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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!

May 18 Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar

TTMS Invitation May 18 2011f

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

The agenda for this month's TTMS:

Topic Speaker

Dermatology in the Tropics Monica Rani, MD

Podoconiosis Sara Tomczyk, RN

Challenges of Working in Sierra Leone Vanessa Raabe, MS4

May 18, 2011


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

Seminar Location:

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Multipurpose Room

2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414


The last of the semester's Gender/Asia Seminar Series presentations, by Satish Poduval, will take place this Wednesday, April 20th. We hope that many of you will be able to attend. Thank you for helping to make this new series a success during its first semester, and best wishes for a smooth end to all of your spring terms, too.

Wednesday, April 20th:

"The Remaking of Gender and Class in Post-1970s Indian Cinema"

Satish Poduval (English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad) Respondent: Christine Marran (UMN - Asian Languages & Literatures)

3:30 - 5:00 P.M. 710 Social Science

A significant counter-point to the staging of subaltern impatience and revolt that characterized popular Hindi cinema of the 1970s was the staging of middle-class desire and domesticity, away from the generic conventions of the "Social." Satish Poduval argues that during the 1970s this "desire for modernity" was often supplemented with a determination to secure it, and this necessarily involved newer forms of engagement and disengagement with the symbolic pact that had instituted modernity in India during the Nehruvian conjuncture. The emergence of a new and popular cycle of domestic comedies/melodramas is traced by focusing on selected films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee (Abhimaan and Namak Haraam) and Basu Chatterji (Rajnigandha and Chhoti si Baat), which might be seen as putting into play a newer narrative contract that later enabled (through tele-serials made by these influential directors during the 1980s) the desiring/consuming screen subjects of the post-liberalization Hindi film narratives.

Satish Poduval is Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, at the English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad). He has contributed to the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (1998), edited Re-Figuring Culture (2005), and is completing a monograph on the new political documentary film in India.

Center for the Study of Politics and Governance

Getting Americans Back to Work: Why We Need to Do it and How We Can

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
12-1:15 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Unemployment remains at an extremely high level and is projected to subside only slightly, to about 8%, by the end of 2012. This means that five years after the recession began we would still face unemployment higher than the worst month of the prior two recessions. Yet, both parties seem to want to look the other way, talking about competitiveness and scaling back government, neither of which will help much to fill the current 11.4 million job shortfall. Lawrence Mishel, president of Economic Policy Institute, will explain the path not being taken. The forum will be moderated by Chris Farrell, chief economics correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio.

Before the Negotiations Begin: Minnesota's Budget Deficit and Possible Solutions

Wednesday April 6th, 2011
12-1:15 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Minnesota has a projected $5 billion deficit over the next biennium. The House and Senate propose reduced spending without tax increases, while the governor's proposal includes a mixture of spending cuts and an additional tax increase on the state's highest earners.

Is there a common ground to be found between their two plans? Will tax increases drive Minnesotans and Minnesota jobs away? Will spending reductions have a disproportionate affect on lower and middle income individuals? Leaders of the state legislature and governor's cabinet will assess the budget decisions and consequences, in addition to giving us a snapshot of how this great difference in positions can be bridged.

Please join us for a lively conversation with the following panelists:

Amy Koch, Minnesota Senator Majority Leader
Kurt Zellers, Minnesota House of Representatives Speaker
Myron Frans, Commissioner, Department of Revenue
Jim Schowalter, Commissioner, Minnesota Management and Budget

The event will be moderated by Steve Sviggum, legislative fellow with the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information or to request disability accommodations, please call 612-625-2530 or email

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors a Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday from 12:45 to 2:00 pm. All sessions are held in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey Center. The remaining talks for the semester are: April 12 - Nareeda Jacob on Sanctions and Nuclear Weapons April 26- Mani Subramani on Global Outsourcing Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy

Neerada Jacob
Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard University

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

Economic sanctions have long been derided as ineffective instruments of foreign policy. At the same time, however, they continue to remain a principal tool for preventing the acquisition of nuclear weapons by nations. Drawing on the cases of Iraq and Libya, Ms. Jacob will show that sanctions tend to be more successful when they are one component of an overall coercive strategy. The talk will address factors affecting the impact of sanctions on nuclear programs. Research from the case studies of Taiwan and Iran will also be briefly discussed, ultimately laying out the complexities involved.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served

"The (Gendered) History of Sexuality in Globalization: The Arrival of the 'Transgender' in Eastern India" Aniruddha Dutta (UMN - Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) Respondent: Anna Clark (UMN - History)

Is the transnational dissemination of modern concepts of gender/sexual identification - like gay or transgender - indicative of a metropole-to-periphery trajectory of globalization, allied to the expansive tendencies of neoliberalism and global capital? Or is such expansion the result of contingent overlaps between translocal and regional socio-cultural formations that intersect in a more decentered manner? Aniruddha Dutta will explore this question with respect to the emergence of transgender (or 'TG') as a category of political representation and HIV-AIDS intervention for gender-variant communities in West Bengal. Dutta will explore how the term emerged through the asymmetric mediation of centralized development funding, on one hand, and ongoing negotiations of identity within translocal lower-class community networks on the other, indicating a fractured and shifting hegemony of metropolitan agencies rather than a consolidated or centralized discursive formation.

Aniruddha Dutta is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has previous Master's degrees in Asian Literatures, Cultures and Media from the University of Minnesota and in English Literature from Jadavpur University. His Ph.D. research examines the institutionalization of gender/sexual identities and identity politics in Eastern India, interrogating how hegemonic forms of identity politics based on normative notions of sovereignty and citizenship are simultaneously established and challenged through the interaction of decentered lower-class networks and centralized development funding. Dutta is also active in collaboratively working with community-based organizations (CBOs) of 'sexual minorities' in the course of his PhD.

10/15/2010, 7:30 PM
Mississippi Room Coffman Memorial Union
Cost: Free

The Dept. of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature welcomes Professor Rey Chow of Duke as keynote speaker for the Contingent Communities Conference.  
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South Asia Seminar Series: Pritika Chowdhry

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Date: 10/06/2010
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 335 Blegen Hall
Cost: Free

Lecturer: Pritika Chowdhry (Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Macalester College)

Topic: "Remembering the Crooked Line: Visualizing Ethnic Fissures and Partitions through Memory Sculptures of the Gendered Body and Childhood Games"
The South Asian Seminar began in 2005 as an intellectual collective group funded by the Institute for Global Studies. The South Asian Seminar Series brings scholars, writers, and filmmakers from the U of M, local colleges and universities as well as national and international speakers to share their ideas and scholarship with the University community and beyond.
Lectures run about 45 minutes to an hour, with the remaining time reserved for discussion and Q&A.

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