Hope everyone has had a great start to the semester! On behalf of the Peace and Justice Studies Program I would like welcome everyone back!

- Adiel Pollydore, Program Assistant

PJS Newsletter - 01/30/15


  • Looking for a job?: Seniors check out new opportunities in the job section
  • Wrote a great paper last semester? You may be able to get it published or receive an award, more information under Funding and other opportunities
  • Film Screening tonight: Kick off Black History month with the free screening of Dear White People, followed by discussion!
  • Get involved with the Tisch College: Find out how you can participate in one of their many paid internship opportunities or receiving funding for a project of your own!

Campus News & Events

FREE: Dear White People Viewing
Barnum 008, TONIGHT Jan. 30th at 7:00pm

See Dear White People with Tufts Film Series. Discussion with Professor Khary Jones following the film screening. There is no cost. Doors open at 6:30pm.

This event is co-sponosred by the Group of Six

Boston: The Origin of American Slavery”
Monday Feb. 2nd

Location TBD
Black History Month is practically upon us! Join the Africana Center as we kick off our Black History Month festivities with an exploration of the origins of American slavery. Our guests, journalists Alex Reid and Lisa Braxton will present their pre-publication: “Boston: The Origin of American Slavery" which is an account of events that coalesced to make Boston the site of genesis for American chattel slavery.

If you are interested in attending contact the Africana Center for details regarding the location. Email africana@tufts.edu

From Sylvia to the Hill: Trans Histories and Present
Monday Feb 2nd. 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Location TBD
"Join us as we continue to stand for trans rights past and present. The evening will start with a radical analysis of queer histories, presented by Professor Stephan Pennington, marking the critical moments of trans power and activism. We will recognize the work of the many trans folks who have paved the way for our present day revolution.
After gaining an understanding of the day-to-day realities of trans life historically we will consider these realities as they are today. The evening will end with a powerful panel of trans and non-binary identifying Tufts students, discussing their experiences on our highly gendered campus. Panelists will take electronically submitted questions. The link to submit questions below. This event is meant to contextualize trans experiences, enabling cis-folks to better support trans liberation."

Submit questions here

Tufts Rwanda Trip GIM
Tuesday, February 3 at 8:00pm
Pearson 112

Interested in going to Rwanda this summer? From May 22nd to June 3rd fellows from Tufts get the unique experience to travel to Rwanda, live and connect with the students at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, have interfaith, social justice and human rights based group discussions, and see human rights work in action! We will travel to many prominent sites from the Rwandan genocide and get the opportunity to speak to survivors. The trip is an interfaith trip, so it is open to people of all faiths and belief systems. Applications can be found on the trip’s Facebook page or the Hillel website and are due February 6th at the Hillel front desk. If you have any questions feel free to email the trip coordinators, Maia Raynor at mraynorfrench@gmail.com and Stephane Alexandre at stepahne.alexandre@tufts.edu

The Silent Epidemic Exhibition Opening: Lecture & ReceptionWednesday, February 4at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Slater Concourse Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center

Documenting The Silent Epidemic: Hepatitis C and the Access to Affordable Medicines

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a global health challenge affecting an estimated 200 million people across the world. Often called a “silent epidemic,” many who contract it often go undiagnosed for years. In Brazil, an estimated three million people have acquired HCV, yet only about 10-12,000 people a year receive the life-saving medications that they need.

In August 2014, six Tufts students and six Brazilian students created character-driven, multimedia narratives about Hepatitis C and the lack of access to effective, affordable medicines. This project was in collaboration with Open Society Foundations and under the guidance of renowned photojournalists Samuel James and Marizilda Cruppe. This exhibition is the result of the collection of stories to put a human face to the “Silent Epidemic."

Featuring the work of: Valda Nogueira, Hannah Bassett, Jeremy Ravinsky, Zhuangchen JJ Zhou , Lucas Andrade, Samuel Costa, Débora Klempous, Ariel Subira, Shehryar Nabi, Misako Ono, Paulo Souza

The full story can be found on the website: www.the-silent-epidemic.com

Opening Lecture on the Ethics of Access to Medicines by Professor Sheldon Krimsky:

Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences and Adjunct Professor in Public Health and Family Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University, Professor Krimsky's research has focused on the linkages between science/technology, ethics/values and public policy. The author of 14 books, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Responsible Genetics and as a Fellow of the Hastings Center on Bioethics.

For more information: tuftsgloballeadership.org

Funding & Other Opportunities

Tisch Summer Fellows: Extended Deadline!

Apply Today! Application due Feb. 9th

DSNI is a nonprofit community-based planning and organizing entity in Boston’s Roxbury/North Dorchester neighborhoods. Formed in 1984, DSNI grew from the efforts of Dudley Street area residents to protect their community from arson, disinvestment, neglect, redlining and speculation. Since gaining eminent domain authority from the city of Boston in 1988, DSNI and their partners have developed affordable housing, a greenhouse, schools, and other community-driven plans and projects. Goals for sustainable economic development and community empowerment characterize DSNI’s campaigns, partnerships and long-term goals. In their efforts to increase access to healthy and affordable food, DSNI has built a greenhouse on their land trust, which is managed by The Food Project (TFP).

Apply for this placement via the Tisch College website at activecitizen.tufts.edu. Email Maggie.mcmorrow@tufts.edu with any questions!

Tisch College funding available for student activities which address issues of race and discrimination

Apply online today!

Recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and around the country have inspired a renewed wave of student activism aimed at addressing issues of race and discrimination. Recognizing the need for seed funding and advising to support this important work, Tisch College will make a number of mini-grants, through the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement, to students and student groups working to have an impact on these issues.

The application and criteria for funding are the same as for the general Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications are live at our website: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/tischfund/.

Full Scholarships Available: Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management
The Graduate Program in Coexistence and Conflict (COEX), supported by the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, is responding to this call, offering multiple degree programs that transcend disciplines and increase peacebuilding practice. We are now accepting applications for our 2015-2016 academic year, with new full scholarships, including the Public Policy and Coexistence Scholarship and the Sidney Topol Fellowship in Non Violence.

The Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict (COEX) is designed for early and mid-career professionals who work, or wish to work in peacebuilding within governments, international agencies or non-government organizations. The program also prepares graduates for careers in security and diplomacy, aid and development, human rights, democracy work, education, civil society and community development. Students are trained in theoretical and practical issues of coexistence and conflict resolution in divided societies. Students will gain professional skills to design and implement successful interventions that enable groups, nations and regions to embrace peaceful coexistence and use those skills in their work in both government and non-government settings.
Through three pillars, the COEX program curriculum aims at strengthening students¹ competencies:
To evaluate conflicts and design strategies for coexistence intervention,
To mediate, negotiate and lead interactions with the different stakeholders,
And to test coexistence theory in the reality of conflict zones through a practicum.

March 1st, 2015: Priority deadline.
June 1st, 2015: Final application deadline.

For questions on the program or the admissions process, please feel free to contact our Assistant Director for Outreach, Sandra Jones at joness@brandeis.edu.

The Journal of Undergraduate International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2015 issue.
The journal seeks to publish the world's premier undergraduate work related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, history, culture, comparative politics, economics, development and trade, global security, and international health. To view previous issues, please visit: http://juis.global.wisc.edu/issues.html

Our submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages, but may be longer. Submissions must not have been published in any other publication. Current undergraduates and recent graduates (one semester out or less) are eligible to submit their work. To submit your work, email it as an attachment to juis@global.wisc.edu, following these guidelines:

1. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman?

2. Double-space your document?

3. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html). This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication

4. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes

5. Make sure your name is not present in the text of your work

6. Include an abstract of 100 words or less

Submissions must be received by Sunday March 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm CST.

Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Award:
Tisch Library has developed an award recognizing outstanding undergraduate use of the library’s collections, resources and services in the production of an exemplary research project. All Tufts undergraduates are encouraged to APPLY by NOON on TUESDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2015.

Award Categories
A first prize of $500 and a second prize of $250 (split evenly among groups) will be given to projects/papers in each of the following categories:

First year writing program (ENG 1-4, Philosophy 1, or any course taken to fulfill the college writing requirement)
001-099 level courses
100-199 level courses
Who can apply?
All undergraduate students who are registered through the end of Spring 2015 are eligible.
Projects completed any time in 2014 (spring, summer or fall semesters) are eligible
Group projects are eligible. Prizes will be split equally among group me

Still have questions? See FAQ or contact the committee at tischlibraryawards@elist.tufts.edu.

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

Talking to America About Immigrants and Immigration: Faith Perspectives

Faith communities are often at the forefront of immigrant integration. They offer countless services to immigrants and refugees and play a key role in creating welcoming communities for new Americans. To support these communities in their mission, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. Public Education Institute hosts a free online workshop, Talking to America About Immigrants and Immigration: Faith Perspectives, on Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Register now

Peace & Planet: Are Nuclear Weapons Illegal?

When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Suffolk University Law School 120 Tremont St - Faculty Dining Room, 4th floor Park St T Boston
Organizing meeting for the Peace & Planet mobilization in New York City, April 26, 2015.

Valerie Epps, Professor of Law at Suffolk University, will present a talk on "Assessing the Legality of Nuclear Weapons".

New Location - Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St, Faculty Dining Room, 4th Floor

Prof. Epps is the author of the 4 star textbook, International Law, now in its fourth edition. She teaches International Law and the Laws of War. Her talk will touch on the history of weapons control, laws that govern weapons in general, the various bodies of law that apply to nuclear weaopns, and the case that was filed in the International Court of Justice in 2014 by the Marshall Islands against the nuclear weapon states. A relevant reading is the 1996 International Court of Justice's (ICJ's) Advisory Opinion on the "Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons". Of several dissenting opinions one that Prof. Epps recommends is that by Judge Weeramantry.

After hearing and discussing Prof. Epps' remarks we will make plans to organize Massachusetts residents to participate in the Peace & Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Just, and Sustainable World. Please look over our draft Massachusetts Peace & Planet Campaign Plan.

Will you help us make it happen? Sign up today and give us your feedback!

Questions? Comments? Contact: Massachusetts Peace Action, info@masspeaceaction.org, 617-354-2169

2015 Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding: The Environment

A 10-day experiential learning expedition in the Costa Rican rainforest that provides leadership development and environmental peacebuilding training.
Outward Bound Peacebuilding is a non-profit organization that challenges and inspires leaders in divided societies to work together to build peace. Through the use of experiential learning, we encourage compassionate leadership, develop skills in conflict resolution, and foster respect and trust amongst a global network of change agents. This practicum, with its focus on environmental peacebuilding, is the newest addition to our successful Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding program.

June 12 ­ 21, 2015 (arrival on June 11)
Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica / Participants will fly into San Jose
What will the program include?
The 10-day experience will include hiking and backpacking through the Costa Rican rainforest, a homestay and
service project with a local Costa Rican family, an overnight solo camping experience, waterfall rappel and conclude with a day at the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, U.N. mandated University for Peace, in Costa Rica. Along the journey participants
will learn and practice leadership skills, challenge their own perspectives, explore environmental peacebuilding topics, and develop meaningful relationships with participants who share similar commitments to the environment, peace, and human dignity.

How can I learn more and apply?
For more information and to apply, please visit our website.


Apply to work as Development Intern at BUILD Boston!

BUILD Boston seeks a Development Intern to join the Development Team, playing a key role in helping the organization raise money through grant proposals. The Development Intern will spend a large portion of the fellowship writing, compiling, and editing content for grant proposals and reports. This individual will be organized, process oriented and results driven. The intern will be provided with onboarding training at the beginning of their time working with BUILD, as well as mentorship and coaching throughout his/her stay. – See more at: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=bu184#sthash.0SDEmtFJ.dpuf

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. Please be advised that you will receive an automated acknowledgement of your application. We will only contact applicants who are selected for an interview. BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Seniors: Join Think Unlimited’s Transformation Team!

Applications Due: January 31, 2015
Think Unlimited is a New York-based nonprofit organization operating in Amman, Jordan. We are working to empower Arab youth with the innovative and critical thinking skills necessary to create bold, actionable solutions to the most pressing problems in their communities and the world.

Are you looking for an opportunity that will give you a meaningful experience in human development work, help you better understand the Arab world, and build your skills as a teacher, mentor, and changemaker? Apply to be a Transformation Team facilitator and join the front lines of helping young people make the greatest hopes of the Arab Awakening a reality. Please download the application materials and instructions here.

Solar Campaign Internships

Apply today at http://bit.ly/1yGZvxo.

Environment Massachusetts is building a clean and renewable future powered by the sun.

We could meet all of America¹s energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy of the sun. And we're making a lot of progress: in Massachusetts, solar energy has grown more than 100-fold since 2008.

Becoming a solar campaign intern

If you agree that it¹s time for Massachusetts to go solar, the best way to get involved is to apply to be an Environment Massachusetts intern today. We¹re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now.

As an intern:
You¹ll push for smart solutions to environmental problems, and build the public support it takes to win.
You¹ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
And you¹ll make a real difference on critical issues, while developing valuable skills and experience in one of the nation¹s leading environmental nonprofits.
We¹re hiring interns for the spring semester and for the summer. The sooner you apply, the better! And if you¹re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving our greatest environmental problems, interning with Environment Massachusetts is one of the best ways to get started.

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein: ben@environmentmassachusetts.org, 617-747-4368

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: http://www.devex.com/en/jobs



G.M.O. Labels for Food Proliferate Even as a Battle Over Them Rages
(From NY Times, By STEPHANIE STROMJAN. 30, 2015)
There are few industry debates as heated these days as the one about labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

And while interest groups and advocates wage war in state legislatures, on ballots and in Congress over what should be disclosed on product labels, products certified as not containing genetically modified organisms are proliferating on grocery shelves without any nationwide mandatory regulations.

Moreover, many manufacturers are nodding to the public debate, adding the phrase “non-G.M.O.” to their packaging without a verification process.
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Revealed: how Ukraine conflict has claimed 5,000 lives
( Telegraph, By Andrew Marszal 8:00AM GMT 23 Jan 2015)
Since the pro-Russian separatist rebellion broke out in eastern Ukraine around March last year, 5,000 people have died in the region.
And yet, despite multiple offensives, ceasefires and counter-offensives, Nato's top military commander said yesterday that the fighting in Donetsk and Luhansk regions was more intense than ever before.
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My mother’s strange definition of empowerment
(From TED Talks TEDxCanberra · 18:40 · Filmed Oct 2014 )
Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that what happened to her was called “female genital mutilation.” In a candid and funny talk, she shares what it was like to make her way in a “clitoris-centric society,” and how she works to make sure other women don’t have to figure this out. (Warning: This talk contains hard-to-hear details.)
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Pakistan School Attack Sparks New Form of Public Action
(From USIP Wednesday, January 14, 2015 By: Sehar Tariq)
In the aftermath of the horrific Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar that left more than 140 people dead, most of them children, a national consensus against terrorism may be emerging in Pakistan. Also developing is a new style and approach for civil society activism.
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