May 2011 Archives

May 18 Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar

TTMS Invitation May 18 2011f

*Please note that this will be the last regularly scheduled TTMS until August, 2011 in order to accommodate busy summer schedules.

The agenda for this month's TTMS:

Topic Speaker

Dermatology in the Tropics Monica Rani, MD

Podoconiosis Sara Tomczyk, RN

Challenges of Working in Sierra Leone Vanessa Raabe, MS4

May 18, 2011


All are welcome free of charge and dinner will be provided.

Seminar Location:

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Multipurpose Room

2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414


On behalf of Professors Hill and Ni Aolain about their upcoming symposium titled "National Security, Human Rights, and the "Other," which will be held in the Law School on May 20-21. Here is the National Security Final Program, and the presentation abstracts can be provided to you upon request. We hope that you might be interested in attending some/all of the sessions. There will be a lunch and dinner on both days of the conference, and a breakfast on Saturday morning.

For catering purposes, please let me know in advance which meals you wish to attend by emailing me at Also feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the event.

The Women's Center, Office of Academic Affairs, the Graduate School, and University Libraries are pleased to announce that *Professor Sally Gregory Kohlstedt from the Program of History of Science of Technology* has been selected as the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Award for Fall 2011!

The Women�s Faculty Cabinet, which serves as the selection committee for this award, selected Professor Kohlstedt from an amazing group of women scholars, based on her impressive scholarly record, as well as her service and teaching contributions.

We invite you, your department/unit, alumni, and community members to attend the lecture and reception which will be held *October 12th at 4 P.M*. at Cowles Auditorium.

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
4:00-5:15 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2003-2009. As Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Badawi introduced the concept of Islam Hadhari to guide development efforts in Malaysia and the wider Islamic world. It is an approach that is compatible with modernity and yet firmly rooted in the noble values and injunctions of Islam. Islam Hadhari espouses ten fundamental principles which are accepted by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Tun Abdullah Badawi has remained committed to pursuing development, promoting progressive Islam and enhancing understanding between the Muslim and Western worlds. He is the founding patron for the World Islamic Economic Forum. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding, and Patron of the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies in Kuala Lumpur which he established in 2009. Tun Abdullah Badawi holds several government and business advisory roles focused on developing Malaysia's regional growth corridors and Malaysia Airlines. Internationally, Tun Abdullah Badawi is the member of the InterAction Council, board member of BOAO Forum for Asia and World Muslims Foundation, and Chair of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group.

A reception will follow the program from 5:15-6:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at

Monday, May 16th, 2011
12-1:15 p.m.
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

American presidents are elected by winning a majority in the Electoral College and not by winning majorities. This has produced presidents who have lost the popular vote (as in the 2000 election) or come close (as in 2004).

Reformers are seeking to make sure that winning presidents enjoy the popular and Electoral College majorities. One of the serious efforts is the National Popular Vote bill to effectively replace the Electoral College system with a direct, nationwide vote of the people. Under this bill, all of the state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes.

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. John Koza, President of National Popular Vote, and Representative Duane Quam, who will discuss their arguments for and against the National Popular Vote bill. This event will be moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs.

This event is free and open to the public.


Contingent Belongings: Queer Reflections on Race, Space, and the State

University of Minnesota, September 16-17, 2011

Keynote speakers:

Christina Hanhardt, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland

Christina Hanhardt will speak about her forthcoming book, Safe Space:
The Sexual and City Politics of Violence, which examines U.S.-based
LGBT activism against violence since the mid-1960s in the context of
the race- and class-stratified city.

Nayan Shah, Department of History, University of California, San Diego

Nayan Shah will speak about his forthcoming book, Stranger Intimacy:
Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West.
Shah is the author of Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San
Francisco's Chinatown.

The field of queer studies has made important contributions to
interrogating the notion of belonging as a technology of cultural,
social, and political membership. Yet scholarship in sexuality studies
has not always attended to the multiple contingencies that structure
belonging, particularly in relation to the unevenness of spatial and
racial formations that shape access to cultural and national
citizenship. Recent discussions of homonormativity and homonationalism
have demonstrated the importance of understanding how social and
political belonging are contingent upon the exclusion of certain
bodies and practices. The recent repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and
the criminalization of immigration with the passage of SB1070
illustrate the contradictory logics of national, sexual, and racial

This conference examines the contingencies of belonging in relation to
racial and sexual imaginaries and practices. How can we understand the
desire to belong? What are the costs of belonging, and who can refuse
to belong? Who gets to determine the framework for belonging? What
does resistance look like under these conditions?

We hope to create a vibrant space for intellectual exchange with an
emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship. We welcome submissions from
faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars from a wide range
of fields, including gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies,
American studies, geography, history, education, media and
communication, and cultural studies, among others.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

- immigration, citizenship, and law

- space, movement, and diaspora

- intimacy, kinship, and family

- affect and desire

- U.S. empire and settler colonialism

- labor, neoliberalism, and biopolitics

- culture as a site of critique/resistance/knowledge production

- activism and coalition

- queer world-making and alternative practices

- aesthetics and decolonization

- race, place, and identity

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more
than 100 words to by JUNE 20, 2011.
Conference applicants will be notified by July 15th.

Migration, Integration and Discourse in Europe

Migration, Integration and Discourse in Europe

Date: 05/06/2011

Time: All Day Event

Location: 614 Twin Cities,Social Sciences

Cost: Free

Brazil: country of the present

Friday, May 6th

2:00 PM

01 University International Center

Brazil is experiencing political and economic stability. Together with its economic achievements, it has witnessed the rise of its middle class, and in the new world's multipolar system, it is playing an increasingly necessary role.

Lecture is free and open to the public


Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies

2Tuesday Global Spotlight Lecture Series:

Responding Globally to Violence Against Women and Children

by Jeffrey L. Edleson
Director, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
Professor and Director of Research, School of Social Work

Professor Jeffrey Edleson will speak on his international research on violence against women and children, recent global surveys of organizations working to engage men in violence prevention, and his recent participation in the Institute of Medicine's (National Academy of Sciences) Global Forum on Violence Prevention. Professor Edleson has been a faculty member in the School of Social Work for 28 years and is the director of research and the founder and director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse.

May 10, 2011
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch served at noon)
101 University International Center (map)
331 17th Ave SE, East Bank

Or watch online.

Global Spotlight is the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance's biennial focus on a region of the world and a pressing global issue. In 2010-2012, the focus is on the region of Latin America and the Caribbean and the issue of the Impact of Urbanization. The 2Tuesday Series is a monthly event to highlight University activities relation to the Spotlight themes.

All are welcome but RSVPs are appreciated!

Mayan Art Lectures on May 12

Please join us on May 12 for the following free lectures at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts:

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pauline Lambert Memorial Lectures:

Bonampak: Life and Death in the Maya Murals of Bonampak, Mexico

Mary Miller, Dean of Yale College and Sterling Professor of History of Art, Yale University

Pillsbury Auditorium

1:30 - 3 p.m.


At Court and in Court: Hand-held Objects in Elite Life of Ancient Mesoamerica

Mary Miller, Dean of Yale College and Sterling Professor of History of Art, Yale University

Friends Community Room

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Please see invitation for more details.


We will host Mihaela Czobor-Lupp (Carleton College),
who will present her work "Arendt on the world-creating power of imagination: dangers and promises."

The paper is attached

The colloquium will be at 1:30 in 1314 Social Sciences;
coffee will be served.

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