board - Is a coworking space based in Denver, Colorado with over 60 member organizations. Their job board lists openings at Posner and the center's members.
BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Jobs in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entreprenuership.
Social Impact Jobs - List from Echoing Green, one of the leading orgs in the field.

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs Job List. List positions in small and growing business member companies/organizations around the world.
OpenGov Hub Member Jobs - Job opportunities from organizations based at the OpenGov Hub in Washington, DC.
Liberation Tech Jobs - Listserv that has jobs exploring how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods.
Be Social Change Jobs - Maintains a job board of positions and internships in key social change orgs.

Impact Design Hub Jobs - Jobs at the intersection of public interest, social impact, humanitarian, and community design.
Give to get Jobs - Opportunities in the for profit sector that are involved in social change.
ICT4D Jobs - Opportunities in information and communication technology for development.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Job Board - Careers in international Affairs, largely NY and DC based positions.

Zebra Jobs - A leading online portal for jobs in Africa, many focused on development related issues.

JOBS FOR CHANGE - Useful resources and guides to careers in social change.
BRITISH OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT NETWORK - Listing of Jobs at Key UK Based International Development Organizations.
ALERTNET - Jobs in International Development and Humanitarian Relief.
EUROPEAN PEACE BUILDING LIAISON OFFICE -Jobs at European Based Organizations.
FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION - Listing of Jobs at Key US nonprofits involved in international affairs.
JUSTMEANS - Jobs in Social Change and Environment.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Listing of jobs in International Affairs.

DEVNETJOBS - Listing of Many Positions in International Development and related fields.
JOBS4DEVELOPMENT -List of many jobs worldwide in International Development and Related Fields
MandE News Job Forum - List of jobs/consultancies related to monitoring and evaluation in international development.
The New EU - European Affairs Jobs in Brussels and Europe.
Democracy Digest Jobs - List of jobs related to political and democratic develpoment.
Elevator- the Good Job Network, is an exclusive marketplace for people
to list, discover and apply for good jobs in the UK.
Society for International Development Job List - Posting of SID/DC Member Jobs. - Positions related to sports and development.
Next Billion Career Center - Learn about job opportunities in the development through enterprise space.
Social Venture Network - Jobs in social entrepreneurship and related fields.
Omidyar Network -Jobs in social entrepreneurship.
Jobs for Change - Wonderful resources on nonprofit jobs.
Inside NGO Jobs - Jobs in international development
OneWorld Jobs - brings the latest jobs and volunteer positions from organisations working to create a better world.
Donor Committee for Enterprise Development - job postings in private sector development.
BCorps Jobs - lists opportunities in companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Angel List- Jobs at Startup companies largely in the Information Tech Sector (including some focused on social change).

Other Job Sites/Resources that may have relevant jobs:
FOUNDATION CENTER - Jobs in Foundations and US based nonprofits.
CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY - Variety of jobs in US based non-profits working in diverse sectoral areas.
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION - Jobs in the US (and some international) Higher Education Sector.
Association of International Educators (NAFSA JOB Board) - Jobs in international education and international student services.
BRIDGESPAN NONPROFIT JOBS BOARD - Has useful list of nonprofit jobs in the US in diverse sectors.
Startup Hire - Jobs at startup (particularly in tech) around the world.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in new/social media.
Community Roundtable Job List - Positions related to online community management in diverse areas.
ACRE Resources - Jobs in environmental and corporate social responsibility areas.
BRIGHT GREEN ALERT - Executive search firm for jobs in the green sector. - jobs in the environmental sector.
Greenona Jobs - Green jobs.
Mashable Job Board - Jobs in Social Media.
Net Impact - Jobs in corporate social responsibility and related fields.
NONPROFIT OYSTER - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - Jobs in the nonprofit sector.
REDF - Nonprofit and social enterprise jobs.
TREE HUGGER - Green jobs.
VENTURE LOOP - is the worldwide leader in job postings focused on venture-backed companies.
Global Impact Investing Network - Jobs in impact (financial) investing.
Microfinance Gateway Jobs - Jobs in micro-finance and related fields.
Growth Hacker Job Listings Find jobs in growth marketing, user acquisition, conversion rate optimization, content marketing, analytics, product, and more (many are at tech startups).

3) Use your contacts/networks - One of the key strategies for finding a job/internship is to consult your personal and professional networks. Let your professors, colleagues and friends know that you're seeking an opportunity and perhaps they will have suggestions/contacts. University career centers and alumni can also be terrific resources.

4)Join New Networks- Joining a professional network in the field can also be a useful way to make contacts and learn about opportunities. Some relevant networks include:
Society for International Development or Society for International Development DC Chapter
Association for Conflict Resolution
Women in International Security
Peace and Justice Studies Association

5) Examine Ethical Practice - When you are researching an organization it is important to make sure that the organization's ethics and practice fit with your values. If you're offered a job (hopefully before this happens) learn about what the organization does, how do they treat their staff, how do they work in they field and with partners, etc.

6) Considering Taking a Job to Get Experience - Although many people would like to obtain their ideal job right away, sometimes it may be worth considering taking a job that will help you develop the necessary skills, contacts and experience that in the future can help lead to more of an ideal job.

7) Explore Fellowship Opportunities - There are many excellent fellowships/scholarships that do provide funding for independent research/volunteer work/study. Thus, fellowships can be an excellent way to get experience in the field. You can find many fellowships/scholarships on this site by searching by various keywords.

8) Explore Organizations that Have Developed Mentoring Programs for New Employees - A number of organizations have developed special entry level positions in which new employees receive extra mentoring. Look for organizations that have Junior Program Officer Positions (some in the UN), Entry Level Fellowships (Catholic Relief Services in the US) and others.

9) Develop an Expertise in a Needed Area - There are number of current areas in which the field is in need of developing further expertise. Developing your skills in this area can make you more attractive to potential employers. Some areas include: Program Evaluation and Monitoring, Conflict Mainstreaming and Conflict Sensitivity (Integrating Conflict Across Sectors), Organizational Conflict Management. Talk with your colleagues and other professionals in the field to see what might be potential growth areas.

Posted by Craig Zelizer on September 21, 2015 at 4:17pm
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Oct 19 James Ron speaking on "What Do Ordinary People Think of Human Rights Ideas & Orgs?"

The Department of Political Science’s Minnesota International Relations Colloquium (MIRC) is pleased to announce that Prof. James Ron will present "What Do Ordinary People Think of Human Rights Ideas and Organizations?" on Monday, October 19, from 1:30-3:00 pm in Lippincott (1314 Social Sciences).

Depending on their availability, we may also be joined by Professor Ron's coauthors, David Crow (CIDE, Mexico City), Shannon Golden (Center for Victims of Torture ), and Archana Pandya (openGlobalRights), via video chat.

Minnesota International Relations Colloquium
Department of Political Science
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Dr. Zelizer's Top Resources for Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Soc Change, Soc Entrepreneurship, Develop, Peacebuilding

Top Resources for Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Social Change, Social Entrepreneurship, Development, Peacebuilding and Related Fields

Dear Colleagues,

There are countless opportunities for individuals seeking to pursue academic study and/or obtain additional professional experience at all levels to obtain financial support from private foundations, nonprofits, directly from academic institutions and from various governmental and intergovernmental agencies. In addition, there are a number of fellowships that provide funding for professional development opportunities, independent research/internships/language study (for some of these applicants need to be a current student). As part of developing increased field experience and opportunities, outside funding can be a wonderful opportunity to support work. It is not always easy to obtain a fellowship, as there can be significant competition for a limited number of fellowships. This guide is divided into four parts. The first is general suggestions how to obtain funding, the second is how to develop/write a successful funding application, the third is key funding/scholarship resources and the fourth is a list of key funding institutions.

Direct Funding from the University - A number of competitive universities at the BA (sometimes) MA (more often) level will offer partial (and occasionally full scholarships) directly to the most competitive students and especially at the Ph.D. level.
From Institutions Supporting Professional Development/Opportunities in the Field - There are an increasing number of fellowship opportunities (particularly in the social entrepreneurship/social impact fields) that provide financial support for individuals with strong skills to do applied work with partners in the field. These include ProInspire, Atlas Service Corps, Frontier Market Scouts and others listed below.
Outside Scholarships - See the resources on the this page for outside funding for academic (mostly graduate) study. There are many, many resources available to students depending on the location of study. For example, the Rotary World MA Peace Fellows (open to all, for study at six select universities. Applicants need to be over 25 and have at least a few years work experience in the peace/development field) or

Government Agencies - Often select government agencies do provide funding opportunities. For example the US government provides Fulbright Scholarships and others. The German Government has the DAAD Agency. Check with the embassies of respective countries on their websites in your country or do some general searching.
Friends/Family/Local Businesses - Sometimes through a combination of creative support from friends/family and local business there may be a way to piece together funding. However, investing some time in energy in researching and applying for appropriate opportunities can be invaluable. Below are some suggestions for how to write a successful funding application and information on several leading fellowships and key organizations.



Carefully Read the Funding Requirements and Goals of the Fellowship - This may sound like common sense, but it is critical to carefully read over the details of any funding opportunities. What are the goals of the funder? What are the administrative details (deadline, citizenship restrictions, etc.)? Many people do not take the time to educate themselves and frame their applications using the appropriate language to meet the goals of the funders. Alternatively, they may miss key logistical details that can cause an application to be disqualified.

Frame Your Previous (and future) Experience as Part of a Coherent Narrative - One of the keys to writing a winning application is to demonstrate clearly how your previous academic and professional experience makes you qualified for a particular opportunity. Write a coherent narrative, demonstrating long-standing interest in a particular region, topic, explain how the fellowship will help you develop additional expertise and how this will be useful in the post-fellowship period in your career and for the larger society.

Search out Multiple Fellowship Opportunities - Applying for fellowships can be very competitive. If possible, apply for several different fellowships at the same time. Consider that for many competitions there can be between 5-20 applicants per fellowship. Thus if you can identify various opportunities that are of interest and apply for several this will help increase your chances of having at least one (or more successful applications).

Keep your Essays Focused, Clear and Logical - For most fellowship review processes, a single reviewer may read between 20-50 applications. Thus, it is important that in writing your essays that you provide clear, logical and easy to follow arguments. If it is a research fellowship, explain your research goals, questions, methods of research and intended outcomes. If it is a language fellowship, provide a clear plan of study and demonstrate your commitment to pursuing further language beyond this particular fellowship.

Proofread and Peer Review - One method that can help ensure a quality application is to have your professors and/or colleagues read through the application. Ask if your essays are compelling, to assist with grammatical editing, etc. Sometimes working in peer groups where you might share your initial ideas with colleagues can help in further refining and developing your proposal.

Learn from Rejection – Often applications may not be approved. You can take this a learning opportunity. Some donors will provide you with feedback about why you were not successful and perhaps encourage you to revise and resubmit in future years.

Start Early – Many fellowship applications are due eight-12 months in advance. Thus you need to start research and exploring opportunities with sufficient time.

What are other Suggestions? Please feel free to provide additional suggestions for writing successful scholarship applications?


There are many resources for finding scholarship opportunities and the list below provide some key suggestions.

Consult Your University – Often your academic advisors, study abroad offices and other university divisions can be a wonderful source of information about fellowship opportunities. Also when you’re applying to academic institutions for study, inquire about specific funding that may be available if you’re admitted.

The Peace and Collaborative Development Site There are hundreds of scholarship and fellowship opportunities posted on this site. You can find these opportunities in the forums on Fellowship Opportunities and also Research. A useful way to identify opportunities is to search by keywords such as fellowship, scholarship, graduate, Ph.D., "Call for Applications", etc.

See the Association of Professionals Schools in International Affairs Guide toFellowships and Scholarships.

The Chronicle of Higher Education – Provides information some advanced (usually post-doc) fellowship opportunities.
Idealist, one of the leading nonprofit career sites has recently developed the Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center. This is a terrific site that has key information for individuals seeking to pursue graduate programs related to social change. The resources includes tips for how to select a program, how to write an effective application, application procedures, identifying funding and more.
H-HET – Website network that provides information on numerous fellowship opportunities related to academia.
American Political Science Association Funding Resources- - Maintains a wonderful list of fellowships and grants for undergraduate, graduate, post-doc and research opportunities.
Rotary Peace Fellows- Rotary Centers provide Rotary World Peace Fellows with the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and related areas. Each year, up to 60 Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis at six Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with seven leading universities. Applications need to be over 25 years of age and have several years experience.
Echoing Green's Fellowship Program - Echoing Green awards two-year fellowships to emerging social innovators. Annually, we award fellowships to individuals with innovative ideas for creating new models for tackling seemingly unsolvable social challenges. These fellowships offer them the opportunity to develop and test their ideas.
ProInspire - develops leaders at all levels for organizations addressing the world’s greatest challenges.
Atlas Corps- develops leaders, strengthens organizations and promotes innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled professionals.
Fulbright Fellowships – Offers fellowship for US students and faculty to study and conduct research/teaching abroad and for international students and faculty to pursue opportunities in the US.
Schwarzman Scholars - is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.
United States Institute of Ph.D. Fellowships – Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships (open to Ph.D. students studying in the US). These fellowships are intended to support the research and writing of doctoral dissertations addressing the sources and nature of international conflict and ways of preventing or ending conflict and sustaining peace.
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund (US) The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.
The Herbert Scoville Jr.Peace Fellowship (US) The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites college graduates (Graduate Student or Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional) to apply for full-time, six to nine-month fellowships in Washington, District of Columbia. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues.
National Security Education Program – The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate) to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government.
Thomas Pickering Fellowship (Graduate and Undergraduate). The goal of the fellowship Graduate Fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.
Donald Payne International Development Fellowship Program - seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Gates Cambridge FellowshipThe Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established by the Gates Cambridge Trust in order to give students from around the world the opportunity to study at Cambridge in one of three programs: a second Bachelor's degree, one-year postgraduate course leading to a Master's degree, or research and work leading to a Ph.D. (scholars are funded for a period of 1 to 4 years). The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides University tuition, a stipend for living expenses, and one return airfare.
Chevening Scholarships - are prestigious awards available to international students for post-graduate study in the United Kingdom. They are available in more than 130 countries and around 1000 new Chevening Scholarships are awarded globally each year. Chevening scholarships offer an ideal opportunity for young, high-flying graduates not only to study their chosen subject, but also to meet and network with their peers in the unique learning atmosphere that the UK provides. The ultimate objective is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries.
Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace for Summer Language Study at Middlebury College - The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed supported by the program which include Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.
Reagan-Fascell Democrcy Fellows Program National Endowment for Democracy, enable democratic practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED’s research arm located in Washington, D.C.
Open Society Fellowship - to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges.


Many of these institutions sponsor and/or administer a number of fellowship opportunities. Therefore spending some time on each organization’s website to explore given opportunities can be invaluable. 

Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute - Offers a number of fellowship and scholarship opportunities for students and professionals around the world. One new fellowship opportunity started in 2008 is the Open Society Fellowship
International Institute for Education - Offers a number of fellowships for students and non-students. Most notable include Fulbright Fellowships (which are often open to non-students), National Security Education Program for Undergraduates and Graduates (study abroad program), and many others. They also maintain a wonderful site on Scholarships for US and International Students, see
American Association of University Women - One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women including support for international studies seeking to pursue graduate or postdoctoral studies in the US.
International Research & Exchanges Board - Offers several fellowship opportunities for graduate students and faculty to conduct field research abroad (short-term and long-term)
Social Science Research Council - SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship.
American Council of Learned Societies - CLS offers fellowships and grants in over one dozen programs, for research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
AMIDEAST - Administers a number of private, institutional, and non-U.S. government scholarship programs for students and professionals from the Middle East and North Africa, most of which are for study at U.S. universities.
The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Souther... (OSSREA) is a regional membership-based and donor-supported research and capacity-building organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between researchers and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of research on policy-making and development planning. Its headquarters is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They offer several research fellowships each year.
German Academic Exchange Council - DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, for study and research in Germany
Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) - The NFP are demand-oriented fellowship programmes designed to promote institutional development. The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are in employment. They offer MA, Ph.D. and short-course fellowships for applicants from select countries to study in the Netherlands.
Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Scholarships in Conflict Resolution (only open to EU Citizens) - This Scheme will offer opportunities for suitably qualified women and men to pursue one of the following post-graduate degrees at a recognised higher education institution in Ireland which include MA and Ph.D. Degrees at select institutions that are research

Other Suggestions?

Posted by Craig Zelizer on September 24, 2015 at 3:00pm
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film installation commemorating the 70th anniv liberation of Nazi camps

AS IF / ALS OB a film installation and discussion on memory, media, and art commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps
Featuring work by international artist DANIEL BLAUFUKS

TUESDAY, October 13  5:30 - 7:30 PM

Film Clips and Roundtable Discussion with the Artist and Panel:
U of M faculty GARY COHEN (History), ALICE LOVEJOY (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature), LESLIE MORRIS (German, Scandinavian and Dutch), and PAULA RABINOWITZ (English); and DAVID HARRIS, Executive Director of RIMON: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation

THURSDAY, October 15 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Coffee with the Artist 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open screenings of Als Ob

all events held at the
Weisman Art Museum
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Daniel Blaufuks is a Lisbon-based German Jewish contemporary artist and scholar who explores how memories are made through media. His film installation, "Als Ob" ( meaning "As If"), compares the Czech city of TerezĂ­n as it is today with the WWII ghetto-camp of Theresienstadt formerly located there. In doing so, the film highlights similarities between the two time periods and creates a dialogue between the film excerpts from different times.

At Tuesday's event, panel participants will discuss the role of photography, film and art in the preservation and also creation of new forms of Holocaust memory at a time when the generation of survivors diminishes. A 30-minute excerpt of the film will be shown beginning at 5:30pm, just prior to the talk, which will begin at 6:15pm.

On Thursday the film will be screened in its entirety throughout museum hours at the Weisman (10am-5pm). Stop by between 10-11:30am to meet the artist.

Friday, October 9, 2015

MPA Dr. Kesler on KSTP about Afghan Clinic attack

Dr. Sarah Kesler is Assistant Professor in the UMN Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine department, and Critical Care Physician specializing in internal and critical care medicine.  She received her MD from the University of Minnesota and carried out her residency at the Hennepin County Medical Center.  She is an MPA student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and director of the University of Minnesota International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation, which includes a Humphrey School course as part of a multidisciplinary project offered by five academic units at the U of M.

Minn. Physicians Express Grief Over Airstrike on Afghanistan Clinic

Those in medical professions in Minnesota are expressing their shock and grief after a U.S. gunship fired on a medical clinic in Afghanistan on Saturday.

The clinic—in Kunduz, Afghanistan—was run by Doctors Without Borders. Afghans are currently battling to recapture the city from the Taliban. At last check, 12 staff members and 10 patients were killed; 37 additional individuals were injured.

Dr. Sarah Kesler, who works in the intensive care unit at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, said she couldn’t believe what she was seeing when she saw the footage. She said she knew right away her colleagues from Doctors Without Borders were among those killed.

"It's a horrible tragedy," she said.

Kesler said she is familiar with the dangers of working with Doctors Without Borders. Her first post with the organization was in Sudan.

"It was 2005 and I was there for six months,” she said. “I was in west Darfur in a small village.”

Kesler said her time was spent taking care of patients, educating and training others, and searching for epidemics.

From 2005-2011 Kesler took posts in Chad, Uganda, the Philippines and Kenya. She said she understood danger was a possibility.

"You really couldn't walk much more than a couple hundred yards,” she said. “You always had to have a radio with you. You had very strict curfews; you couldn't be out after dark. It's really a small existence kind of from your compound and back."

Despite the risk, Kessler said she believes the good her colleagues were doing will be felt for years.

"When you go overseas and you’re caring for people with very simple remedies that can set somebody on a course to have a productive and healthy life, it's immensely gratifying," she said.

Updated: 10/06/2015 6:52 PM
Created: 10/06/2015 4:32 PM
By: Todd Wilson

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oct 9, ICGC Brown Bag Series -On the Resonance of Social History

International Center for the Study of Global Change

ICGC Brown Bag Series

Friday October 9th, 2015


537 Heller Hall

The Voice and the Speaker: On the Resonance of Social History

Presented by: Aidan Erasmus, Department of History, University of the Western Cape

Abstract: This paper examines the work of the voice and the speaker as technologies of the sonic that resonate with the work of history. It attempts specifically to think through aurality as it emerges in South African historiography, and asks whether the modalities of truth, speaking, and voice that texture social history are related to those that permeate the discourse of testimony that is found in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

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