Year End Party:

PJS End-of-year celebration for graduating seniors is Monday, April 27, 4:30 – 6pm, in the Chase Center. The event will be catered, so please RSVP by April 18th. All are welcome!

Peace and Justice Studies is hiring a work-study student for next year! If you are interested email with your resume and cover letter

PJS Newsletter - 04/17/15


  • Support PJS Senior Hannah Deegan by attending her senior capstone production of the play- The Fallen
  • Looking for a summer internships? There are still opportunities through the Tisch College
  • Donate to the Somerville Homeless Coalition by participating in the campus wide Tampon Drive!
  • Job Hunting? check out DevEx's website, where they have the most comprehensive listing of international development, global health, and humanitarian aid jobs

Campus News & Events

The Fallen: A Senior Capstone Production
Friday, April 24 at 8:00pm

Balch Arena Theater, Aidekman Arts Center

Come see The Fallen by Yasmine Rana, a senior capstone production in collaboration with the Drama and Peace & Justice Studies departments.

April 24th at 8:00 pm in the Balch Arena Theatre
No tickets required!

Over the course of the Bosnian War, an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 women and girls were systematically raped, a method of ethnic cleansing utilized by the Serbian army against Bosnian Muslims. The Fallen, told through a series of linked vignettes spanning the course of twenty years, grapples with the generational trauma of these events, jumping between characters, cities, and moments in time to unravel the complex repercussions of this brutal and gendered genocide. As the audience encounters men and women, victims and perpetrators, parents and children struggling to piece a ravaged society back together, the power of truth, despite its painful implications, proves to be only way forward.

Mirela | Christina Moore [Drama capstone]
Anais | Lizzie Boston
Andrej | Artoun Nazareth
Sabine | Kelsey Schlueter
Dejan | Greg Zatzkis
Carlo | Santosh Swaminathan

Director | Hannah Deegan [PJS capstone]
Stage Manager | Tom Morin
Assistant Stage Manager | Suzannah Blass
Costume Designer | Christina Moore
Assistant Costumes | Blair Nodelman
Lighting Designer | Ethan Chan
Props Master | Lois Moon
Producer | Emma Wold
Projection Designer | Michele Herzog

The Throwaways: Film Screening & Discussion
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Wasserstein Hall, Room 2009
Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

The Throwaways is a personal exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community told through the eyes of formerly incarcerated activist filmmaker Ira McKinley. With rawness, urgency and power, this award-winning documentary film speaks directly to the national movement rising up to fight back against a wave of police killings of black people in America.

Timely and provocative, The Throwaways is more just than an illumination of marginalized people at their weakest moments; it is a call to action, a story of directly engaging in the fight for justice.

Post-film discussion with:

Ira McKinley, filmmaker
Bhawin Suchak, filmmaker

Moderated by Rahsaan Hall, Deputy Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series:
Social Innovation Forum featuring
Michael Brown, City Year; Abby Falik, Global Citizen Year & Kirsten Lodal, LIFT
Tuesday, April 21 | 5:30 pm
Alumnae Lounge

Join Tisch College for an engaging panel discussion with three leading social entrepreneurs: Michael Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of City Year; Abby Falik, Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year & Kirsten Lodal, CEO and Co-Founder of LIFT. These leaders have launched such endeavors as City Year, Global Citizen Year, and LIFT. Hear their insights on taking a business-based approach to social innovation, building sustainable organizations which effectively meet community needs.

All three organizations are also placements for the Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program, Tisch College’s new innovative bridge-year program. The program has received generous support from individual donors as well as Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities Division.

Cosponsored by Tufts Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and the Tufts Social Impact Network. Throughout the academic year, the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series will bring diverse leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss public issues. Registration requested at

The Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide (IMAGe) presents: Dealing with Trauma, Practicing Self-Care
A workshop led by the Headington Institute
Thursday, 23 April 2015
3:00 - 5:30 pm
51 Winthrop Street

Humanitarian and international development workers are subjected to unusual levels of stress that have physical, emotional and behavioral effects. Personnel from the Headington Institute will discuss the effects of chronic stress, vicarious trauma and critical incident exposure as normal reactions to abnormal situations. Additionally, they will discuss how to build resiliency in order to offset the long-term negative health consequences of stress exposure

Please RSVP at:

The Massachusetts Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration Committee: Vigil in the Park
Friday, April 24th at 7:30 PM
Armenian Heritage Park
The young adults of the Massachusetts Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee invite you, your family and friends, Armenian and non-, to join us at the Armenian Heritage Park in Boston, MA on Friday, April 24th at 7:30 PM for The Vigil in the Park 2015. Over the course of the evening, we will honor our shared history, celebrate our triumphant survival and illuminate our bright future as Armenia’s torch-bearers.

Help us pack the Park with Armenians from every Massachusetts town, church, organization, team, school, university, etc. along with all those who hold our cause dear. With your presence, we will reach our goal of unified commemoration; with your participation, our message of strength and survivorship will be heard.

Attendees are encouraged to bring flowers to pay their respects; candles will be provided.

You can also learn more about the Massachusetts Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration Committee at our website:

Tufts Tampon Drive for Somerville Homeless CoalitionApril 1 - April 27

Lack of access to menstrual hygiene care poses health, safety, and emotional risks for the more than 40 million American women living at or below the poverty line. A year’s supply of tampons and pads for one woman costs upwards of $70 and is not covered by federal food stamp programs.

From now through Monday, April 27th, we will be collecting feminine care products for the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Please bring unopened boxes of tampons and pads of all sizes to any of the following drop-off locations:
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life (Campus Center)
Latino Center (226 College Ave)
Women’s Center (55 Talbot Ave)
Hillel (220 Packard Ave)
A Phi House (14 Sawyer Ave)
AOPi House (25 Whitfield Rd)
Theta House (94 Curtis St)
Chi O House (106 Pro Row)

Donations can also be made at
100% of proceeds will be used to purchase feminine products to be donated to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Sponsored by Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Vitality, Strong Women Strong Girls, the Women’s Center, and VOX.

Please email with any questions or concerns.


Funding & Other Opportunities

Apply for Bridge Education Abroad (BEA) Institute program in South Africa!
BEA Institute in South Africa is giving away $100,000 USD in scholarships to study abroad this summer (2015). Apply Today, March 10th is the priority deadline and spots are filling up quickly!

Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEA) offers the most valued leadership, diplomacy and conflict resolutions programs to be held this summer in South Africa. BEA professors are from some of the best universities in the world.
Go to the following for the application and more info about the BEA organization:

This April, in the days before most of the world’s governments meet at the United Nations for the month-long Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, thousands of people from around the world will mobilize to demand the total elimination of nuclear weapons, and to connect and strengthen the movements for peace and environmental, economic, and racial justice.

Join the international call to abolish nuclear weapons.

On April 26, the Peace & Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, & Sustainable Worldwill culminate with a Peace Festival in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across the street from the United Nations. There we will deliver your signature - along with millions of others from Japan and around the world - to NPT and UN officials, calling on all goverments to enter immediate negotiations to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. Check out this inspiring video and share it with your friends!

City Internships is a leading experiential education provider offering programs in London, New York and Los Angeles. The global program is structured around an eight-week internship placement with a leading company and includes weekly career seminars, resume workshops, professional networking events and social evenings. The program has a history of significantly enhancing participants' career prospects: many future employers reference this formative experience as a primary reason for hiring program alumni.

To benefit from the $200 scholarship to be used towards the global
internship program, applicants should select 'other' on page three of the application process<
c717b6de52f5e36ab11&id=b0322a24f2&e=40056b022c> and enter the codeTufts200. Please note that this code will expire at midnight on 04/27/2015, so students should act quickly to take advantage of this time-limited opportunity.

Tisch Summer Fellows: Select Placements still accepting applications!
The following placements are still accepting applications:

· Commonwealth of MA, Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (Massachusetts)
· YouthBuild USA (Massachusetts)
· Fiver Children’s Foundation (New York)
· Taproot Foundation (New York)
· GoodWeave International (Washington, D.C.)

Apply for these placements via the Tisch College website at Email with any questions!

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

Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies Second Annual Graduate Student Conference, held Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at Northeastern University's Alumni Center

Dr. Hugh Roberts, Edward Keller Associate Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History (Tufts University)
“The Tunisian Achievement: Its Lessons and Limits”

Register here:

New Field Studies Program in Scotland with CELL and the Findhorn Foundation

Join us for an unforgettable study abroad experience and the adventure of a lifetime while learning how to live sustainably.

Go beyond traditional study abroad programs. Be a part of local and global solutions to environmental, social, and economic problems. Experience some of the world¹s most inspiring examples of community sustainability from organizations like Heifer International. Learn experientially and through service learning opportunities that integrate classroom knowledge with real-world applications.

The world has great need of people who not only understand what
sustainability is all about, but who are committed to making a difference in the world. The world has a great need of people like you.

Our newest program is a two-week Maymester in beautiful Scotland, designed in collaboration with the Findhorn Foundation.

Sophomores: Apply to be a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow in summer 2015!

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program is a fully paid, five and a half week summer residential program for rising juniors who desire to make a difference. The program invites rising third-year students from diverse academic disciplines to join us near Washington, D.C. to immerse themselves in a leadership development program inspired by George Washington and today’s foremost leaders. This select, small cohort will engage in dynamic leadership education curriculum, interact with nationally recognized corporate, government, and military leaders in the nation’s capital; and discover how to change the world through self-reflection, exciting experiential activities, and a community service-focused capstone project.

Go to the following website for more info:

International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE): Tensions and Opportunities
June 17 – 22, 2015

Hosted by The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, USA
The 2015 conference builds upon prior conferences in 2004 - 2014 in Ohio and Virginia, which brought together government representatives from among the 50 states and around the globe and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in conflict resolution education and related fields. The annual audience includes college/university educators and students, K-12 educators, prevention specialists, and state, local, national and international policy makers.
Online Registration Now Open!
Short link to this page:


Apply for Student PIRGs
The Student PIRGs are hiring Campus Organizers to fight for social change at 40 colleges across the country. Today, on any college campus, you can find students who feel driven to take on problems outside the classroom, whether it's global warming, big money in politics, or hunger and homelessness.

As a PIRG Campus Organizer, your job is to recruit these students to get involved -- and to train them to be effective leaders who can run campaigns that make an impact in the community, in the state capitol, in Congress, at the White House, or wherever it will make a difference.

For more information, contact Nathan Broad at or (813)-849-3220.

Apply for an internship at YouthBuild USA!
Seeking summer intern at YouthBuild!

YouthBuild USA, Inc.,, based in Somerville, MA, is the non-profit support center for over 250 local YouthBuild programs operating in 45 states and the District of Columbia. It also sponsors the YouthBuild International effort that has generated over 100 local YouthBuild programs in 14 countries worldwide. Since the YouthBuild program was first authorized into public law as a federal program in 1992, over 130,000 YouthBuild students have produced over 28,000 units of affordable housing. YouthBuild is actively engaged in efforts to address issues of poverty and opportunity for the estimated 2.3 million low income Americans ages 16-24 who are not currently in education, employment or training.

The advocacy and public policy team at YouthBuild USA, Inc., is offering a summer internship position. The intern will report to David Abromowitz, the Chief Public Policy Officer of YouthBuild USA, and work closely with all members of the advocacy team at YouthBuild USA. The intern will work on a variety of issues related to the YouthBuild mission. The intern will work on a variety of Federal policies and legislation dealing with criminal justice, "second chance" programs, workforce development and service opportunities for low income youth. Similarly, there will be state level policy and legislative review and analysis on a comparable range of issues and YouthBuild programs and opportunity youth. The position is unpaid – interns will need to arrange their own funding or course credit.

Send your resume and cover letter to David Abromowitz at to apply, or with any questions or concerns about this position.

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 .

Building Educated Leaders for Life seeking TAs for paid summer job!
Interested in a paid summer job working with Boston Public School students? Apply to be a Teaching Assistant or Program Assistant with BELL, the Building Educated Leaders for Life program!
BELL exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities.

BELL runs summer-enrichment programs (a hybrid of summer-school and summer-camp) for English Language Learners and Native English speakers, both of which run for 5 weeks, from June 29th 2015 - August 7th 2015. They're located at schools in various locations in the Greater Boston area, including: Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan & Allston/Brighton.

Please reach out to Maya Taft-Morales, a Tufts senior who worked with BELL last summer with any questions about her personal experience at To see the entire job description and apply, go to

SENIORS: Match Education seeking teachers-in-training!

This teacher training program was recently recognized by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for its innovation. Program participants receive training on how to become highly effective first-year teachers (there is a near 100% placement rate in high performing urban schools). In addition, teacher residents receive housing and a living stipend while completing their Master’s. The teacher residency is only available in Boston, but there are tutoring opportunities (for those just looking to do an urban education gap year) also available in Boston.

Here are some links that you may be interested in: Match Education’s “About Us” page, Our Graduate School of Education, Info on our 1-Year Tutoring Program.

We’re looking for seniors who either (1) want to spend a year working closely with students in Boston while training to be a teacher, OR (2) want to spend a year in Boston working closely with students before heading off to grad school or another career. You can contact our recruiting team directly at

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:



Kenyans Are Using the #147NotJustaNumber Hashtag to Honor Those Killed at Garissa
(From TIME Helen Regan April 8, 2015)
Kenyans have launched a social media campaign to remember those who died at last week’s massacre at Garissa University College in eastern Kenya, where terrorist al-Shabaab gunmen killed 148 people, most of them students aged between 19 and 23.
Click here for more.

The Stages of Peaceful Resistance in the Occupied Western Sahara
( Jadaliyya,by Khalil Asmar Apirl 02 2015)
In any history of occupation, the forms of resistance the colonized populations adopted have been shaped by, and shape, the modes of occupations. Peaceful resistance in the Western Sahara has been no different; Saharawi methods of nonviolent protest underwent transformations, first during Spanish colonialism and throughout several phases under Moroccan occupation. The Saharawi peoples’ ongoing struggle to secure their independence has faced repressive ways and means, either during the Spanish era or the subsequent Moroccan settler occupation.
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How to manage for collective creativity
(TED2015 TEDxCambridge · 17:17 · Filmed Sep 2014)
What's the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of "Collective Genius," has studied some of the world's most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated "creatives."
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'Mothers Schools' to Working With Police: Women Prevent Violent Extremism
(From USIP Wednesday, March 18, 2015 By: Viola Gienger)
The helplessness pours out of a crying mother in India, so silenced by patriarchal traditions that she’s afraid to speak up about the risk that her son might be drawn to radicalism. Continents away in Nigeria, police officers are ashamed to admit the poor working conditions that weaken their ability and motivation to protect their communities. The seemingly disparate scenes are elements of the same puzzle – how to combat violent extremism. And in both countries, local women activists are putting the pieces together.
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