October 2011 Archives

Winter Student Speaker Conference: Righting Human Wrongs

Date: December 2, 2011
Time: 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm (food and refreshments provided)
Location: Walter Library Room 101

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development is hosting our biannual student speaker series. The title is: "Righting Human Wrongs: the Value of Rights in International Development". We define the theme broadly, seeking a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives on any relevant issue, event, population, or geographic area.

At the conference, each selected student will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on his or her paper, followed by a brief Q&A.  After all speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated panel session with all presenters and open discussion to tie together the ideas presented.  The panel session will explore links between the student's presentations and the value of taking an interdisciplinary approach to this theme.

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

Movie: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

When: Thursday, November 3 at 4:00 pm
Where: Room 609, Social Sciences Tower

PraytheDevilBacktoHell.jpg"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" is an award-winning documentary about a group of Liberian women's stand against civil war.  Using non-violent protest, these women put pressure on the fractious peace talks and were an instrumental part of ending their country's decades-long conflict.  Master of Development Practice student, Aurelius Butler, will lead a discussion after the film.  Aurelius grew up in Liberia and will offer his own insights on these women's extraordinary acts of grassroots activism.

Nov. 18: IPID General Assembly Meeting

Where: Coffman Memorial Union, Room 323
When: November 18, 3:00 pm

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Mark your calendars for IPID's next General Assembly meeting. At this GA meeting, we are hoping to develop some innovative strategies for outreach to departments across campus, build momentum for the Winter Student Speaker Conference, and spend some time in small groups discussing recent and relevant topics in international development.

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Film Showing: "The Unreturned"

Date: November 15, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Walter Library, Room 101

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unreturnedposter_quotefinal_Dec10_450.jpg"The Unreturned" documents the crisis faced by middle class Iraqis displaced by the war from their homes and livelihoods and the repercussions it is having on reconstruction efforts in Iraq.  Composed of interviews with Iraqi refugees, this film recounts their present day-to-day struggles and captures their recollections of Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion.

More information on the film: The Unreturned_feb11.pdf

About IPID

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID) is a newly formed student initiative linking graduate students, scholars, and practitioners with interests in development. IPID also sustains an online student-edited journal, Reconsidering Development, in addition to the IPID student group. These activities constitute an ongoing cross-department and cross-sector endeavor meant to continually grow and evolve.

The student group and online journal provide graduate students with opportunities to develop skills in leadership and to promote their scholarship in the field of international development. IPID's mission and goal seeks to continually explore and expand upon three initial research questions:

  1. How does an interdisciplinary perspective shift our conceptualization of international development?
  2. What are the trends and issues affecting current approaches to international development?
  3. What is the future of this interdisciplinary field (including the role of the international community)?
It is fitting that the founding charter IPID members and advisors come from departments at the University of Minnesota with a tradition of cross-disciplinary and cross-sector scholarship and practice, including the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the program in Comparative and International Development Education, and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. 

Student Leaders
The IPID student group's current leaders are:

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Peter Ehresmann, Master of Development Practice candidate
I'm Peter, or "2-meter Peter" rather, as I was called in my 2nd home and past life in China and am one of the 2nd year Masters of Development Practice (MDP) pioneers. Prior to returning home to attend Humphrey, I spent 4 years teaching English in Chinese universities in Jilin City and Beijing, breaking up my time there by envisioning and organizing a 14-month musical bicycle expedition of 5, called FueledByRice.org , from Beijing to Paris via India to make a small yet tangible contribution to building intercultural understanding & peace. Since interning and researching my undergraduate thesis in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya on a Human Rights Fellowship in 2003, I have been deeply considering the politics of poverty, environmental destruction, and the ethics of the lifestyle choices we all make as the privileged few: How do we actually balance economic growth with environmental sustainability? Just what ought our end goals of international development be?  I most recently spent my summer (2011) in Cairo Egypt working on garbage and recycling for the MDP field experience. I earned my BA in Political Science at St. John's University, MN, and love bicycling, the outdoors, photography, music, and living abroad.

My vision for IPID is to grow and fill out our young 2-year old student organization through your involvement in our standing committees and potential sub-committees (such as for specific events like the semesterly student speaker conference) as outlined in our Constitution. I would love to see you take the initiative to help us build IPID with your ideas, leading the planning of an event, or helping us better collaborate with other student organizations. Even better, I hope you run for a committee chair in the fall elections or for an officer position in the spring!  I am eager to discuss, debate with, and learn from you!

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Brandon Wu, Master of Public Policy candidate
I'm a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, concentrating in Global Policy.  Prior to coming to the Humphrey, I worked as a researcher and grantwriter at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch in Washington, DC, doing policy analysis and advocacy around U.S. trade policy from 2005-2010. I have a B.A. in sociology from Yale University, where I studied comparative historical sociology of international development. 

My current research centers on the conflict between national economic policy in Colombia, including the proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, and the economic, social and cultural rights of historically marginalized Afro-Colombian communities.  I spent my summer in Colombia working on this research, and related activism, in Bogotá and the conflict zone of Urabá.  I'm now turning this research into a master's thesis and various advocacy papers related to the Colombia FTA.

I'm interested in looking at development through the lens of addressing global inequality by challenging the power structures and entrenched interests that benefit from the status quo.  I blog about this sort of thing at Power and Participation.  I'm also super excited to share and learn from other members of IPID over the course of this year!

Britta Hansen, Master of Development Practice candidate
I am a second year Masters of Development Practice student at the Humphrey School, while here I have focused my studies on international agriculture and nutrition issues in the global south. I completed my summer field work in Bolivia where I conducted an evaluation of  small scale irrigation ponds for improved agricultural production. My background is in agricultural education and community development with a focus on Latin America.Before starting my graduate studies I was working with the Ministry of Education and the World Food Program in Liberia where I worked with parent teacher associations on school feeding programs. I spent two years in Bolivia working in ag extension and nutrition education, while there I also completed an extensive beekeeping project in the small community where I lived. Some fun facts about me; I have lived or studied on all but two continents, I paddled a canoe across Ontario and my family owns the first Christmas tree farm in the state. I am looking forward to continuing my work with IPID and being a part of the diverse University community.

Officer At-Large
Chet Bodin, Master of Public Policy candidate
Greetings! My name is Chet Bodin.  I'm the current Officer At-Large in IPID, and a second year MPP student at the Humphrey School studying global policy.  For me IPID is about personal development as much as community or economic development.  I believe most of us understand there are fundamental problems with the world, and see evidence of that in the suffering, conflict and human rights failures that exist. With this in mind, I maintain that the lasting growth we seek, arrives best when as aspire to integrate with others.  By sharing ideas, and making a personal commitment to work and learn together, we are empowered to pursue change with different cultures, nations and philosophies- not in spite of them.
Personally, I value a socioeconomic model that puts a premium on humanity, social awareness, public service and work ethic.  At IPID, I aim to understand the values of others to cultivate introspection, and learn how to apply development policy that's in step with people, their beliefs, their communities and surroundings.

Last year, as the Programming Committee Co-Chair, I helped to organize an IPID Open House, two discussion panels on Sierra Leone and Iraq. More recently, I've been concentrating on strengthening IPID's organizational structure to have more members engaged in programming, as we expand our membership and pursue our goals across campus.  I'm looking forward to the addition of new members whose experience, energy and ideas will invigorate the group's capacity, imagination and ever-expanding potential.  Let's make IPID 2011-12 the best year yet.

Logan Dumaine, Master of Public Policy candidate

Strategic Relations Chair
Ameido Amevor, Master of Public Policy candidate

kirsten.jpgProgramming Co-Chair
Kirsten Selvig, Law School

I am a first year law student at the U. I do not have any direct experience with international development, but I do have a fascination with the mechanics of power in international development (and the international community at large). I studied History in undergrad, and spent my fifth year studying abroad in Paris, France and Leeds, England. My time in Paris was a great mishmash of international students, French students, and very globally active faculty that allowed me a tiny peek into the clockwork of European power politics. In England, I focused on my thesis project, which looked at the lingering effect the British Empire has on British politics today. That year gave me a real appreciation for the way that historical problems have a funny way of sticking around long past their formal end-point, and a burning desire to get abroad again as soon as possible. My perspective is grounded in the Western world and how more developed countries struggle with the tension between humanitarian obligations and national security concerns/domestic political pressures.

I hope to expand IPID's presence on campus, especially in the law school. We law students do love to argue and we could always use a few more progressive consciences around to keep us ethical. I'm excited to get in arguments, uh, I mean discussions with people outside of law and gain a larger perspective on the issues of the world!

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Gilles Amadou Ouedraogo, Master of Development Practice candidate

Gilles (Geo) Ouedraogo holds a B.A. in international management from Gustavus Adolphus College with a minor in Peace Studies. He is currently a student in the Masters of Development Practice in International Development program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Viewing the application of Social Justice as a key factor to the success of sustainable development, he joined numerous student organizations during his undergraduate studies; such as Amnesty International and Building bridges, which both raised awareness on world issues plaguing our world. In addition to his activism on campus, he embarked on a five month trip across India; one of the fastest developing nations of our time; on an intensive course entitled Social Justice, Peace and Development. As a result he experienced microcredit first hand and instantly fell in love with the concept. He started thinking of ways it could be adapted to a sub-Saharan African model of economic, social and human development. He has thoroughly enjoyed the Humphrey so far and has joined IPID as a Co-Programming Chair to explore everything this dynamic organization has to offer!

Information Technology and Communication Chair
Rachel Garaghty, Master of Public Policy candidate

  • Programming Committee - Handles all planning and arrangements for guest speakers, programming and trips.
  • Finance Committee - Initiates and facilitates IPID fundraising efforts in coordination with all other committees.
  • Strategic Relations Committee - Initiates and sustains IPID outreach efforts among University students, faculty and staff and all outside parties.
  • Information Technology and Communication (ITC) Committee - Builds and sustains the IPID website and content.

Call for Submissions: Reconsidering Development and "Institutions"

We are pleased to announce the third call for submissions for Reconsidering Development, an interdisciplinary E-journal based at the University of Minnesota. The journal is theme-based but contributors are encouraged to be creative in integrating themes of each issue into their submissions.

Our third issue, Reconsidering Development and the "Institutions," will be launched in the fall of 2011. We seek submissions that explore both institutions of development  (i.e., trade, bilateral aid, military, charity organizations) and development institutions (i.e., World Bank, United Nations).

Submissions are encouraged to use the following core questions as guides to help our audience reconsider development from interdisciplinary perspectives:

  • How does an interdisciplinary perspective (or a specific disciplinary approach) shift our conceptualization of institutions of development or of the role of development institutions in shaping the theory, practice, and/or experience of international development?
  • What are the trends and issues affecting current "institutions" of international development?
  • What is the future of international development, including the relationship between 'institutions of development' and 'development institutions' and the international community?
We seek submissions from multiple theoretical and practical perspectives, disciplines, vantage points, and sectors expressed through innovative formats, including but not limited to video, audio, written, and artistic forms of media.  For each submission, international development issues must be made central. Additionally, we seek submissions that engage a broad audience.

Submissions can be uploaded at http://rdj.ipid-umn.org

*Note: if submissions include different media types, i.e. text, video, audio, photos, each file should be uploaded separately.  Submissions may also be emailed to rdj-editor@ipid-umn.org.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011

For the full Call for Submissions, go to: http://journal.ipid-umn.org/node/96

About Us
Reconsidering Development is an innovative, open-access journal that aims to create an equitable space for the flourishing of dialogue and discussion concerning the theory and practice of international development. We aim to advance theoretical momentum through the inclusion of voices representing those individuals, communities, and institutions affected by and affecting development. We hope that this deliberate fusion of experiences will help to transform and push the boundaries of the knowledge around which development theory and practice has been built.

Reconsidering Development particularly encourages submissions that reflect the diverse perspectives of underrepresented voices, creative methodologies, and contemporary forms of expression in order to reconsider the broader field of development. We intentionally target and seek to include an international audience by creating an easily-loadable and readable format that is easily accessed regardless of Internet bandwidth limitations.

IPID Talk 10/20: Emerging Indian Economy and Globalization

Date: October 20, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 70, Minnesota Population Center, Willey Hall

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Anupam Kishore, Humphrey Fellow from India will be the host of this month's IPID Talk. In preparation for the discussion, please read the following articles and watch IMF video:

(1) Lecture by Dr. Narendra Jadhav on Indian economy and Globalisation

(2) IMF Report on Indian Economy
(3) IMF Video on Indian Economy - Road Ahead
(4) You tube video on Indian economy
Questions framing the discussions:
1)      How important is the role of Governance in the economic development of the country?
2)      Can a few scientific inventions or discoveries reshape the entire global economy?
3)      What is the role of Human Resources in shaping the future of the country?
4)      What are the challenges facing Indian economy?
5)      What should policy makers in India focus on to sustain the growth?
1.00-1.40 - Presentation on Indian Economy & Discussion on above questions
1.40- 1.58 - Questions and Discussions
1.58- 2.00 - Announcements

2nd IPID General Assembly Meeting

Where: Coffman Memorial Union, Room 326
When: October 14, 3:00 pm

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The next IPID General Assembly meeting will feature another great discussion on international development topics and updates on the latest happenings for IPID.  Newly elected committee chairs will be introducing themselves and there will be opportunities to get involved in an IPID committee. IPID committees that need YOU are:

  • Programming
  • Strategic Relations
  • IT
  • Finance

As always, bring your questions, comments, and insightful observations!

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