PJS Newsletter - 12/7/16

Hi all,

It's our last newsletter of the year! The semester has flown by.

We wish you all the best with your final exams and papers.

Have a wonderful winter break!

We will see you in the new year!




Campus News & Events

Medford Conversations: Who Belongs? Dialogues About Race & Ethnicity in Medford and Beyond Information Session!

Monday, December 12, 2016. 7:30 PM Eaton 124.

Want to engage in deliberative democracy? Become a trained faciliator? Earn a course credit? Have a piece of pizza?

Come to our info session!

Medford Conversations is a campus-community partnership designed to enhance constructive dialogue and collaborative action among all who reside, study, work, play and pray in the city.

Starting January 29, 2016 and ending March 12, 2017, these dialogue circles will address a timely and important topic: “Who Belongs? Dialogues about Race and Ethnicity in Medford and Beyond.”

There will be a dialogue held just off campus that is designed to bring together the Tufts and nearby communities of Hillside and West Medford. This dialogue circle will meet from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on three different dates (TBD) during that period.

Students who wish to participate or facilitate in the campus/community dialogue circle can earn credit through the Ex-College.

Please contact Dale Bryan (dale.bryan@tufts.edu) for more information. Staff who wish to participate are encouraged to request professional development leave from their supervisors for any time that overlaps with work schedules.

Go to www.medfordconversations.org to learn more or contact pjs@tufts.edu


A Different Kind of Classroom: The Power of Prison Education. Thursday, December 8, 2016. 5:00-6:00 PM. Barnum 104.

The Petey Greene Program seeks to provide individualized academic tutoring for people who are incarcerated. On Thursday, they will host a panel discussion about the intersection between education and criminal justice.

Panelists include Kaia Stern of the Prison Studies Project, Tufts professor Sabina Vaught and Arthur Bembury of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition. Check out the Facebook event and the flyer.


Women's Center Symposium Gender & Culture: Legacies. Friday, December 9, 2016. 12PM-5PM. Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room.

What is a legacy? How do we create and preserve them, and how do we leave them behind? How do we make sense of them—celebrate, resist, and/or question them? How do we disrupt time, memory, and legacy, as linear conventions?

Please join us for the Women's Center 7th Annual Symposium, as undergraduate and graduate students present their exciting work and consider different ways to enact, embody, capture, and resist legacies.

The Keynote Speaker will be Professor of the Practice, poet Natalie Shapero. Lunch will be provided at 12pm.


A Teach-In: Another Society is Possible. Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11, 10 a.m- 8 p.m. Paige Hall, Terrrace Room, Crane Room.

This teach-in is a site for drawing on rich intersectional histories of experience and knowledge to consider ongoing struggle, resistance, and resilience.

The two days will bring together community members, activists, students, faculty, staff, and peers from other institutions to organize around direct actions, engage in disruptive practices of care and solidarity, and narrate possibilities for another society.

For more information, contact: kris.manjapra@tufts.edu (faculty), elise.harris@tufts.edu (grad student), eleanor.day@tufts.edu (senior).


Cookies, Cocoa & Calm. Wednesday, December 14, 2016. 7PM-8PM. Campus Center.

In need of a study break?? Stop by the Campus Center lobby on Wednesday, December 14, from 7-8PM to snack on cookies and sip some hot cocoa!

Not only that, massage chairs will be provided for maximum relaxation! A stress-free evening sponsored by Tufts Career Center and Office for Campus Life—hope to see you there!


Funding & Other Opportunities

100 Projects for Peace: Design a Grassroots Peace Project for a Chance to Receive funding of $10,000 and implement it next summer!

About: The Projects for Peace program is an invitation to undergraduates to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2017.

This funding opportunity ($10,000) is very timely for students who are committed to the safety and wellbeing of community members who are Muslim, undocumented, female, disabled, black, Latinx, people of color, immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ in the post election climate.

The Project aims to support those who want to develop and implement a project in conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation to be carried out in the summer of 2017.

While many are international projects, still other winners implement projects domestically. Students at Pitzer College worked to establish an LA-based leadership institute for training your transgender people to be effective community organizers. Last year an award was given to students at NYU to hold workshops to increase dialogue between faith-based communities to decrease bullying. Another was awarded to students at the University of Chicago to showcase the writing and visual art of artists in underserved Chicago neighborhoods.

Keep in mind that the Deadline to submit a proposal will occur in January of 2017.

However, it is never too early to start brainstorming ideas!

Interested in learning more?
Check out this live streamed YouTube Q&A with two Tufts Alumni who were past winners of the project.


Volunteer Opportunity: Community Outreach Coordinator

The New Garden Society is looking for a community outreach coordinator to help the administrator to communicate and represent the organization, to engage the public with the work of TNGS. The coordinator does this through: targeted social media outreach, event planning, and grassroots marketing.

See the flyer for more details.


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

Tufts Against Genocide: Student Leadership Trip to Washington D.C. February 2017- Apply by December 15th!

Tufts Against Genocide is excited to announce a student leadership trip to Washington D.C. in February 2017! The goals of this trip include genocide education, building interfaith relationships, and empowering participants to become advocates against injustice.

During the trip we will visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as hear from organizations working to prevent and end different genocides around the world.

This trip will be from Saturday, February 18th through Monday February 20th 2016.

Applications are due December 15th, 2016.

Click here for more details and the application!

Feel free to reach out to Aviva Weinstein (avivaweinstein@gmail.com) with any questions.


Tufts Global Engagement Trip (GET) in Ecuador, Spring Break 2017- Apply by January 20!

Are you interested in the concept of microfinance and how financial services work in economically challenged parts of the world? During Spring Break 2017, join Tufts faculty and other students on a trip to Ecuador for a week long, boots-on-the-ground learning experience.

This is a unique opportunity to engage directly with the microfinance community and the clients they serve. Click here for more information on the trip, including the itinerary and a short application.

The priority application deadline is December 2, and the general deadline is January 20.

Have questions about trip details or want to talk directly to a student who attended the 2016 GET? Contact Tufts faculty trip leader, Adam Grenier at Adam.Grenier@tufts.edu.


Foundation International Education: "Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East" Summer Abroad Program 2017.

FIE’s summer Peace & Conflict program works with leading peace and justice scholars in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Jordan, offering you the opportunity to critically analyze and explore some of the most daunting issues of our time.

Explore different paths to peace and the sensitive cultural and societal roots of conflict. Your program begins in Dublin with an introduction to peace and conflict theory, using Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a case study.

In Amman, the focus turns to Middle Eastern issues as you examine how various countries in the region are addressing the Arab/Israeli conflict, regional conflicts such as those in Lebanon, Yemen or Iraq, and tribal conflicts.

Click here for more information!


What is a Good Citizen and How do you Create One? Thursday, December 8. 5:00-6:30 pm. Harvard Graduate School of Education (Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA)

The election highlighted deep divisions in American society. As we think about civic education, we must take stock of these challenges; especially those related to diversity, marginalized groups, divided parties, digital democracy, and the pressures for more global perspectives.

The panel members will bring expertise from research, practice, communication and policy to the discussion.

Speakers include Callie Crossley; Michelle Fine, and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg. Moderated by Meira Levinson.

Learn more here and check out the Facebook event page here.



Libraries Without Borders Non-Profit Administration Internship: Rolling Application- apply today!

Libraries Without Borders (LWB) is an international non-government organization whose mission is to expand access to information for vulnerable communities.

By creating and reinforcing libraries, training librarians, distributing books, supporting local publishing, and designing library networks, Libraries Without Borders actively promotes access to knowledge in more than 20 countries.

LWB is hiring 2 administrative interns to support our office in Washington, D.C. Though preference will be given to interns living in Washington, D.C., we will also consider strong candidates who express interest in working with LWB remotely.


  • The interns will work directly with Executive Director of LWB US on a variety of administrative tasks, including communications, fund-raising, grant-writing, program logistics, and financial accounting and reporting.
  • LWB is looking for interns that are available to work 10 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, to start immediately.
  • Top candidates will have an expressed interest in pursuing a career in human rights and/or international education.

The Application Process:
If you are interested in working with LWB as an administrative intern, please write a letter that answers the following questions.

Please submit your application letter to Allister Chang:

  • Why is this internship opportunity of interest to you?
  • What experiences and skills do you have that you feel make you a strong candidate for this position?  Please be specific.
  • You will need to be responsive to e-mails and to take pro-active initiative to fulfill weekly tasks. How have you shown that you are reliable and pro-active in school or in a previous job?


Global Health Corps Fellowship. Apply by January 18, 2017.

"Applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship Classes are open through January 18, 2017.

We are looking for global and diverse group of passionate and talented emerging leaders who are willing to push themselves outside their comfort zones, to embrace failure, and to approach a personally transformative year – with many challenges in the day-to-day.

Fellowship details:
Yearlong paid placements (June 25, 2016 – July 9, 2017) within partner organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia to address real-time capacity gaps and strengthen health systems.


-Be 30 years or younger by June 25, 2017.
-Hold a bachelor or undergraduate university degree by June 25, 2017.
-Be proficient in English.

Key Date: January 18, 2017: Application parts 1 and 2 close at 11:59pm EST. Proof of Identity and Proof of Education documents due

Click here for more information/to apply!


Carr Center Fellowship: Apply by January 2017.

"Carr Center Fellowships offer scholars and practitioners the opportunity to spend a semester or year at Harvard conducting research, sharing experiences with students, and exploring critical human rights issues with a distinguished group of peers.

Please use our Online application form to tell us more about you, your previous work, and why you'd like to join us. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2017."

Click here for more information!


Fellowship Opportunity- CTC Ten Foundation Program. Apply by January 1.

Each year CTC Ten selects two individuals to serve as CTC Ten Fellows in Cape Town, South Africa. These fellowships provide well qualified candidates the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to best practices in the field of youth development, the process through which young people acquire the cognitive, social, and emotional skills to better navigate the challenges life in the Township presents. This is centered on programmatic monitoring and evaluation.

We are now accepting applications for our 2017 fellowship program!

Dates: June 2017 - June 2018. Apply by January 1.

Click here for more information and the application link!



"Legacy of Dissident Movements Could Have Lessons for Today" (From Nonviolent Conflict News by Natalie Nougayrede- November 28, 2016).

"Writers, artists and intellectuals from across Europe recently met in Bratislava at an annual gathering of people who cherish the legacy of dissidents such as Václav Havel and believe it carries many useful truths for today. In times of creeping authoritarianism, something akin to the dissident movements of the former communist bloc might now be reawakened.

The movement Havel and his friends founded nearly 40 years ago called for a new brand of activism against the autocracy of both communism and fascism. What’s needed is a wider grassroots approach, linking up Europe’s democratically minded beyond left-right criteria and beyond borders."

Click here for the full article.


"Help for Kids the Education System Ignores" (From Ted Talks Live by Victor Rios).

Define students by what they contribute, not what they lack — especially those with difficult upbringings, says educator Victor Rios. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see "at-risk" students as "at-promise" individuals brimming with resilience, character and grit.

Click here to watch.

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