PJS Newsletter - 3/7/17

Hello all,

We hope you are having a great start to your week.

Celebrate International Women's Day, tomorrow, March 8th!

Tomorrow also marks "A Day Without a Woman" an action that seeks to recognize the vital role that women of all backgrounds have in both the domestic and global economy.

The resurgent women's movement includes a one-day strike tomorrow as a call for a day of action for equity, justice, and the human rights of women.

Be sure to check out "Feminized Resistances" a special issue from the Journal of Resistance Studies.

Stay tuned for the latest PJS related events and news, including upcoming speakers right here at Tufts.

-The Peace and Justice Studies Program


Campus News & Events

Militarism, Nuclear Threats & the Trump Administration. Wednesday, March 8. 12:00-1:15 PM (Open Block). Olin 001.

Reiner Braun: The US, EU and Russia: Militarism, Nuclear Threats, and the Trump Administration.

Reiner Braun has been actively involved in the Peace Movement since 1982, beginning in the office of the “Krefelder Appeal” against new nuclear weapons in Europe.

He has been the Executive Director for Scientists for Peace and Sustainability (Germany) and the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES). He is currently Director of IALANA, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

He is author of several books, including “Einstein- Peace Now!” and a biography about the Peace Nobel Laureate Joseph Rotblat.

Lunch will be provided!

Click here to join the Facebook Event.


"Jews and the Revival of White Supremacist Politics" with Susannah Heschel. Tuesday, March 7, 2017. 5:00 pm. 58 Winthrop St., Interfaith Center.

Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of Biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-semitism.

Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award, and the Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press). She has also taught at Southern Methodist University and Case Western Reserve University.

Click here for more information.


Distinguished Speaker Series: The Civic State of the Union. Tuesday, March 7. 6:00 p.m. ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Center.

Join us for a panel about the state of civic life in the United States and the role of civic engagement in addressing national and global problems.

Our featured panelists will be and Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government who wrote the seminal book Bowling Alone; Shirley Sagawa, President and CEO of the Service Year Alliance and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; and Peter Levine, Tisch College’s Associate Dean for Research and the author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America.

The panel will be moderated by Mara Liasson, National Political Correspondent for NPR. RSVP here.


Careers in Public Service Networking Night. Wednesday, March 8 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop St.

Interested in exploring the diversity of offerings in the field of Public Service? Join nearly 20 professionals from a broad range of organizations for small group discussions on public service career paths, applying for jobs and internships, and expanding your network.

The event will kick off with brief Ted Talk-style presentations on Innovation in Government and be followed by an interactive networking reception.

Open to all students in all majors; please RSVP in Jumbo Jobs.


Fletcher Seminar: "Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict" with Dr. Donna Hicks. Wednesday, March 8, 2017. 5:30-6:45 pm. The Fletcher School, Mugar 235.

Dr. Donna Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She was Deputy Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (PICAR) at the Weatherhead Center. She worked extensively on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict and as a member of the third party in numerous unofficial diplomatic efforts.

In addition to her work in the Middle East, Dr. Hicks founded an co-directed a ten-year project in Sri Lanka, which brought the Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim communities together for dialogue.

She is the author of the book, Dignity: It's Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, published in 2011 by Yale University Press.


150th Lecture Special Event! Environmental Studies Lunch & Learn Presents: Climate Strategy During the Trump Years. Thursday, March 9, 2017. 12pm. Alumni Lounge, Aidekman Arts Center.

The presidency of Donald Trump poses significant uncertainty about the extent to which the United States will continue to make progress on addressing climate change. Ken Kimmell will explore how the incoming administration might rollback policies that have been put in place to address climate change, and make it more difficult for future administrations to address the issue.

He will also discuss the progress that is being made in states and regions of the country and the improving economics of clean energy. He will highlight the strategies that the Union of Concerned Scientists and others are likely to employ to limit the damage to our climate objectives and build upon the progress that is being made.

Click here for more information.


Tufts University Dance Marathon 2017. THIS FRIDAY, March 10 at 7:00 PM- 1:00 AM.

Join Tufts Dance Marathon for it's second annual Dance Marathon! Our event is a 6-hour event where students come together to stand for those who cannot. All proceeds support our local Miracle Network, which for us, is the Boston Children's Hospital.

Last year, 2,149 kids from Medford were treated at BCH! This event is super meaningful as we get to raise funds and awareness for a wonderful cause. It's about our generation, fighting for the next.

During the event itself, there will be performances by Tufts student groups, a zumba session, a photo booth, minute-to-win-it games, activities (arts and crafts), and lots of time to dance!

Food will be generously provided by many local businesses including Lisa's, Espresso's, Flatbread, Danish Pastry House, Anna's Taqueria, and more!

We will also be raffling gift cards from J.P. Licks, Orleans, Shake Shack, Boston Burger Co. and other local companies!

Be sure to stop by for a great time and support a great cause!

Sign up here!

Click here to join the event on Facebook!


Protest Art and Poetry as a Portal To Healing. Saturday, March 11, 2017. 11am-5pm. Terrace Room.

This workshop empowers young marginalized communities to imagine themselves in the world they want to see. We will learn about Jess X. Snow and Giselle Buchanan's practices as artists, teachers and leaders within their communities. We will learn about how art, murals and poetry has been the lifeblood of social movements: from migrant justice, to Black Lives Matter, to prison abolition, to solidarity with Standing Rock, and to queer and trans resilience and liberation.

Participants will write poetry that empowers healing in themselves and their own communities and then channel them into narratives that supports larger movements they identify with.

Poets will channel their stanzas into visuals through collage, wheat paste and hands-on mural making lead by poet and public artist, Jess X. Snow and poet and community arts educator, Giselle Buchanan.

The result will be the beginnings of an organic mural on Tufts campus. We will learn how art and poetry can become a public portal into a future that communities of color dream of living in.

Click here to join the facebook event.


Summer Semester Course Opportunity: PJS 150-06 "Women, War, & Peace" with Dr. Mandi Donahoe.

If Men make War, do Women make Peace?

Conflict is gendered: it affects men and women differently. "Traditionally," men fight while women play supportive roles; men are perpetrators of violence while women are victims of this violence.

However, this simple story is not only inaccurate, it limits our capacity to identify and analyze the full range of activities that men and women pursue during conflict.

This class combines lecture, film, case studies, and more to analyze the gendered nature of nationalism, war, the military, resistance, motherhood, activism and peace building"

Join the discussion this summer!


Fall Semester Course Opportunity: Drama 93-5 "Sew-cial Activism: The Role of Costume in Political Movements from Phrygian Cap to Pussy Hat"

This course will investigate and discuss the role of costume in political activism, both historically and currently. For the first half of the semester, we will be defining costume and looking critically at its role in major political movements, like the use of pussy hats by the 2017 Women’s March and Kong Ning’s 2014 Smog Mask Wedding Dress.

In the second half of the semester, we will conceptualize and create politically motivated costume projects based on individual’s concentrations.

As we go through the semester, we will look at a variety of costume expressions that involve all types of media, so while sewing experience may be helpful it is not necessary.

Creativity and Conscience are all that is required for this course.


Funding & Other Opportunities

*LAST CALL* For Submissions: Beyond the Classroom Student Forum for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Submit by TODAY Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

This forum will be held on Friday, April 14, 2017 1:00-5:00pm in Sophia Gordon Hall. Open to all students.

"This forum is an opportunity for students to share their work on women, gender, and/or sexuality with the wider Tufts community. Undergraduate and graduate students from a range of majors present abstracts of research papers or creative projects done in classes or independent studies during the previous year.

Students present for 5-7 minutes each.

Please consider submitting your work! We welcome submissions of any length.

Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

**Decisions will be announced: Saturday, April 1, 2017**

Applications should be submitted to the WGSS office at 111 Eaton Hall or by email to wgss@tufts.edu"


*NEW* Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale University.

June 1 – July 22, 2017 • New Haven, CT

The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics hosts an intensive Summer Institute in Bioethics for U.S. and international participants.

The “Foundations” component will run from June 1st - 9th and consists of an introduction to ethical theory along with a review of bioethical principles, theories, terms, and history, and concluding with a site visit to The Hastings Center in NY.

The remainder of the program will cover ethical issues pertaining to a broad range of topics including medicine, law, religion, public health, animal ethics, and the environment. There are lectures in the morning, followed by small-group mini-courses in the afternoons.

Participants include graduate students and professionals along with a few select undergraduates. Participants receive mentoring from experts in the field and have ample opportunity to tailor the program to meet their career & research goals.

Tuition is $1,800 (undergraduates); $2,200 (law students, medical students, other graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows); $3,200 (professionals).

Course credit may be available, and housing is available within walking distance for an additional cost.

For further information, see: bioethics.yale.edu/sherwin-b-nuland-summer-institute-bioethics or contact

Lori Bruce, Program Director, at Lori.Bruce@yale.edu


Funding Available for Post-Election Events.

Tisch College is pleased to continue supporting political learning and engagement by offering special funding to student groups and organizations for events connected to the 2016 presidential election.

Applications will be considered for events that address the social, policy, and economic implications of the election, and funding is available for all types of organizations—political groups, activist groups, culture groups, music collectives, sports teams, Greek organizations, language societies, etc.—representing all political ideologies and perspectives.

Learn more and apply for funding here. Email Deena Alexander with any questions: diane.alexander@tufts.edu.


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):

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Presents: "Ethics and Global War on Terror: Can Conflicts with Non-State Actors Be Fought in a Just Way?" Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. House of the Academy, Cambridge, MA.

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences cordially invites you to the 2017 Distinguished Morton L. Mandel Annual Public Lecture "Ethics and the Global War on Terror: Can Conflicts with Non-State Actors Be Fought in a Just Way?"

Since 9/11, the number of conflicts between states and non-state actors has increased, with ISIL’s declaration of an “Islamic caliphate” only the latest chapter in this history.

In recent years, this growing prevalence of asymmetric warfare, as well as the employment of new military technologies, such as drones, raises new ethical questions: Should non-state actors be granted war rights under the laws of war? What are the costs–both human and monetary–of the war on terror?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017: 5:00 p.m. Reception, 6:00 p.m. Program

The event is free, but we do ask that all participants register online beforehand. If you have any questions, please contact the Academy at mevents@amacad.org.


FREE ICNC Webinar: "Native Americans' Nonviolent Struggle for Rights and Justice" Thursday, March 9, 2017. 12-1pm. ET.

"Native Americans and First Nations peoples have distinct cultural methods of conflict management that vary from nation to nation, with specifically unique nonviolent strands apparent historically and presently.

In our modern era, several Native Americans' struggles have featured methods of nonviolent strategy to fight for rights oftentimes with surprising outcomes. They used nonviolent civil resistance to change dominant culture, laws and policies.

While the struggle by the Standing Rock Sioux has elevated Native struggles in the public eye, much more has occurred during the long history of Native Americans' mobilization for rights and justice.

In this webinar, Sherri Mitchell, Indigenous Rights Attorney and Tom Hastings, Faculty and Coordinator of undergraduate degree programs in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University, aim to highlight this often unacknowledged history of nonviolent resistance.

Register now for the webinar.

Learn more about the webinar.


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

CSW Symposium 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.


Join Google's Fourth Annual 'Paying it Forward' Challenge in Honor of Black History Month.

Are you a social change agent in your community or know someone who is? If so, we invite you to join Google’s fourth annual “Pay It Forward” Challenge.

The deadline to submit an application is March 10, 2017, at 11:59 pm PST.

At Google, we value diversity and inclusion, and we support individuals who do the same. In honor of Black History Month, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to showcase how they have positively impacted and influenced their local communities within the US. In particular, we’re seeking leaders whose work has demonstrated a commitment to expanding access and opportunities for the Black community.

Last year, we showcased the work of two groups paving the way for leadership in their communities; the Spelman College section of the National Council of Negro Women and the Detroit Revitalization and Business Initiative (Detroit R&B) at the Ross School of Business.

To apply: Please review our Pay It Forward FAQ
Then complete this entry form and tell us how you have positively impacted the Black community

Click here for more information!


Summer Volunteer Opportunity: Venture with Impact.

Interested in volunteering abroad for a month (or more!) with the option to work remotely? Venture with Impact matches participants with personalized volunteer opportunities with their local partners based on participants’ interests, skills, and schedules.

Venture with Impact currently runs volunteer opportunities in Trujillo, Perú and will be launching a program in Medellin, Colombia this summer.

For more info, check out: www.venturewithimpact.org

Questions? Please email Tufts PJS alumna, Meagan Maher.

The deadline to apply for June is April 15 and the deadline to apply for July is May 15 (and so on).



AUW Junior and Senior Fellows Program Call for Applications: AY 2017-2018.

The Asian University for Women (AUW), located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, invites applications for full-time volunteer fellows. AUW is seeking motivated individuals with excellent academic record and strong extra-curricular engagement to serve in a one-year fellows program beginning in August 2017.

Fellows receive a monthly stipend, housing, transportation to and from the university, and round-trip airfare.

The AUW Fellows Program is designed to place volunteers interested in supporting the mission of AUW and its academic and administrative programs in significant teaching and academic support positions at AUW.

Fellows usually work across different areas, as ESL Instructors, Writing Center tutors, teaching assistants in the Undergraduate Program, instructors for the Access Academy, supporting student co-curricular programs organized by the Office of Student Affairs.

Click here for more information.


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.


City Internship: Summer 2017 Opportunities

City Internship (CI) is an accelerated learning provider offering private post-secondary, non-degree granting, full-time immersive in-person courses that combine intensive classroom-based workshops and seminars, practical work experience-based training and a link to potential employers.

Upcoming Programs:

The 2017 Q1 Scholarship contest will close at midnight on Wednesday, March 15th. Contest winners will each receive a fully
sponsored place on a Global Explorer Program in a city of their choosing in summer 2017.

Students are advised to submit their entry ASAP.

- Virtual Investment Portfolio
- Marketing & Advertising
- Entrepreneurship
- Graphic Design

The City Internships Student Ambassador Program is designed to give students the opportunity to fund their participation on the Global Explorer program, earn free flights, accommodation, and other assistance.

The deadline to apply to become a Student Ambassador is on Wednesday, March 29th. Places are limited to three positions per campus.

Students can learn more about our locations and programs online: http://city-internships.com/locations-and-programs/.

Students may apply to our programs via http://city-internships.com/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.



"How anti-Vietnam War activists stopped violent protest from hijacking their movement" by Robert Levering (From Waging Nonviolence- March 7, 2017).

"Only the Vietnam era protests match the size and breadth of the movement unleashed by the election of Donald Trump. One point of comparison: The massive march and rally against the Vietnam War in 1969 was the largest political demonstration in American history until the even more massive Women’s March in January.

All around us we can see signs that the movement has only just begun. Consider, for instance, that a large percentage of those in the Women’s March engaged in their very first street protest. Or that thousands of protesters spontaneously flocked to airports to challenge the anti-Muslim ban. Or that hundreds of citizens have confronted their local congressional representatives at their offices and town hall meetings about the potential repeal of Obamacare and other Trump/Republican policies."

Click here to read the full piece.


"Stuck in Legal Limbo" by Liz Mineo (From Harvard Gazette- February 22, 2017).

"When human rights clinical instructor Anna Crowe first began documenting the legal challenges faced by Syrian refugees in Jordan, she found a tangled system that put their lives on hold. Thousands of refugees, stuck in legal limbo, were vulnerable to risks ranging from statelessness to relocation to refugee camps.

In Jordan, Syrian refugees must register with the interior ministry to obtain identity cards, which allow them access to health care, education, work permits, and humanitarian assistance. But to obtain the cards, the refugees need to show their original Syrian identity documents, which many lost in transit."

Click here to read the full piece.


"Feminized Resistances" Special Issue from Journal of Resistance Studies.

"Dear all,

We are honored and deeply grateful to have had the chance to co-create this special issue on and of Feminized Resistances which explores the experiences, desires, wisdoms and practices of racialized and feminized women from the margins.

We believe that engagement with such resistances visibilizes practices of thought and action through and with which to nurture the conditions of possibility for emergent and imminent forms of creating, living and loving otherwise.

At this time of closure of old political paradigms and emergence of the new, our vision is that this exploration of a decolonizing feminized politics enfleshed can support the nurturing of loving and caring transformative possibilities in our everyday lives. We hope that our collection will embolden (y)our loving weaving of a multiple, unruly and irreverent feminized politics otherwise."

Click here to check it out.

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