November 2011 Archives

"Travel in Spirals" - Wednesday, November 30, 4pm

The Institute for Advanced Study will screen "Travel in Spirals" on Wednesday, November 30 at 4pm in 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education. This film is co-directed by Justin Schell and Tou SaiKo Lee.

Travel in Spirals tells the story of Hmong hip-hop MC, spoken word poet, and community organizer Tou SaiKo Lee as he journeys back to his birthplace of Thailand. Born on the Nongkhai refugee camp, his parents fled Laos after the Vietnam War and came to America when Tou was two months old. Taking its title from the spirals in Hmong paj ntaub, the story cloths that for many years were a way for the Hmong people to tell their history before a written language, Travel in Spirals documents Tou's journey to the source of himself and his heritage almost 30 years after he left. It screened at both the Qhia Dab Neeg Hmong Film Festival and the Twin Cities Film Fest in 2011.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the directors, who leave for Thailand next week on a follow up project to "Travel in Spirals."

For more information, please visit:

We hope to see you there!

Justin Schell
Co-Director, Travel in Spirals

MIRC presents Prof. J. Ann Tickner (USC) next Monday, Dec. 5

The Minnesota International Relations Colloquium and
The Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Professor J. Ann Tickner (USC)

"Retelling IR's foundational stories:
some feminist and postcolonial perspectives"

Next Monday, December 5, 12:30-2pm
1314 Social Sciences
All are welcome, lunch provided

**Please RSVP for lunch to by Thursday, December 1**

Prof. J. Ann Tickner is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. She researches feminist perspectives on IR theory, with a particular focus on ways of reconceptualizing security. Among others, her publications include Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War Era (Columbia University, 2001), and Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving International Security (Columbia University, 1992).

This event was made possible in part by a grant from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly.

Professor Tickner's paper can be found here: Tickner.MIRC.pdf

IPID Talk 12/1: Magical Microfinance - Mighty or Maligned?

Thursday, December 1, 1:00 pm, Minnesota Population Center Room 70 (50 Willey Hall)

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Aryn Baxter, Tam Weiss, Yui Bi (Comparative & International Development Education program) and Brooke Krause (Applied Economics) are currently working together on a longitudinal evaluation of an entrepreneurship education program that includes increasing youth access to financial services. They will facilitate a discussion on the current debates surrounding microfinance. It promises to be a thought provoking time. Come and bring friends!

Human Rights and Development: Student Speaker Conference

Friday, December 2, 3:30 pm, Room 101 Walter Library

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development is hosting our biannual student speaker series on December 2nd 2011! The title is: "Righting Human Wrongs: the Value of Rights in International Development."

The conference will feature a cross-disciplinary panel of graduate and post-graduate students engaged in discussion with each other and the audience on an array of thought-provoking topics. A light meal will be served for conference attendees. There is no charge to attend and we would appreciate RSVPs via Facebook, but it is not necessary.

Presentations and Speakers

"Stability through Services: Army Tactical PSYOP Perspectives on Operation Iraqi Freedom"
Eric Peffley, 1L student, Law School

"The Challenges of Human Rights Reporting in Transitional Countries"
Hindolo Pokawa, M.A. Candidate, Comparative International Development Education, Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy

"Viewing Human Rights Functionalities in a Historical and Geopolitical Setting: Thick or Thin Vernacular?"
Emily Springer, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology

"Promises to Keep and Miles to Go: The Situation of Child Rights in India"
Parul Sheth, Humphrey International Fellow

"Human Rights and Development in Conflict: The Case of Urabá, Colombia"
Brandon Wu, Master of Public Policy Candidate, Humphrey School

Moderator: Allison Zomer, Master of Development Practice, Humphrey School

Gender, Sexuality Power and Politics Fall 2011 Colloquium Series

December 2nd
12:15 pm
Social Science Tower
Room 614


Professor, UMN Political Science Department

"Relational Responsibilities, Partiality, and an Ethics of Care: Thinking About Global Ethics"

Most philosophers in high-income countries who write about global issues presume that they must use cosmopolitan or other universalistic forms of arguments to convince their audiences in high-income countries to take global poverty seriously. Whether deontologists or consequentialists, theorists of virtue or theorists of care, they appeal to our common humanity as the motive to action. This paper argues that a partialist approach, one grounded in relational responsibilities, yields more morally robust claims upon people in high-income countries not to abandon or ignore their responsibilities to global others. In fact, once we put on our gender and sexu-ality lenses, we will see numerous relationships with such global others that require our attention and care.

GSPP Colloquium Committee:
Bud Duvall, Chair, Political Science Department
Regina Kunzel, Chair, Department of GWSS
Libby Sharrow, PhD Candidate, Political Science Department
Katie Bashore, PhD Student, Department of GWSS

Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy

Professor Ruth Okediji

Law School

will speak on:

Innovating Around Intellectual Property: Culture, Traditional Knowledge and

Trade in the Goods that Embody Them

12:45 - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, December 6

170 HHH - Stassen Room Humphrey School, West Bank UMN Campus

The process and substance of efforts to protect the traditional knowledge (TK) of indigenous communities--both at the national and multilateral levels--reflect the resilience of the entrenched assumptions that sustain the global intellectual property (IP) system. For some observers, TK protection is simply another regime of proprietary rights that lacks appropriate mechanisms to support the production of public goods needed for economic development. Importantly, there remains a persistent notion that the two regimes can and will remain in distinct (if related) spheres and will realize independently verifiable objectives. Professor Okediji will argue that this is highly unlikely. Indeed, while negotiations over a TK treaty are advancing, there also has been an acceleration of efforts to strengthen the global network of IP regimes in ways that explicitly undermine innovation and heighten barriers to access to those very goods aimed at improving public welfare. The multilateral space for trade regulation is increasingly designed around strong legal protection for knowledge goods; in light of this TK protection as currently constructed may undermine the public welfare values of IP policy and simultaneously devalue the public interest norms around which TK is ideally organized.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

Policy Seminar/Workshop series

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday. Sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey Center.

The last two talks of the semester are:

November 22 - Joel Waldfogel on World Music Trade and Local Culture

December 6 - Ruth Okedije on Intellectual Property

Fall 2012

December 2, 2011
Joan Tronto
Department of Political Science
University of Minnesota
12:15pm Social Sciences 614

December 5, 2011
Gundula Ludwig
Visiting Fulbright Scholar
Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
University of Minnesota
4:00pm Ford 400

Spring 2012

January 19-20, 2012
Cathy J. Cohen
Department of Political Science
University of Chicago

February 10, 2012
Annie Hill
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Communication Studies
University of Minnesota

March 2, 2012
Elaine Tyler May and Katie Bashore
Departments of American Studies &
Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
University of Minnesota

April 6, 2012
Margot Canaday
Department of History
Princeton University

Bud Duvall, Chair, Political Science Department
Regina Kunzel, Chair, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department
Libby Sharrow, PhD Candidate, Political Science Department
Katie Bashore, PhD Student, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department

*For more information, please check the Political Science and GWSS websites.

Professor Joel Waldfogel

Carlson School of Management

12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 22

170 HHH - Stassen Room, Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

Advances in communication technologies over the past half century have made the cultural goods of one country more readily available to consumers in another, raising concerns that cultural products from large economies - in particular the US - will displace the indigenous cultural products of smaller economies. In this talk Professor Waldfogel will present research conducted with his Wharton colleague, Fernando Ferreira, that presents stylized facts about global music consumption and trade since 1960, using unique data on popular music charts from 22 countries, corresponding to over 98% of the global music market. Contrary to growing fears about large country dominance, trade shares are roughly proportional to country GDP shares; and relative to GDP, the US music share is substantially below the shares of smaller countries. They find a substantial bias toward domestic music which has, perhaps surprisingly, increased sharply in the past decade. National policies, such as radio airplay quotas, may explain part of the increasing consumption of local music.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

Eric Greitens graduated from Duke University where he studied ethics, philosophy, and public policy. Selected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, he attended the University of Oxford from 1996 through 2000. There he earned a master's degree in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2000.

Eric's award-winning book of photographs and essays, Strength and Compassion, grew from his humanitarian work. He has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, Croatia, and Bolivia.

Eric's second book, New York Times Bestseller The Heart & the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, relates Eric's story of leadership and service as both a humanitarian and a warrior. The principal lesson Greitens learned through unique background in military service and humanitarian work was that in order to create meaningful change, one must be both good and strong.

Eric is also a United States Navy SEAL officer, and has deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism, including Afghanistan and Iraq. His personal military awards include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
After returning from Iraq, Eric donated his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, an innovative non-profit organization that empowers wounded and disabled veterans to begin new lives as citizen leaders here at home.

Why it Takes the Heart and the Fist:
A conversation with Eric Greitens, humanitarian and Navy SEAL
Friday, December 2, 2011
4:00 p.m.
Book sales and signing to follow the talk

Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Cowles Auditorium
301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
More information at

Thresholds: Impunity, Gender, and Testimonio in Argentina

ICGC Brown Bag
Presented by Ana Forcinto, Associate Professor,
U of M Department of Spanish and ICGC Affiliated Faculty

Friday, November 18, 12pm
537 Heller Hall


Former detainees have a central place in the Argentine redemocratization process that started in 1983. Their testimonies have been essential in determining the existence, location, and living conditions of Clandestine Detention Camps, in identifying repressors, and especially in providing information about the desaparecidos. The testimonial practices of the survivors-in documentary film, and in artistic and literary practices-have been important not only for human rights and memory struggles but also for the dismantling of the interpretations, biases, and assumptions that supported many years of impunity. In this presentation I analyze gendered aspects of impunity in the Argentine post dictatorship, by focusing on the difficulties that women survivors have had in bearing witness to their experiences in detention camps. Because these testimonies imply, in the last instance, a re-thinking of what violence is-and even the concept of bare life-they also imply the need to reconsider the relationship between violence and force, violence and coercion, and violence and (fake) consent.

Special ICGC Brown Bag
Tuesday, November 15 12pm,
1210 Heller Hall
Lunch provided

Imed Labidi, Ph.D., media scholar and lecturer Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

Gayla Marty, M.F.A., editor and media relations manager College of Education and Human Development

Flower metaphors, jasmine, and even a whole season--spring--were rapidly adopted in popular discourse about the Arab revolutions of the past year. What are the semantic and political layers embedded in such ambiguous labels in contrast to distinct terms like the French Revolution or the American Revolution? Why is it used, and how do we understand this "nature talk"? This discussion will contextualize the images that
such linguistic constructions deploy within racial politics and illustrate how they create a sense of confusion about Arabs and their struggle against dictatorial regimes.

The presenters each spent several weeks in Tunisia this summer. Marty will give an American's perspective on the early post-revolutionary period in Tunisia and changes she has observed since her first sojourn in 1979. Labidi will speak from a representational viewpoint within U.S. discourse. Labidi and Marty are alumni of the University of Minnesota-University of Tunis reciprocal exchange program, which enabled nearly 40 students from the U of M and Tunisia to study abroad between 1977 and 1998.

*The Inland Sea*: World premiere at Macalester

Dear University of Minnesota Friends:

Attached is the Final Poster for the Macalester production of Naomi Wallace's *The Inland Sea,* opening November 11. This production is the U.S. Premiere of a work by one of the most eloquent and radical American playwrights. It's set in 1760s northern England, on an estate that's clearing land to create the quintessential English pastoral landscape -- thereby displacing the poor and bringing them into direct conflict with those who are hired to dig. The play is about Empire and the dreams of Empire, it's about class warfare, it's about connections among fantasy, sex, violence, the land, and bodies, and it's about race and work. JUST FOR STARTERS.

And don't we need all of that to change the world?!

There will be a post-show discussion after the matinee on Sunday, November 13, and a separate notice will be sent soon for that. For those of you who might bring/send students, there is *alot* to talk about with this play so that is a very good show to angle toward.

This is a play, a production, about the 99%. Those of you who are activists, please send your comrades! If anyone wants to come who feels concerned about the ticket price, contact the director, Beth Cleary (

Thank you in advance for your support,

Peter Rachleff
Professor of History
Macalester College

Feminist Studies Colloquium Series - November 18, 2011

"Abbey Lincoln's Japan: Slave Art in the Creation of 1973 Albums."

Yuichiro Onishi

Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, University of Minnesota

November 18, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
400 Ford Hall
*Light refreshments will be served

This project is a study in Abbey Lincoln's art-making, the process that gave form to her aesthetic authority as she reworked the idiom of jazz and reset the standard of singing that exceeded this genre. Specifically, it investigates the place of Japan in Lincoln's maturing artistry during the period in which she retreated from the limelight after ending her marriage with drummer Max Roach in 1970. Far from being crippled by loss and sorrow, she searchingly worked out what was original about her art between her divorce from Roach and the delayed U.S. release of People in Me in 1978, followed by Golden Lady (1981) and Talking to the Sun (1983).

What did Lincoln work on in Japan that enabled her to make such acute advances as an artist? In 1973, both her live album Abbey Lincoln in Misty and the tracks on People in Me were recorded and released in Japan. The context from which these 1973 albums came into being, I argue, reveals Lincoln's self-conscious effort to cultivate and preserve the mainspring of slave art in Black America without suppressing the unruliness of racial, gender, and sexual formations in the history of the Black struggle.

This Friday 11/11/2001, Professor David Blaney from the Department of Political Science at Macalester College will present at the Political Theory Colloquium his paper (coauthored with Naeem Inayatullah) "The Relative Virtues of Adam Smith's Theodicy". Dr. Blaney's research interests are political theory and political economy of international relations. He also wrote with Dr. Inayatullah, Savage Economics: Wealth, Poverty, and the Temporal Walls of Capitalism (Routledge, 2010). This year's Colloquium theme is "Capital and Crisis" and we meet Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in the Lippincott Room, 1314 Social Sciences Building.

For the authors, "Smith's ethical appraisal of commercial society reproduces the elemental structure of theodicy. Though critics see theodicy as justifying social evil, and there is something to that, we see theodicy as having a more complex structure that only covers evil, but does not really redress the fundamental antagonism of a social/natural order. Despite various sutures of gaps and disavowals of what cannot be justified, the very structure of theodical practices reveal the presence of the evils they attempt to cover. To Smith's credit he is conscious of the moves (invisible hand that educed good from evil; the revaluation of self-interest; the need for public education) he is making and doesn't provide full coverage or justification of social evils. In that sense his theodicy is virtuously incomplete. Nonetheless, disavowal of social evils (in his analysis of famine and distribution of income) plays a crucial role in Smith. By contrast, neoclassical economics and various forms of rational choice thinking rely on notions of optimization that contain little of Smith's self-conscious ethical appraisal and work instead to disavow the ethical loss that accompanies contemporary social arrangements. Or worse, theories of individual rational choice within market or market-like structures take on what Zizek calls a 'cynical' instead of a simply ideological quality: they know that their assumptions bear only faint resemblance to reality but act as if they do, including continuing to use an ethics of efficiency to justify, in parallel to Smith's disavowals, a 'triage of humanity." Despite the ethically repugnant reputation of theodicy for social reformers (and certainly questions about its relevance in a secular era), we argue that exploring Smith's theodical practices allows us to expose the way consideration of social ills is foreclosed by much of contemporary International Political Economy."

Please visit for more information on the 2011-2012 Colloquium's description, current schedule, and reading/study groups.

Hunger and Injustice in HAITI: How to Move Forward

Lavarice Gaudin
(The director of What If Foundation)

Wednesday November 9th --- 5:00 PM --- Nolte 140

For more information on the event and why the issues to be discussed are so important, please visit:

This event announcement ( overviews many of the issues that Lavarice will discuss:

• US foreign policy impacts on Haiti and its poverty

• Approaches to feeding the hungry that actually lead to more hunger and poverty

• Lavarice's vision and accomplishments

Lavarice Gaudin runs the What If? Foundation projects in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He runs the food program, education program (school scholarships, a summer camp and an after school classes for community members to help get jobs like Drivers Ed, English, Computer training, etc) and a sustainable agriculture project. In addition to providing support to Haitian farmers across the country, he acquired land last year to create a teaching farm in Port-au-Prince for the community. The farm has 4 goals:

1) Serve as a model for agricultural self-sufficiency, promote Haitian food production and composting

2) Teach children in the city about agriculture and food production

3) Grow food to use in the What If? Foundation's food program

4) Create jobs

( More information about programs and earthquake response can be found on the website.

Cornell University - Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Cornell Population Center, Cornell University, invites applications for the Frank H.T. Rhodes Post-doctoral Fellowship, to start Aug. 15, 2012. Job Number 16174. For questions, contact: Erin Oates, Program Assistant
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012. Open until filled.

Oxford University - Postdoctoral Felowships

Nuffield College, Oxford University, UK, offers a number of Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowships, for scholars in the social sciences from any country, who have recently completed, or are close to completing, their PhD. Three years support.
Deadline: Mon. Nov. 7

University of Central Florida - Assistant Professor

The Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida-Cocoa (30 minutes from Orlando), invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, to start Aug. 2012 (pending final budgetary approval). PhD in domestic violence, education, environment, inequality, international sociology, medical sociology, or race. Apply online. Submit cover letter, CV, statement of teaching experience, and complete the applicant affirmation form; names and contact information for three references to: Prof. John Lynxwiler, Search Committee Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, Fl 32816-1360 Deadline: Dec. 15

University of Montreal - Assistant Professor

The Department of Demography, University of Montreal, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Demography, with a specialization in Population Aging. PhD in Demography or related field, by start date June 1, 2012. Proficiency in the French language. Send cover letter, CV, copies of recent publications or research reports, research program, and three letters of recommendation to: Prof. Thomas LeGrand, Chair, Department of Demography, Université de Montréal, P.O. Box 6128, Station Centre-Ville, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7 Canada.
Deadline: Thurs. Nov. 10

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development invites you to join us for a talk and discussion by:

Dr. Roozbeh Shirazi

"Transnational Perspectives on Youth Citizenship, Schooling, and Social Change"

Wednesday, November 9, 12:00 p.m.
250 Wulling Hall

Includes lunch but please RSVP to by Friday, November 4th.

Dr. Roozbeh Shirazi is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education (major field: Political Science) from Columbia University, where he examined the political and social dimensions of educational reform in Jordan from the perspectives of male secondary school students. Dr. Shirazi's research is interdisciplinary in its examination of globalization, educational policy, schooling, pedagogy, and forms of youth citizenship, particularly in the Middle East and the broader Muslim world. He is particularly interested in the ways that education intersects with movements toward democracy, human rights, and immigration reform.

As a former elementary school teacher, Dr. Shirazi has worked with socio-economically and linguistically-diverse learners in the U.S. and has designed instructional programs that strengthen diversity and facilitate participation in the classroom. He is committed to research, assessment, and teaching linked to social justice, educational equity, and cultural pluralism, and to incorporating school-level practices and voices into analyses of how educational systems are affected by global socio-political processes. He has explored these issues through consultancies with UNICEF and Save the Children in Afghanistan and with the Open Society Institute in Tajikistan.

Dr. Shirazi's active commitment to scholarship that links theory to practice has driven his participation in research and development projects pertaining to the internationalization of higher education. He has recently served as a curriculum consultant at CUNY-City College of New York on the development of a Masters of International Education program and at the College of Islamic Studies in the Maldives as it develops a liberal arts curriculum framework and enhances its faculty development program.

Friedo Sielemann

(A long-time policy expert on green energy who currently serves as the green energy point person at the German Embassy in DC)


In March 2011, Japan suffered the most severe nuclear power accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. On May 30, Germany's government announced an astonishing policy reversal. Chancellor Merkel's ruling coalition of conservatives and free market libertarians moved to shut down all of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors by 2022. To make up for the short fall, the government announced plans to cut power by 10 percent by 2020 and to further expand the use of renewables such as wind, solar power, and biofuels. New opportunities or a move that spells disaster for Germany's economy?

Friedo Sielemann also presents at the E3 2011 conference on Renewable Energy Innovation:

When: M 11/7, noon-1:15 PM, 609 Social Sciences
Sponsors: CGES, Political Science, GSD, the Humphrey's Ctr for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Refreshments provided


"Harvest of Grief chronicles the growing number of farmer suicides in the northern Indian State of Punjab. The story is told through the eyes of the women and children left behind by these farmers. The film touches upon the human and social cost of 'solutions' to hunger such as the Green Revolution. It explores the severe agricultural crisis caused by economic liberalization, globalization, and the myopic business strategies of profit-seeking multinational corporations."
For more information visit:

Date: Tuesday November 8, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Walter Mondale Hall Room 20


Date: Tuesday November 8, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Walter Mondale Hall Room 20

Indian snacks will be provided

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