The Status of Global Notes: Please Stay in Touch

Global Notes Readers:

With the retirement of Sherry Gray, we are in a moment of transition for Global Notes. As you may have noticed, the blog and email updates were recently placed on a temporary hiatus as we assess the best next steps for keeping engaging with you and the entire Humphrey School of Public Affairs global policy community.

Many of the services provided through Global Notes (alumni updates, networking, career opportunities, and events) are provided through Humphrey communications and career and professional development services. I encourage you to follow these channels:

·      Career and employment resources – The Humphrey School’s Career and Professional Development team is focused on connecting the Humphrey community. Whether for networking purposes or making sure you know about career opportunities, they regularly publish open positions relevant to our degree programs and are an incredible resource for helping connect people within a field. If you would like to know more, or have job postings or resources for them to share, email Job postings with an international focus can be tagged on our Job and Internship Postings page to make them more visible.
·      LinkedIn – Did you know the Humphrey has a two LinkedIn groups – one for alumni and one for career services - providing you with an opportunity to network? Start by connecting with the school through the Humphrey’s LinkedIn page and then request to join either of these groups, which are listed under the “Featured Groups” section.
·      Events – The Humphrey has a listserv dedicated to promoting events related to our degree programs. If you would like to be on this listserv, you can subscribe on our website. Also, please submit any events to

Beyond these opportunities, we are having ongoing conversations about how to highlight global and international topics within the School and with our broader community, including:
·      Exploring the possibility of a student listserv for sharing opportunities with students interested in global policy
·      Updating the Humphrey School website to increase the visibility of both our International Fellows and International Visiting Scholars
·      Engaging in a discussion of internationally-focused faculty research opportunities at our next faculty retreat
·      Generating new content on international education, research, and engagement for the Humphrey website, social media, and bi-annual magazine

Please know your engagement with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is not taken for granted. We know that information and communication are critical to sustaining any community. As we make this transition, we want to make sure that we stayed connected to you, our Global Notes community, while also finding new ways to demonstrate the importance and impacts of our globally focused students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends to our Humphrey School community more broadly.

Thank you for your patience. And a sincere thank you to Sherry Gray for her tremendous work building Global Notes into such a worthwhile resource.

Please watch for our fall Humphrey Magazine which is focused on the school’s global reach and the tremendous work happening across the world with our fellowships and Master of Development Practice program.

If you have any questions or comments, please email me at

Keith Hovis
Director of Communications

Global Notes suspending publication

Global Notes will cease publication for the rest of 2018.  Please look to news from Humphrey School about upcoming events and activities:

Global Notes was started October 14, 2008 by Humphrey School of Public Affairs Global Policy Area (GPA) student Graham Lampa ( as the GPA blog.  This was part of a University of Minnesota Libraries UThink project, with strong support from Technology Lead for Libraries Initiatives, Shane Nackerud.

After 2008 Global Notes was maintained and revitalized by nine generations of Humphrey School graduate students and GPA student assistants into a news, communications and outreach blog with a mission to connect the international-focused communities of the Humphrey School with counterparts around the University, to keep information flowing across units engaged in international activities, and to highlight the work and achievements of HHH faculty, staff, students, scholars and fellows connected around the world. 

It was  Rachel Garaghty (then MPP student) who first shifted the focus of Global Notes in 2009 to serve the communication and information needs for the international parts of the School and Riley Grittinger (then undergraduate assistant) who led the team to transition Global Notes from Moveable Type to Blogger system in 2015, together with the HHH's then-Director of IT, Linda Dick (and her team).

Along the way, a diverse and committed group of Humphrey School students (now alumni) worked on Global Notes, including Abdul Omari, Matt Holm, Ameido Amevor, Andrew Twite, Paul Linnell, June Nkwenge, Sumee Lee and Maria Terra.  This blog has the "fingerprints" of many people over the past 10 years.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the usefulness and reach of Global Notes

Sherry Gray

Humphrey Fellow alum Pierre speaking at UMN Oct 26

Embodied Translations: Decolonizing Methodologies of Knowing and Being                   
Geography, Environment, & Society Coffee Hour
October 26, 2018 - 3:00pm
Blegen Hall 445

Geography, Environment, & Society Coffee Hour Presents:
Embodied Translations: Decolonizing Methodologies of Knowing and Being

Beaudelaine Pierre, Naimah Petigny, and Richa Nagar
UMN Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

ABSTRACT: In this coffee hour, we will perform parts of a forthcoming essay that we recently wrote for The Routledge International handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies. In responding to the editors' invitation to write a chapter on 'decolonizing methods,' we asked: what might it mean to decolonize methods of knowing and being in the context of neo-colonial and neo-liberal academic institutions within, and despite, which we grow, resist, heal, and build? Focusing on entanglements of space, identity, and language in the knowledges and struggles inhabited by those who have been multiply marked, violated, and erased in dominant disciplinary and interdisciplinary discourses, our multi-sited intervention refuses typologies and labels and it hungrily seeks dynamic connections in search of justice. In fighting geographies of partition to reclaim peripheralized stories, places, paradigms, and methodologies as knowing, our embodied translations invite alternative possibilities of being in relation to institutionalized systems of learning.

Beaudelaine Pierre is a published creative writer and a doctoral candidate in Gender Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her first novel, Testaman, came out in 2003. She also co-edited How to Write an Earthquake, a unique trilingual volume in English, French, and Creole, that constitutes a collective response to the catastrophe Haiti suffered on January 12, 2010.  She was a Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellow at the UMN's Humphrey School of Public Affairs 2009-2010.

Naimah Petigny is a doctoral candidate in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Working at the intersections of Black Feminist Theory and Performance Studies, her dissertation centers the peripheralized queer black femme and the unruly, and often overlooked, dimensions of Black subjectivity. Naimah was a 2017-2018 Steven J. Schochet Interdisciplinary Fellow in Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies at University of Minnesota and is serving as a graduate assistant to the Winton Chair Endowment of the Liberal Arts.

Richa Nagar currently holds the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence and Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts and she is part of the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Collaborative on Fostering Just and Equitable Communities. Working at the intersections of critical development studies and feminist epistemologies, she grapples with questions of solidarity work and co-authorship across borders in multiple genres, including creative writing and theatre in English and Hindi. Her books include Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism Through Seven Lives in India (with Sangtin Writers) and Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism.

Friday October 26, 2018 3:00 PM
Blegen Hall 445
Complimentary Coffee & Refreshments will begin at 2:45 PM

MPP alums McPartland & Lampa new positions at Atlantic Council

Congratulations to MPP alum Connor McPartland, who started this month as Program Assistant for the Transatlantic Security Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, Washington, DC.    

Connor is the second MPP alum hired at the Atlantic Council this year. 2008 MPP alum Graham Lampa serves as the Deputy Director for Digital Communications at Atlantic Council, having joined after a nearly 10 year career in Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State.  Graham was the founder of the Humphrey School's news blog, Global Notes, in 2008.
The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic Community in meeting global challenges. Founded in 1961, the Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic shifts in economic and political influence that are shaping the twenty-first century by educating and galvanizing its uniquely influential, nonpartisan network of international political, business, and intellectual leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we promote, and the communities we build, the Council’s ten regional centers and functional programs shape today’s policy choices and foster transatlantic strategies to advance international security and global economic prosperity. 

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship (Wash DC)

WebsiteHerbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine-month fellowships for recent college and graduate school alumni to work on international peace and security issues with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and directly support public education and advocacy initiatives. Fellows may explore a range of issues that fall under the scope of their organization’s mission; topics of focus include nuclear, biological, and chemical arms control and nonproliferation; conflict prevention and resolution; conventional arms trade; environmental and energy security; defense budget; diplomacy; and peacebuilding and peacekeeping. They may also attend coalition meetings, congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, and media.

Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences; those with a graduate degree are also eligible to apply. Each candidate must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.The program is open to all U.S. citizens and to non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

See our video describing how the Scoville Fellowship helps launch careers in international peace and security at

Salary and Benefits
Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $38,400 ($3,200 per month), and receive basic health insurance compensation, mentoring, a small stipend for professional development purposes, and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship.

Application Deadlines
Spring 2019 Fellowship: October 1, 2018 (begin between January 15 and April 1, 2019)
Fall 2019 Fellowship: January 7, 2019 (begin between July 15 and October 1, 2019)

Submitting Applications

Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application.
See for complete information and application requirements.

Contact Information and Social Media
(202) 446-1565
Twitter @ScovillePF

Ko Koens - Slum tourism, ethics & local econ development

This year, coinciding with the festivities of Urban October, we are pleased to announce the third episode of the fifth season of the Global Urban Lectures, the 15 minute videos produced by UN-Habitat which has become our most popular knowledge product.

Ko Koens – Slum Tourism
Breda University

Ko Koens from Breda University in this lecture focuses on introducing the fast growing concept of tourism to economically less developed areas, also known as slum tourism, the ethical issues that it needs to deal with, its governance and the ways it may contribute to local development.

About the Global Urban Lectures:

UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Lecture series are 15-minute lectures on themes related to sustainable urbanisation, delivered by renowned experts, UN-Habitat partners and UN-Habitat staff. The submissions are received as response to an open public call and are competitively assessed by the team of RCDB. Those selected enter into the production line and are launched through all media.

The Global Urban Lecture Series documents knowledge and experience on thematic areas of the UN-Habitat mandate. The lectures outlines and issue/problem, provides evidences how this manifests itself and present propositions and examples how it can be addressed. The Global Urban Lecture reaches more than 65 countries and is seen, used and downloaded by universities, NGO’, government officials, students, professionals and by a large group of young urban professionals who will soon be the ones taking crucial positions in making cities work in the future.

Besides the video, each lecture also includes a synopsis, a biography of the speaker, an MP3 and links to additional reading material for further study.

Find all seasons of the Global Urban Lectures at: or the videos only here:

We welcome you to share the global urban lectures with your networks

UNI Team
Capacity Development Unit | Email: |
NOF Block 4, South Wing, Level 2
UN-Habitat P.O Box 30030-00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Vasey Fellowship @ Pacific Forum (Honolulu, Hawai'i)

Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship (Resident)

The Vasey Fellowship program provides young Asian scholars the opportunity to study the economics and politics of the Indo-Pacific region and the US-Asia relationship as a junior researcher and participant in Pacific Forum events and Young Leader activities. Vasey Fellows work in the Pacific Forum office in Honolulu for a period of three to 12 months and receive a modest stipend to cover living and traveling expenses while in Hawaii. For details and instructions on how to apply, go to

Candidates should meet the following criteria:
  • Be from East Asia
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
Please go to our website to find out more information about the Pacific Forum.

Pacific Forum
1003 Bishop Street
Suite 1150
Honolulu, HI 96813

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