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PJS Newsletter - 11/17/14


  • Discussion on Immigration: featuring Roberto Escobar Director of Education Promotion for the National Youth Institute of El Salvador in conjunction with a Tufts janitor.
  • Interested in global health? Apply to be a health fellow!
  • Student Perks: Find out how you can get discounted admission to the JFK museum
  • Dinner and a movie: Join the Women's Center for a discussion of Maleficent
  • Still uninformed about Ferguson? Attend a teach-in!


Campus News & Events

The Institute for Global Leadership, with the Department of Philosophy and and the Center for the Study of Race, will present the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award to
John Artis and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (posthumously)
Wednesday, November 19, 7:30pm, Crane Room, Paige Hall

the award presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:
JOHN ARTIS, Exoneree and Co-Defendant with Rubin “Hurricane” Carter; former Counselor, Timber Ridge Res- idential Center for Boys; former Correctional Officer, White Post Detention Center
FRED W. HOGAN, Former Investigator, New Jersey Office of the Public Defender; he was the first person to begin reinvestigating the Rubin “Hurricane” Carter/John Artis case, in which his relentless efforts resulted in the recantation of two eyewitnesses, paving the way for the exonerations
THOM KIDRIN, Friend, Executor and Trustee of the Estate of Rubin Hurricane Carter
JOHN LEMAY, Filmmaker and Tufts alumnus chosen to create an archival film on Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and John Artis

Confronting the Dealth Penatly Symposium


Forced Migration from El Salvador: A discussion with Roberto Escobar
November 20th at 7pm

Latino Center

Interested in immigration? Concerned about border detention centers? Curious about the role young people playin immigration rights?

Check out this event featuring Roberto Escobar Director of Education Promotion for the National Youth Institute of El Salvador in conjunction with a Tufts janitor.

Dinner and a Movie: Maleficent
Thursday November 20, 2014 at 06:30 pm
The Women's Center
Ever wonder how Sleeping Beauty fell asleep? Angelina Jolie plays the titular character and official Disney villain, Maleficent, who puts Sleeping Beauty Aurora under her spell. Come see the other side of the classic story, and join us in discussing the constructed roles of hero and villain, biological and chosen family, and “happy” endings. Join us for a screening of Maleficent with a discussion led by Shannon Weber, Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Lecturer and Steph Gauchel, Director of the Women’s Center. Dinner will be provided!

Ferguson Teach-In
Friday November 21, 2014 at 01:00 pm
Terrace Room
Please join the Tufts CSRD for our Ferguson Teach-In. Collectively we'll discuss contemporary issues of racial/social justice and connect the relevance of Ferguson to local issues of poverty, unemployment, and mass incarceration. Through community panels, the teach-in should help promote research-based conversations about racial justice at Tufts and equip participants with strategies to act locally on racial justice issues. Panel Times: 1:00-2:15 Students and Political Activism in the Wake of Ferguson 2:30-3:45 Ferguson in Context: Race, State Violence, and Civil Rights 4:00-5:15 Resistance after Ferguson: Combating Structural Racism in the 21st Century Feel free to attend as much or as little as you can!

Hosted by Tufts Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
December 2, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
Alumnae Lounge

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, an accomplished advocate for working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, was sworn in as the City’s 54th Mayor on January 6, 2014. With a commitment to community, equality and opportunity for every resident and neighborhood, Mayor Walsh has the record, skills and passion to move Boston forward.

Cultures on the Edge: Photograhping a changing world in the 21st Century

Chris Rainier was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club for his efforts on cultural preservation. He has completed photographic projects for the United Nations, UNESCO, Amnesty International, Conservation International, the Smithsonian Institution, Time Magazine, the New York Times, and the National Geographic Society. He lectures throughout the world on using modern technology to preserve ancient cultural traditions. He has lectured for: TED Global, The EG Conference, Google, Apple, Nokia, and Adobe. He is the director of the Last Mile Technol- ogy Program, which supports underrepresented and indigenous cultures with computers, cameras, and video equip- ment, empowering them to tell their own stories and not to be left behind by the digital divide.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Discounted Admission to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Discounted Tickets Available with Valid College ID

Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 | (617) 514-1600

Open 7 Days a Week from 9am- 5pm

Come and explore the life and legacy of the thirty-fifth president of the United States at this monument of his legacy. Students and scholars can arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy. As well as take tours of our Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.

Interested in environmental activism or getting involved in a local campaign?

The Yes on 2 Campaign to update the Bottle Bill and improve Massachusetts recycling and decrease litter is looking for volunteers to join us our grassroots campaign. We will be canvassing in Somerville on Sunday the 19th, 26th, and Nov 2th knocking on doors and asking people to vote Yes on Question 2.

We will also be calling voters on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the month from either 5:30-7 or 7:30-9 to ask voters for their support. All volunteers will be trained, with no prior experience required.

Interested students should contact Andrew Petrone at More information on the campaign can be found at

Boston’s House of Sufism seeking volunteers!

Boston’s House of Sufism is looking for volunteers to assist with a local hunger and homelessness initiative. The group takes a flexible, multi-faceted approach to addressing these issues, including distributing excess food from bakeries and grocery stores directly to shelter residents, organizing to raise money and donations for specific requests, and serving a weekly home-cooked meal at a homeless shelter.

The House of Sufism has worked with Boston shelters for several years, including the Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, and St. Francis House. Recently, they’ve have developed a relationship with Boston’s only all-youth shelter, Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Serving with the House of Sufism is a unique opportunity to work on the ground with local shelter residents in a warm and informal setting. Volunteers are welcomed to join at whatever capacity best suits them, whether for several hours a week or one Sunday afternoon a month.

For more information, please contact Flora Lang at or visit

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

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Volunteer Programs in South Africa.

In 2015, we are offering a variety of 2 and 4-week programs in Cape Town, South Africa! Programs Offered: April 20 - November 6, 2015.

As an OHS Volunteer, you will:
* Integrate yourself into and work closely with members of the local community to create positive social uplift
* Teach primary school students through a mentorship program focused on building strong Math and English foundations, while empowering students
* Exchange ideas and culture with people from around the world
* Lead after-school programs in non-traditional subjects like dance, debate, art, and sports
* Work with a small, dynamic team of international university and graduate students
* Develop empathy, confidence, and leadership skills while pursuing social justice

We at One Heart Source believe in creating lasting social change through education and human connection. We encourage you to take a step towards providing a more socially just future for some of the most marginalized communities in the world.

Tufts Intersections Project – Join the Dialogue!

October 21 – November 14

Sign up for a 90 minute session!

Join a small group discussion to share your experiences and perspectives. Trained facilitators from the Tufts community are convening these dialogues as an opportunity for students to get to know each other and to discuss how you can find your place, make a difference, and maintain your well-being in college and in life. Dialogues run on various topics, October 21 – November 14. For more information and to sign up, check out



Interested in Impacting your Community? English At Large is Accepting Applications for Spring Internships

English at Large is a nonprofit that provides individual and small group instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants and other newcomers who want to acquire English language skills as they adapt to life in the United States. Our vision is that newcomers to the United States will develop the English language skills and acquire the cultural knowledge needed to fully engage in their communities and fulfill their life goals.

We have three part-time internship openings for the spring semester. Our internship programs provide you with experience in a small, close-knit non-profit working environment, as well as offer you a variety of relevant trainings on topics such as grant writing and event promotion.

Our internship openings are as follows: Program Administration, Program Outreach, and Programs and Social Media. Internships will begin in January 2015 and end in May 2015, with the possibility of continuing into the summer. Interns are asked to commit 10-15 hours/week to their position. All internships must be eligible for the Tufts Work Study Program, and will pay $10/hour.

The English At Large office is located in Woburn, MA, but there may be the opportunity to work more locally in Medford, MA. If this is a deciding factor, please reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator at the email address provided below.

To find out more or to apply, go to:

Feel free to send your resume and cover letter to

SENIORS: Green Corps is looking for college graduates for their year-long program!
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 & 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.

For more information, read on or visit .

Apply to be a 2015-2016 Global Health Fellow

There is no single experience, background, quality or skill that makes someone the “right” candidate for the fellowship. Rather, we are looking for outstanding individuals who are seeking to apply their skills and their passion for health equity to a lifelong community of global changemakers. We do not expect that fellows will have a background in public health or that they have been involved in international development work before. We believe that global health organizations can greatly benefit from individuals who have worked in or studied a wide variety of fields. We strongly encourage applicants from all sectors to apply, including but by no means limited to engineering, finance, consulting, government, architecture, research, technology, and education.

Applications close February 3, 2015. Positions for the 2015-2016 fellowship and Part 2 of the application will be posted on December 9, 2014.

Application Requirements:

Be 30 or under at the start of the fellowship
Have an undergraduate university degree by July 2015
Be proficient in English

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:



Has the World Forgotten the Central African Republic?
(From NY Times, JAKE FLANAGIN NOVEMBER 5, 2014 )
A “forgotten crisis.” That’s how the Council on Foreign Relations defines the state of affairs in the Central African Republic — a landlocked stretch of scrubland and dry forest wedged between Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The Ebola crisis in West Africa has distracted international attention from developments in other parts of Africa, notably in the Central African Republic,” writes Thomas Zuber, a master’s candidate in international political economy at Fordham University and an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa studies program. “Since October 7, violence has escalated in C.A.R.’s capital, Bangui,” he reports. “The most recent renewal of hostilities has already displaced 65,000 people.
Click here for more.

Mexico’s Brutal Nightmare
( Time, Ioan Grillo/Iguala @ioangrillo Nov. 13, 2014 )
In the end, it took a crime that was shocking even by the standards of Mexico’s blood-soaked drug war for a semblance of order to return to a small community of 140,000 in the country’s southern Guerrero state. On the night of Sept. 26—a date now inscribed on Mexico’s calendar of historic atrocities—corrupt police and cartel thugs in the town of Iguala went on a killing spree. First they shot dead three students and three passersby, slicing the face off one victim and leaving his corpse on the street. Then they kidnapped 43 students, carting them off in police cars before reportedly throwing them into a cattle truck.
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The silent drama of photography
(From TED Talks TED2013 · 16:53 · Filmed Feb 2013 )
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places.
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Honoring Veterans, Baghdad Memories
(From USIP Friday, Thursday, November 13, 2014 Manal Omar)
Although our military has been solidly engaged in humanitarian work for a long time, our national conversation on war often overlooks this aspect of the U.S. military’s presence on the ground around the world. The space between civilian and military in conflict zones has shrunk considerably, as the two worlds are inevitably thrown together in the field and the military now works in conjunction with non-military organizations to improve the lives of non-combatants.
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