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"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

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

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.

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