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Please take note that Thursday's Conflict Week Social Evening has changed venues! The new venue is:

The RePUBlic (West Bank), 221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, (612) 338-6146

Thanks to all who showed up for Dean Schwartz's talk on Obama's Foreign Policy today! Don't forget that tonight is Movie and Pizza! Come watch a documentary about Palestinian resistance and enjoy Afghani pizza. 4-6 Come any time! All are welcome!

Conflict Week 2013

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IPID, along with the Middle Eastern Interest Group (MEIG) and Dialogue in International Security and Peace (DISP), are proud to present Conflict Week: April 8-12!
The capstone event, our biannual Student Speaker Conference, will take place on Friday, April 12th from 3-7pm in Room 25 of the Law School, and will feature speakers from throughout the University system (FREE Dinner included!)
Please RSVP for the Speaker Conference by Monday, April 8th here: 

Other Conflict Week events include (no need to RSVP for these):

Monday, April 8th
10-11am, Humphrey School Freeman Commons
Viewing & Conversation w/ Syrian Visual Artist Fadia Afashe
Hosted by MEIG

Tuesday, April 9th
3-4pm, Humphrey School Freeman Commons
Talk on President Obama's Foreign Policy in Conflict Regions hosted by Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz
Hosted by DISP

Wednesday, April 10th
4-6pm, Humphrey School Freeman Commons
Movie Night - 5 Broken Cameras, an Oscar nominated documentary about non-violent resistance in Palestine
Hosted by IPID

Thursday, April 11th
8-10pm, Red Sea bar (320 Cedar Ave, West Bank)
Social Evening - Come and meet members of IPID, MEIG, and DISP. Chat about what we all do and how you can get involved.
Hosted by IPID, MEIG, and DISP


IPID Student Speaker Conference, Spring 2013

Manifestations of Conflict

Friday, April 12th, 2012 • 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Law School (West Bank), Room 25 

Free dinner will be provided! 

Presentations and Speakers to be announced


This event is part of Conflict Week, co-sponsored by Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID), the Middle East Interest Group (MEIG), and Dialogues in Security and Peace (DISP). Additional events include:

MEIG Event - April 8th, 10:00am - Location TBD:  "Syria through the lens of film maker, artist and activist Fadia Afashe

IPID Spring_2013_Student Speaker Conference_SaveTheDate_Flyer.pdf

Please join us for the next IPID talk!

Thursday, February 28th at 4:30 p.m., at the UofM Law School Room 385. Click here for a campus map.

The topic: Policy or Profiling? Iranian Students vs. TCF Bank. Come learn and discuss how the effects of US Sanctions, Iranian Policy, and TCF action has impacted Iranian students at the University of MN.

Check out the following sources and attached PDF for more information:

News clip from Al Jazeera:

The campaign's Facebook Page:
Lastly, if you have an idea for an IPID Talk and want to do one, send an email to Autumn Durfey (

Hope to see you there and then!

TCF Bank vs Students of Iran.pdf

Spring 2013 General Assembly

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The discussion topic for the Assembly will be:

Aid and Development Effectiveness

in Post-Conflict Areas


Thursday, February 21st, 2013

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Blegen Hall (West Bank), Room 240

Food and Refreshments will be provided


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID) is a student group linking graduate students, faculty, and practitioners with interests in development from across all disciplines and schools at the University. The General Assembly is open to IPID members and anyone interested is learning more about IPID. We will also be discussing the upcoming IPID elections. Please consider running for one of the following positions:


  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Officer-at-Large
  • IT/Communications Committee Chair
  • Finance Chair

Read more about these positions in our elections section

The First IPID Talk of 2013!

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Please join us for the first IPID Talk of 2013!
Thursday, February 7th at 4:30 p.m., in Coffman Memorial Union, Room 326. Click here for a campus map.
The topic: Broadening Dimensions of Human Trafficking. Veerendra Mishra, a Humphrey Fellow from the International Fellowship Program through the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will be the host. Veerendra is the Assistant Inspector General of the Crime Investigation Department for the Madhya Pradesh (MP) State Police in India.
In preparation for the discussion we ask that you review the article at the link to familiarize yourself with the topic (but come even if you had no time to read!).

The document of the UN Protocol gives an overview of Human Trafficking and the link highlights the U.S. stance on Human Trafficking and is the federal governing statue on the subject of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2000.
Questions framing the discussion:
  • What do you understand about the term "human trafficking"?
  • What are different dimensions of human trafficking?
  • What do you suggest is the best possible way to combat human trafficking?
Feel free to bring friends and people you meet on the bus.Lastly, if you have an idea for an IPID Talk and want to do one, shoot me an email (
Hope to see you there and then!
Please join us for the Fall 2012 Student Speaker Conference!

Date: Friday, November 16th, 2012
Time: 3:30-7:00
Location: Walter Library Rm 101, University of Minnesota East Bank

We will provide free food from AfroDeli for dinner! (Please RSVP by this Saturday, November 10th if possible!)

Our topic for the conference is The Global Food Crisis: Problems and Possibilities

Our six student speakers will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on theirs research, 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 speakers' presentations and the value of taking an interdisciplinary approach to this theme.
This spring's iteration of the biannual IPID Student Speaker Conference will take place on Friday, April 6 from 3-7pm in Walter Library Room 101.  This semester's theme is Development and Global Health, and we have a slate of five student speakers who will give 15-20 minute presenters on a variety of relevant topics.  Each talk will be followed by a brief Q&A session, and after all the speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated discussion involving all presenters and audience members.

Following is detailed information on each presenter and presentation.

Self-Reported Morbidity Profile of Diarrheal and Dermatological Diseases in the Municipality of Don Juan, Dominican Republic
Lucy Cosgrove, Julia Shumway, and Marie Wilson (School of Public Health)

This report is a morbidity profile for the self-reported prevalence of dermatological disease in the six bateyes surrounding the Batey Relief Alliance clinic in the Municipality of Don Juan, Dominican Republic (BRA Dominicana). This information comes from a household survey regarding diarrheal and skin diseases we administered to a sample of residents of the La Jagua, Triple Ozoma, El Bosque, Guasumita, Antoncí and Cinco Casas bateyes.  The survey questions are modeled after the 2007 Dominican Republic Demographic and Health Survey, (Encuesta Domográfica y de Salud) an instrument that is widely used in many countries by the USAID, along with suggestions from the BRA Dominicana medical staff.  We chose to exclude diarrhea from our analysis because our sample contained such a small number of cases that drawing statistically significant conclusions was not possible.  It is not the purpose of this study to prove causality, but rather to supply supportive evidence to the existing knowledge and research BRA has on these diseases.

Lucy Cosgrove is a second year Maternal and Child Health student.  Her main interests lie primarily in early childhood development and prenatal care. She currently works for the Minnesota Department of Health's Immunization Program helping to promote preventative care services for adults. She also enjoys working as a medical interpreter at the University of Minnesota's Phillips Neighborhood Clinic and hopes to continue working with Spanish-speaking families in the future.

Julia Shumway is a second year public health student studying Maternal and Child Epidemiology. Her primary interests lie in maternal and child nutrition, perinatal mental health, and analytical methods. She has worked as a research assistant at the Spatial Core at Minnesota Population Center since Fall 2010. Before attending the University of Minnesota, she worked in environmental epidemiology at the Utah Department of Health.

Marie Wilson is a second year Epidemiology student. She is currently working on a vaccine efficacy study at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is also a graduate assistant in the School of Public Health Division of Health Policy and Management. Marie is passionate about global health and infectious disease epidemiology.

HIV Second Generation Surveillance in Pakistan
Syed Ghazi Ghazan Jamal (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, MPP)

HIV has not yet become an epidemic in Pakistan, but in concentrated pockets the problem is quite severe. What is more worrying is the rate at which it is increasing. Traditionally the problem was limited to drug users (due to the reuse of infected syringes), but now it has spread beyond that group. Due to a lack of job opportunities inside the country, many people leave their homes, families and go to find jobs in the Middle East. It is through this group of people, who get infected when working in the Middle East, when they return to the country that the virus is believed to be spreading. This is particularly worrisome because many of these men are married and infect their wives who stay behind in Pakistan which has led to many children being born with HIV. UNAIDS estimates the number of people living with HIV in the country to be somewhere in the region of 98,400 people. Only around 5,000 of this total number have been registered/identified. This means that if USAIDS estimates are to be believed, 95 percent of the people living with HIV in the country don't even know it!

The HIV Surveillance project is trying to change this situation around with the limited resources that they have. After having very poor results for the first methodology that they applied, there results have greatly improved since making modifications, which what they call the HIV Second Generation Surveillance. I hope to present on how deep the problem is, why is the problem only found in certain pockets, what the first surveillance strategy was, what this second surveillance strategy is and then what the future might look like.

Ghazan Jamal is a first year international student from Pakistan studying Public Policy at the Humphrey School. His concentration area is Disaster and Crisis management and is also doing a minor in Human Rights. His work focuses on providing Humanitarian relief in conflict zones in South Asia and then transitioning such assistance into more sustained culturally appropriate developmental projects.

Water Quality Improvement in Tanzania: Two Disciplines, Three Methods, Four Communities, One Piece of Cloth
Kate Johnston (School of Public Health)

Many communities across the developing world are water insecure due to climate change, natural disaster, or insufficient water systems. Socio-ecological variation means success of generalized approaches varies depending on locale. While communities may desire to increase their adaptive capacity, systemic solutions proposed by national and international agencies are unsuitable for various reasons. Applying three point of use interventions introduced to four Tanzanian communities in 2011, I present a capacity-building strategy approaching technology-based solutions in effectiveness, while remaining minimal in cost, time, effort and raw materials.

Kate Johnston holds two B.A.s in Communications and Women's Studies from the University of St. Catherine. For her undergraduate achievements she was selected to receive the Thomas More Award and the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Award for Leadership. She is currently a second year PHAP student in the School of Public Health, capping 15 years of work in medical organization support.

Leveraging Agriculture for Improved Nutrition
Britta Hansen (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, MDP)

There has and does exist a pervasive assumption that agriculture and production oriented development projects will improve the nutrition of the participants, nutrition outcomes are often included for this reason. However the current literature around agriculture's ability to support improved nutrition and health is less straightforward. Agriculture->nutrition pathways are not direct, there are many biological, social, environmental,  and behavioral  factors that influence impacts on nutrition. Current studies have found mixed results of agricultural interventions ability to positively influence nutrition in poor countries. L. Haddad (2000) has created a conceptual framework that outlines the pathways wherein agriculture is most likely to affect nutrition. This presentation will draw from the work of Haddad, Pinstrup-Anderson and others to explain potential implications for practitioners and outline best practices for organizations and researchers. I will also use examples form my own work in Bolivia on irrigation and agriculture improvements and the nutrition related outcomes.

Britta Hansen is a 2nd year graduate student in International Development Practice at the Humphrey School. Her work focuses on the potential role of agriculture to improve family nutrition and well-being in poor countries. She has lived and worked in Bolivia and Liberia and currently works in program evaluation for rural nutrition programs at the U of M.

Propagation of Community Involvement: A West African Medical Missions Model
Gabriel Schlough (College of Continuing Education)

I hope to discuss present operations and future aspirations of of West African Medical Missions (WAMM) during the IPID Student Conference. WAMM engages international students with a passion to serve in Sierra Leone between the months of May to September annually. Our mission statement is to strengthen existing health capacities in West Africa through community empowerment and civic engagement. Student teams work to address specific goals and objectives set forth by local community leaders in each district they operate in. Our approach utilizes the unique backgrounds each international volunteer can apply towards addressing community health needs, with an emphasis on strengthening through education. Our goal is to create systems with local structures to cultivate leaders within the communities of Sierra Leone, while also providing structured experiences for international volunteers to develop leadership skills. Our long-term vision is to, one day no longer send international volunteers abroad to provide health capacity strengthening, but to have local health leaders in place to provide sustenance to program strengthening activities.

Gabriel Schlough is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities College of Continuing Education. He received an Inter-Disciplinary BS in Anthropology, Public Health, and Health Sciences (Neuroscience). He first traveled to Sierra Leone in 2009 to observe the health care system present and create a volunteer program for international students to assist in strengthening the health of Sierra Leone. Initially he was shocked by the lack of options available for international students to address health disparities abroad with programs that were mutual beneficial for both parties. Since his first trip to Sierra Leone, he created West African Medical Missions Inc. He has been invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for his work abroad.

Conference Moderator: Erin Collinson (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, MDP)

Erin Collinson moved to Minneapolis in August to pursue a Masters of Development Practice degree. Originally from the Chicago area, she attended Denison University and graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Erin spent the better part of the last six years working in the U.S. Senate. Her job responsibilities focused primarily on domestic agriculture and environmental policy. This summer, she will team up with three other MDP students to support the capacity building efforts of USAID Senegal.

Film Screening: "This Is What Democracy Looks Like"

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democracy-dvdcover.jpgOn Friday, February 24 at 7:30pm, IPID will screening the film This Is What Democracy Looks Like, a 70-minute activist film documenting the protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in late 1999. The screening will be at the apartment of Humphrey School students Brandon Wu and Mary Small. Please RSVP either on the Facebook event page or by emailing

About the Film:

This Is What Democracy Looks Like
documents the mass protest against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in late 1999 - the event that created the first widespread awareness of the so-called "global justice movement" that fueled huge demonstrations around the world in the late 1990s until the early post-9/11 era.

No attempt at objectivity is made here - this is a film by activists trying to get across their point of view on what happened in the streets of Seattle in late November and early December 1999. But regardless of your perspective,
This Is What Democracy Looks Like vividly shows why late 1999 seemed like such a pivotal time in the shaping of global economic policies. For global justice activists, it was a time of hope when it seemed that solidarity across nations and interest groups might prevail against corporate power. For proponents of the international trade system, it was a frustrating time when seemingly irrational masses were impeding progress on a global scale.

In painting a vibrant picture of the 1999 Seattle uprising,
This Is What Democracy Looks Like should spur conversation on a number of issues, including global economic policy, international solidarity, social movements, corporate vs. independent media, police/protester dynamics, etc. After the film, Humphrey School student Brandon Wu, who was involved in the global justice movement from 1999-2002 and worked professionally on trade policy issues from 2005-2010, will lead a discussion.

Refreshments will be provided.


Film Showing: "Crude"

Crude_poster_final.jpgThis Friday, December 9 at 7pm, IPID is hosting a screening of the film Crude at the apartment of Humphrey students Brandon Wu and Mary Small. If you're interested in Latin America, oil exploration, environmental degradation, indigenous rights, international law, transnational social movements, etc. etc., come check it out.  Please RSVP either at the Facebook event page - - or directly to Brandon Wu,

About Crude:

From 1972 to 1993, Texaco (now Chevron) conducted oil drilling operations in a swath of the Ecuadorian jungle about the size of Rhode Island. When Texaco ceased operations in Ecuador, it left behind nearly 1,000 open-air waste pits, massive environmental damage and a legacy of public health problems for indigenous people in the area.

In 1993, 30,000 Ecuadorian indigenous people initiated the largest environmental justice case in history, suing Texaco for $27 billion in damages. The wildly eventful case lasted 18 years, until finally in February of this year an Ecuadorian judge ordered Chevron to pay $9 billion in damages.

Crude, which opened at the Sundance Festival in 2009 and has won dozens of awards, tells the story of the people, activists, and lawyers behind the case, and also includes interviews with Chevron representatives. In 2010, Chevron sued the filmmaker as well, so the film has truly become part of the legacy of this massively significant case.

Brandon Wu and Mary Small, two Humphrey School students who worked briefly with Frente de Defensa de la Amazonía, the Ecuadorian organization representing the indigenous plaintiffs, will host the film screening on behalf of IPID and lead a discussion afterwards.

For more information: (Frente de Defensa de la Amazonía; website in Spanish) (Chevron's website on the case)

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