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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

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.

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

Feminist Studies Colloquium Series 2011-2012

Catherine Squires

Cowles Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

"Revisiting bell hooks"

October 28, 2011

2:00 p.m.

400 Ford Hall

*Light refreshments will be served

Most researchers in Communication Studies turn to bell hooks for inspiration regarding representations of Black women. Squire argues that hooks' work is much broader. She demonstrates how hook's concerns about representation are but one route into her deeper discussion of civility and democratic practices. Reconsidering bell hooks in the company of john Dewey, C. Wright Mills, Nancy Fraser, and Jurgen Habernas, she situates bell hooks in contemporary debates over civility in political discourse.

Catherine Squires is Cowles Professor of Journalism, Equity and Diversity at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota. She is author of African Americans and the Media (Polity Press, 2009) and Dispatches from the Color Line: The Press and Multiracial America (SUNY Press, 2007). She has published widely cited articles in the Journal of Communications Inquiry and the International Journal of Press/Politics. She is also co-editor of the anthology The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Readings of the 2008 Campaign (SUNY Press, 2010).


- FRI. 14 OCTOBER 2011
- JSA Rm (Blegen 445), Coffee & Cookies 3:15 pm, Talk 3:30 pm

"From the Frying-Pan to the Floodplain: Negotiating Land and Water in
Chennai's Development" - Karen Coelho

[Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies in Chennai, India]

This talk seeks to show how the complex and changing landscapes of
urban land and water are closely interwoven with the complex and
changing landscapes of slum eviction and relocation in Chennai. On the
one hand, this is a story of the making and remaking of the city's
physical form through historical processes of land reclamation from
water bodies, often as part of state programs of urban expansion for
housing and institutional development. On the other hand, this is also
the story of the constitution of the social geographies of the city
through large-scale relocations, specifically of the urban poor, a
process through which the morphological boundaries between land and
water in urban peripheries have been blurred or reinscribed. Water is
thus a critical dimension of not only the physical but also the social
production of urban space, and continues to give substance to class
and caste geographies in globalizing cities. Changes in relative
values of urban land and water, as well as the politics of municipal
administrative units and finances, have powerfully determined the
spatial placement of the urban poor in and around the city and the
emerging relationships between the citizen and the state.

Close examination of how "urban nature" has been shaped in Chennai
reveals anomalies, contradictions, and reversals, suggesting that
policy shifts are not always teleologically arranged, but often
comprise arbitrary and convenient measures glossed into ecological
rationales, or sometimes simply reflect the incoherence of
environmental governance in
 globalizing cities.

For a complete list of Quadrant lectures, please visit
Quadrant is a joint initiative of the IAS and the University of Minnesota Press

Equity and Diversity Spring 2011 Workshop Series

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) has posted its educational calendar for Spring 2011. Workshops focus on a wide range of equity and diversity issues in higher education. For more information and to register.

Spring 2011 workshops:

GLBT Ally Training I - Feb 17

Equity and Diversity in the Search Process - Feb 22

Sexual Harassment Awareness & Prevention: General Introduction - Mar 8

Religious Accommodation at the U of M - Mar 15

(Bi)Sexuality 101 - Mar 23

Appreciating Differences - Apr 5

Addressing Bullying Behavior in the Workplace - Apr 14 (NEW)

GLBT Ally Training II - Apr 19

Building Capacity: Engaging Allies and Challenging Burnout - April 22 (NEW - details and registration available soon)

Developing Intercultural Skills & Competency (Using the IDI) - Apr 28

Help, I.m Being Discriminated Against - May 5 (NEW)

Resolving Conflict Across Cultures - May 24

The Human Rights Program and Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota warmly invite you to join us to a series of events at the crossroads of writing and human rights:

Sunday, October 9, 5:00 PM
Upson Room, 102 Walter Library
117 Pleasant Street SE
University of Minnesota East Bank

This intimate reception will feature appearances by human rights star storytellers Brian Brivati, James Dawes, Nuruddin Farah, Vesna Goldsworthy, Patricia Hampl, Meg Jensen, Annette Kobak, Emin Milli, and Kathryn Sikkink, along with current Scribe, Claire Stanford.

Creative prose can help us understand the effects of incomprehensible human rights atrocities, in a way that news reports simply cannot. With that in mind, the Scribes for Human Rights Fellowship provides a summer stipend for a current creative writing graduate student to produce a narrative work on human rights and engage deeply with the issues of our time.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 to endow the fellowship. We ask that you consider a minimum contribution of $100 to help us reach that goal.

RSVP by September 30 to or 612-626-7947. Donate online at

Monday, October 10
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
University of Minnesota East Bank

This day-long series of talks and panel discussions on the personal narrative voice and human rights, hosted by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Program and Creative Writing Program.

The first panel, featuring Annette Kobak, Nuruddin Farah, Vesna Goldsworthy, and Emin Milli will discuss "The Voice of Human Rights: Teaching Narrative Writing" with chair Patricia Hampl at 9:00 AM.

At 11:15, James Dawes will give the keynote speech, "Bearing Witness to Atrocity: Forms, Motives, Ethics."

Following a break for lunch, the second panel, "Reading Across Borders and Genres: Linking the Humanities and Social Sciences in Human Rights Curricula," will take place at 2:00 PM. Brian Brivati will chair this panel comprised of Kathryn Sikkink, Meg Jensen, Elaine Tyler May, Ana Forcinito, and Charles Sugnet.

The capstone event will be the Department of English's Esther Freier Endowed Lecture in Literature featuring author and foreign correspondent Philip Gourevitch, whose talk is entitled: "Salvage: Writing About Aftermaths from Rwanda to Abu Ghraib and Beyond" at 7:30 PM.

This event is free and open to the public. Come for all day, or stay for just one panel. For more information, visit or contact, 612.626.7947

Tuesday, October 11, 4:00 PM
25 Mondale Hall
229 19th Avenue S.
University of Minnesota West Bank

This award-winning documentary follows the story of Thet Sambath, a Cambodian journalist intent on uncovering the secrets of the Khmer Rouge regime whose policies resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. Among the dead were Sambath's parents and his brother. To learn the highly protected secrets of the Khmer Rouge, Sambath had to earn the trust of Nuon Chea, the highest ranking Khmer Rouge still alive today.

A discussion with director Rob Lemkin will follow the film.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the film, visit Direct questions to, 612.626.7947

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