Humphrey blog posts

Monday, July 8, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

U of M Students Leave Egypt Amid Unrest

Ragui Assaad explains the work of four Humphrey School students who fled Egypt this week before staged demonstrations. Assaad is a professor for the MDP in international development program at the Humphrey School.

The deciding factor was whether they could get their work done and whether there was a point in them staying to complete interviews and focus groups necessary to complete their work.

July 4, 2013

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Asylum seekers deserve better from America: Opinion

Eric Schwartz writes about the need for better treatment for asylum seekers. Schwartz is the dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and also serves as commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

While our asylum laws are designed to welcome those who seek safe haven, many find themselves confronted by a system that treats them like criminals.

New Jersey Star Ledger
June 28, 2013

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Egypt's Unemployed Target Mursi After Toppling Mubarak: Jobs

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

High Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Voting Rights Act

Doug Chapin provides analysis on various states' voting laws after Supreme Court decision on Voting Rights Act. Chapin is an elections expert at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The law puts Texas in the group with Indiana and Georgia, which I would categorize as fairly strict.

Texas Tribune
June 25, 2013

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Egypt's Unemployed Target Mursi After Toppling Mubarak: Jobs

Ragui Assaad provides analysis on Egypt's unemployment rate. Assaad is a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The government cannot turn a switch and create more jobs. In fact if they do that, as they have tried to create more jobs in the public sector, that has long-term negative consequences.

June 24, 2013

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Monday, June 17, 2013

June and July and hot - for presidential deaths

Eric Ostermeier shares data on the timing of U.S. presidents' deaths. Ostermeier is a research associate at the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.

Six presidents have kicked the proverbial bucket in June and seven in July -- including Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who famously died only hours apart on Independence Day in 1826, followed by James Monroe exactly five years later.

Washington Post
June 17, 2013

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Humphrey School to offer doctoral degree program

Dean Eric Schwartz says the new degree program is an important step forward for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Beyond providing students with exemplary training in public policy and research, this Ph.D. program will better position the school to define the character of public affairs education in the decades to come. Graduates of this program will play multiple roles: they'll teach public affairs to future students, be in the forefront of scholarship on critical policy issues and occupy key positions in local, national and international organizations.

Humphrey School website
June 14, 2013.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

U econ professor steps down as state economist

Jay Kiedrowskir reflects on working with Tom Stinson during the 80's, when Kiedrowski was state's commissioner of finance. Kiedrowski is a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

He'd ponder what you were saying. He wasn't quick to respond; he was more thorough than that.He wouldn't be afraid to disagree with you, but he was very polite about it.

Minnesota Daily
June 12, 2013

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