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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!

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

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.

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.


"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

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.

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

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