PJS Newsletter - 09/11/14

Welcome back everyone!

SAVE THE DATE! October 1st at 7pm in Cabot ASEAN Auditorium

From Freedom Riders to Militarized Freedom: A dialogue between Bernard LaFayette and Peniel Joseph

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, an original Freedom Rider, civil rights activist and current scholar in residence at Emory University, will be interviewed by Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)

Sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies and the CSRD


  • National Dialogue on Race Day presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)is on Monday, September 15th
  • Join the Chaplaincy in a “third space” series to talk and learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict!
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren comes to campus! Find out how you might be able to volunteer at the event!
  • Looking to intern or work in Somerville this semester? Check out the job section!


Campus News & Events

Global Development And Environment Institute
at Tufts University Open House

Tuesday, September 16
44 Teele Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

Come learn about GDAE’s work to reform economic theory, transform the way economics is taught, and reshape policies to promote sustainable development. Meet our researchers and check out publications on environmental policy, globalization, sustainable development, and alternative economics.

Also learn about GDAE’s:
Campus Events
Books & Publications
Job Opportunities

National Dialogue on Race Day presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)
Monday, September 15
8:00pm Cabot ASEAN Auditorium

Please join us for the second annual National Dialogue on Race Day (NDRD), this year titled 'The Civil Rights Act: 50 Years Ago, 50 Years Later, 50 Years from Now.' A diverse panel will discuss issues of civil rights in the wake of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and more recently, the events in Ferguson, MO. The panel will be followed by ample time for audience Q&A. Visit the following link for more information: http://as.tufts.edu/csrd/newsEvents/NDRD/. This event is open to members of the Tufts and Greater Boston communities.

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary
Friday, September 12 | 10:30-12:30 pm (Doors open at 9:30)
Gantcher Center, Medford campus

AmeriCorps members, alumni and supporters may register for this free event here:

Tisch College is proud to host the Massachusetts celebration of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Massachusetts has been there with AmeriCorps every step of the way. From the first swearing-in ceremony on the Boston Common to today with over 2,000 AmeriCorps members serving every day in communities throughout the Commonwealth. As the “birthplace of national service” Massachusetts has much to celebrate and recognize in the last 20 years.

Program will include a National Swearing-In & Re-Commitment-to-Service Ceremony for AmeriCorps Members and Alumni in conjunction with a simulcast from the White House.

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Monday, September 15 | 12pm
Cohen Auditorium

Please join us as we launch the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series with an engaging talk with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made the fight for middle class families her life's work.

Warren will be the featured speaker for the third Alan D. Solomont on Citizenship and Public Service at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Established in honor of Alan D. Solomont, A70, A09P, these lectures enable Tisch College to bring to campus distinguished guest speakers who embody the spirit and values of active citizenship and public service. The inaugural lecture in 2011 was given by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Throughout the academic year, the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series will bring leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss pressing public issues. During their visits, these notable guests will also connect with students and faculty for informative roundtable discussions.

Tickets for the Tufts community will be available starting Monday, September 8, at the Cohen Box Office. A limited number of seats for the public will be available by calling 888-320-4103.

Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact us at activecitizen@tufts.edu.

Join us for the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21! Get on the bus and sign up with the Peace & Justice Hub.

The specter of nuclear war still hangs over the world. US policy is the main obstacle to effective global action on climate change, world peace, and nuclear disarmament. Peace, antiwar and environmental activists must join together for immediate action!

The Peace, Justice and Climate contingent will assemble at 10:00 am for a pre-rally on Central Park West north of Columbus Circle. Confirmed speakers include Bill McKibben, Tom Hayden, Medea Benjamin, Father John Dear, Margaret Stevens, and Erica Violet-Lee of Idle No More, with music by Emma’s Revolution, Dar Williams, and Holly Near. The march steps off at 11:30am.

SAVE THE DATE! From Freedom Riders to Militarized Freedom: A dialogue between Bernard LaFayette and Peniel Joseph
October 1st at 7pm

Cabot ASEAN Auditorium

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, an original Freedom Rider, civil rights activist and current scholar in residence at Emory University, will be interviews by Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)

This event is Sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies and the CSRD


Funding & Other Opportunities

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Blog: Climate Justice Through Resiliency
Check out our latest blog post, Climate Justice through Resiliency and Renewable Energy in A Post-Industrial City by Sherrell Dorsey. In today's post, Sherrell discusses the positive, transformative impact that community planning and an HUD grant have had on Bridgeport, a low-income community which was further devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

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The Anthony Shadid Internship
The Committee to Protect Journalists and the Institute for Global Leadership developed this internship to commemorate the life and achievements of Anthony Shadid’s international reporting career The Anthony Shadid Internship

Only current Tufts students are eligible to apply. Successful candidates must have an interest in the Middle East region, Arabic language skills, and experience working on research and/or journalism. They will learn about press freedom issues and gain research skills and social media experience.

Interns will work part time (20 hours per week), based at Tufts, from October 2014 to January 2014 for the Committee to Protect Journalists Middle East and North Africa Program. They will assist in researching and writing about the current status of press freedom in Arabic-speaking countries for CPJ’s annual report, Attacks on the Press. They will be required to visit CPJ office in New York several times, including for an orientation and training. Fluency or advanced proficiency in Arabic will be required to read Arabic news articles and reports, listen to Arabic broadcasts, and speak to Arabic sources.Interns will be offered a stipend, including cost of travel, through the IGL. They will be evaluated by CPJ upon completion of the internship. This was initiated as part of the EPIIC year on “The Future of the Middle East and North Africa” in 2013-14.

Anthony Shadid was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, based in Beirut and Baghdad, when he died in February 2012 while covering the conflict in Syria. From 2003 to 2009, Shadid was a staff writer for The Washington Post, where he was an Islamic affairs correspondent based in the Middle East. Before The Washington Post, Shadid worked as Middle East correspondent for the Asso- ciated Press based in Cairo and as news editor of the AP bureau in Los Angeles. While reporting on the Libyan uprising against Col. Muammar al-Ghaddafi, he and three colleagues were captured by the Libyan government and then released five days later.

Candidates should submit their resume, a short writing sample (500-750 words), and a list of 3 references to cpjiglinternship@gmail.com by September 18, 2015.

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

Restoring Dignity in the
Israel-Palestine Conversation
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, Starting 9/16

Join us in this “third space” series to talk and learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this group we will focus on developing our listening skills and understandings of the underlying tensions and diverse opinions involved both on the ground in the Middle East as well as on the Tufts campus. Over 2 months students will take part in a series of skills and team building exercises, films and lectures, and facilitated conversations with the end goals of:

Fostering deeper relationships across lines of diversity and opening lines of communications especially in times of heightened conflict;
Understanding the multiplicity of perspectives involved in the conflict;
Providing connections to existing avenues of Conflict Transformation and Resolution;
Fostering recognition of personal agency to make change;
And envisioning creative new paths for peacemaking.

Yousef Bashir is a Palestinian from Gaza, who graduated from Northeastern University in 2013 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Conflict and Coexistence at Brandeis University. Yousef has committed himself to getting an education in the U.S. and dedicating his life to ending the cycle of hatred and revenge between Israel and Palestine. He has given talks at colleges throughout the country, including Harvard, Berkeley, and U.C. Davis.

Rebecca Polivy is Director of Programming at Encounter. She has contributed to programs emphasizing sports, social entrepreneurship, the media, and face-to-face interactions for transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She holds a Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Intercultural Organizational Leadership from the School for International Training in Vermont, and a Bachelor’s in Religion and Economics from the University of Rochester.

To apply click here

Sponsored by the Tufts University Chaplaincy. The University Chaplaincy has no single perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict. This program is intended to promote our mission of building community, providing spaces for education, and supporting respectful engagement across differences. For more info contact chaplaincy@tufts.edu.

Cambridge Forum Program Schedule
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. **(unless otherwise noted)
First Parish in Cambridge
3 Church Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138

Fall 2014: The Health of American Democracy

The United States has long celebrated the notion of rugged individualism as one of its founding values. Brave colonists seeking religious liberty sailed the Atlantic to settle in a wilderness; determined pioneers seeking ³elbow room² overcame the challenges of the inhospitable west to find their stake in the nation; bold entrepreneurs built industrial and trade empires from nothing. All of this was possible, according to the national narrative, because of democracy. But does a democratic form of government only foster the centrifugal force of individualism? Does it not also imply a balancing centripetal force of community?

September 17 Uncertain Justice: The Supreme Court and the Constitution*

Laurence Tribe, eminent Constitutional Law scholar at Harvard Law School, discusses his new book (co-authored with Joshua Matz), Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, on the day the United States celebrates its 227th Constitution Day. Is the Roberts Court really the ³least dangerous² branch of our federal government, as Alexander Hamilton opined in Federalist Paper No. 78? Tribe argues that this Supreme Court is shaking the foundation of the nation¹s laws and reinterpreting the meaning of the Constitution.

Book: Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution (Henry Holt)



Work with resettled refugees in the Boston area!
Applications due Monday, September 22nd

The Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program (TU-RAP) will create a social support network of volunteers and mentors for recently resettled refugees in the greater Boston area. TU-RAP volunteers connect directly with refugees, positively impacting their ability to build new lives in the United States, and in the process gaining meaningful personal experience. In conjunction with other student organizations, TU-RAP will educate the broader Tufts community about topics related to refugees, human rights, and immigration. For more information, please email tuftsunivrap@gmail.com aor visit our website at www.tuftsrap.com

Become a Democracy Coach with Generation Citizen
Generation Citizen is dedicated to empowering and encouraging young people to be active in the political life of their society. Applying to be a Democracy Coach will allow you to guide a class of local middle or high school students through the democratic process. Priority applications to be a Democracy Coach this spring are due September 14th. Please visit www.generationcitizen.org for more information and to apply!

Somerville Local First Seeking Interns
Somerville Local First (SLF) is pleased to offer three part-time internships with our exciting organization. Internships with SLF are very self-led, allowing you to be creative and providing on-the-ground experience working with small business owners and entrepreneurs. Interns should expect to work 10 to 20 hours per week, must be able to work independently and as a team, and must be available nights and weekends (weekday hours are also available). We are seeking energetic interns with true entrepreneurial spirit to help guide SLF through our busy fall event season and into 2015. Are you interested in gaining valuable experience, working with an amazing group of local business owners, and learning the ins and outs of running a small nonprofit organization? If so, this is the internship for you!

SLF is seeking interns for the following positions:
Networking Event Intern, Marketing and Management Intern, and Event Management Intern

If interested, please send resume and short email of introduction and interest to Kat Rutkin, Executive Director of Somerville Local First. (kat@somervillelocalfirst.org)

Somerville Food Security Coalition seeks Project Coordinator for Youth Assessment of Food Security
This is a part-time grant-funded position that is expected to be 10-12 hours per week through December with the possibility of continuing into the Spring.

The Somerville Food Security Coalition (SFSC) is composed of a diverse range of local stakeholders invested in addressing the issue of food access and food security in our community. Under the guidance of a sub-group of the coalition, the Food Security-Community Assessment Team (FS-CAT), the Project Coordinator will work with local community groups and selected youth to implement a field assessment that measures youth food security issues within the city. The coalition plans to coordinate resources to: support compilation of existing related assessments; complete a rapid assessment of needs and assets and analysis of food insecurity; foster awareness-building of this issue across the community; engage vulnerable populations, especially youth, in collecting data; and facilitate prioritization and action planning for multiple strategies in multiple settings to address food insecurity.

Qualifications include (but is not limited to) Support a team of youth workers by facilitating training and support around youth-centered data collection; devise an action plan for future efforts to address any remaining information gaps, as well as proposed solutions to barriers to food security among the local population, etc. If you are interested in the position, please submit your resume and a cover letter to ksadowski@somervillema.gov. For more information about the SFSC, please visit: ttp://somervillefoodsecurity.org/

The Welcome Project is Hiring!

We're excited to have 4 work study positions available for Tufts students this academic year. We need help with our ESOL classes, in organizing the annual YUM food event, in communications/fundraising, and in facilitating a language exchange. Tufts students have fulfilled these roles admirably in the past. We would also be interested in meeting students who might like to volunteer in these areas.

All the jobs are for 8-10 hours a week and will pay $10-12 dollars an hour. They're all listed on the Tufts Student Employment Site

The four work study positions are:

Communications/Development Associate (Job# 6279): will work with staff to develop communications to keep the organization's supporters and donors up to date with program activities. Depending on the skills of the candidate, this could include helping to write newsletter articles, taking photographs, developing email updates, assisting with web content and/or design, and helping to coordinate appeal letters and follow up thank you’s.

ESOL Program Assistant (Job #6281) will help English Language Learners navigate a new language and community. Specifically he/she will: Maintain updated information on local organizations which can provide additional services to our students (housing, healthcare, childcare, food pantries, immigration questions, other); Assist in referring students to local services; With guidance from ESOL coordinator, create materials for ESOL classes (posters, conversation prompts, etc); Assist in organizing and facilitating ESOL class field trips; Communicate with ESOL students by phone, text or email to support their participation in classes; Assist in maintaining student files and records.

Project Associate: YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City (Job #6327). The Project Associate will help to coordinate efforts to realize success of the YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City Restaurant Card and Event, an initiative led by The Welcome Project in Somerville (www.welcomeproject.org). The YUM Initiative promotes local immigrant-run restaurants, highlighting the contributions of immigrants to the city, and raising visibility and funds for The Welcome Project’s work with immigrant youth, adults, and families.

Community Language Exchange Facilitator (Job #6282): Recruit community members to participate in a community language exchange program with our ESOL students. Update contact list and attendance records of language exchange participants. With guidance from ESOL coordinator, develop materials for community language exchange program (program syllabus, conversation prompts etc.). Facilitate or co-facilitate language exchange sessions (including welcoming participants, pairing students, facilitating group games and icebreakers).

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



From Ferguson to Syria, what happens when journalists become the story
(From Washington Post, By Alyssa Rosenberg August 26)
In recent weeks, and in very different environments, journalists have found themselves in the unusual position of becoming the subject of news stories rather than the people telling them. First, my colleague Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly were arrested in a Ferguson, Mo., McDonald’s while covering protests against police brutality. Soon after, we learned that James Foley, a freelance journalist, was murdered by his Islamic State captors, an act that communicated the lethal tactics of that organization in the ugliest possible terms.

In both cases, the treatment of journalists crystallized evolving conflicts for wide audiences. But there was discomfort, too, a sense that when journalists become the story, something has gone wrong in the practice of the profession.
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Civil resistance in North America: themes from the James Lawson Institute
(From Open Democracy, MATT MULBERRY 9 September 2014)
More than fifty years after organizing the Nashville sit-ins, along with other successful campaigns of nonviolent direct action that advanced the US civil rights movement, the Reverend Dr. James Lawson returned to Nashville last month to help educate North American activists on the dynamics of nonviolent action for the second annual James Lawson Institute, presented in conjunction with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
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Suicide or protest? Hunger strike rivets India
(From Boston Globe, Priyanka Borpujari | SEPTEMBER 08, 2014)
IN THE state of Manipur in northeast India, a young poet named Irom Sharmila Chanu began to fast in November 2000. The 28-year-old had launched her fast after the killing of 10 people allegedly by the Indian army in a suspected encounter with insurgents near the state capital. Her intention was to protest the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA, which gives sweeping powers to the Indian army to make arbitrary arrests or even shoot on sight.
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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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When Trying to Get Help Hurts: Women Seeking Justice in Afghanistan
(From USIP Thursday, August 28, 2014 Bethany McGann)
In one interview, researchers heard from a 16-year-old woman who was married to a man four times her age to pay off her father's debts. Uprooted from her native province to Helmand, she was forced to live in her husband's adult son's house, where she -- and later the children she had during the marriage -- suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of multiple members of the family. The actions of her in-laws were perceived as acceptable under Afghan traditional practices -- even the local police became agents of the traditional justice system, taking advantage of her poor knowledge of her rights to prevent her from finding justice.
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