PJS Newsletter - 2/16/17

Hello all,

We hope you have been staying warm and safe

during the recent snow days.

Stay tuned for new PJS job opportunities, internships,

and events both on and off-campus.

-The Peace and Justice Studies Program


Campus News & Events

Create Date: Floating Artifacts- Artist Talk with Evelyn Rydz. TONIGHT- Thursday, February 16, 2017. 5:00 PM. Tufts University Art Gallery.

Participate in Ryd'z ongoing project by examining, identifying and cataloging specimens.

Evelyn Rydz: Floating Artifacts, a component of the exhibition The Ocean After Nature on view at SMFA at Tufts.

Floating Artifacts examines the life cycles of ocean debris – from ancient organisms, to fossil fuel at the base of the ocean, to quickly manufactured plastic toys and tools on land, and back to the ocean as floating fragments of our contemporary lives.


Gareth Porter: "Taking Control of the Permanent War State" Tuesday, February 21, 2017. 7PM. Anderson Room 112.

Did you know that while Barack Obama was in the White House, the United States was at war every single day?

Do you fear that Donald Trump's xenophobic utterances are planting the seeds for a new wave of anti-American violence?

Do you believe that the American people have no say in momentous foreign policy decisions?

Consider attending a talk by award-winning journalist and historian Gareth Porter on "Taking Control of the Permanent War State."

Porter has written several books on U.S. foreign policy, including
"Perils of Dominance" (2005) on the War in Indochina, which Boston University Emeritus Professor of International Relations and History Andrew Bacevich called "without a doubt the most important contribution to the history of U.S. national security policy to appear in the past decade."

This event is sponsored by the Tufts Faculty Progressive Caucus.


Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Governor Charlie Baker. Thursday, February 23, 2017. 7:00 pm. Distler Auditorium, Granoff Music Center.

Join us for a conversation with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Since taking office in January 2015, Governor Baker has focused on vital issues like education, transportation, energy, and regulatory reform while working to close budget gaps in the Commonwealth.

He has also played a leading role in combating the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and around the country. Before his term, Governor Baker served as a cabinet secretary to two former governors and as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Tickets available starting this week! Free tickets will be available with a Tufts ID at the Campus Center Information Booth beginning Thursday, February 16.


A Conversation on Children's Advocacy with Marian Wright Edelman. Monday, February 27 at 8pm-9pm.

"Come join us for an engaging lecture on children's advocacy with Marian Wright Edelman!

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families. The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Free Tickets Available 2/16 at Campus Center/Online at tuftstickets.com"


Tufts International Relations Career Symposium. Saturday, March 4, 2017.

"Join us for the annual IR Career Symposium!! Featuring panels on National Security, Development & Nonprofits, Communications & Law, Finance, Business, & Consulting, Health Care, and Technology

The keynote speaker will be alum Anthony Banbury, formerly the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, and the current Chief of Philanthropy for Vulcan Inc.

Please RSVP if you can make it."

Click here to join the Facebook event.


Funding & Other Opportunities

Global Youth Connect's (GYC) Human Rights Delegation in Colombia- June 18th-30th, 2017.

"Applications are now open for students to participate in Global Youth Connect's (GYC) Human Rights Delegation from June 18th- June 30th, 2017.

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas recently reached a historic agreement to formally end more than 52 years of armed conflict, the longest running war in the Western Hemisphere. GYC’s delegation provides a fantastic opportunity to experience history in the making.

Delegates will gain unique insight into the promises and challenges of conflict transformation, transitional justice, and human rights work in Colombia from leaders building peace throughout the country. Traveling from government meetings in the capital to site visits with social activists in the countryside, the delegation will engage with experts and inspire future work to protect human rights."

For more information please visit: http://www.globalyouthconnect.org/colombia.

You can also send us any questions at: colombia@globalyouthconnect.com.


B.A. Rudolph Foundation Scholarships- Apply Today! Deadlines vary.

Applications for all scholarships are now open! Deadlines vary so be sure to check our website for dates and eligibility criteria.

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation provides financial and professional support to women with summer internships in public service (graduate and undergraduate) in Washington, DC and STEM internships nationwide.

The purpose of the scholarships is to cover the living expenses, making it feasible for students to accept unpaid internships. Since 2012, 38 women from 30 different universities and colleges have benefited from the scholarships.

For more information, email Kristen@BARudolphFoundation.org.


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

Global Food+ 2017: 24 Speed Talks at the Nexus of Food, Agriculture, Environment, Health, and Society. Friday, February 24, 2017. 1737 Cambridge Street, Room K217. Cambridge, MA. 12:30-4:30 PM.

Global Food+ 2017 is an event open to all that will feature an afternoon of “speed talk” presentations by two dozen top scholars in the Boston area. This event will highlight current research findings at the important nexus between food, agriculture, health, society, and the environment.

The twenty-four presenters include scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, economics, political science, history, sociology, engineering, biology, and environmental sciences. Each will deliver a seven-minute summary of his or her most recent research findings. The topics covered will include cultural practices and veganism, irrigation and food security, farm subsidies, GMOs, cropland productivity and climate change, food contamination, food waste, the environmental consequences of meat consumption, and rural poverty in Africa.

A complete list of speakers and topics can be found on our Speakers page.

The conference conveners include a steering committee of both senior and junior scholars from Harvard, Tufts University, Boston University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with sponsorship from Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

This conference is free and open to the public!

Click here for more information.


Supporting People's Actions to Empower Women at the Margins. Saturday, March 18, 2017. 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.

CSW Sympoisum at Fordham Law School 140 West 62nd Street at Lincoln Center.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10AM – 4PM
* Registration / Check-in: 9:30am
* Book launch & reception to immediately follow

"Pasos Peace Museum and the International Institute on Peace Education invite you to join in a participatory, action-planning program to build solidarity with women’s movements to claim rights proclaimed by the world community in international human rights instruments, yet denied or ignored by national governments.

Among the relevant rights instruments are: UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, all of which have the potential to empower citizens to advance their full participation in striving toward a just and peaceful world.

Within the context of the potential of law and international standards the symposium will comprise action-planning discussions based on women’s experience with self-empowerment campaigns."

Click here for more information/to register.



Brethren Woods Summer Camp Peace and Justice Director- Apply today!

Brethren Woods is a Church of the Brethren affiliated summer camp located in western Virginia, about an hour and a half from downtown Washington, DC. We are looking to hire a Peace and Justice Director to teach classes to the approximately 560 children and youth who attend our summer camp program each summer.

The Peace and Justice Director would have the responsibility to teach Biblical, historical, and theological understandings of peace as well as practical conflict resolution skills to our campers. The ideal candidate has a strong Christian faith, some undergraduate coursework completed in the area of peace and justice studies, and a working knowledge of and ability to teach conflict resolution skills to others.

Employment would begin May 30 and end on July 28.

A more detailed description of the job can be found here and an application form (a Google Document) is located here.

Brethren Woods works hard to hire a diverse and talented staff each summer and we strongly encourage applicants who bring diversity to apply.


Internship: Forest Foundation

Forest Foundation’s 2017 Summer Internship program provides the opportunity for undergraduate college students in the United States, including graduating seniors, to gain experience in the non-profit world through paid, 10-week summer internships and accompanying leadership development program.

Through placements at non-profit organizations in the Greater Boston area, interns engage in the general operations of an agency and help advance the agency’s mission and work in the community. Included in the program are a series of 4 leadership and professional development workshop days facilitated by Forest Foundation and drawing upon experts in the community.

Learn more here.



New e-Book by John Foran "2017 Days and Months of Climate Justice"

"This book contains a series of essays written at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 on the theme of climate justice. They were meant to help reflection on the events of 2016 and to offer some of the climate justice movement's best ideas and practices to itself in the current year.

Click here to check it out.


"US: Largest Protests since '60's spur state crackdown bills" (From NonViolent Conflict News-Elise Young and Janan Hanna- February 3, 2017).

As demonstrators take to the streets to protest President Donald Trump, statehouses across the US are devising legal tools to regulate public dissent, with at least 10 bills to limit protests introduced in recent months nationwide. The bills, which critics say impinge on constitutional freedoms, call for prison time and fines for disruption of roads and traffic, the banning of masks at protests, and the imprisonment of people who taunt ex-officials. “I’ve been monitoring free speech legislation for about a dozen years now,” said Lee Rowland of the ACLU, “and I’ve never seen anti-protest legislation in the states anywhere near as large as we’re seeing this year.”

Click here to read.


"Companies are Taking a Stand for Immigrants and Refugees" (From JustMeans by Gina-Marie Cheeseman- February 13, 2017).

"The day after President Trump signed an executive order that drastically alters immigration, people across the US went to airports to protest it. Some companies are also not thrilled with Trump’s executive order.

Starbucks has taken the strongest stance against the executive order. Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz stated in a letter that the company is “developing plans” to hire 10,000 refugees over a five-year period in the 75 countries where it does business. It will begin in the US by focusing on hiring people who served as interpreters and support personnel with US troops. Schultz also declared in the letter that Starbucks will not “stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new Administration’s actions grows with each passing day.”

Click here to read the full article.

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