PJS Newsletter - 10/17/16

Hi all,

We hope you enjoy the beautiful fall weather this week!

Stay tuned for upcoming PJS Events both on and off campus, new job and internship postings, as well as latest news.


  • Stop by the Peace and Justice Studies table on the Academic Quad TODAY for the Marathon of Majors Fair from 11:30-1:30 pm!
  • Mark your calendar for the first Peace and Justice Studies ProSeminar this semester with Alix Slosberg on Wednesday October 26 from 6:00-7:30 pm. More details below!
  • Be sure to come to the Final Presidential Debate Watch, this WEDNESDAY, October 19 in Cohen Auditorium! There will be pizza!
  • Today is the LAST DAY to apply for the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement! Click here for more information.
  • The 100 Projects for Peace is coming up soon. Stay tuned for more information to come!

Campus News & Events

Marathon of Majors Fair. TODAY, Monday, October 17, 2016. 11:30-1:30 pm. Academic Quad.

Stop by the Marathon of Majors Fair TODAY from 11:30-1:30 pm on the Academic Quad! Peace and Justice Studies will have a table with information on upcoming events (as well as candy!)

Undeclared? Thats OK! Come chat with Faculty, Staff, & Students from a variety of majors to learn more.

First 200 students get a Jumbo Water Bottle!! We will be raffling off prizes for Jumbo Cash, Tenoch, JP Licks and Diesel gift cards! Snacks & refreshments served.


Learn about Teach for America. Tuesday, October 18, 2016. 6:00 pm. Rabb Room, Tisch College.

Are you passionate about social equity? If so, find out how you can be on the front lines of change after graduation!

Teach for America’s mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

Come to an informational presentation led by students at Tufts to learn more about avenues of change—and how you can apply for the corps yourself! The presentation will take place on Tuesday, October 18, and students of all class years are welcome.


Final Presidential Debate Watch Party. Wednesday, October 19, 2016. 7:00-11:00 pm. Cohen Auditorium.

A teach-in centered on the debate topics followed by a live-stream of the final presidential debate. This forum will provide the Tufts community with unbiased information that will help listeners understand and assess what is discussed in the presidential debate.

Featuring Provost Davis Harris, Harry Selker (School of Medicine), Jeff Taliaferro (Political Science), and Katrina Burgess (Fletcher). The panel starts at 7:00; pizza is served at 8:30; the debate starts at 9:00.

Learn more here.


Environmental Studies Lunch & Learn Presents: "The Challenges of Protecting Unpopular Species: Snakes." Thursday, October 20. 12:00-1:00 pm. Rabb Room. Lincoln Filene Center.

A core responsibility of state and federal fish and wildlife agencies is to protect and manage native species. Ecologically, and in the eyes of Massachusetts law, all state-listed Endangered Species should be treated equally, but this is still not the case in the court of public opinion.

Dr. French will discuss the unique case of snakes, a fear of which is share by more American adults than any other fear. It raises the question of what role, if any, should emotional species bias play in the policies of a science-based agency. Ecologically, the Bald Eagle is no more or less important than the Timber Rattlesnake, but protecting one is popular, and protecting the other is not.

Lunch is provided!


Immigration Roundtable Luncheon Discussion. Monday, October 24 12:00-1:00 p.m. Chase Center.

The Tisch College of Civic Life and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Affairs invites you to join us for a luncheon discussion on immigration issues with experts from the community.

You will be seated at roundtables with an expert who will facilitate discussion. Experts include: Heloisa Maria Galvão, Roberto Gonzales, Amy Newman, Matías Ramos, and Sarang Sekhavat. At the conclusion of the discussion, you will have the opportunity to network and meet the other experts who were not seated at your table.

RSVP to sherri.sklarwitz@tufts.edu and please note any dietary restrictions, as a buffet lunch will be provided.

RSVP by Tuesday, October 18.


Peace & Justice Studies ProSeminar Featuring Alix Slosberg.October 26, 2016. 6:00-7:15 pm. Campus Center Room 012.

Alix graduated from Tufts in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Peace & Justice Studies and Economics. After graduating she worked in economic consulting, where she assisted in the design and execution of economic research and analyses for litigation. Alix also worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Swaziland where she provided advisory services for the Ministry of Health. She currently works for Social Finance in the feasibility and development of Social Impact Bonds.

Stop by Campus Center Room 012 to hear Alix Slosberg talk about her experiences both at and since leaving Tufts.

Click here to join the Facebook Event!


Social Justice in Public Policy Info Session. Thursday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. Campus Center 207.

Leah Muskin-Pierret (A16) will be representing the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s young adult programs, recruiting students as constituent lobbyists, advocacy core members, and staff for their grassroots public interest lobbying work.

The March FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend brings hundreds of young adults to Washington, D.C. to learn skills for grassroots advocates in supporting economic justice. She’ll also share information on the other FCNL Future Advocate programs, which mobilize young people to impact public policy on peace and justice issues. You can contact Leah at leah@fcnl.org. Dave’s Fresh Pasta cookies will be provided.


Protest! Resistance, Solidarity, Transformation. A Teach-In: Standing Rock Protests & Protective Actions. Friday, October 28, 2016 and Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Terrace Room, Paige Hall (12:30-7pm) and

Crane Room, Paige Hall (10 AM-5 PM).

This two-day Teach-In will consider a range of issues related to the Sacred Stone Camp protests and protective actions in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and against Dakota Access Pipeline.

Panels and discussion will include:

-Sovereignty and colonial law

-Women's health and healing

Water rights and protection

-Histories of protest and resistance

-Hashtag activism

For more information visit: tinyurl.com/StandingRockTufts or email sabina.vaught@tufts.edu

Sponsored by the Department of Education and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


Funding & Other Opportunities

Apply for the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement: Today is the LAST DAY to Apply!

"The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement welcomes requests for funding of events, projects, and programs with a clear connection to active citizenship. Funding will be considered for student groups and organizations, or individual students who plan to engage other students in their work. Individual applicants may apply for up to $500 in funding; groups from the same school may apply for up to $1,000; and groups including students from different schools are eligible for up to $1,500.

Go here for more information, or email Maggie McMorrow.


100 Projects for Peace is coming back!

More information to come.

About: "The Projects for Peace program is an invitation to undergraduates to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2017.

The projects judged to be the most promising and feasible will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace."

Projects for Peace is an initiative inspired by the late Kathryn W. Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist.

Keep in mind that the Deadline to submit a proposal will occur in January of 2017. However, it is never too early to start brainstorming ideas!

Click here for more Information.


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

Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding. January 4-13, 2017. Applications due by November 4th, 2016.

Be part of an international community of students and practitioners working toward peace. Ten days in the Costa Rican rainforest becomes the learning adventure of a lifetime.


The practicum is a ten-day expedition designed for working professionals and graduate students who seek to get out of the classroom to apply and advance their leadership, empathy and conflict transformation skills.

-Backpacking/hiking, waterfall rappel, overnight solo experience, local homestay experience, UPEACE workshop, connection to growing netowrk of peacebuilders.

With each challenge overcome, you will grow: within yourself, as a leader, as a community, as a peacebuilder.

Challenge yourself to the learning adventure of a lifetime.

For more information and to apply now, please vist: http://outwardboundpeace.org/practicum/



Job Opportunity: Impact America. Apply by November 1.

Impact America provides an opportunity for recent graduates to engage with communities of need in a meaningful way, broadening their perspectives and making a real impact in their communities.

Positions are available starting in December 2016 in a variety of cities across Alabama and Tennessee: Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Montgomery, Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

Applications are viewed on a rolling basis, but the deadline is November 1 for a December start date.


Job Opportunity: ENGAGE Boston

ENGAGE Boston is looking for passionate, engaging, organized, flexible, and enthusiastic site directors. These directors will be responsible for ENGAGE operations at our school and youth serving organization pilot locations.

This position is ideal for a young individual (college or graduate student) who is focused on gaining experience in youth development, organizational management, or education. Site directors will have the amazing opportunity to be a founding stakeholder in this novel model. 15-20 hrs/week — ENGAGE is still working to secure funding (small stipends) for these roles, but the director position is officially a volunteer role.

Contact ENGAGE Boston Director, Kevin Ballen (kballen@bethechangeinc.org ; 508-330-5268) with interest!


Intership Opportunity: The Blue Lab Internship- Apply today for a Spring Internship!

The Blue Lab welcomes applicants currently pursuing an undergraduate degree. If no specific vacancy is listed, we currently are not seeking to fill any positions, but will gladly accept your resume to keep on file.

Spring 2017 Internship Applicants:

Please send a completed application form, resume, and cover letter to bluelabassociatehire@gmail.com by Monday, November 7th for prioritized consideration.

The Blue Lab is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Click here for more information!



"Nobel Prize for Colombian President Highlights Resolve for Peace" (From United States Institute of Peace- October 7, 2016).

"The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos reflects the recognition that achieving peace is a process that is never easy or simple and requires courage, determination, persistence and commitment over time. The U.S. Institute of Peace congratulates President Santos—and the Colombian people—on this award and on the difficult but continuing efforts to end a war that, over more than 50 years, has left more than 220,000 dead and close to 8 million victims, including more than 6 million people forcibly displaced."

Click here to see the full piece.


"Companies Encourage Consumers to Vote in the Election"(From Just Means by Vikas Vij- September 29, 2016)

"To have a government ‘by the people,’ citizens must exercise their right to vote and choose their leaders through free and fair elections. Voting is a right as well as a responsibility of US citizens. It is their right to have a say in how they are governed and their responsibility to get to know the candidates and to understand the issues in order to cast an informed vote.

As the US Presidential Election Day draws near, many companies are making efforts to encourage their consumers to go out to vote. USA Today Network has launched the "Voting Because” effort, empowering Americans to share why their vote counts. A dedicated microsite allows consumers to create a meme or printable card to explain the reasons they vote with their networks. Visitors can also sign up for the Voting Because newsletter to learn more about the issues important in this election cycle.

Patagonia is focusing on encouraging voters to consider supporting candidates and policies that protect the environment, with the campaign "Vote Our Planet.” The company’s dedicated website allows visitors to "Get Informed & Register,” share #VoteOurPlanet social media posts and discover local events at Patagonia stores."

Click here to read the full article.


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