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Communiqué WINTER EDITION 2012 | Bringing the World to Minnesota and Minnesota to the World
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Portrait of Turkey
MIC’s yearlong focus on Turkey will culminate in a public program when three of the four Minnesota teachers who participated in the study tour to Turkey earlier this year will talk about their experiences on the trip and discuss how they plan to incorporate all they learned about Turkey into their classroom curriculum. Good News! MIC has been selected to participate in the 2013 Portrait of Turkey program which means that we will be sending another FOUR middle/ high school teachers to Turkey for a two-week summer study tour. All those interested in applying needs to attend a mandatory workshop (tentatively scheduled for March 2, 2013) and submit an essay application which will be due by March 11, 2013. The December panel discussion is free and open to the entire community. Any teachers who might be interested in participating in the 2013 study tour are strongly encouraged to attend this event as they will be able to get first-hand information from this year’s study tour participants.
Cosponsors: Turkish Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) When: Tuesday, December 11; registration 5:30 P; program 6:00 - 7:00 P Where: Community Meeting Room, Edina Library, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina Cost: Free; advance registration requested
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
U.S. Foreign Policy Update with Tom Hanson Join MIC for the ever-popular “U.S. Foreign Policy Update” with Tom Hanson. Tom will explore foreign policy development, trends and challenges faced by the United States during the run-up to and aftermath of the 2012 elections and in the upcoming year. This timely and thought-provoking presentation is especially recommended for participants in MIC’s Great Decisions program as Tom always gives illuminating insights into foreign policy topics. Tom Hanson is a Foreign Policy Consultant and a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, participated in the opening of new U.S. Embassies in Mongolia and Estonia. He worked on the foreign relations committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. Currently, Tom serves as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota – Duluth, is a member of MIC’s Great Decisions advisory committee and frequent Great Decisions speaker. He is also a Board Member of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, U.S. Foundation. Register today. This event sells out each year. M IN N ESOTA I N T ER NAT I O NAL C EN T ER
When: Tuesday, January 29, 2013; registration 5:30 P; program 6:00 - 7:30 P; reception Where: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis. Parking is available at the 19th Avenue Ramp Cost: MIC members and students $5; (World Affairs Vouchers accepted; to redeem email email@example.com or call 612.625.4644); Nonmembers $20 Advance registration required. J oin t h e C on v ersation
Winter Edition 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Monday, January 28, 2013
Join other MIC members for an evening in Ecuador at Chimborazo. Sample cassava croquettes, green plantain dumplings, roast pork with llapingachos, mole and tomato-onion curtido, and tres leches cake along with other traditional Ecuadorian dishes. Meet and chat with the chef/owner Marcus Pinguil and Ecuadorian Consul General Silvia Ontaneda-Andrade. When: Monday, December 10, 2012; 6:30 – 8:30 P
Take winter to the next level - visit Russia by way of Moscow on the Hill, an award-winning restaurant in St. Paul. The spectacular menu will include their borscht, a favorite of Twin Cities’ diners, and other Russian delights such as pelmeni (stuffed dumplings), givetch (a vegetarian stew), and chicken kebobs, accompanied by rice pilaf, mashed potatoes and winter vegetables. Dessert will be blintzes with fruit and vanilla cream cheese. Russian guests will be on hand to lead you through the maze of the 300 types of vodka. When: Monday, January 28, 2013; 6:30 – 8:30 P
Where: Chimborazo, 2851 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Where: Moscow on the Hill, 371 Selby Avenue, St. Paul
Cost: $35 per person, prix fixe. Cash bar for wine and beer. Advance registration required
Cost: $35 per person, prix fixe. Cash bar for wine and beer. Advance registration required
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Thursday, December 13
Regional Transboundary Waters The Consulate General of Canada, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the Freshwater Society, Environment Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the Minnesota International Center, invites you to a forum on regional transboundary waters. While this half-day forum will be important for scientists, researchers, teachers, students, policy makers, officials, anyone interested in learning more about efforts to improve the health of Minnesota’s and Manitoba’s waters within the Red River Basin and Lake Winnipeg Watershed is invited to attend. Watch for details as they become available. MIN N ESOTA I N T ER NAT I O NAL C EN T ER
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Future of Korea A panel discussion with representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, in collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute. The speakers will address political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S. Korea relations.Watch for details as they become available. J oin t h e C on v ersation
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Wednesday, February 6; 3:00 – 6:00 P
Think Globally, Quiz Locally … and in Washington, D.C. In recognition of the more scholarly aspect of Academic WorldQuest compared with the “fun” atmosphere of Community WorldQuest, MIC has separated the two competitions and will be hosting an Academic WorldQuest competition solely for high school students. The winning team of four students will represent Minnesota at the National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington D.C. on April 27, 2013. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to promote and celebrate international learning, as well as for the winning team to enjoy an all-expenses paid opportunity to compete in Washington, D.C. This event is being sponsored by David Winton Bell Foundation and General Mills and will be held at General Mills’ headquarters in Golden Valley. Registration is free, but transportation to General Mills is not provided. More details to come soon - we hope to see you and your team there!
WorldQuest was a Nail Biter this Year!
MIC’s 12th Annual WorldQuest Trivia competition, held at the beginning of November, featured 36 teams from throughout the Twin Cities, answering questions ranging from names of North Korean politicians to Canadian provinces. This year’s first place team was EcoLab’s Trivia Misfits, winning by a single point. The joint second-place teams - The Consulate General of Canada, the United Nations of Minnesota Blue Hats, and the Advocates for Human Rights – eventually finished in that order – after two tie-breakers. Overall, it was a very competitive event with 20 teams finishing within 10 points of the lead. WorldQuest was a success this year thanks to the sponsorship of our corporate member, General Mills, and others who partnered with MIC. We are planning a 13th competition next year and it’s never too early to start studying! • • •
It’s fun, entertaining and knowledgeable, great team bonding experience, an opportunity to test your world knowledge. It’s the best fun in the Twin Cities. It’s much more than the fact that it’s fun, and we learn so much. It’s that it opens our minds, makes us better global citizens, and promotes our team spirit. Comments from some of this year’s WorldQuest participants | 3
Bringing the World to Minnesota and Minnesota to the World
Did You Miss the 2012 Great Decisions Conference on Global Health?
Well, 150 attendees, including a large group of students whose participation was underwritten by a generous anonymous donor, didn’t. They received insights from keynote speaker, Lois Quam, executive director of the U.S. State Department’s Global Health Initiative, on the importance of health for all countries. She noted that, while it is important to promote health at home, it is also essential to improve health abroad, since overseas travel has made illnesses move around the world far more easily than before. Tom Hanson, foreign policy consultant, set the stage for the conference theme, while Fred de Sam Lazaro, PBS News hour correspondent, outlined the importance of media coverage of global health stories, and Wendy Bennett, MIC board member, discussed how communities can collaborate to have a meaningful impact. Our knowledgeable panel included Dr. Gene Bukhman (Harvard Medical School), Michael Finch (Carlson School of Management), Dr. John Finnegan (U of M School of Public Health), Dr. Jacob Gayle (Medtronic Foundation), Simon Stevens (United Health Group) and John Rash (Star Tribune), who shared their informed views on global health and how their respective industries approach the issue Overall, the conference was a great success with students, global health leaders and the internationally curious; all meeting to learn about the importance of global health not only for Minnesota, but for the world as well.
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Really enjoyed the panel discussion because it provided many different viewpoints. It was a great review of the many difficulties and facets of helping to develop health care systems around the world. (Enjoyed) the panel discussion addressing the same questions from different perspectives. It was all valuable - great way to spend a day. Comments from conference attendees
I am so impressed by the programming you have built there. It was a wonderful event to take part in and really inspired a number of ideas in me for Great Decisions in Columbus. Comment from Columbus, OH World Affairs Council representative who attended the conference
Winter Edition 2012
Changing the Conversation
“With 87 percent of market growth in the world in this century expected to occur outside the United States, a metropolitan area or company that does not position itself today to compete in the global marketplace will fall behind. “ Minneapolis-Saint Paul Export Plan Metro Export Initiative, Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, 2012
Letter from the President I am one of many community leaders who have been asked to serve on the MSP Export Initiative project this year. Our team is focusing on “Selling MSP to the World” and discussing ways to increase our region’s global fluency and providing our citizens with the skills, knowledge and perspectives necessary to understand and work effectively to thrive in today’s world. At its heart, this means we have to change the conversation – making trade and exports a key part of everyday business discussion in Minnesota.
issues and challenges of our interconnected world. •
I have been reflecting on the ways the Minnesota International Center helps expand and change the conversation on global issues and education in our state:
We are investing in Minnesota’s children and tomorrow’s globally-minded workforce through our K-12 Education initiatives, such as our Academic WorldQuest for high schools in February. We have expanded Minnesota teachers’ knowledge about another country and culture through our Spotlight on Turkey program. Once again, through a competitive process, MIC has secured funding to send four more Minnesota teachers to Turkey this summer and they in turn, will share their experiences in Turkey with their students for years to come.
The upcoming Foreign Policy update by Tom Hanson at the end of January is a prime example of understanding the United States’ role in various regions of the world.
Every day we seek to change the conversation in Minnesota as we educate and inspire Minnesotans to promote international understanding and engagement. Our programming for communities, classrooms, businesses and in homes strengths the global fabric of our state.
Our business briefings, undertaken in partnership with prominent law or accounting firms, offer advice and expertise on trade and export issues. The most recent was a China Town Hall, with a webcast from the U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, and a frank discussion by an expert about the opportunities for a new class of Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in Minnesota. Our recent Great Decisions conference, focusing on global health, aligned perfectly with one of the strategies of the Brookings Institution export plan – that of helping Minnesota reinforce its earned reputation as a global health center. Our partnership with the Star Tribune, offering monthly articles on Great Decisions topics, pertinent to the global
You are an integral part of changing the conversation and we couldn’t do what we do at MIC without you. Best wishes for a joyful holiday season from all of us at MIC!
Carol Engebretson Byrne, President
PS: Don’t forget to view MIC’s Annual Report on our website. It’ll remind you of all the great programs we offered in 2012.
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