Third Thursday
Global Issues Forums

The Third Thursday Global Issues Forum is a monthly presentation and discussion that aims to promote understanding and foster dialogue about global issues. Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota brings in one or more expert presenters for each Forum. All programs are jointly sponsored by the United Nations Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.


Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:45-8:45 p.m.

"U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES: Why Isn’t the U.S. Leading?"

Presenter:  Kristi Rudelius-Palmer (left): Executive Director, Human Rights Resource Center, and Human Rights Education Ambassador, Youthrive.

Presenter: Amanda Lyons (right): Executive Director, University of Minnesota, Human Rights Center

United Nations human rights treaties are important tools for building world-wide understanding and cooperation. They can be used to pressure governments to uphold the rights of all - including indigenous peoples, immigrants, women, children, the LGBT communities, individuals discriminated on the basis of their racial or religious identities, and persons with disabilities. In this interactive session, our guest experts will explore: 

  • What is the history of human rights treaty ratification by the U.S.?  How has this changed over time, and why? 
  • Which of the treaties deemed most important for world-wide cooperation have yet to be ratified by the Senate?
  • Who is opposing their ratification, and who is working for ratification? 
  • What actions can we take to advance human rights by advocating for ratification and implementation of these treaties?

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.

"Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)"

Presenter:  Kaela Berg, Director, MN Fair Trade Coalition


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Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:45 – 8:45pm:

"Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation"

Presenter: Dr. Karen I. Shragg

Overpopulation needs to come back into our discourse, but in a new way. GONE must be any question about why we are going to wrestle with this issue again. We are going to do this because it is necessary. It is necessary but ONLY if we want to be successful in our progressive goals. If you want to address poverty, traffic, or water scarcity you must have the overpopulation discussion. It is humane, it is necessary and it is overdue. Come to this talk to see why. 

Karen is a lifelong environmentalist, naturalist, educator, author and overpopulation activist. She began her career as a naturalist in 1983 and as the director of the City of Richfield’s Wood Lake Nature Center in 1991.  She is passionate about the role nature centers can make in keeping communities thriving. Karen received her doctorate from the University of St. Thomas in 2002 where she studied critical pedagogy and its implications for the future of nature centers. She writes children’s books, the most well-known of which is the Nature’s Yucky series by Mountain Press. As a member of the advisory board of the non-profit “World Population Balance,” she has become deeply alarmed by the lack of discourse surrounding the overpopulation crisis. In2015, her book Move Upstream, A Call for Overpopulation was published. She is currently working on a documentary short film called, “Move Upstream”.

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:45 – 8:45pm:


Presenter: Catherine Guisan

Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:45 – 8:45pm:

Location TBD / dinner event

"World Law Day"

Presenter: Shawn Otto, author of “The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It”


THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017,  6:45 – 8:45pm

"Global Migration"

Presenter: TBD

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THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017,  6:45 – 8:45pm

“Russia and U.S. Relations”

Presenter: Nick Hayes

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

DINNER COST: $30 per person; $15 for students and those with limited income

  •  6:00pm: Hors d'oeuvres
  •  6:30pm: Dinner Served
  •  7:15pm: Business Meeting
  •  7:30pm: Keynote Speaker

All programs are FREE and open to the public:
6:45 PM to 8:45 PM

Location: Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church: 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

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