News and Perspectives


Gender, Sexuality, and Taxis: An Interview With Elliot James

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

by Amelie Hyams

Why should we pay attention to gender and sexuality in something as benign as setting up a business?

Elliot James, Assistant Professor of African History and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris, looks at how gender and sexuality are not typically factored into business models, and yet they play a significant part in normal operations.

Read the full story on the OED blog.


Amineh Safi's Remarks at 2017 Humphrey School Commencement

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Amineh Safi is a Syrian-French-Muslim-American who is active on campus and in the community as a champion of diversity, equity and civil rights. She has spoken frequently about Islam to help counter inaccurate and misleading portrayals of Muslims in the media and popular culture. She earned a BA in psychology and political science in 2014 from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and received her Master of Public Policy degree at the Humphrey School commencement ceremony Saturday [May 13, 2017]. 


On 'difficult names'

Friday, May 12, 2017

by UyênThi Tran Myhre

“give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” ― Warsan Shire

My parents didn’t plan on having me, their sixth and youngest child, but they did choose my name carefully: UyênThi. This name is special for a lot of reasons. For one, the letters in it echo the spellings of my five older siblings’ names. Its abbreviation, út, means baby of the family. Hidden in my name is my mother (turn the symbol on the “e” upside-down and you get a “v,” which is hugging the “en” of my name. Ven: my mother’s name). My dad is reflected in my name as well. He wanted it to be one word, no space: UyênThi, not Uyên Thi. Since Vietnamese is a monosyllabic language, this tends to confuse Vietnamese people outside my family. They want to shorten my name and call me Uyên or Thi.


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