September 2011 Archives

Potluck and Movie Night: 9/23

Date: September 23, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: 1425 Washington Street NE, Apt. 2, Minneapolis
(House with big white pillars, door on the left)

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even_the_rain.jpgWhat brings people together better than food and film? Food and film and IPID members! You're invited to IPID's first potluck and movie night of the semester, a great occasion to spend Friday night with good company and thought-provoking discussion (and, of course, some fun).

The feature film, "TambiƩn la lluvia (Even the rain)," meshes historical narrative with turbulent current events through a story about a filmmaker's desire to finish a controversial film about Spanish imperialism in Latin America even as the present-day local population fights political forces depriving them of water. Set in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the film is based upon the struggle against the privatization of water in Bolivia in 2000.

This event is BYOB, and feel free to bring food to share. Friends of friends are also warmly invited!

IPID Talk 9/22: Corporations and Development

Topic: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better - Corporations & Development
Date: September 22, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center, Willey Hall

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corporate_social_jpgThe first IPID Talk of the semester will focus on the role of corporations in advancing the human development agenda. Ben al-Haddad (Medical School) will be pushing things off.

Feel free to bring friends (or strangers... no judgment here).
To participate please read (but come even if you had no time to read):

(1) When dealing with the devil pays.

(2) Child labour: the tobacco industry's smoking gun

(3) Public-private partnerships as a development engine (download as a

Discussion Questions:

(1) Are the objectives of the private sector and the public sector so antithetical so as to make true partnership impossible?

(2) Are some domains more amenable to private-public partnerships than others? Which ones and why? (e.g. Health, Education, Social Services, Disaster Relief)

(3) How can the public sector co-opt the private sector into acting in alignment with policy objectives?

(4) How should manipulation by the private sector be reported and measured in the public sphere?


13:00-13:10 Introduction.
13:10-13:50 Structured discussion.
13:50-13:55 Last thoughts.
13:55-14:00 Programming announcement/feedback.

IPID General Assembly Meeting

Where: Coffman Memorial Union, Room 326
When: September 15, 4 pm to 6 pm

The first IPID General Assembly meeting is open to all IPID members as well as anyone interested in learning more about IPID.  This will be a great opportunity to connect with other grad and doctoral students in fields related to international development, talk and debate, and learn about getting involved in IPID this year.  There will also be free pizza!  Veg options included.

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