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Engaging-U: Week of November 24, 2008


Campus-Community Network: 3-part workshop series
Interfacing of Academic and Community Knowledge Systems
December 3rd, 2008 (12:30-4 pm)
January 7th, 2008 (12:30-4 pm)
February 4th, 2009 (12:30-4 pm)

We have been socialized to think that the university is the only center of knowledge production. But cultural communities have knowledge systems and processes for knowledge production. How can academic and cultural knowledge systems interface in a respectful way? How can space be created in the academy so that multiple knowledge systems can flourish? This workshop will help participants come to a better understanding of the the knowledge systems which guide their own community(ies),and develop strategies for the interfacing of knowledge systems. For more information or to register, please contact Sara Axtell, axtel002@umn.edu.

Nate Hagens: December 3rd, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
"The Pending Resource Crisis: Understanding Our Biophysical and Biological Constraints to Sustainability", 335 Borlaug Hall, U of M St. Paul campus

Hagens posits that by acknowledging and understanding both our biophysical (resource depletion) and biological (cognitive barriers, habituation, and belief systems) constraints we will be better able to choose cultural opportunities for sustainability. He draws upon and synthesizes recent research in cognitive neuroscience, neuroeconomics, and evolutionary biology and their applications to sustainability oriented behaviors in addressing energy and environmental limits. Ultimately Hagens looks for those solutions that aligned us with not only what we have, but who we are. Discussion will follow. Sponsored by the U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships


International Journal for Community Research and Engagement Gateways recently published the first issue of the International Journal for Community Research and Engagement, accessible online following a free registration. This journal is “concerned with the practice and processes of community research and other forms of engagement. It provides a forum for academics, practitioners and community representatives to pursue issues and reflect on practices related to interactions between tertiary institutions and community organizations: academic interventions in community; community-based projects with links to the tertiary sector; and community initiatives.? To view a copy of the first issue, go to http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/ijcre/index.


SPRING 2009: Community Organizing for Effective Public Policy

PA 5920-01 (2 cr), 6 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays
01/20/09 – 05/05/09
Room 130 Blegen Hall, West Bank Campus
Instructor: Dennis Donovan, undergraduates are allowed with permission numbers. For more information contact Dennis at donov013@umn.edu or 612-624-5543

* Through hands-on practice, students gain confidence and skills to be an actor in the public arena.

* Identify critical elements of broad-based organizing and learn to build diverse public relationships through one-to-one meetings.

* Reflect on your place in the world and acquire greater clarity about your self-interest in order to act powerfully.

* Develop and implement an organizing plan.


2009 Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Program
The Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Program encourages residents of the Upper Midwest – including students, teachers, lawyers, health professionals, community leaders, and others – to undertake practical experiences/internships in human rights organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Fellowship Program is designed to promote social justice by providing practical training in the varied aspects of human rights work worldwide. The fellowship placement provides both training for the individual and assistance to the host organization, and fosters links between communities in the Upper Midwest and human rights/social justice organizations around the world. Participants return with a stronger commitment to a lifetime of work in human rights/social justice and contribute to bringing human rights concerns home to communities in the Upper Midwest.

* Awards are competitive; approximately twenty grants will be awarded for the 2009 program.

* Fellowships are usually about 10 weeks in duration.

* Grants will ordinarily range from $1,000 to $4,500, averaging about $3,200 and are intended to cover food, lodging, and transportation during the fellowship experience.

Applications must be received by Monday, February 27, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. Decisions will be made by April 1, 2009.

For more information and an application, please check out our website at http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/center/uppermidwest/

If you have more questions after reviewing our website, feel free to contact Lucy Arimond at

(612) 626-2226 or via email at hrfellow@umn.edu.