PJS Newsletter - 04/14/14


  • Venezuela Since Chavez, a talk from the author of "We Created Chavez"
  • Barack Obama and American Democracythis week, with a keynote on Wednesday evening at 7pm
  • Apply by 4/18 to be a facilitator for the The Tufts Intersections project will attempt bring students, faculty, staff, and administrators together to facilitate constructive conversations addressing critical issues related to multiple facets of the community.
  • Still looking for a job? Check out an Americorps opportunity working with youth in Lowell, MA

Fall Course Offering: Community-Based Research in Urban Borderzones ANTH 0149-24
Co-taught by Deborah Pacini Hernandez and Cathy Stanton
Wednesdays 1:30-4 p.m.

This hands-on course in community-based fieldwork methods introduces students to a set of tools for investigating complex, interconnected questions about cultural and economic encounters in changing urban settings. Using the concept of the “borderzone”–a space of negotiation characterized by various kinds of mobility, difference, and self-presentation–students will explore Somerville’s rapidly transforming Union Square from the perspective of small businesses run by both long-settled (e.g. Portuguese and Italian) and more recent (e.g. Brazilian and Nepalese) immigrant entrepreneurs, as well as “creative economy” workers and “makers” involved in new modes of production and consumption in the square (including “green businesses” and start-ups). The course is suitable for students at all levels and counts toward the Social Sciences distribution requirement.

Campus News & Events

Guest Lecture: Peter Singer on “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know”
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM | Lecture
ASEAN Auditorium

Join us to hear from Peter Singer, Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at The Brookings Institution, as he speaks on “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar.” Peter W. Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. Singer’s focus is on changes in global security and technology. He is the author of Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, which pioneered the study of the new industry of private companies providing military services for hire , Children at War , the first book to explore the tragic rise of child soldier groups, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, which looked at the implications of robotics for war, politics, ethics, and law, and the new book Cybersecurity and Cyberwar:

Venezuela Since Chavez: The View From Below
Tuesday, April 15th at 7pm

Crane Room, Paige Hall

A talk by George Ciccariello-Maher of Drexel University and author of the acclaimed Duke University Press book We Created Chavez Refreshments will be served

Hosted by The Latin American Studies Program, Co-Sponsored by American Studies, Anthropology, History, International Relations, Latino Studies and Peace & Justice Studies, Romance Languages

Barack Obama and American Democracy Conference OPENING KEYNOTE
Wednesday, April 16th 7pm to 8:30 pm

Interfaith Center

Join us for a keynote by Michael Eric Dyson on "Why it's Right to be Seen as Wrong by the Right: Barack Obama and the Vast and Verifiable Right Wing Conspiracy" Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00pm at the Interfaith Center Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University

The Department of Anthropology presents:
Wednesday, April 16th @ 12:00 pm
Tisch Library, Room 304

Jessica Cattelino is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a visiting associate professor of American studies at Yale University. She is author of High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty (Duke University Press, 2008), which examines the cultural, political, and economic stakes of tribal casinos for Florida Seminoles and a broader American public. Currently, she is writing an ethnography of the cultural value of nature in the context of Everglades restoration. Cattelino’s work centers on indigenous sovereignty, environment, economy, and the conditions of settler colonialism.

Co-Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Science, the American Studies Program, the Peace and Justice Studies Program, and the Tufts Institute of the Environment

Jamnesty Awareness Concert
Thursday, April 17th at 9pm

Hotung, Campus Center

Join Tufts Chapter of Amnesty International and other Tufts human rights groups for our annual awareness concert featuring the Beelzebubs, Matty Dowd, Kairlin & Harrison, Shark Saddle and Waldo. This is a great opportunity to hear great music and make a difference in the world. Sign letters to free prisoners of conscience and tweet to raise awareness to receive raffle tickets for great prizes!! Contact Allie Wainer with any questions: allison.wainer@tufts.edu

Annual Tufts ALLIES Lecture: Dr. Terence Keane, world leader in study of PTSD
Thursday, April 24th at 5 pm in Anderson 206

Join Tufts ALLIES for our Annual ALLIES Lecture, which will be examining post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military service. Dr. Terence Keane, Director of the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, is a world leader in the study of PSTD. His keynote presentation will be followed by a panel of other experts speaking about this vital topic. https://www.facebook.com/events/674296935968179/

Papadopoulos Lecture: 45th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
Friday, April 25, 2014, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fong Auditorium (Lecture); Ticknor Lounge (Reception) at Harvard University


April 24-May 25, Underground Railway Theater presents the world premiere of SILA by Chantal Bilodeau.
On remote Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, eight characters - including a climate scientist, an Inuit family, and two polar bears - grapple with the effects of a rapidly changing climate. Sila - the Inuit word for the breath that connects all living things - blends Inuit myth with contemporary Arctic policy, three languages (English, French, and Inukitut), spoken word poetry, a diverse acting ensemble, and spectacular puppetry, to illuminate the competing interests shaping the future of the local Inuit population and of our planet. SILA is a production of Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, a science theater partnership between MIT and Central Square Theater, Cambridge. There was a reading at Tufts on February 10, and discounted tickets to performances are available to the co-sponsors of that reading.

Go to CentralSquareTheater.org<http://www.centralsquaretheater.org/> and
select SILA for more information and to purchase tickets, and use the
code word Tufts for a 15% discount! You can also use the discount code on the phone: (617) 576-9278 (CST Box Office) or 866-811-4111 (Ovation Tix). For Group Sales, call 617-547-9278, x210

Through the Tufts Podcast Network two Tufts Amnesty International members have begun producing a weekly human rights podcast, Article 19 (as in Article 19 of the UDHR). Each episode features news updates, an interview with a relevant expert or survivor (this week we spoke with a country specialist on the Central African Republic), and action/further information suggestions.

All episodes current and future will be found on the Tufts Podcast Network website: http://www.tuftspodcastnetwork.com/#!article-19/c1eke - and if people are interested in helping write, conduct interviews, or edit, they can write us at article19podcast@gmail.com.

Funding & Other Opportunities

World Citizenship Competition
The Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition is a global contest for the best new software to address social issues and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2014. Follow this link to find out more info about this great opportunity: https://www.imaginecup.com/Competition/1000#?fbid=Iq5Lk442Vn2

Play Your Way to Active Citizenship
We are looking for students willing to test a new online “role playing game” (RPG) called Civic Seed developed by Tisch College in collaboration with Engagement Game Lab at Emerson University. The game is designed to orient students for civic engagement work in local communities. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win Amazon Gift cards or cards to popular local eateries (e.g. Dave’s Pasta, FroYo). To register and find out more go here - http://bit.ly/CivicSeedPilot or contact the study coordinator, Felicia Sullivan, at felicia.sullivan@tufts.edu or 617-627-3077.

Apply for the Tufts Intersections Project!
Become a facilitator, apply byFriday, April 18
This new pilot initiative aims to reduce barriers to creating a positive climate for Tufts undergraduate students. The Tufts Intersections project will attempt bring students, faculty, staff, and administrators together to break down walls and silos, creating a safe space for facilitated constructive conversations addressing critical issues related to multiple facets of community. The five conversations will occur in fall 2014, and aim to be transformative experiences for all participants. Go to this link for more info http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/intersections/

Join the “I’m First!” Campus-Wide Campaign!
If you self-identify as a first generation college student, come join the First Generation Student Council's first campus wide “I’m First” campaign! This campaign will include taking photographs of students, professors, faculty, and staff. We will put photos on a poster along with a quote from you describing how being first generation has affected you, any accomplishments you have achieved, or how Tufts has helped you. If you are interested in having your photo taken for the campaign, please email firstgentufts@gmail.com or come to the campus center on Mondays from noon to 1pm and Fridays from noon to 2pm and find our table!

Need support for a project or event? Learn about the Tisch College Fund!
Tisch College welcomes requests for funding of events, projects, and programs with a clear connection to active citizenship. Student groups and organizations, or individual students who plan to engage other students in their work may apply online.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds have been dispersed. We are seeking proposals that include innovation and creativity, adequate training/orientation for participants, and address a community-identified need.

Learn more at Tisch Fund. If you have questions about the application process or a pending proposal, contact Danica Fisher at danica.fisher@tufts.edu. Medical students should contact Jennifer Greer-Morrissey, CSL Coordinator, at Jennifer.Greer_Morrissey@tufts.edu.

Seniors: Join a Society for Active Citizens!
Become a member of Honos Civicus Society and be recognized for your civic and academic achievements at Tufts. Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon a Tufts active citizenship education and the many paths students travel to develop their civic selves. Submit an application today!

To access the online application and learn more about eligibility requirements visit http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/HonosCivicus.

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

7th Annual China-U.S. Symposium
April 17th through 19th in Cabot ASEAN Auditorium

The seventh annual China-U.S. Symposium will explore China's engagement with the world, both in the context of partners and strategies. As China's power continues to grow, albeit in uncertain ways, how and with whom this Asian giant engages will be critical. These questions will be examined from various perspectives - including from an economic, social, and security stand point--throughout our panels, keynote addresses, breakout sessions, and other complementary events. These in-depth discussions will feature leading experts, policymakers, and professionals, and will be facilitated by Tufts students who have dedicated substantial time and effort to studying these issues. Register for the Symposium now - it's free for all Tufts students! For more information, including biographies of speakers, please visit http://www.tuftsgloballeadership.org/program/china-us-symposium or email chinaussymposium@gmail.com.

Barack Obama and American Democracy Conference

Come out for this two-day conference to hear and engage with nationally recognized scholars, activists, academics, and students to examine race and democracy in the context of the Obama administration. OPENING KEYNOTE: Michael Eric Dyson - Wednesday, 4/16 at 7pm in the Interfaith Center KEYNOTE: D. Fox Harrell - Thursday, 4/17 at 4:15pm at the Interfaith Center KEYNOTE: Ruha Benjamin - Friday 4/18 at 4:00pm at CHAT (48 Professors Row) Panels: "Hope and Chane: Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform (Friday, 4/18, 10-11:30am in CHAT " 'I am Trayvon Martin': Democratic Organizing in the Age of Social Media" (Friday, April 18, 12:30-2pm in CHAT) Among many others!! The conference is free and open to the public, and all are welcome!

International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue organising by Institute for Peace and Dialogue, IPD. SA will take place in Baar, Switzerland during the 17-27 August, 2014 at the Eckstein Meeting & Education Centre (www.zentrum-eckstein.ch)

This event will be useful to get academic knowledge by involved experienced experts and spend fruitful summer time in Switzerland.

To register SA you need to fill the application form and send us by email with your passport page (only photo page) to fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch till the 30 June, 2014.

Participants from all over world countries who working in State Organs, INGOs, IOs, Companies, Universities or Individual Researchers andwho are interested on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, intercultural-interfaith dialogue, mediation, negotiation etc. related topics are welcome to join our coming summer academy

Intro to Kingian Nonviolence – Boston
Saturday & Sunday
May 31st & June 1st
10AM – 6PM on both days

Come join us for this two-day workshop which will provide participants an introduction to the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. These trainings are transformational experiences that have helped thousands of people from around the world understand the depth of the philosophy of nonviolence, and learn to begin to bring the practices into their lives and their work.

Through role plays, small group activities, readings, video presentations, mini-lectures and discussions, we explore topics such as: The definitions of violence and nonviolence, An analysis of the different types and levels of conflict, and how they escalate and deescalate, The history of the Civil Rights Movement and some of Dr. King’s philosophies, The principles (the will) Kingian Nonviolence, how to view and transform conflict, The steps (the skill) of Kingian Nonviolence, how to engage with conflict and organize a campaign.

Whether you are an organizer working for social change, a teacher trying to change the culture of your school or simply an individual trying to deal with the conflicts in your personal life, each person will walk away from our workshops with new skills and a new perspective.

Looking for an exceptional study abroad or internship opportunity in Israel?
Come discover an experience that combines cutting-edge environmental academics and research with coexistence. The AravaInstitute for Environmental Studies brings together students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and North America, and provides them with the skills to become the next generation of environmental leaders. At the Arava Institute, we say that "Nature Knows No Borders." This motto reflects the belief that the best way to reach sustainable solutions to environmental issues is to work on a regional cooperative basis.

Interested in applying? Learn more at http://arava.org/academics/. Learn about our internship opportunities here: http://arava.org/academics/internships/.

Please contact Sarah Rubin, Program Manager, at Sarah@friendsofarava.org for more information



New Era Colorado Democracy Fellow Program now accepting applications!

The Democracy Fellows program is an intensive, two month-long summer bootcamp that trains the next generation of progressive young leaders to create change in their communities. Fellows work to build a more hands-on democracy, developing their leadership skills while learning and applying the principles of grassroots organizing and advocacy.

It’s a full time program, designed for hardworking young folks, college students, and recent college grads from all over the place who are passionate about civic engagement, democracy, and politics. Fellows will leave the program with the tools and skills to advocate for the issues they are passionate about, organize others to take action, and lead in their communities.

The summer 2014 program runs from June 9th-August 8th, and is based in Denver, Colorado. Financial stipends are available for fellows. The early decision application deadline is March 25th, and the final deadline is April 25th.

Visit the website for more information

Become a Vote Everywhere Ambassador!
Vote Everywhere (VE) is a unique Civic Engagement Initiative rooted in a legacy of civil rights and social justice. Vote Everywhere carries on the work of Andrew Goodman, a sophomore at Queens College, who was murdered along with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner during Freedom Summer 1964 while attempting to register African-Americans to vote. Vote Everywhere empowers a national community of campus leaders to mobilize others to act on issues of importance using their votes, voices and networks.

Through this yearlong paid internship campus ambassadors will learn by participating, connecting and engaging with others, and forming coalitions for change. For more information, visit http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/vote-everywhere-ambassador-application-20142015/


• Sophomore or junior in good academic standing. High level of self-motivation, responsibility, and ability to collaborate with other students, faculty and staff

• Submission of a 1-minute video or one page essay demonstrating why you believe you would be a great Ambassador, and what social issue you are passionate about and why. Include a current resume with cover letter and send to: tischcollegesubmissions@tufts.edu. Your identified campus contact is Danica Tisdale Fisher, Tisch College Program Administrator.

• Deadline April 30, 2014

Mathnasium Summer Camp Hiring Counselors
Mathnasium is hiring math camp counselors to work this summer helping kids learn math through fun activities, games, and math exercises. If you are great at math, love kids, and are looking for an amazing summer experience, then contact us. Hours are in the mornings, days tend to be flexible. Contact Michael Adler at freshpond@mathnasium.com to learn more

School the World is Hiring for the summer!
School the World focuses on bringing quality education to the developing world. We are 2 full-time employees in the US, 7 employees in Guatemala and 2 employees in Honduras, supported by interns and a vast volunteer network in the US. We also have offices in Guatemala and Honduras.

Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or at our website schooltheworld.org.

Resumes and cover letters can be sent to alana.flanagan@schooltheworld.org. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

AmeriCorps Positions Available: Youth Empowerment Corps Members Needed
At the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell, MA

The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) is currently seeking passionate and dedicated applicants for Year 7 of the Youth Empowerment Corps! This position requires a commitment of ten-months beginning in August 2014 through July 2015. Youth Empowerment Corps Members serve full time during their service year at UTEC located in downtown Lowell, MA. UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell’s most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Members serve UTECs youth directly in various capacities from case management, teaching, coaching, job training, civic engagement, community service and mentoring. Offering a unique and dynamic opportunity for professional and personal development, Members will cultivate skills from project planning and management to public speaking, relationship building to time management, and so much more. Corps Members will have abundant opportunities to work on individual projects, department tasks, and Corps-wide collaborations. If you are searching for an opportunity to foster meaningful connections with youth and team members, develop useful professional skills, and contribute to a fulfilling and profound mission, UTEC is the place for you.

For consideration, send resume and letter of interest; or for further information, email Melany Levesque at mlevesque@utec-lowell.org. For more information about UTEC, please visithttp://www.utec-lowell.org/programs/americorps. Additional information about AmeriCorps can be found at www.americorps.gov. No phone calls, please.

SENIORS: Take on environmental challenges, join Green Corps!
In the next few months, Green Corps will invite 35 college graduates to join in 2014 -2015. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit www.greencorps.org to apply to join the 2014-2015 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing. In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll 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 — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food and 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.

Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2014 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, visit www.greencorps.org or contact Charley Olena, Lead Organizer, at charlotteo@greencorps.org or 716-870-4555. Or, visit http://www.greencorps.org/findoutmore

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



Rural Costa Rican Women Plant Trees to Fight Climate Change
(From Washington Post, Sudarsan Raghavan, 4/4/14)
It’s been 20 years, but we continue to struggle,” said Mukamusoni, 38, who has long sought full-time work. “I hope this knowledge will help our life.”

Rwanda will commemorate the genocide’s 20th anniversary Monday with solemn ceremonies to remember the more than 800,000 people — mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus — butchered over 100 days by the nation’s Hutu majority. With resentment still lingering, the government is in the midst of an ambitious effort to transform itself, the economy and society.
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Seeing the women in revolutionary Syria
(From Open Democracy, RAZAN GHAZZAWI 8 April 2014)
"They brought us by bus. We were a large group of female and male comrades. I recall that we were shackled, and an increasing sense of fear overwhelmed me about reaching that place, the expected interrogation, from facing Mudar whom I thought was there, and seeing all the comrades. Mixed feelings of fear and anticipation and desire and ... But it all began to disappear en route and as I am approaching the city that I loved and still do, I did not feel the length of the road or the time that had passed by .. Damascus was looming in front of us."
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Women’s Rights Activist Criticizes Brandeis’s Decision to Cancel Her Honorary Degree
(From NY Times, By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA APRIL 9, 2014)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s rights advocate and critic of Islam, said in a statement on Wednesday that Brandeis University had betrayed the principles of freedom of expression and religion by rescinding an invitation to her to receive an honorary degree.

“Neither Brandeis nor my critics knew or even inquired as to what I might say,” Ms. Hirsi Ali said in the statement. “They simply wanted me to be silenced. I regret that very much.”
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Poems of war, peace, women, power
(From TED Talks Suheir Hammad 12/10)
Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: "What I Will" and "break (clustered)" — meditations on war and peace, on women and power. Wait for the astonishing line: "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded."
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Peace Education in Sudan? Not as unlikely as it might sound
(From USIP Linda Bishai April 8, 2014)
Nothing prepared me for the coffee-black water coming out of the taps. It happened just as a large and delicious breakfast was set out for us in a compound dining room and we were starting to wash our hands in sinks at the side. Sudden, dark, and a bit shocking, the water seemed like a betrayal of all the honest hospitality of our generous hosts. We quickly shifted to washing with bottled water and proceeded without further disruption. Still, the image of that dirty water where clean water had flowed before seemed like a sign that something larger was badly broken.
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