Institute for Global Studies
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-9007
Fax: 612-626-2242


The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) creates an environment for students and scholars at the University of Minnesota to investigate the sets of interrelated processes forming today's increasingly interdependent world. IGS provides a vibrant curriculum for students, brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, and works with the community to create partnerships examining global issues.

IGS is designated a comprehensive National Resource Center in International Studies by the United States Department of Education. To read the project narrative and appendices, click here.


News and Information

2014 Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

April 17 & 18, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

303 & 324 Coffman Memorial Union

The Second Annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC) is organized and hosted by the Departments of Asian Languages, and Literatures, German, Scandinavian and Dutch, French and Italian Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and the Institute for Global Studies. Presentations will be held in a variety of languages.

Students participating in the UIC will have the opportunity to experience all the rigor and fun of a professional academic conference: there will be panels of student researchers and writers, moderated discussion and a keynote speaker.

For more information on the conference, see the Conference web site


Ohanessian Dialogues: Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda


Sponsorship made possible in part by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation.

The Institute for Global Studies in partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program is hosting a series of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The events are scheduled for April 16, 17 and 19, 2014. The program includes a public conference, a student conference, and a K-16 educator workshop.

The objectives of the commemorative events are: promoting public understanding of what happened in Rwanda; discussing what were the immediate responses of the international community to the violence; and exploring the long-term consequences that the cataclysmic failure to prevent the genocide has on international policy and action.

For detailed information, see the Genocide and Its Aftermaths website.


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