PJS Newsletter - 04/25/13
This is our very last newsletter of the semester and on behalf of the PJS program I would like to wish everyone the best of luck during finals and hope you all have a wonderful summer.
-Adiel Pollydore, Program Assistant
The annual Peace and Justice Studies Program end of year celebration is this Tuesday April 30th at 5pm in the Lincoln Filene Center Rabb Room!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS NEWSLETTER:
- Edward R. Murrow Forum: Award-winning journalist, Chief International Correspondent for CNN, Christiane Amanpour
- Symposium: Philosophy and Civic Engagement Symposium tomorrow
- Book Discussion: featuring Jeremy Scahill, author Noam Chomsky, and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman
- Summer Opportunity: Internships in Davis & Medford Sq.
- Future Consideration: City Year applications are due on April 30th !
Campus News & Events
Edward R. Murrow Forum featuring Christiane AmanpourApril 26th 12 pm to 1:15 pm
We are pleased to announce award-winning journalist, Chief International Correspondent for CNN, and Global Affairs Editor for ABC News Christiane Amanpour as the featured guest for this year's Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism. Amanpour will be interviewd by Jonathan Tisch (A76) on the topic of "International Reporting in the 21st Century: Coverage, Context and Courage". The Edward R. Murrow Forum is an annual event held at Tufts University. Dedicated to illuminating aspects of the many contributions Murrow made to journalism and public diplomacy, the Forum brings together interdisciplinary panels to reflect on Murrow's legacy and relate it to contemporary issues in journalism. http://ase.tufts.edu/cms/murrow.html
Hosted by Communications and Media Studies and The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
Rally for Workers' Rights
April 26th 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Upper Campus Center Patio
Support your janitors NOW!!! The contract for Tufts janitors is up for re-negotiation in July. Although most of us will not be on campus in the summer, we must show our support NOW! Support the people who make our Tufts experience possible by helping to assure that the new contract fulfills basic needs such as healthcare, sick days, and benefits. It is also an awesome opportunity to get to know your janitors! There will be food too.
Hosted by Tufts Labor Coalition
Data-Driven Campaigns: Lessons From Identifying And Mobilizing Voters On The Obama Campaign
April 26th 12-1:30 pm
Since graduating from Tufts, Daniel Scarvalone, A08, has been involved in political campaigns in increasingly interesting and responsible positions. In 2008, he served as a Field Organizer for the Obama for America campaign in Denver. During the 2010 midterm elections, he served as State Director for Data and New Media in the successful campaign to re-elect US Senator Michael Bennet. In 2012, Daniel was National Reporting Director for Obama for America in the Chicago headquarters. He is currently Director of Data and Modeling for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. This event is co-sponsored by Tisch College and the Department of Political Science. Lunch will be served.
Confronting Threat When Safety Concerns are ParamountApril 26, 2013 4:00 – 5:15PM
Nelson Auditorium, Anderson Hall
A Featured Talk of The Tufts University Diversity Science Colloquium Series with Dr. Steve Stroessner of Barnard College ▪ Columbia University
Motivations are generally concerned with safety (prevention) or advancement (promotion). Safety concerns produce vigilance toward threat in the social environment, but responses to threat vary with its perceived imminence. Experiments demonstrate that stereotyping increases based on the perceived threat posed by social groups when safety concerns are paramount.
Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield Discussion
April 27, 2013, 2-4 PM
Harvard University Science Center -- Hall B
1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138 (corner of Kirkland and Oxford Streets) http://map.harvard.edu/mapserver/campusmap.htm
Please join investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, author Noam Chomsky, and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman for the special discussion of Scahill's groundbreaking new book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (Nation Books, April 23, 2013).
In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, takes us inside America’s new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.
The Human Face of Climate Change
May 1st 5pm to 6:30 pm
Miller Hall Multipurpose Room
Join Tufts Institute of the Environment for this semester's last TIE Talk! In this talk, titled “The Human Face of Climate Change: Case Studies in Agriculture and Water,” Rebecca Pearl-Martinez and Kim Foltz will discuss how recent events due to climate change such as Hurricane Sandy and the Midwest/Plains drought are beginning to put the human face of climate change in the spotlight. The pair will highlight not just how climate change is affecting people all over the world, but also how governments are beginning to respond to this problem by trying to understand human vulnerability and resilience. Take a glimpse into the new field of climate change adaptation, which uniquely bridges the environmental and developmental sectors.
Rebecca and Kim are joint teachers of the Experimental College course Rising Tide: Climate Change, Vulnerability, and Adaptation. TIE Talks is not just another PowerPoint — TIE Talks is an opportunity to engage with other thoughtful, environmentally-focused faculty, students, staff, and alumni in a casual atmosphere. For more information, please see our website at http://environment.tufts.edu/blog/2013/02/20/the-human-face-of-climate-chang/
Telling the Climate Justice Story: Student Final Projects Distler Performance Center Granoff Music Hall
May 3, 2013 at
You’re invited! Our interdisciplinary course on climate justice, cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, the Peace & Justice Studies Program, and the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department, and funded by Tufts Innovates, celebrates the completion of its premier offering with a public presentation.
Funding & Other Opportunities
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Conferences, Workshops& Study Abroad
Philosophy and Civic Engagement Symposium
April 26| 12:00 - 5:00
MINER 224, Tufts University
Campus map: http://campusmaps.tufts.edu/medford/?fid=m017
Hosted jointly by Tisch College and the Department of Philosophy, the symposium is organized in part to celebrate Peter Levine’s recent appointment as the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Anthony Laden, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Taking the Engagement in Civic Engagement Seriously"
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Meira Levinson, Harvard University
"Redefining Civic Action"
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Peter Levine, Tisch College, Tufts University
"The Moral Core of Citizenship: Deliberation plus collaboration and civic relationships"
5:00 p.m. Reception celebrating Peter Levine’s appointment
Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts
Study in the French Alps this Summer!
Tufts in Talloires 2013 still has spaces available. Register now for this summer's Tufts in Talloires program, May 14 -June 28! Take two courses taught by Tufts faculty and live with a French host family on the shores of Lake Annecy in the foothills of the French Alps. No French required! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (617) 627-3290, or in person at 108 Packard Ave, 3rd Floor.
Internship with Youth Build USA
YouthBuild USA has several exciting unpaid internship opportunities available at our national office, located in the heart of Davis Square in Somerville!
YouthBuild USA is the national support center for an expanding number of community organizations implementing YouthBuild programs in their local areas. It provides technical assistance, training, publications, grants and loans, leadership opportunities, quality assurance systems, and advocacy to benefit these programs. It participates with other national organizations in developing and advocating for public policy that will benefit low-income youth and their communities.
These opportunities are in the areas:
· event coordination
· research & analysis (Mentoring department)
· digital communications
· knowledge management
· research and administrative (YouthBuild International)
Full descriptions can be found here: https://youthbuild.org/careers. Students should apply either online or by emailing a resume and cover letter to email@example.com by May 10, 2013.
Internship with School of the World
School the World is an international, educational nonprofit organization that works in Central America. Founded in 2009, School the World has since built 17 schools in two countries and delivered over 50 classroom libraries. Our internships are a great opportunity to develop essential life skills while adding value to and impacting a young and rapidly growing organization.
As an intern, you will work on a variety of tasks, including: • Working to execute project tasks as part of the overall business plan • Monitor and evaluate data from schools • Expand outreach through press releases • Develop new donor management process • Assist in the development of the curriculum for bi-monthly parents’ meetings • Research best practices in international education and prepare reports • Assist in developing a new teacher training program • Evaluate and execute improvements for social media use (Facebook, Twitter, etc) • Research and develop a way to measure impact of education program.
Apply for a summer internship, start and end dates flexible and minimum of 10 hours per week. Our offices are located at 42 High St #2 in Medford Square, a twenty minute walk from campus and available by bus. If interested, contact Ms. Tobey Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Fellowship with New Era Colorado
New Era Colorado, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to engage young people in the political process through civic engagement, advocacy, and leadership development. We're an innovative vehicle for hands-on democracy working to empower our generation.
This summer, they are offering a fulltime summer fellowship program in Denver, Colorado to train the next generation of young leaders to create change in their communities. The Democracy Fellows will learn to lead, organize, and advocate for the issues they are passionate about, and can receive need-based stipends for their participation. They'll learn from the best in their fields in Colorado how to write field plans, craft a media strategy, build relationships with volunteers, and more. Fore mor information visit their website at http://neweracolorado.org/
City Year Corps Member
City Year, a proud member of AmeriCorps, is an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds. City Year is hiring Corps Members to commit to ten months of full time community service, making a difference by working with underserved children in the lowest performing schools in Boston as tutors and mentors and leading them in high-impact community service. By providing individualized support to students who need it most, City Year corps members make a difference in the lives of children and help transform schools and neighborhoods. There are dozens of unique scholarship opportunities available to City Year alumni, who go on to pursue successful careers as leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Benefits include: $5,550 educational award for student loans or graduate study; Access to graduate scholarships specifically for City Year alumni at over 70 schools (http://www.cityyear.org/ giveayear.aspx); Bi-weekly living stipend; Federal loan forbearance
If you are interested in browsing through development jobs to get an idea of what kind of career options are available for PJS majors, visit DevEx's website, where they have the most comprehensive listing of international development, global health, and humanitarian aid jobs: http://www.devex.com/en/jobs
100 Years After Kartini, Women Still Lack Rights in Indonesia
(From Jakarta Globe, Johannes Nugroho 4/21/13)
Religion must guard us against committing sins, but more often, sins are committed in the name of religion,” wrote early 20th century Indonesian women’s rights pioneer Raden Ajeng Kartini. In her correspondence with Estella Zeehandelaar, she also expressed her profound opposition to polygamy, a common practice among members of the Javanese nobility of her day, sanctioned by religion. And yet the great Kartini herself in the end had to bow to customs and religion when her father married her off as the fourth wife of the Regent of Rembang. More ironically still, more than one hundred years after Kartini’s death, even though arranged marriages are mostly extinct, religious doctrine has continued to be used against the advancement of women’s rights in this country. The cases range from being medieval to downright ridiculous. Click here for more
International Dimensions of Discrimination and Violence against Girls: A Human Rights Perspective
(From Journal of International Women's Studies, Yvonne Rafferty, 2013)
In many cultures, being born female can consign the girl child to the peripheries of society where her safety is denied and her human rights are routinely violated. At each and every stage of development, girls are more likely than boys to confront a host of disadvantages associated with discrimination and violence, although the social norms and cultural rules that influence girls are most intensely felt as she struggles to develop into adulthood. At the onset of puberty, or even before, some girls are pulled out of school and forced into early marriage and high-risk pregnancy. Others become victims of harmful practices, including female genital mutilation and dowry-related violence, or are murdered in the name of honor..Click here for more.
When the Earth Moved
(From The New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann 04/15/2013)
Adam Rome’s genial new book, “The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-in Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation” (Hill & Wang), brings to life another era. We’re as distant from Earth Day as the Battle of Gettysburg was from James Monroe’s reëlection, and Rome evokes a United States that feels, politically, like a foreign country. There were a number of liberal Republicans. Most active members of environmental groups were hunters and fishermen. The Sierra Club was an actual club that required new members to be proposed by old ones. The Environmental Defense Fund was two years old. Things like bottle recycling and organic food were exotic.
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Charting a Course for Human Rights-Based Engagement
Iraq Holding First Election since U.S. Troop Withdrawal
(From UNDP, 09/26/12)
This study seeks to identify how engagement with informal justice systems can build greater respect and protection for human rights. It highlights the considerations that development partners should have when assessing whether to implement programmes involving informal justice systems, the primary consideration being that engagement with the informal justice systems neither directly nor inadvertently reinforces existing societal or structural discrimination – a consideration that applies to working with formal justice systems as well. The study also examines the value of informal justice systems in offering, in certain contexts, flexible structures and processes, cost-effectiveness and outreach to grassroots communities.
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(From USIP, Manal Omar and Sarhang Hamasaeed 04/19/13)
Iraq’s first elections since the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011—provincial contests to be held on April 20—are a historic step for the country’s young democracy. They will have significant implications for the future of democracy, stability and peace in Iraq. The last round of provincial elections occurred in 2009. Iraqis who participate in the process will have an opportunity to vote for the provincial councils of their respective provinces. That the elections will proceed (with some limitations) despite terror attacks, violence and political polarization is itself a triumph of sorts; many had believed that the provincial elections would never happen.
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