Unless otherwise noted, sessions are held every other Tuesday from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs during the fall and spring semesters.
November 4 – Lee Munnich on Industry Clusters and International Competitiveness
November 18 – Fred Morrison on Sovereign Debt Default
December 2 – Karen Rhone on Islamic Finance
October 21, 2014 Christopher N.J. Roberts, Associate Professor, Law School, and Faculty Affiliate, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota will on "International Human Rights in History: Letting the Bad Men and Women Have Their Say." The history of modern international human rights is generally told from the perspective of its greatest supporters. But it is impossible to fully understand human rights or address the multitude of persistent and tragic contemporary human rights problems without first understanding the substantial opposition that emerged against the concept after World War II. In this talk, Christopher Roberts asks three questions about three surprising opponents whose stories offer unique insights into what human rights are and how to make them stronger. Why in 1947 did Mahatma Gandhi suggest that the rights within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) were “usurpation(s) hardly worth fighting for”? What inspired the acclaimed author E. B. White to ridicule the canonical UDHR in The New Yorker’s Notes & Comment section as a “long, rambling essay that discusses everything except women’s hairdos”? And why did the 1951 Pulitzer Prize Board award its highest journalistic honor to William Fitzpatrick for his series of articles warning Americans about the grave “threat” of human rights treaties?
October 7, 2014 Anu Ramaswami , Denny Chair Professor of Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs will speak on:"Building Sustainable and Healthy Cities: A Social-Ecological-Infrastructural Systems Approach." Cities would not function without infrastructures that provide water, energy, food, shelter, waste management, public spaces and mobility/connectivity to more than half the world’s people living in them today. How do these infrastructures interact with people, with the natural system and with each other across spatial scale? Is there a unified framework that can help design infrastructures and institutions to achieve multiple (and often competing) objectives encompassing environmental sustainability, risk/resiliency and public health? This presentation will present a systems framework and a pilot program in 5-steps that helps design coupled social-infrastructural solutions to build sustainable and healthy cities.
September 23, 2014 Gilles Guyot, Professor of Management, Jean Moulin University 3, Lyon on "The University Confronts Globalization." Among the numerous concepts developed around globalization, one of the most relevant is the “knowledge society.” The university stands at the heart of the system that creates and transmits the required knowledge, but it can act with greatest effectiveness only if it is global. Many universities on all continents have evolved from exchanges of students and faculties in the languages decades ago to such exchanges in business and engineering the eighties, to University-wide programs offering double or triple degrees, to offshore programs awarding foreign degrees today. Professor Guyot argues, however, that truly globalized universities must deepen their approach by putting globalization at heart of their strategy and connecting with partners in all of the main regions of the world in all aspects of teaching and research. Professor Guyot has pioneered school and university internationalization in France where he has served as chancellor of Jean Moulin University 3, dean of its business school, and president of the French association of business schools He will share his wealth of experience on schooland university globalization with us.
September 9, 2014 Shannon Golden and James Ron, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, on "Human Rights Cynics: Negative Perceptions of Human Rights in Mexico." Human rights scholars, practitioners, and policymakers often argue that the spread of human rights ideas to the grassroots is blocked by negative public opinion, such as perceptions that human rights: 1) protect criminals, 2) promote urban interests, and 3) promote foreign values and ideas. Indeed, in interviewing human rights professionals in Mexico—a hotbed of local human rights organizing—we found such ideas touted as major challenges to local rights work. To provide an empirical test of these assertions, we surveyed a nationally representative sample of Mexicans (n=2400), measuring their associations with the term “human rights.” We model their negative associations, focusing particularly on the impacts of religious participation, political participation, conservatism, global connectivity, local crime rates, exposure to human rights language, and participation in human rights activities. We find some factors matter less than expected (such as conservatism and connectivity), some matter more (such as Church participation and crime rates), and some matter much differently than we anticipated (such as familiarity with human rights).
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