Congratulations to our award-winning seniors!

Michael Kareff – Pride on the Hill Award
Ben Preis – Class of 1898 Prize, and
The Marshall Hochhauser Prize
Jennine Sawwan – Community Service Award

PJS Newsletter - 03/24/15


  • Join the international call to abolish nuclear weapons: sign the petition in time for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference
  • Burgers and Bacteria : a panel discussion on the fast food industry during open block tomorrow!
  • The Cambridge Forum hosts: ‘Non-Violent Resistance in Palestine’ - With social justice activist Trina Jackson
  • Have an event or program you would like funded? Find out more about Tisch college grants below!

Campus News & Events

Burgers & Bacteria:
A panel discussion on how the fast food industry can tackle
the global epidemic of antibiotic resistance

Date: Wednesday, March 25th
Time: 12 – 1:15 PM
Location: Barnum 08
Come Hungry! Food will be provided

Speakers: Kevin Outterson, editor of the journal of law, medicine, and ethics and recent author of a W.H.O. Bulletin addressing the threat of global antimicrobial resistance

Andrew Fish: Antibiotics Overuse Organizer with the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group


Trilingual Press
DATE: Friday March 27th, 2015
TIME: 6:30-9:30 PM
LOCATION: Out Of The Blue Too Art Gallery
541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA (Central Square)

A reading on current issues with:
Brenda Walcott
Askia Touré
Aldo Tambellini
Tony Van Der Meer
Everett Hoagland
Soul Brown
Neil Calender
Jill Netchinsky

4th Annual Tufts Environmental Alumni (TEA) Environmental Career Night

Tuesday, March 31, 2014 at Dowling Hall, Room 745 on the Medford Campus of Tufts University from 6-8:30pm

This event is dedicated to students and alumni pursuing careers in the environmental and energy sectors and who would benefit from learning more about the practical, real-world experience of Tufts alumni who have succeeded in this field.

Environment America’s own senior attorney and Tufts alum, John Rumpler will share his experiences on the panel along with other professionals. Our Regional Program Director, Johanna Neumann, will be in attendance as an alumni ambassador.

Registration is required.

The Cambridge Forum, ‘Non-Violent Resistance in Palestine’ - With social justice activist Trina JacksonWednesday April 1, 7 PM
First Parish (UU) Church at 1446 Mass Ave in Harvard Square

Iyad Burnat, born in 1973 in Bil`in, Palestine, heads the Bil’in Popular Committee. Since 2005, citizens of Bil’in, joined by Israeli and international peace activists, have held weekly non-violent demonstrations against the Israeli separation wall and the encroachment of illegal settlements. The protesters have maintained a commitment to non-violent resistance in the face of armed military opposition. The demonstrations are the subject of the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, which was made by Iyad’s brother, Emad Burnat. Burnat discusses strategies for non-violent popular resistance with social justice activist Trina Jackson. How has he brought potential adversaries to share his goal of peace and prosperity for all people?

Co-sponsored by Don and Jeannette McInnes and by Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East – Massachusetts Chapter; the Middle East Education Group of First Parish (UU) in Cambridge; Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia; Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights; Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston; Jewish Women for Justice in Israel- Palestine; Palestinian House of New England; and United for Justice With Peace.



Funding & Other Opportunities

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has launched a $25,000 fellowship designed to promote innovation that helps make the human right to water a reality. We are writing you because of your expertise in, and connection to, water issues. If you have an innovative idea to advance the human right to water, then please consider applying. We also ask that you share this announcement throughout your networks.

The application is open to all, and we are seeking qualified applicants from as diverse a group as possible. To find out more about the fellowship and apply online, please visit

UUSC is a human rights organization that focuses on environmental justice, economic justice, and rights at risk in the United States and throughout the world. Moreover, it has 40,000 members and supporters in the United States.

This April, in the days before most of the world’s governments meet at the United Nations for the month-long Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, thousands of people from around the world will mobilize to demand the total elimination of nuclear weapons, and to connect and strengthen the movements for peace and environmental, economic, and racial justice.

Join the international call to abolish nuclear weapons.

On April 26, the Peace & Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, & Sustainable Worldwill culminate with a Peace Festival in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across the street from the United Nations. There we will deliver your signature - along with millions of others from Japan and around the world - to NPT and UN officials, calling on all goverments to enter immediate negotiations to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. Check out this inspiring video and share it with your friends!

Tisch College funding available for student activities which address issues of race and discrimination

Apply online today!

Recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and around the country have inspired a renewed wave of student activism aimed at addressing issues of race and discrimination. Recognizing the need for seed funding and advising to support this important work, Tisch College will make a number of mini-grants, through the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement, to students and student groups working to have an impact on these issues.

The application and criteria for funding are the same as for the general Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications are live at our website:

Online Guide to Peace and Conflict Studies Programs (undergraduate and graduate)
This is a list of online links to undergraduate and graduate peace and conflict programmatic listings.
Click here to access resources

Conferences, Workshops& Study Abroad

New Field Studies Program in Scotland with CELL and the Findhorn Foundation

Join us for an unforgettable study abroad experience and the adventure of a lifetime while learning how to live sustainably.

Go beyond traditional study abroad programs. Be a part of local and global solutions to environmental, social, and economic problems. Experience some of the world¹s most inspiring examples of community sustainability from organizations like Heifer International. Learn experientially and through service learning opportunities that integrate classroom knowledge with real-world applications.

The world has great need of people who not only understand what
sustainability is all about, but who are committed to making a difference in the world. The world has a great need of people like you.

Our newest program is a two-week Maymester in beautiful Scotland, designed in collaboration with the Findhorn Foundation.

Sophomores: Apply to be a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow in summer 2015!

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program is a fully paid, five and a half week summer residential program for rising juniors who desire to make a difference. The program invites rising third-year students from diverse academic disciplines to join us near Washington, D.C. to immerse themselves in a leadership development program inspired by George Washington and today’s foremost leaders. This select, small cohort will engage in dynamic leadership education curriculum, interact with nationally recognized corporate, government, and military leaders in the nation’s capital; and discover how to change the world through self-reflection, exciting experiential activities, and a community service-focused capstone project.

Go to the following website for more info:

REHEARSING CHANGE: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally is a semester-long, community-based study abroad program in the Ecuadorian Amazon that employs methodologies in Critical Pedagogy, Arts for Social Transformation, Participatory Research and Experiential/Service Learning to bridge the divide between study abroad and community development.

Program Highlights:
Fair-trade learning: for each international student, a local counterpart participates in the exact same program
Spanish immersion, with exposure to indigenous languages
Diverse faculty of top scholars and teaching artists
Challenging curriculum complimented with Alternative Education methodologies
Project-based coursework applied to our host community's lived reality
Transcripts from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Rehearsing Change's academic partner
Approved (with accolades) by top schools including American, Brandeis and Brown universities

International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE): Tensions and Opportunities
June 17 – 22, 2015

Hosted by The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, USA
The 2015 conference builds upon prior conferences in 2004 - 2014 in Ohio and Virginia, which brought together government representatives from among the 50 states and around the globe and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in conflict resolution education and related fields. The annual audience includes college/university educators and students, K-12 educators, prevention specialists, and state, local, national and international policy makers.
Online Registration Now Open!
Short link to this page:


SENIORS: Learn about the Immigrant Justice Corps Community Fellowship program!

Fellows will be trained by Immigrant Justice Corps at the start of their fellowship and will meet biweekly throughout the course of the fellowship for professional development, skills training, and support. Community Fellows will be deeply networked in the legal and immigrant rights community and profoundly committed to developing creative strategies to fight poverty and ensure access to justice.

Community Fellowships run two years and are available to students who are completing their undergraduate degrees and are committed to immigrant justice. They will be placed in community-based host organizations throughout New York City.

Community Fellows will become accredited representatives of the Board of Immigration Appeals. They will conduct outreach and intake around the city, and assist immigrants with a range of cases such as naturalization and adjustment applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and more.

Questions? Contact, or campus representative Laura Garbes at

SENIORS: Match Education seeking teachers-in-training!

This teacher training program was recently recognized by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for its innovation. Program participants receive training on how to become highly effective first-year teachers (there is a near 100% placement rate in high performing urban schools). In addition, teacher residents receive housing and a living stipend while completing their Master’s. The teacher residency is only available in Boston, but there are tutoring opportunities (for those just looking to do an urban education gap year) also available in Boston.

Here are some links that you may be interested in: Match Education’s “About Us” page, Our Graduate School of Education, Info on our 1-Year Tutoring Program.

We’re looking for seniors who either (1) want to spend a year working closely with students in Boston while training to be a teacher, OR (2) want to spend a year in Boston working closely with students before heading off to grad school or another career. You can contact our recruiting team directly at

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:



Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant
(From NY Times,)
And yet the economic benefits of immigration may be the ­most ­settled fact in economics. A recent University of Chicago poll of leading economists could not find a single one who rejected the proposition. (There is one notable economist who wasn’t polled: George Borjas of Harvard, who believes that his fellow economists underestimate the cost of immigration for low-­skilled natives. Borjas’s work is often misused by anti-immigration activists, in much the same way a complicated climate-­science result is often invoked as “proof” that global warming is a myth.) Rationally speaking, we should take in far more immigrants than we currently do.
Click here for more.

How to Stop Extremism Before It Starts
The link between corruption and violent extremism is starting to make its way into policy conversations and the popular consciousness, thanks to groundbreaking research such as work conducted by Sarah Chayes and by Louise Shelley. Chayes just published the book Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, prompting an appearance on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Shelley outlines the connections between these scourges in her book Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism.
Click here for more.

How to manage for collective creativity
(TEDxCambridge · 17:17 · Filmed Sep 2014)
What's the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of "Collective Genius," has studied some of the world's most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated "creatives."
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To Counter Boko Haram, Nigeria Pastor Urges, Step Into 'Dark Arenas'
(From USIP Tuesday, March 24, 2015 USIP Staff)
Nigeria’s next government needs to have the political will to act decisively against the Boko Haram extremist group, said Pastor Esther Abimiku Ibanga ahead of the country’s March 28 presidential election. Ibanga, a civil society leader from northern Nigeria’s Plateau state, was recently awarded the prestigious Niwano Peace Prize, which honors significant contributions to inter-religious cooperation, for her efforts to promote women’s empowerment and peace.
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