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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

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.

Upcoming CHGH Programs, October 2011

AESTHETICS/CLASS/WORLDS 2nd annual conference of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature October 14-15 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 and we have also theACW program.pdf.

Minnesota Sister Cities International Citizen Diplomacy Annual Conference

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Shoreview Hilton Inn, Shoreview, Minnesota
Contact: Gerry Wenner (MN_SCI
Dolores Strand

Mary Eisenhower to Provide the Keynote Speech at the Minnesota Sister Cities International Annual Conference

Minnesota - Mary Eisenhower, President of People to People International (PTPI) and granddaughter of U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower, will be the keynote speaker at the Minnesota Sister Cities International Annual Conference beginning at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, 30 April 2011, at the Shoreview Hilton Garden Inn.

Ms. Eisenhower's speech will reflect on her grandfather's legacy and her role of bringing peace through understanding as PTPI President and a member of Sister Cities International Board of Directors.

The Minnesota Sister Cities International Conference is co-sponsored by People to People International and the Minnesota International Center and is open to the public. Event registration (which includes a continental breakfast and an international lunch cuisine) is $35 and is purchased in advance from Minnesota Sister Cities International c/o Dolores Strand, 1145 Polk Place, Columbia Heights, MN 55421 (763-571-1709).

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will also speak at the event. He will be joined by other local, state, national and international leaders.

"The Sister Cities Program is an important resource to the negotiations of governments in letting the people themselves give expression to their desire for friendship, goodwill, and cooperation for a better world for all," said U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower when he established the program in 1956.

For further information, contact Minnesota Sister Cities International at or

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Expanding the Circle Conference 2011

California Institute of Integral Studies

March 3-6, 2011

Registration is now open

Register November 15th to take advantage of our early registration rate.

Featured Plenary Session

"Beyond the Binary: The Lives of Transgender People" with Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin

Based on interviews with 400 self-identified transgender people from throughout the United States, this plenary session will compare the experiences of individuals from different transgender groups. It will offer a series of "touchstones," or significant life moments, in the gender identity development processes of the participants who identify as transsexual women, transsexual men, female-presenting crossdressers, and genderqueer individuals. The research is from Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin's forthcoming book, "The Lives of Transgender People" (Columbia University Press).

Genny Beemyn has written or edited six books/journal issues, including a special issue of the Journal of LGBT Youth on "Trans Youth" and ze has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of transgender people, particularly the lives of gender nonconforming students.

Genny has a PhD in African American Studies and master's degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.

Susan Rankin has presented and published widely on the impact of sexism, racism, and heterosexism in the academy and in intercollegiate athletics. Susan's current research focuses on the assessment of institutional climate and provides program planners and policy makers with recommended strategies to improve the campus climate for under-served communities.

Susan is the recipient of the ACPA 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion, an award that recognizes individuals who embody the student affairs values of social justice.

About Expanding the Circle Conference 2011

In this conference for higher education professionals, we will address factors that have contributed to excluding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues from academic study and student life; and also explore ways to make our campuses more inclusive for all students. We will examine strategies and best practices that effectively integrate LGBTQ areas of teaching and research with student life activities. Building on the success of last year's groundbreaking conference, Expanding the Circle 2011 will be among the first national conferences in higher education focusing on LGBTQ issues by seeking connections across academic and student affairs, across kinds of diversities, across disciplines, and across LGBTQ subfields.

Additional Plenary Speakers

"When the Rainbow Ain't Enough: Creating Healthy Queer Spaces for Low-Income Students and/or Students of Color"
Kenyon Farrow, Executive Director, Queers for Economic Justice

"God Is Gay and Other Queer Anomalies"
Judy Grahn, Recipient, 2009 Lambda Literary Award; California Institute of Integral Studies

"In Dreams Begins Responsibility: (En)Visioning LGBTQ Work in a Catholic and Jesuit World"
Sivagami Subbaraman, Director, LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University

"Coming Out as an LGBTQ Ally in the Context of Islam and Muslims"
Amina Wadud, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University; Visiting Scholar, Graduate Theological Union

"Experiments on Rivers: The Consequences of Dams"

Thursday and Friday, November 11-12, 2010

Dams have been characterized as "long-term experiments on rivers," and as affronts to the freedom embodied in flowing rivers. But they also provide needed hydroelectric power to many parts of the world, and serve as important regulators of floods. Dams represent tremendous concentrations of engineering expertise, capital, and political power in the developing world, and they disrupt biological and hydrological processes. This conference brings together diverse experts from a range of academic practices and disciplines to examine the phenomena of dams and the consequences, intended and unintended, that accrue from their construction.

Conference is free and open to the public; Friday lunch provided to those who register by November 9.

Information and registration at

As the field of postcolonial studies has gradually enacted its own colonisation of academic departments across the humanities an escalating self-reflexive urge has become apparent. Increasingly, totalising theories of postcolonial experiences have been seen - for all their complexity - as all too simplistic accounts of the irreducible variety to be found in the experiences and actions of nominally 'postcolonial' peoples. As such, the future of postcolonial studies lies in an ever more concerted effort at troubling the postcolonial paradigm, rooting out points of tension, and in establishing new ways of approaching the heterogeneity of the discipline. This future is being written now and it thus falls to young academics to establish for themselves where postcolonial studies should be moving.

Living Beyond Theory is an interdisciplinary postgraduate symposium hosted by the Postcolonial Perspectives reading group at the University of York on Friday 11th February 2011. The symposium is directed towards the problematising of the postcolonial paradigm through an attempt to pay heed to the lived experience of those people who live and have lived within geographic areas affected by colonisation as well as people who, despite not being the direct descendants of colonial situations, enact identities and political positions that take much from the postcolonial project. The symposium provides a platform for postgraduate students to share their research with a diverse range of other postgraduates in the field(s) of postcolonial studies. The symposium will involve a series of panels framed by two plenary speakers (Simon Obendorf, Lincoln and Ruth Craggs, St. Mary's University College Twickenham) and culminating in a workshop on the future of postcolonial studies led by 3 early career academics.

While Living Beyond Theory is a conference aimed at building connections between the many disciplines that traditionally make up postcolonial studies, it also seeks to encourage engagement with disciplines that have not always fallen comfortably within those traditions. It is highly likely that the future of postcolonial studies will lie in the expansion of the discipline's insights beyond its previously narrow boundaries. Papers are encouraged from any current postgraduate working in the many areas of postcolonial studies and engaging with either side of the traditional coloniser/colonised dichotomy. We especially welcome papers that offer new and dynamic approaches to the space between the theoretical and the experiential.

Please send submissions of up to 300 words for papers of 20 mins as well as a brief academic bio of 50 to 100 words to the organisers (Anna Bocking-Welch, James Alexander Fraser, Isabelle Hesse, and Sarah Pett) at by 22nd November 2010.

This multi-day event focuses on the past, present, and future of transgender studies by celebrating the 20thanniversary of the influential essay that arguably launched the field: Sandy Stone's "The Empire Strikes Back: A 'Posttranssexual' Manifesto," first published in 1991. It will serve as an opportunity to assess and discuss the relationship between transgender studies, women's/gender/feminist studies, and LGBT/Queer studies, and to showcase ways in which transgender studies has reframed, intervened in, and extended lines of inquiry in these fields.

Like the title of Stone's essay, which gestured simultaneously in the directions of history and futurity, the conference will be both retrospective and prospective. Stone looked back to the heyday of cultural feminism in the 1970s and 80s, and directly challenged the feminist disparagement of trans people exemplified in Janice Raymond'sTranssexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male. Consequently, some work presented at the conference will focus on the still-contentious topics which that version of second-wave feminism lumped together with transgender issues: pornography, prostitution or sex trafficking, BDSM sexuality, and the sexualization of children. It will suggest ways in which transgender studies, over the past two decades, has offered the prospect of new feminist perspectives on these issues.

Stone's essay, in explicitly staking a "post-" position, also opened the question of what is to come next. To a significant degree, the questions pursed under the rubric of "transgender studies" have been motivated by the rearticulations of (post)identity politics that Stone initially proposed; she productively disrupted the containment of critical and broadly relevant issues of embodiment, identity, and technology within the stigmatized, marginalized, minoritized, and highly policed medico-juridical category of transsexuality.

Consequently, some work at the conference will explore the future directions in which trans communities, trans social justice struggles, and transgender studies as a field of academic inquiry, might now move. Two decades after Stone's influential intervention, we are in a position to ask what a post-postranssexual framework might look like.

The conference will be held in the new, state-of-the-art IU Cinema and other locations on campus. It will include film screenings and cultural events, conversations between founding figures of transgender studies, and plenary panel discussions with leading scholars in the field. We also anticipate limited opportunities for some attendees to deliver short papers. Confirmed presenters currently include Sandy Stone, Kate Bornstein, and Viennese filmmaker Hans Scheirl. Further details, including additional confirmed speakers, will be forthcoming in the very near future.

To submit an abstract for consideration, or for more information, please contact conference organizer Susan Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Indiana University:

(Postposttranssexual is funded in part by Indiana University Gender Studies, Indiana University College Arts and Humanities Institute, and the Indiana University Cinema. Additional cosponsors are welcome).

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