October 3, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS (March 22, 2016) — The Asian American Studies Program, of the College of Liberal Arts, at the University of Minnesota has released its updated calendar of events.

API Activate: Connecting Leaders at All Levels
On March 4, Asian American Studies, Asian American Student Union, Hmong Minnesota Student Association, and the Coalition of Asian American Leaders collaborated to host API ACTIVATE, a networking/career-speed-dating event for U of MN students, community members, and APIA professionals from various fields (Arts, Education, Policy, Business, Nonprofit). It was a space for students and community members to build professional connections, learn from each other, and to explore personal and leadership development.

Friday, March 25 :: 1:30pm-3pm
Givens Conference Room, 120 Elmer Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave S, Minneapolis

America’s long history of violence began with the killing and displacement of its indigenous peoples. Later, largely as a result of slavery, the Civil War nearly tore the country apart. The U.S. is a world leader in gun ownership per capita, in murders committed by guns and in numbers of citizens incarcerated. Domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sex trafficking continue to be serious, yet often ignored problems, and places we expect to be safe – homes, schools, theaters, hospitals – have sometimes experienced bloodshed and murder. Violence in video games, television, and film has become more graphic and explicit, and extreme aggression in professional sports now results in brain and other life-shortening injuries. Join a discussion about potential factors implicated in violence including: changes in popular culture; a public/private prison industry focused more on profit than rehabilitation; pervasive attitudes regarding mental health; and the systemic roles of sexism and racism. In addition to understanding causal links, learn more about potential solutions. How can we create a society focused on conflict resolution through pragmatic, peaceful means?

March 26 :: 11am-5pm

Comstock Ballroom, U of MN campus

Reserve for the Spring Retreat using this link or the “Ticket URL” above:

Come join Viivcnaus’ Spring Retreat 2016! We have lots of great things in store for you all. This is a retreat and workshop in one. This is FREE of cost! Lunch will be serve from 11-11:30am (lunch will be potluck style, provided by Viivncaus boards. However, if you want to show off your awesome cooking skils and want to bring something to share, feel free to do so!). The first half will be a workshop related to divorce women which Xibfwb Bee will be leading. The second half will be consisting of games and bonding time.

Friday, April 1 :: 4pm-6pm

Social Sciences Building #614, West Bank, U of MN


It’s conference season, a time when scholars travel far and wide to convene with their peers to present their research, promote their latest book, or exchange resources. Four Asian American Studies Graduate students will share their conference papers, followed by a brief discussion of the nuts and bolts of the conference experience. Come experience what it is like to present at the Association for Asian American Studies national conference!
Moderated by AAS Faculty Dr. Elliott Powell. Light refreshments provided.

Thursday, April 21 :: 6pm-9pm

Immigration History Research Center, 311 Elmer L. Andersen Library (U of MN), 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

Refugees fleeing war and persecution have sought refuge and made new homes in Minnesota over the past sixty years. Join us to explore Minnesota’s unique history as a place of resettlement for refugees from Europe, Asia, and Africa and consider the state’s role in the ongoing global refugee crisis today. Speakers include: Abdi Roble, Executive Director of the Somali Documentary Project, László G. Fülöp, Hungarian American Coalition Vice President, and Mai Na Lee, Professor of History and Asian American Studies.

In an exciting book launch event, award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang will also read from her new book The Song Poet, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children’s future in America. A light reception will take place in between the two events, with a book signing with Kao Kalia Yang following her reading.

The event is Free, but registrations are required.
Please register at: z.umn.edu/SeekingRefuge
March 24 :: 5pm-8pm
Midpointe Event Center, 415 Pascal Street North, Saint Paul

6th Annual Fundraiser in Celebration of a New Day for Hmong Women

Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together envisions a world where Hmong women and girls are valued and supported to achieve their highest potential in all of their roles. We work hard to address the disparities of gender inequity by working with our allies to empower Hmong women. Through our Hmong Women’s Leadership Institute, we cultivate leaders and give them tools to seek solutions that inspire the lives of others and better their communities. Our intergenerational retreats bridge gender and generational divides. Our reach and impact in the community is transformational, but we need your help to sustain this very important work. Please join us in supporting and strengthening the foundation for Hmong women and their families. Join us for the 6th Annual Fundraiser in Celebrating a New Day for Hmong Women to support our programs and operations.
The mission of Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together is to be a catalyst for lasting cultural, institutional, and social change to improve the lives of Hmong women.
Keynote Speaker(s)

​Tou Ger Bennett Xiong & Andrea Bennett Xiong
​Tickets are $30/person. Purchase here.

April 1-2, 7-9, 13-16, at 7:30 pm  ::  April 3 & 10, at 2:30 pm

Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
Conference of the Birds metaphorically maps out the journey of the human ego and the quest for truth. Based on a 12th-century Sufi poem by Farid Ud-Din Attar, the script was adapted by Meena Natarajan and directed by Dipankar Mukherjee. Ensemble members include Sandra Agustin, Ricardo Beaird, Heidi Berg, Adlyn Carreras, Beverly Cottman, Maryam Houshyar, Masa Kawahara, Tom LaBlanc, Alberto Panelli, and Atquetzali Quiroz. The artistic team includes musician Dan Rein, lighting designer Mike Wangen, costume designer Jeff Stolz, and choreographer Sandra Agustin.

Tickets are $18 General Admission // $15 Groups of 10 or more // $12 Students and Seniors.

What impact do you want to make in the world?
How can you use your research and scholarship to make a difference—whether locally or globally, whatever your field?
How do you begin to tackle a problem that crosses disciplines, public and private sectors, and even national boundaries?
Want to learn more?

The Graduate School Fellows Summer Institute will help you answer these questions while connecting you with other Ph.D. students and postdocs in an intensive week of learning.

​ ​

In project-based teams, participants will learn from leading University of Minnesota faculty and staff, community practitioners and innovative thinkers about self-awareness and team dynamics; collaborative leadership; idea generation and innovation; and research design for discipline-spanning, 21st-century societal challenges.

​ ​

This week-long learning program focuses on the skills, approaches and methodologies necessary to successfully engage the most critical challenges of our time. The intensive, cohort-based program offers a series of integrated modules designed to introduce participants to key concepts related to team dynamics, collaborative leadership, and solving large, real-world problems—from ensuring clean water and sustainable ecosystems to fostering just and equitable communities. Participants will complete a self-assessment prior to the start of the GSFSI to assess their leadership style. Learning will be lively and engaged, with time provided for reflection and small group work.

​Application Deadline: March 30
Notification of Acceptance: April 15
Fellowship Dates: August 15-19, 2016
The Institute for Global Studies offers the Dunn Peace Research Scholarship, available to current UMN undergrad and graduate students. The J. W. G. Dunn, Jr., Scholarship for Foreign Research on International Peace was developed to provide an annual award for a University of Minnesota student to pursue research abroad dealing with issues of direct relevance to international peace.
Detailed scholarship application guidelines are available

​ on the ​


Questions can be directed to Lydia Brosnahan, scholarship coordinator at the Institute for Global Studies: (612) 626-3950 or [email protected].
Application deadline: Noon, Friday, April 15, 2016
​* Please ignore grammatical errors. It’s Monday.​
For more information on UM Asian American Studies and events contact Saymoukda Vongsay, community outreach coordinator, at 612-625-4813 or [email protected]. To learn more about Asian American Studies: http://www.aas.umn.edu.