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The Changing Challenges of the Middle East in the Trump Era


Date: Monday, May 20, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Location: Meisel Room at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, 55403,



 William O. Beeman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He has conducted research in the Middle East for more than 40 years with special expertise in Iran and the Persian Gulf region. His expertise has been widely sought as advisor to the U.S. State Department, the Department of Defense, the United Nations, and the European Union. He is author or editor of more than 100 scholarly articles, 500 opinion pieces and 14 books, including Language, Status and Power in Iran, and The "Great Satan" vs. the "Mad Mullahs": How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other. In addition, he has written extensively on music and performance traditions both in Western and non-Western traditions. His latest book on this topic is Iranian Performance Traditions. He is currently Visiting Scholar at Stanford University where he is completing two books: Understanding Iran, and Music, Emotion and Evolution.  

Sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions MinnesotaUnited Nations Association of Minnesota, and Middle East Peace Now


Minnesota United Nations History Project

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How have Minnesotans contributed to the United Nations in the past 75 years?


The Minnesota Historical Society has awarded a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage grant to the Citizens for Global Solutions - Minnesota for The Minnesota United Nations History Project. This project aims to create a digitized Minnesota United Nations (UN) History Resource File.

As part of this project, CGS will be collecting and, documenting the work, events, and activities of Minnesotans that have helped fulfill the goals of the UN in addressing contemporary problems.

Do you or someone you know have a story to share? If you know individuals that we should speak to about the history of the UN in Minnesota, please send us an email at cfgsmn@gmail.com.

featured resources

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Translated from French, Mondial means, “of or involving the whole world.”  This newsletter will be published twice a year, once in December/January and again June/July.  Most articles are authored by international contributors and advocates for world federation and increased global cooperation.  The remaining pages (p. 2-3 and 22-26 in this edition) are from Citizens for Global Solutions, the largest US member of WFM. 
Thank you!  This would not be possible without your continued support.

>> Access Individual Articles

Hard copies of Mondial are available by request to all members or donors who have given at least $25 a year to CGS.  If you wish to order your free hard copy, please click here.

Peacemakers of Minnesota video series

The Peacemakers of Minnesota Video Series is a collection of interviews of key individuals who have been part of the peace and justice movement in Minnesota for decades.  The project was conceived and interviews were conducted by Ehtasham Anwar (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center.  Videos were recorded by Suhail Ahmed (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center. The project was supervised by Dick Bernard, president (2005-07) of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers and then-vice-president of Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota.  



October 2018