October 2011 Archives

Rashmi Singh on The National Mission for the Empowerment of Women
November 1, 2011 11:30--12:30 Lunch and Informal Discussion

12:45--2 A Global Policy Workshop Lecture

Room 180, Humphrey Center Lunch Provided: RSVP finne006@umn.edu

Rashmi Singh was one of Delhi's first administrative officers selected to study in

Minnesota through the Government of India's Ministry of Personnel and Training. She is back in Minnesota this fall to receive the University of Minnesota's prestigious International Leadership Award for her work in the poorest neighborhoods of New Delhi. Her latest effort, the National Mission for the Empowerment of Women, builds on the game changing initiative she founded, Mission Convergence, to substantially re-engineered the delivery of human services in New Delhi.

Co-sponsored by The Center on Women and Public Policy and the Freeman Center for International Economic Policy

11/1 Women of War Event


Tuesday, November 1
5:30-8:00 PM
125 Willey Hall
University of Minnesota West Bank

Recognizing the importance of women's situations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Human Rights Program and the Advocates for Human Rights are presenting a two-phase Conference on Women of War: The Struggle of Afghan and Iraqi Women for Democracy. The first phase of the conference will consist of a panel discussing issues of war in Afghanistan and Iraq and the impact of the United States' exit strategy on women's rights. The Advocates' Women's Program Director Cheryl Thomas will moderate the panel. Panelists include Anila Daulatzai, a Dean's Teaching Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University and an Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University of Afghanistan; Haider Hamza, an Iraqi Photo Journalist; and Yousef Baker, a sociology PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

ROOM CHANGE: The event will be held in 125 Willey Hall, not 30 Mondale Hall as previously indicated.

In conjunction with 7th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, Mizna and the Feminist Studies Graduate Student Association present:

Art in Revolution
A panel discussion on the role of art in the Arab uprisings

Thursday, November 10th, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Anderson Hall, room 270
University of Minnesota

Fadia Afashe (Humphrey Fellow, Human Rights Activist & Artist)
Mohammed Bamyeh (Guest Editor of forthcoming Mizna journal "Literature in Revolution", Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh)
Waleed Mahdi (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of American Studies)
Tania Khalaf (Filmmaker and Professor of Radio, Film, and Television, University of North Texas)

Moderated by Imed Labidi (Lecturer, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature)

Please join us after the panel discussion for the opening of the Arab Film Festival at the historic Heights Theater! 3951 Central Ave, Columbia Heights
Visit the website for more details.

Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA

. . . Working for human rights in Guatemala since 1982

This November, GHRC is proud to present our Fall 2011 Speaker's Tour with Maria Cuc Choc, a Mayan activist and community leader from Guatemala. Maria and Kelsey Alford-Jones, director of GHRC, will be doing a series of exciting and informative events together in Washington, DC, Chicago, Grinell, and the Twin Cities. This is an incredible opportunity to meet an inspiring member of Guatemala's indigenous community and spread awareness about the current human rights situation in Guatemala.

About the Tour:

Maria is Maya Q'eqchi and has been struggling for indigenous rights, land rights and women's rights in her community - and regionally - for many years. She will be speaking about these struggles in the current context of increasing violence and a new administration taking office. Maria comes from a family of community organizers and activists, and it has been their struggle and sacrifice which has served to strengthen her solidarity with communities. Her brother, Ramiro Choc, is one of Guatemala's most high profile political prisoners. Director Kelsey Alford-Jones will be accompanying her to translate, give historical context, and talk about what we can do here in the US to educate ourselves and support human rights in Guatemala.

Please join us at any of the following events:

Washington, DC:
* Tuesday, November 8th 7:00 pm - 8:00pm @ American University
Chicago, IL:
* Thursday, November 10th 3:00 - 4:30 pm @ University of Chicago
* Thursday, November 10th 6:00 - 8:00 pm @ DePaul University
* Friday, November 11th 10:30 am @ North Park University
Grinnell, IA:
* Tuesday, November 15th Time TBD @ Grinnell College

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN:
* Thursday, November 17th 4:30 - 6:00 pm @ Macalester College

Please visit our website for more detailed information about the tour and Maria's amazing work. We look forward to seeing you on the tour!

Cultures nurture different views of what is desirable and meaningful to do with power. In some collectivistic cultures (such as those in most of Latin America), power is for benefiting and helping others, whereas in some individualistic cultures (such as those in most of North America), power is for advancing one's personal status and prestige. Professor Torelli will discuss the psychological, political, and marketing consequences of these culturally nurtured conceptualizations of power.

November 8, 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 at https://umconnect.umn.edu/tuesday/
http://www.global.umn.edu/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 related to the Spotlight themes.

All are welcome but RSVPs are appreciated!

Cunningham Lecture Announcement - Friday, Nov. 11

Modern Greek Studies,
The University Libraries, The European Studies Consortium,
The Department of History, and The Institute for Global Studies
cordially invite you to

The Seventeenth Annual
James W. Cunningham Memorial Lecture on
Eastern Orthodox History and Culture

Right Singing
The Orthodox Liturgical Tradition
An Ethnomusicological Perspective

Presented by
Jeffers Engelhardt
Professor of Music
Amherst College

7:30 p.m.
Friday, 11 November 2011
125 Willey Hall
University of Minnesota
225 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis


RSVP by 4 November 2011:
Voice: (612) 624-4526 E-mail: mgsp@umn.edu

Feminist Studies Colloquium Series 2011-2012

Catherine Squires

Cowles Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

"Revisiting bell hooks"

October 28, 2011

2:00 p.m.

400 Ford Hall

*Light refreshments will be served

Most researchers in Communication Studies turn to bell hooks for inspiration regarding representations of Black women. Squire argues that hooks' work is much broader. She demonstrates how hook's concerns about representation are but one route into her deeper discussion of civility and democratic practices. Reconsidering bell hooks in the company of john Dewey, C. Wright Mills, Nancy Fraser, and Jurgen Habernas, she situates bell hooks in contemporary debates over civility in political discourse.

Catherine Squires is Cowles Professor of Journalism, Equity and Diversity at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota. She is author of African Americans and the Media (Polity Press, 2009) and Dispatches from the Color Line: The Press and Multiracial America (SUNY Press, 2007). She has published widely cited articles in the Journal of Communications Inquiry and the International Journal of Press/Politics. She is also co-editor of the anthology The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Readings of the 2008 Campaign (SUNY Press, 2010).

Global Spotlight Workshop: Developing a grants budget, Nov. 4th

Looking for grants? Building a clear budget is an essential part in developing a strong grants proposal.

Developing a Grants budget proposal workshop will train applicants to prepare an accurate and responsible budget:

- Budget justifications
- Clarifications on what to include or exclude from a budget

- Budgeting for research abroad and what to consider
- University resources to support grant development

This workshop is open to all interested students, with Global Spotlight grant applicants especially encouraged to attend.

Friday, November 4, 2011, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
100 University Int'l Center (map)

RSVP here (RSVPs optional but helpful)

For more information on the Global Spotlight 2012 Grants Program, visit - http://global.umn.edu/spotlight/grants/students.html#doctoral

November 7, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union

Join us for a one-day summit featuring workshops, panels and discussions,
a networking lunch, resource/information fair and a keynote presentation,
"Women of Color and Leadership: Making a Difference From the Inside Out,"
for women of color undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on
community, leadership, activism, and dialogue.

Open to U of M & non-U of M students
Registration is $25 (Scholarships are available upon request. *No one will
be turned away for financial reasons.*)

*For more information and to register: z.umn.edu/wocsummit*

Cosponsored by: Asian American Studies Program, Department of African
American & African Studies, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, U
Card Office, Women's Student Activist Collective

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Women's
Center at 612.625.9837 or women@umn.edu at least two weeks prior to the

Please note that some offices and departments have been sponsoring groups of
students to attend. If your office or department wants to do this, the best
way is to send me the names, addresses, and emails of the students you're
sponsoring, along with the EFS# number you will be using. Thanks for passing
on this exciting opportunity to your students. Please let me know if you
have any questions!


Anitra Cottledge
Assistant Director | Women's Center
Office for Equity & Diversity | University of Minnesota

54 Appleby Hall | 128 Pleasant Avenue SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455
612.625.2385 | cottlead@umn.edu | www.umn.edu/women

Join Us on October 30 for a House Party with Iraqi Physicians!

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You Are Invited!

October 30, 2011
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Join us for a house party to benefit cultural exchange and reconciliation between Iraqis and Americans. Nine physicians and one journalist from Minneapolis' Sister City of Najaf, Iraq will be our honored guests.


The physicians are being hosted by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) and volunteers. They are coming to observe and learn from colleagues in Minnesota, build relationships with medical and academic organizations, and get to know Americans. They are working in Iraq to provide medical care amid ongoing occupation. Please join us!



4201 S Dupont Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Click here to view a map of the house party location

To RSVP: please email Luke Wilcox at luke@reconciliationproject.org or visit this page.



Tim Carlson

Steve Clemens

Vanessa Cornett-Murtada

Kathy McKay

Salam Murtada

Al Nettles

Paul Perkal


Greetings! My name is Evelyn Daugherty and I am a volunteer with the Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project (IARP).

I am writing to invite you to join a group of Iraqi physicians and IARP on October 30. This is a group of doctors who have stayed in Iraq through decades of conflict to provide critical medical care to the Iraqi people.

Since 2003, at least 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the U.S.-led war. Seventy percent of children suffer from trauma-related symptoms and there are perhaps five million orphans in Iraq-almost half of the country's children.

IARP, along with our partner the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, are facilitating their trip to Minneapolis to connect them with colleagues in the US and provide training and learning opportunities for them.

Please join us and the doctors on October 30. Your support is critical for promoting reconciliation between Iraqis and Americans and healing in Iraq.

Professor Edward Goetz

Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
will speak on:

"Urban Planning Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa:The Case of Dar es Salaam"

Many urban areas in sub Saharan Africa are growing rapidly and straining the public sector's s ability to provide sufficient housing, transportation, and other infrastructure. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is typical in this respect. Professor Goetz will consider how well infrastructure needs are being met and the challenges that remain.

12:45 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 25
170 HHH - Stassen Room
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

My Father, Maker of The Trees is Eric Irivuzumugabe's story of physical survival and spiritual rebirth as he recounts his experiences during the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. Forced to spend fifteen days hiding in a cypress tree with little food or water to survive the worst of the attacks. Irivuzumugabe emerged determined to start a new life for himself and his two surviving brothers.

Irivuzumugabe is the founder of Humura Ministries, an organization that supports the orphans of genocide, through which he ministers to hundreds of fatherless children in need of hope.

A discussion and book signing will follow a short presentation by Irivuzumugabe.

This event is sponsored by the Human Rights Center.

Date and Venue

Friday, October 28

4:00 PM
Coffman Memorial Union Bookstore
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
University of Minnesota East Bank

Recognizing the importance of women's situations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Human Rights Program and the Advocates for Human Rights are presenting a two-phase Conference on Women of War: The Struggle of Afghan and Iraqi Women for Democracy. The first phase of the conference will consist of a panel discussing issues of war in Afghanistan and Iraq and the impact of the United States' exit strategy on women's rights. The Advocates' Women's Program Director Cheryl Thomas will moderate the panel. Panelists include Anila Daulatzai, a professor of anthropology at Johns Hopkins University; Haider Hamza, an Iraqi Photo Journalist; and Yousef Baker, a sociology PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Venue & Date

Tuesday, November 1
5:30-8:00 PM

30 Mondale Hall (Law School)
229 19th Avenue S.
University of Minnesota West Bank


Citizens for Global Solutions presents the Honorable Lloyd Axworthy, former Canadian Foreign Minister, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, and former President of the UN Security Council.

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved a fundamentally new concept of what sovereignty meant, declaring that it not only gave States certain rights, but also entailed the responsibility of States to protect their own citizens. Further, the new doctrine--the Responsibility to Protect--stipulated that when States failed to uphold this responsibility, the international community, acting through the UN, had not only a right, but an obligation, to act in the interest of endangered populations and could even use force to do so, though only as a last resort, when all other means of peaceful intervention had been exhausted. Laudable though the Responsibility to Protect doctrine appears, it must be admitted that the international resolve to apply it has been wanting on multiple occasions. Why this is so and what can be done about the problem will be addressed by Dr. Axworthy during the course of his presentation.

Venue & Date

Tuesday, November 22

3:30-5:00 PM

25 Mondale Hall (Law School)
229 19th Avenue S.
University of Minnesota West Bank

Professor Andrew Newman

Presents on "From a 'Moroccan Court' to the 'Gardens of Aeolus': Transforming Nature, Culture, and Space in Immigrant Paris."

During the 1990s and 2000s, residents of a predominately West African and Maghrebi neighborhood in Paris waged a successful campaign to transform a brownfield site into a public green space. The resulting park--the Jardins d'Éole--was hailed internationally as an innovative example of ecologically sound urban redevelopment. However, as Andrew Newman's ethnographic research on the planning process for the park reveals, there was a profound disconnect between the environmental and cultural importance of the space for the residents and the goals of sustainable urban redevelopment. His presentation will detail the implications that these conflicting notions of environmentalism, nature, and culture have for green politics and social justice in the city.

Lecture: Friday, October 28, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. 445 Blegen Hall,

Professor Edward Goetz

Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
will speak on:

"Urban Planning Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa : The Case of Dar es Salaam"

Many urban areas in sub Saharan Africa are growing rapidly and straining the public sector's s ability to provide sufficient housing, transportation, and other infrastructure. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is typical in this respect. Professor Goetz will consider how well infrastructure needs are being met and the challenges that remain.

12:45 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 25

170 HHH - Stassen Room
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

Reconsidering Development Call for Submissions

We are pleased to announce the third call for submissions for Reconsidering Development, an interdisciplinary E-journal based at the University of Minnesota. The journal is theme-based but contributors are encouraged to be creative in integrating themes of each issue into their submissions.

Our third issue, Reconsidering Development and the "Institutions," will be launched in the fall of 2011. We seek submissions that explore both institutions of development (i.e., trade, bilateral aid, military, charity organizations) and development institutions (i.e., World Bank, United Nations).

Submissions are encouraged to use the following core questions as guides to help our audience reconsider development from interdisciplinary perspectives:

1. How does an interdisciplinary perspective (or a specific disciplinary approach) shift our conceptualization of institutions of development or of the role of development institutions in shaping the theory, practice, and/or experience of international development?
2. What are the trends and issues affecting current "institutions" of international development?
3. What is the future of international development, including the relationship between 'institutions of development' and 'development institutions' and the international community?

We seek submissions from multiple theoretical and practical perspectives, disciplines, vantage points, and sectors expressed through innovative formats, including but not limited to video, audio, written, and artistic forms of media. For each submission, international development issues must be made central. Additionally, we seek submissions that engage a broad audience.

Submissions can be uploaded at http://rdj.ipid-umn.org

*Note: if submissions include different media types, i.e. text, video, audio, photos, each file should be uploaded separately. Submissions may also be emailed to rdj-editor@ipid-umn.org.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011

For the full Call for Submissions, go to : http://journal.ipid-umn.org/node/96

About Us

Reconsidering Development is an innovative, open-access journal that aims to create an equitable space for the flourishing of dialogue and discussion concerning the theory and practice of international development. We aim to advance theoretical momentum through the inclusion of voices representing those individuals, communities, and institutions affected by and affecting development. We hope that this deliberate fusion of experiences will help to transform and push the boundaries of the knowledge around which development theory and practice has been built.

Reconsidering Development particularly encourages submissions that reflect the diverse perspectives of underrepresented voices, creative methodologies, and contemporary forms of expression in order to reconsider the broader field of development. We intentionally target and seek to include an international audience by creating an easily-loadable and readable format that is easily accessed regardless of Internet bandwidth limitations.

October 27, 2011 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium
301 -- 19th Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55454 [Map It]


Who owns the vast resources beneath the Arctic Ocean? What's the role of international cooperation and diplomacy in the far north? How will climate change impact arctic waterways, infrastructure and ecosystems? How will changes and development in the Arctic increasingly impact Minnesota? Experts from Canada and the United States will address these and other questions. This half-day symposium is designed for researchers, policy-makers, business people, students and anyone interested in learning more about the Arctic.

Topics will include:

International Cooperation and Diplomacy
• Defense and security: emergency preparedness, search and rescue, border protection
• Diplomacy/Role of the Arctic Council
• Boundary and continental shelf recognition issues

Economic and Social Development
• "Ownership" of the resources underneath the Arctic Ocean
• Northwest Passage - economic and environmental impact of an increasingly open waterway
• Peoples of the North/Human Dimension

Environment, Science and Education
• Climate change in the environment, impact to infrastructure and ecosystems
• Adventure - the role of explorers in conservation
• Science and academic research on the Arctic

Speakers Include:
• Polar Explorer Will Steger
• Canadian Consul General Martin Loken
• Whitney Lackenbauer, University of Waterloo
• Brigadier General Robert Chekan, North American Aerospace Defense Command
• Pita Aaatami from Makavik Corporation
• Steve Kelley, Peter Snyder, Raymond Duvall and Aaron Doering from the University of Minnesota
• Greg Poelzer from the University of Saskatchewan.

Hosted by: Consulate General of Canada, Will Steger Foundation and University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy

[ISDPA] Call for Papers - Sports in Africa

Friends and Colleagues,

Here is the call for papers for the 8th Sports in Africa Conference. This year conference is early April and incorporates the Global South.

If you have any question, suggestion or comment please send me an email at akindesg@ohio.edu.

ICGC Brown Bag
Friday, October 14, 2011
12:00 noon, 537 Heller Hall

Perceptions of Time in Post Civil War Tajikistan


Presented by:
Damon Lynch,
PhD Student in Anthropology and ICGC Scholar

Communities emerging from protracted violent conflict typically do not perceive time in a simple linear fashion. People who have experienced episodes of wartime violence can talk about them as if they occurred yesterday, regardless of whether they actually occurred months, years or even centuries before. Much scholarship in the last few decades has focused on the social life of memory, but less attention has been directed to the underlying notions of time that shape them. In my dissertation research, I intend to investigate how Tajiks perceive time when they reflect on the 1992-97 Tajik civil war, and the implications these perceptions have for social action. I will also explore what influence religion has on these perceptions, if any. This past summer I spent two months doing pre-dissertation fieldwork in Tajikistan. In my talk I will present some preliminary research findings and challenges, but the primary goal is to open up the project for discussion, particularly regarding research methodologies and relevant areas of scholarship.

Two MIRC events next week

Next Monday (10/17), MIRC will host our second practice job talk of the semester. Recent UMN PhD and current Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program fellow Rock Zhang will present on his dissertation chapter, "What is Wrong with Counterfeit? Explaining China's (Non)Compliance with the Global Trademark Regime." As usual, we will meet at 12:30pm in 1314 SocSci, and lunch will be provided. All are welcome!

On Tuesday (10/18), Pulitzer Prize-winning senior New York Times correspondent Eric Schmitt will present on his co-authored book Counterstrike: the Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign against al Qaeda. The talk will be held at 1:30pm in the Humphrey Forum and is sponsored jointly by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Political Science Department, the Technological Leadership Institute, and MIRC. This event is free and open to the public.

Please find attached a flier for the Schmitt event as well as an updated MIRC events calendar. A couple of changes have been made due to a speaker cancellation. You can also find a continuously updated schedule at https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/mirc/schedule.

Dr. Monisha Bajaj

"Human Rights Education in India: Policy, Pedagogy and Practice"

October 20, 2011 - 12:00pm

250 Wulling Hall

Includes lunch

Please RSVP to lauraw@umn.edu

Monisha Bajaj, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests focus on education as a force for social transformation in the global South. She is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Peace Education (2008), the author of a Spanish-language teacher training manual on human rights education (UNESCO, 2003) and a forthcoming book entitled, Schooling for Social Change: The Rise and Impact of Human Rights Education in India, as well as numerous articles. Dr. Bajaj has also developed curriculum--particularly related to the incorporation of peace education, human rights, and sustainable development--for non-profit educational service providers in New York City and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF.

Privately-Funded Fellowship Competitions for 2012-13

October 10, 2011

TO: Directors of Graduate Studies
Assistants to the Directors of Graduate Studies

FROM: Alison Skoberg, Associate Director, Graduate Fellowship Office

RE: Announcement of Privately-Funded Fellowship Competitions for 2012-13

I am pleased to announce the privately-funded fellowship competitions for the 2012-13 academic year. Applications and instructions are available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/fellowships/endowed/index.html. All applications are due by no later than 12 noon, Thursday, December 1, 2011.

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate School Fellowship Office at (612) 625-7579 or gsfellow@umn.edu.

Graduate Fellowship Office
314 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Fax: 612.625.6820

The DAAD Center for German & European Studies and the departments of
History, Anthropology, and GSD cordially invite faculty and students to
a presentation by historian Glenn Penny (U of Iowa) on the complex
relationship between Germans and Native Americans.

"Beyond Displacement: German Responses to the 'American Genocide'"
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12 noon - 1:15 PM
609 Social Sciences
refreshments provided

American Indians occupy a central place in Germany's cultural imaginary.
The history of Native Americans' suffering and their decimation at the
hands of white settlers resonates particularly strongly. How so?

Glenn Penny's presentation is part of a larger project on "The German
Love Affair with the American Indian." Penny investigates how Germans
from a variety of social backgrounds generated and used ideas about
Indians from the early nineteenth century until the present, and how
this fascination in turn has been received among Native Americans. Penny
uses this research to address broad questions about Germans' special
relationship to modernity, the contradictory interconnections between
culture and race, the manner in which some non-Europeans have been able
to appropriate and redirect European discourse on human difference, and
the manner in which stereotypes emerge and die.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department
of Anthropology, and the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch.


- FRI. 14 OCTOBER 2011
- JSA Rm (Blegen 445), Coffee & Cookies 3:15 pm, Talk 3:30 pm

"From the Frying-Pan to the Floodplain: Negotiating Land and Water in
Chennai's Development" - Karen Coelho

[Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies in Chennai, India]

This talk seeks to show how the complex and changing landscapes of
urban land and water are closely interwoven with the complex and
changing landscapes of slum eviction and relocation in Chennai. On the
one hand, this is a story of the making and remaking of the city's
physical form through historical processes of land reclamation from
water bodies, often as part of state programs of urban expansion for
housing and institutional development. On the other hand, this is also
the story of the constitution of the social geographies of the city
through large-scale relocations, specifically of the urban poor, a
process through which the morphological boundaries between land and
water in urban peripheries have been blurred or reinscribed. Water is
thus a critical dimension of not only the physical but also the social
production of urban space, and continues to give substance to class
and caste geographies in globalizing cities. Changes in relative
values of urban land and water, as well as the politics of municipal
administrative units and finances, have powerfully determined the
spatial placement of the urban poor in and around the city and the
emerging relationships between the citizen and the state.

Close examination of how "urban nature" has been shaped in Chennai
reveals anomalies, contradictions, and reversals, suggesting that
policy shifts are not always teleologically arranged, but often
comprise arbitrary and convenient measures glossed into ecological
rationales, or sometimes simply reflect the incoherence of
environmental governance in
 globalizing cities.

For a complete list of Quadrant lectures, please visit
Quadrant is a joint initiative of the IAS and the University of Minnesota Press

GSPP Colloquium Reminder- October 14th!

The Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Politics Colloquium will kick-off its inaugural season Friday, October 14th, 12:15pm in 319 Coffman Memorial Union. The Colloquium is an exciting collaborative initiative of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Political Science Departments. It will meet periodically throughout the year to provide a forum for interdisciplinary engagement with research that addresses the complex relationships of gender, sexuality, power, and politics. Scholars from outside the University as well as regular participants-- faculty and graduate students-- will present research at colloquium sessions throughout the year.

We hope you will join us on the 14th for invigorating conversation and lunch. We will host an engaged discussion about our concept, speaker schedule, and goals for the colloquium series. Lunch will be hosted by the Colloquium. See our flier for details about our upcoming schedule!

Please Save the Dates for the following Fall 2011 speakers:

Friday, December 2nd; 12:15pm
Professor Joan Tronto
Department of Political Science
University of Minnesota

Professor Tronto will present a talk, "Care and Peacebuilding".
Location: Social Science Tower

Monday, December 5th; 4pm
Professor Gundala Ludwig
Visiting Fulbright Scholar; Political Theory
Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Professor Ludwig will deliver a talk, "Thinking sex as state concern. How turning to state theory can stimulate new directions for queer theory and vice versa".
Location: Ford Hall 400

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies is pleased to present

Fábio Durão
"Back to Adorno and the Interpretation of Culture"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
3:30-5:00 p.m., 12 Folwell Hall

Fabio Akcelrud Durão is Professor of Critical and Literary Theory at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), in São Paulo, Brazil. His research has been centered on the Frankfurt School, Anglo-American Modernism, and Brazilian Critical Theory. Professor Durão's books include Modernism and Coherence (2008) and American (Literary) Theory (2011). He has edited or co-edited, among others, Modernism Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship (2008) and Culture Industry Today (2010). His work has appeared in Alea, Cultural Critique, Latin American Music Review, Loxias, The Brooklyn Rail and Tópicos del Seminario.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies thanks the Program in Latin American Studies at Carleton College, Northfield, MN, for the opportunity to invite Professor Durão to give a talk at the U.

Global REM Events in October

October 17--5 p.m., 135 Nolte Center for Continuing Education, 315 Pillsbury Drive SE, Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona, "Muslim Princes and Catholic Sisters: Missionaries as Migrants in 19th-Century North Africa." Co-sponsored by Institute for Advanced Study.

October 18--12-1:30 p.m., 308 Andersen Library. Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona, "Barbary Coasts: How Mediterraneans Came to Be." Julia Clancy-Smith will discuss the intellectual genealogy and challenges of her recent path-breaking book Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in an Age of Migration, c. 1800-1900. Co-sponsored by the Mediterranean Collaborative, Institute for Advanced Study.

For a complete list of events click here.

The Medieval and Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop (ie Ye Olde Workshoppe) eagerly announces its inaugural meeting for the 2011-12 school year. This Friday at 10am in Heller 1024 we will be discussing Katie Sisneros's (English) dissertation chapter "Tories and Turks: Propaganda and the Battle of Vienna in English Broadside Ballads" with Prof. Giancarlo Casale (History) providing a comment. Copies of the chapter will be available in the History TA office (Heller 930) or digitally. If you have any questions or wish to have a digital copy of the paper, please contact Ann Zimo (zimox001@umn.edu).

Come join the discussion and enjoy some bagels and coffee!

REMINDER: Seed Award Deadline October 10

Graduate and Professional SEED Awards

The Graduate and Professional Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards honor graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota whose research and scholarly interest are focused on issues of equity, diversity, and/or social justice, and who demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation, and potential for scholarly and/or professional excellence in their discipline or field. In addition, SEED awardees will demonstrate experience with or commitment to serving or working with underserved, underrepresented or marginalized populations.

A minimum of two graduate and professional SEED Awards with a value of $2,000 each will be awarded in 2011. The SEED Awards will be presented and the 2011 recipients will be honored on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at the University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast.

Students eligible for the Graduate and Professional SEED Award include:

U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents whose background and/or identities are underrepresented at the University of Minnesota

Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs at the University of Minnesota

Students who will not have completed all degree requirements before December 2011
Applicants are asked to submit:

The graduate and professional SEED Award application period is now open.

Graduate and professional SEED Award applications are due Monday, October 10, 2011, by 4:30 p.m.

To be considered for a SEED Award, graduate and professional students must complete the graduate application. Questions about the application may be directed to Patricia Jones Whyte at 612-625-4069 or whyte001@umn.edu.

Annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast

The Fourth Annual Equity & Diversity Breakfast at the University of Minnesota

Keynote address by President Eric W. Kaler.

Wednesday November 16, 2011
University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center
200 E. Oak St. Minneapolis, MN (Map)

Join the University and partner communities in celebrating
our shared commitment to the critical work
of advancing equity and diversity.

Register now at z.umn.edu/breakfast
or call 612.625.0498 or email oed@umn.edu.

$400/table (10 seats) or
$200/half-table (5 seats) or
Gallery of Excellence opens at 7:30am
Breakfast & Program begin at 8:30am

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Sponsored by

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is a nonprofit independent licensee of the
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Contact OED at 612.624.0594 or oed@umn.edu for disability accommodations.

Equity and Diversity Spring 2011 Workshop Series

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) has posted its educational calendar for Spring 2011. Workshops focus on a wide range of equity and diversity issues in higher education. For more information and to register.

Spring 2011 workshops:

GLBT Ally Training I - Feb 17

Equity and Diversity in the Search Process - Feb 22

Sexual Harassment Awareness & Prevention: General Introduction - Mar 8

Religious Accommodation at the U of M - Mar 15

(Bi)Sexuality 101 - Mar 23

Appreciating Differences - Apr 5

Addressing Bullying Behavior in the Workplace - Apr 14 (NEW)

GLBT Ally Training II - Apr 19

Building Capacity: Engaging Allies and Challenging Burnout - April 22 (NEW - details and registration available soon)

Developing Intercultural Skills & Competency (Using the IDI) - Apr 28

Help, I.m Being Discriminated Against - May 5 (NEW)

Resolving Conflict Across Cultures - May 24

Upcoming CHGH Programs, October 2011

Oct 12: How (and why) I founded my own NGO


Discussion Forum with Minnesota-based Globally-Operating Social Entrepreneurs

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Wednesday Oct 12, 2011 11am to 1pm


Jeff Hall, One Village Partners (based in Minneapolis, working in Sierra Leone)
Michele Boston, No Time For Poverty (based in Saint Paul, working in Haiti)
Segundo Velasquez, Mano-a-Mano (based in Mendota Heights, working in Bolivia)
Michele Gran, Global Volunteers (based in Saint Paul, working globally)
Jerilyn Fosdick Hirsch & Bob MacMurdo, Bridges to Learning (MPLS, work in Vietnam)
Mark Cross, MATTOO (based in Minneapolis, working globally)
Jan B. Hansen, Educate Tanzania (based in Chaska, working in Tanzania)

Panelists will address inspiration to found their own organization, the assessment tools they used to find gaps not covered by other NGOs, & the challenges & setbacks they faced in starting their organizations.

Co-sponsored by
IPID (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development)

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

MINN (Minnesota International NGO Network)

Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center, Univ. of MN, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis 55455

This event is part one of a series on Minnesota-based social entrepreneurs tackling global issues.

Please join the Humphrey School community to explore an international perspective on Integrative Leadership when Humphrey Alum Rashmi Singh returns to campus. Ms Singh, Founder of Mission Convergence; Executive Director, National Resource Centre for Women, Government of India; received the 2011 University of Minnesota's Outstanding Leadership Award for Internationals. On Thursday November 3rd (3:30-5:30) Rashmi will be at the Humphrey School to share her insights in a public presentation and follow-up audience discussion focused on Integrative Leadership in India: A Journey from Theory to Practice.

I hope you can participate in this lively and important discussion.

Register here.

AESTHETICS/CLASS/WORLDS 2nd annual conference of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature October 14-15 http://csclconference.blogspot.com/ Keynote lectures (in Coffmann Union-Mississippi room): Kristin Ross (New York University), Friday 10/14, 7pm Eric Cazdyn (University of Toronto), Saturday 10.15, 4:45pm panels Friday and Saturday in Nicholson (program attached)

The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature is pleased to announce our upcoming conference "Aesthetics/Class/Worlds" on October 14 and 15th, 2011. We are honored to host two keynote speakers, Kristen Ross of New York University, author of The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune (1988) and May '68 and its Afterlives (2002) and Eric Cazdyn, author of The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan (2002) and The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture and Illness (2011 forthcoming). Kristin Ross's lecture will be at Friday 10/14 at 7 pm in the Mississippi room in Coffman Union. Eric Cazdyn's lecture will be at Saturday 10/15 at 4:45 at the same location.

Our conference seeks to examine the many modes through which aesthetic practices testify to the tensions between the worlds people are determined by, live in, and create. Mediating global tendencies and local realities, these lived and imagined worlds often obscure the social relations in which they are ultimately rooted. Class, as a category that is manifest between economic and political forces, persists in helping us think through these tensions between worlds and "the" world. Broadly, we ask, how do aesthetic practices attempt to imagine the world while always remaining part of it? What is the role of aesthetic practices in the configuration of worldviews and everyday practices? To what extent is class a useful category to conceptualize the relationship between aesthetics and the worlds that people produce, intervene in, and reflect? How has aesthetics, as a constitutive element of history, changed in our digital age? Some of the presentation topics will include: Marxism, utopia in and of America, new media, philosophy and aesthetics, technology, and neoliberalism,.

Our schedule is available at http://csclconference.blogspot.com/ and we have also theACW program.pdf.

The Human Rights Program and Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota warmly invite you to join us to a series of events at the crossroads of writing and human rights:

Sunday, October 9, 5:00 PM
Upson Room, 102 Walter Library
117 Pleasant Street SE
University of Minnesota East Bank

This intimate reception will feature appearances by human rights star storytellers Brian Brivati, James Dawes, Nuruddin Farah, Vesna Goldsworthy, Patricia Hampl, Meg Jensen, Annette Kobak, Emin Milli, and Kathryn Sikkink, along with current Scribe, Claire Stanford.

Creative prose can help us understand the effects of incomprehensible human rights atrocities, in a way that news reports simply cannot. With that in mind, the Scribes for Human Rights Fellowship provides a summer stipend for a current creative writing graduate student to produce a narrative work on human rights and engage deeply with the issues of our time.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 to endow the fellowship. We ask that you consider a minimum contribution of $100 to help us reach that goal.

RSVP by September 30 to hrp@umn.edu or 612-626-7947. Donate online at giving.umn.edu/hrp.

Monday, October 10
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
University of Minnesota East Bank

This day-long series of talks and panel discussions on the personal narrative voice and human rights, hosted by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Program and Creative Writing Program.

The first panel, featuring Annette Kobak, Nuruddin Farah, Vesna Goldsworthy, and Emin Milli will discuss "The Voice of Human Rights: Teaching Narrative Writing" with chair Patricia Hampl at 9:00 AM.

At 11:15, James Dawes will give the keynote speech, "Bearing Witness to Atrocity: Forms, Motives, Ethics."

Following a break for lunch, the second panel, "Reading Across Borders and Genres: Linking the Humanities and Social Sciences in Human Rights Curricula," will take place at 2:00 PM. Brian Brivati will chair this panel comprised of Kathryn Sikkink, Meg Jensen, Elaine Tyler May, Ana Forcinito, and Charles Sugnet.

The capstone event will be the Department of English's Esther Freier Endowed Lecture in Literature featuring author and foreign correspondent Philip Gourevitch, whose talk is entitled: "Salvage: Writing About Aftermaths from Rwanda to Abu Ghraib and Beyond" at 7:30 PM.

This event is free and open to the public. Come for all day, or stay for just one panel. For more information, visit https://events.umn.edu/014645 or contact hrp@umn.edu, 612.626.7947

Tuesday, October 11, 4:00 PM
25 Mondale Hall
229 19th Avenue S.
University of Minnesota West Bank

This award-winning documentary follows the story of Thet Sambath, a Cambodian journalist intent on uncovering the secrets of the Khmer Rouge regime whose policies resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. Among the dead were Sambath's parents and his brother. To learn the highly protected secrets of the Khmer Rouge, Sambath had to earn the trust of Nuon Chea, the highest ranking Khmer Rouge still alive today.

A discussion with director Rob Lemkin will follow the film.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the film, visit http://enemiesofthepeoplemovie.com/. Direct questions to hrp@umn.edu, 612.626.7947

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