PJS Newsletter - 2/4/16

Hello all,

We hope your week is going well!

Stay tuned for events, opportunities and everything in between.

All the best,

The Peace and Justice Studies Program


  • ATTENTION ALL PJS MAJORS: The PJS Program is starting a photo campaign! Please fill out this Google Form and email pjs@tufts.edu a photo of yourself to help promote the program! More details below.
  • The Journal of Undergraduate International Studies (JUIS) at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2016 Issue! Submit essays and photos related to themes including but not limited to international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, and enivornmental issues! Submit by February 21st!

Campus News & Events

The Peace and Justice Studies Program is starting a Photo Campaign! Help us out!

"The Peace and Justice Studies Program is starting upa Photo Campaign to promote the PJS Program on Facebook and get the word out, specifically to undergraduates who are considering the major, but have not yet declared.

If you are a PJS Major interested in helping out, please take the following 2 steps:

  1. Email pjs@tufts.edu a picture of yourself (headshot-esque please! No full body shots)
  2. Answer this Google Form.

This should take you no more than 5 minutes! Your answers can be as long or as short as you want them to be.

Essentially, what we will be doing is finding a way to uniform all of the pictures submitted (making them all black and white, putting a background, etc) on the picture and including your answers as the description of the picture.

If you would like an example of what this could look like, please feel free to check out the Tufts University Dance Marathon E-Board Photo Campaign.

We would love to get as many PJS majors involved as possible!

Thank you for your help!

-The Peace and Justice Studies Program

Saudi-Iranian Contestations: Implications for South West and South Asia. Wednesday, February 10, 2016. 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Cabot Intercultural Center- Cabot 703.

"The historical rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran has extended across the region where they are located in South West Asia. But a lesser studied area, especially in more recent years, is the impact of their rivalry is the region of South Asia. How do Saudi Arabia and Iran each view this region, and in specific, its key stakeholders, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan? What are the key drivers that have affected their policy decisions towards this region?

Alternatively, how do regional foreign policy dynamics in South Asia impact the Saudi-Iranian ties now and in the future? What are the convergent and divergent areas that bring South Asia and South West Asia closer or apart against the backdrop of the contentious ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran?"

Environmental Studies Presents: X Marks the Spot - Science in the Central Pacific. Randi D. Rotjan, Associate Research Scientist, New England Aquarium. Thursday February 11, 2016. 12:00-1:00 pm. Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center.

"The 2015-16 El Nino is strongest in the Central Pacific, near where the equator meets the international dateline. The closest coral reefs to this region are the Phoenix Islands, which together are owned by Kiribati and comprise the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, which is the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site on the planet. Expeditions to this remote region are providing insight into the impact and resilience of El Nino, with implications for regions that face the double jeapordy of both climate change and local human impact. Natural laboratories like the Phoenix Islands are critical benchmarks to decouple the impacts of global, versus local, influences."

~Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome to attend.

Food is generously sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment.~

Can't make it? No problem! Click here to live stream the event.

Check out the new exhibitions in the Art Gallery in the Aidekman Arts Center!

Tseng Kwong-Chi: Performing for the Camera. January 21-May 22, 2016. Tisch Family Gallery:

"MEDFORD, MA - The Tufts University Art Gallery at the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center proudly presents Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera, from January 21 through May 22, 2016. This exhibition is the first major museum retrospective of works by Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990), a prolific artist and key documentarian of Manhattan's downtown scene in the 1980s.

In combining photography with performance, personal identity with global politics, and satire with farce, Tseng created a compelling body of work whose complexity is belied by its easy humor and grace.

A public opening reception will take place on January 26, from 5 to 7:30 pm."

Click here for more information.

Marcelo Brodsky/Jorge Tacia: Upheavel. January 21-May 22, 2016. Koppelman Family Gallery:

"MEDFORD, MA - The Tufts University Art Gallery at the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center proudly presents Marcelo Brodsky | Jorge Tacla: Upheaval from January 21 through May 22, 2016. A public opening reception will be held on Tuesday, January 26 from 5 to 7:30 pm. A symposium featuring both artists will take place on Thursday, March 10 at 5pm.

This two-person exhibition features recent work by photographer Marcelo Brodsky (b. 1954, Argentina) and painter Jorge Tacla (b. 1958, Chile), acclaimed international artists whose work engages with the history of political violence in their respective home countries of Argentina and Chile and beyond those national contexts. Both artists came of age during their countries’ periods of political violence (1966-84 in Argentina, and 1973-90 in Chile), when dictatorships responded repressively to the social justice movements that grew out of 1960s protests by committing wide- scale human rights abuses."

Click here for more information!

Funding & Other Opportunities

The Journal of Undergraduate International Studies (JUIS) at the University of Wisconson-Madison Call for Submissions Spring 2016.

"The Journal of Undergraduate International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2016 issue.

The Journal seeks to publish the world's premier undergraduate work related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to:

  • international conflict and conflict resolution
  • human rights
  • enviornmental issues
  • history
  • culture
  • comparative politics
  • economics
  • development and trade
  • global security
  • international health

    Click here to check out previous issues.

    Our submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages, but may be longer. Submissions must not have been published in any other publication. Current undergraduates and recent graduates (one semester out or less) are eligible to submit their work. To submit your work, email it as an attachment HERE, following these guidelines:

    1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file

    2. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work

    3. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman

    4. Double-space your document

    5. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html). This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication

    6. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes

    7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less.

    Submissions must be received by Sunday, February 21st at 11:59 pm CST. Article selections will be completed in late March, and authors will be notified on the status of their submissions at this point. We look forward to reading your work!

    We also welcome photos, either related to or independent of the content of submitted essays.

    These photos could appear on the cover of the journal or on our website, www.juis.global.wisc.edu.

    Cover photos MUST be of a very high resolution to be considered. Photos can be sent as high-resolution jpegs to juis@global.wisc.edu. Please indicate the subject, the location, and the date of the photo, as well as your name and university affiliation."

    Friends Committee on National Legislation: Spring Lobby Weekend- March 12-15, 2016.

    " This year, Congress could actually take positive steps on mass incarceration -- but we need your help. New legislation, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. But in an election year this legislation will not be approved unless members of Congress hear from their constituents.

    Please join hundreds of students, recent grads, and young adults coming to Washington, DC for FCNL's Spring Lobby Weekend. We'll urge our senators andrepresentatives to pass the sentencing reform legislation as a first step step toward ending mass incarceration,"

    Click here to Register/for more Information.

    Honos Civicus Applications for the Class of 2016 Are Live!

    The Honos Civicus Society honors and publicly recognizes graduating seniors who have excelled as active citizens during their time at Tufts. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 28th. Faculty, staff and students can also recommend a deserving senior.

    For more information contact Maggie McMorrow or check out the Honos Civicus Website.

    Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement

    The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement welcomes requests for funding of events, projects, and programs with a clear connection to active citizenship. Funding will be considered for student groups and organizations, or individual students who plan to engage other students in their work.

    Special funding is reserved for student activism that addresses issues of race and discrimination.

    Individual applicants may apply for up to $500 in funding; groups from the same school may apply for up to $1,000; and groups including students from different schools are eligible for up to $1,500.

    Click here for more information, or e-mail Maggie McMorrow

    Conferences, Workshops & Study Abroad (Opportunities outside Tufts Campus)

    Harvard Immigration Project: Refugee Symposium: Guinea, Honduras, Iraq, Kenya, Syria. Friday, February 5, 2016. 12-5 pm.Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A.

    • "From 12-1 we have a fantastic keynote speaker, Suyapa Perez, a Honduran women's rights activist who fled Honduras for her political beliefs.

    • We will then have a panel from 1-3pm where we talk to refugees from several different countries (including Iraq and Syria) about their varying experiences, and how they would change the American system for asylum.

    • From 3-5pm we will have a screening of Lost in Detention about immigration detention during the Obama administration, followed by a discussion with the director Rick Young.

    We'll signpost the building well, so you can find your way! We'll also be serving lunch at the keynote address."

    Click here for more information!

    Hrant Dink Memorial Peace and Justice Lecture: "Complex Truths in Trials of Conflicts" with Sir Geoffrey Nice. Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6:00 pm. Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Harvard University.

    "Sir Geoffrey Nice worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court."

    ~Please Note Knafel Center was formerly Radcliffe Gym.~

    Click here for more information.

    "Hillary Chute: The Graphic Novel and Hiroshima: Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen." Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00 pm. Cambridge Central Square Library - 45 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA.

    "This will be the third in the series of talks to accompany the Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Working for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World exhibit.

    Hillary Chute, of the English and Literature Department of the University of Chicago, is a leading scholar on the Graphic Novel. Her talk will draw on her new book Disaster Drawn and focuses on Hiroshima, specifically Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen.

    Hillary Chute is the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics, Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists, and most recently, Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form. She is spring a Visiting Professor of English at Harvard University. Her website at University of Chicago, can be found here. Hillary worked with Art Spiegelman on his book MetaMaus, which is about his classic novel Maus. Their conversation at the 92nd Street Y can be seen here.

    ~Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee and Massachusetts Peace Action~"

    "Blacks in Boston Conference: Black...and Immigrant." Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9:00 am- 5:30 pm. Gasson Hall 100, Boston College.

    "The theme of the 2016 conference is designed to engage current issues in the U.S. immigration debate, and to explore what black immigrants and immigration bring to this conversation.

    Keynote Speakers
    -D. Feraiya Williams, Trina Jackson, Luz Sambrano
    - Violet M. Showers Johnson

    This conference is free and open to the public. Food will be provided.

    Register by March 1, 2016 here.

    For any further questions, feels free to email AADS


    Green Corps is looking to HIRE!

    "Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

    At Green Corps, we believe there are actually plenty of solutions to these problems, but what's lacking is political will on behalf of decision makers.

    That's why right now, what we really need is more Organizers- people who understand the power of public support and know how to mobilize it.

    In Green Corps, yearlong paid program, you'l get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world.

    You'll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems- climate change, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others - with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we'll help you find a career with one of the nation's leading environmental and social change groups.

    Call for Applications: The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) Curriculum Fellowships on Civil Resistance is now accepting applications!

    " The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict announces the call for applications for its third Curriculum Fellowships on Civil Resistance

    ICNC is launching the third edition of its popular Curriculum Fellowship program to support and advance both classroom-based and online teaching on civil resistance.

    We strongly encourage you to closely review eligibility requirements and other important details about this fellowship here. Please note that incomplete submissions will not be considered, and plagiarism will disqualify an applicant.

    We acknowledge the benefits of both traditional classroom-based teaching and online learning. Therefore, this year we are offering Curriculum Fellowships to support both formats.

    In 2016, up to eight curriculum fellowships, each in the amount of $1,300, will be offered on open, merit and competitive bases to university and college faculty and instructors to develop:

    1. A curriculum unit on civil resistance that will be incorporated into the existing classroom-based, elective or mandatory, semester-long course at the applicant's home university. For more see "Classroom-Based Course."
    2. An online seminar on civil resistance that will be offered to students and interested participants from applicant's university, town, district, country or the region. The online seminar would be given through ICNC's Moodle platform. For more see "Online Seminar."

    Teaching for 2016/2017 ICNC Curriculum Fellowships is expected to take place either in late spring, summer, fall 2016 or spring 2017.

    The application deadline is February 14, 2015.

    Click here to apply!

    Internship: BUILD Boston

    "Join BUILD’s team in Boston as a Development Intern! BUILD is a nonprofit that teaches at-risk high school students how to start real companies to help them graduate high school and go to college.

    The Development Intern will play a supporting role in advancing the organization’s fundraising strategy for the year by helping to plan the Entrepreneur Games, one of the organization’s biggest events of the year.

    This individual will be organized, process-oriented and results-driven, and will play an important role in ensuring that the team operates smoothly."

    For more information, visit Build in Boston

    Internship: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC).

    "The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) is seeking a College Access Intern to join our Youth Center team in Quincy, MA, for the spring 2016 semester. BCNC’s mission is to ensure that the children, youth, and families we serve have the resources and supports they need to achieve greater economic success and social well-being. The College Access Intern will provide drop-in college support and counseling for youth at BCNC Quincy’s Youth Center, plan and coordinate 3-4 college workshops and tours during the spring semester, and will be supervised by the Director of Youth Education.

    Contact Sandra Lee, Director of Youth Education, at Sandra.Lee@bcnc.net or 617-635-5129 ext 1022."

    Apply for Student PIRGs
    The Student PIRGs are hiring Campus Organizers to fight for social change at 40 colleges across the country. Today, on any college campus, you can find students who feel driven to take on problems outside the classroom, whether it's global warming, big money in politics, or hunger and homelessness.

    As a PIRG Campus Organizer, your job is to recruit these students to get involved -- and to train them to be effective leaders who can run campaigns that make an impact in the community, in the state capitol, in Congress, at the White House, or wherever it will make a difference.

    If you have the passion and the drive it takes to fuel the power of student activism, win positive change, and build even more victories in the future, consider working with PIRG.

    Apply today


    "Climate Change Poses Threat to Fish Stocks, Study Finds" (From Boston Globe by David Abel- February 4, 2016).

    "Over the coming decades, dozens of marine species from the Carolinas to New England will be threatened by the warming, changing currents and the increased acidity expected to alter the region’s waters, according to a new study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Atlantic salmon, winter flounder, bay scallops, ocean quahogs, and other species may face the kind of trouble from climate change that has been linked in previous research to the decline of Atlantic cod, which has lost an estimated 90 percent of its population over the past three decades, the study found..."

    Click here for full story.

    "Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Partners with TerraPass to Deliver a Net Positive Event" (From Just Means by Vikas VJ- January 24, 2016).

    "Top national sporting championship events can embrace environmental responsibility to highlight the need to implement action to fight climate change, and at the same time, set the bar for all other sporting events in the country. It also empowers corporate partners and other stakeholders to take action and lead by example to mitigate environmental impacts.  

    Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has named TerraPass, a leader in the fight against climate change, as its official sustainability partner. The Host Committee has prioritized sustainability and has committed to delivering the Super Bowl 50 as a “Net Positive” event – socially, economically and environmentally."

    Click here to read the full article.

    "Building Resilience in the Middle-East Amidst Terror" (From The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution News by Alma AbdulHadi-Jadallah)

    "Many people would argue that the Arab world is facing unprecedented waves of violent extremism. Victims and targets have included ordinary people of all ages – men and women, girls and boys, civil and military personnel and institutions, and foreigners residing in or visiting the region.  

    In 2015, Syria’s on-going crisis escalated, resulting in a large-scale exodus of Syrians. In addition, countless violent confrontations between religious and ideologically motivated extremist groups, the Syrian Government of Bashar al Assad, and the Syrian Free Army continued.

    In Tunisia, the attacks against tourists resulted in a national state of emergency with a huge adverse impact on tourism. In Egypt, the confrontations between the government and militias in the Sinai are ongoing. In Lebanon, citizens continue to feel the threat of violent incidents, which highlights the tensions emanating from sectarian politics."

    Click here for the full article.

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