What we're about

From the 2nd grader to the CEO, Global Minnesota connects individuals, organizations, and communities to the world. Through unique programs offered from the Twin Cities to Greater Minnesota, Global Minnesota takes relevant and timely information on international issues, foreign policy, and cultural topics, and provides the space and opportunity for Minnesotans to engage and discuss.

As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we are unparalleled in the ability to deliver programs that allow Minnesotans to connect and participate in the international sphere, and for Minnesota to extend its influence around the globe.

We host a wide variety of events that are mostly free of charge or extremely affordable and that are open to the public. The goal is to connect with as many people as possible in meaningful ways.

Since we started in 1953 as the International Center for Students and Visitors, we have been guided by the motto “They came as strangers – may they leave as friends.” Founded by Josef Mestenhauser, Bill Rogers, and Forrest Moore, the organization, later named the Minnesota International Center (MIC), was created as a partnership between the community and the University of Minnesota that engaged ‘Citizen Diplomats’ to connect Minnesotans with visiting students and scholars. It was believed that diplomacy was not the exclusive business of only professional diplomats, but that we could extend our civil society to the international sphere.

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Global Conversations MINNEAPOLIS: Internationally Hacked - World Wide Weapons

This program has been RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, June 19. Questions? Please call[masked]. Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage, and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st-century warfare. Join us for a discussion on the United States’ ability to respond to growing cyber threats. This is a FREE event and is available to the public. Register here: https://www.globalminnesota.org/event/global-conversations-minneapolis-internationally-hacked-world-wide-weapons/ Global Conversations in Minneapolis is presented in partnership with the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library and the Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central.

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