Humphrey School News—July 28, 2020

Humphrey School Announces Final Summer Seminars

Final four seminars will wrap up the series that started in June, and has attracted over 600 viewers

In the first week of June, the Humphrey School launched its inaugural Summer Seminar Series. These virtual conversations take place every Thursday, pairing faculty members with current students and alumni to discuss important policy conversations with present-day implications. To date, over 600 viewers have joined us for these conversations.

As the summer comes to a close, we are pleased to announce the final four seminars in the series:

Can the U.S. Restore Its Global Leadership?

When: Thursday, July 30 at noon
Who: Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin and current MPP student Isaac Russell and alumnus JR Swanson (MPP '20)
What: This virtual event on global policy features Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin in conversation with MPP student Isaac Russell and alumnus JR Swanson (MPP '20). They will discuss the United States’ standing as a global leader, what challenges—both recent and historical—have impacted that standing, and how we as a country might restore that leadership role.

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COVID-19 and Labor Market Impacts

When: Thursday, August 6 at 1:00 pm
Who: Professor Morris Kleiner and 2020 MPP alumnus Nick Stumo-Langer
What: Professor Morris Kleiner and alumnus Nick Stumo-Langer (MPP ‘20) will address the following questions surrounding COVID-19 and the labor market:

  • What impact did public policies responding to the health crisis to mandate business closures have on the labor market, including unemployment and wage changes by sectors in the economy?

  • How did the government impact the health care sector by relaxing occupational licensing policies?

  • What are the implications for a potential recovery, and what will be the income distribution effects?

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COVID-19 and the Globally Displaced: The Pandemic's Impact on Refugees and Other Forced Migrants

When: Thursday, August 13 at Noon
Who: Refugees International President Eric Schwartz; incoming faculty member Dipali Mukhopadhyay; and Humphrey School Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin [See image above]
What: How is the COVID-19 pandemic impacting refugee populations across the globe? Refugees International President and former Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz, incoming global policy faculty member Dipali Mukhopadhyay, and Humphrey School Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin will explore critical issues affecting refugees and internally displaced people, as well as the global community's response.

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Human Rights in Action: Student Activism, Methods, and Strategies

When: Thursday, August 20 at Noon
Who: Senior Fellow Janet Walsh, Yolanda Burkhardt (MHR '21), Nkuli Shongwe (MHR '21), and 2020 MHR alumni Sarah Allis, Paul Olubayo, and Raven Ziegler
What: Students in the University of Minnesota’s Master of Human Rights program are often asked, “What exactly are you studying?” and “What will you do with your degree?” For answers, just look at what students and alumni are doing right now. They are actively promoting racial justice, equality, and human rights in the Twin Cities and beyond, using methods they honed in their studies. These Master of Human Rights alumni will discuss how they are using their skills to champion human rights at this crucial time. 
This event is organized in collaboration with Yolanda Burkhardt (MHR ‘21), Vanesa Mercado Diaz (MHR ‘21), and Bailey Sutter (MHR ‘22).

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You can watch recordings of all previous Summer Seminar Series conversations on the Humphrey School's YouTube page.

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