PJS Newsletter - 4/18/17

Hello all,

Happy Easter! Happy Passover!

We hope you enjoyed the time off and the beautiful weather.

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

***PJS End-of-the-Year Celebration*** Friday, April 28, 2017. 12:00-2:00 PM. Rabb Room, Lincoln-Filene Building (Tisch College of Civic Life).

Come join Peace and Justice Studies to celebrate the graduating seniors! Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions and RSVP by emailing pjs@tufts.edu.

We hope to see you there!


Earth Month at Tufts Presents: The Age of Consequences Movie Screening and Panel. Tuesday, April 18, 2017. 6-9 pm. Tisch 304.

"In collaboration with Tufts Eco-Reps, Peace Action Chapter at Tufts, Institute of the Environment, and Office of Sustainability, we are showing a documentary titled "Age of Consequences" which explores the military and immigration dimensions of climate change.

John MacDougall from Massachusetts Peace Action's Peace and Planet working group will be one of the panelists to give his perspective too.

You can also check out the Facebook event here.

~Catering by Chipotle and dessert will be provided~


An Evening with Dr. Alfred Munzer: A Story of Righteousness and Survival During the Holocaust. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm. 51 Winthrop St.

The Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education is honored to welcome Dr. Alfred Munzer to Tufts as the 2017 keynote speaker. Dr. Alfred Munzer was born in Holland in 1941 and was saved during the Holocaust by Tole Madna and Mima Saina, an Indonesian family who lived in the Netherlands.

Ms. Saina, their housekeeper, walked miles every day to find milk for him and routinely risked her life to save his. Dr. Munzer and his mother were reunited in 1945 when he was three and a half years old. Today, Dr. Munzer lives in Washington DC and is a retired physician. Dr. Munzer’s talk will take place at 51 Winthrop Street at 8pm on Wednesday, April 19th.


8th Annual Water: Systems, Science, and Society Annual Symposium. Friday, April 21, 2017. 9:00-5:00 pm, Reception 5:00-6:00 pm. ASEAN Auditorium in Cabot Center.

Join us on Friday, April 21st for a series of talks featuring experts in both water quality and quantity markets. These speakers have been involved in markets in many locales in the U.S. as well as international water markets.

We will start the day with an interactive demonstration of how markets work, and from there delve into opportunities and challenges facing water markets today.

Click here to check out the schedule and sign up!


South Asian Political Action Committee (SAPAC) Annual Symposium. Saturday, April 22, 2017.

On April 22nd, SAPAC is hosting an annual symposium, in which Tufts undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, will be given the opportunity to share their research related to topics of South Asia and its diasporas on a public platform. Research can range from theses to capstone projects, research papers, class projects, independent studies, visual/artistic projects, and other forms of scholarship pertaining to the region of South Asia.

The format of the symposium will be structured so that presenters sit on a panel from which they will present for 5 to 10 minutes each and engage with the audience and other panelists via the facilitation of faculty moderators.


Funding & Other Opportunities

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.


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

Gallery 1581: Picture Social Justice and Human Rights. Open through June 30, 2017! 1581 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA.

“Picture Social Justice and Human Rights” is a juried art exhibition running through June 30, 2017. Celebrating BGSP’s new program in Social Justice and Human Rights, the exhibit inspires hope and promotes a call to constructive action for social justice in individuals, groups, and communities.

View the artwork, meet the artists, and meet leaders and faculty for the program in Social Justice and Human Rights.

Open Monday through Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00-1:00 pm.

Click here for more information.


Farmworker Awareness Campaign at the Friedman School for Nutrition Science and Policy. April 17-25, 2017.

The Friedman Justice League (FJL), a student organization at the Friedman School for Nutrition Science and Policy, is excited to host a Farmworker Awareness Campaign from April 17-25 to explore farmworker and labor justice.

FJL is excited to partner with the Coalition for Immokalee Workers for our main events, a seminar to support CIW's Campaign for Fair Food and a direct action to urge Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program. The Farmworker Awareness Campaign includes other activities and events to engage with farmworker and labor justice.

All activities and events are free and open to the public, so please share the flier widely.

-FJL Farmworker Awareness Campaign (FB Event)
-CIW's Campaign for Fair Food Seminar (Livestream)
-Wendy's Boycott Protest (FB Event)


Webinar: Transforming Women through Civil Resistance and Nonviolent Activism. Wednesday, May 10, 2016. 10:00-11:30 AM.

This interactive panel will discuss women's movements fighting for better livelihoods, ending violence against women, and supporting inclusion and rights in India. Participants will learn about current majority-women campaigns and movements in West Bengal and Bhopal involving thousands.

Discussants will share insightful information, challenges and observations about solidarity bridge roles with grassroots movements, and also the types of tactics and strategic impact that women have on movements, leadership and planning.

Click here for more information on panel discussants.

Click here to register.



Americorps VISTA Position-

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Generation Citizen (GC) to hire a Campus Compact of Southern New England Americorps VISTA to support capacity building efforts at both Tisch College and GC.

This position is an ideal fit for a proactive and meticulous young leader who has previous experience working with college student groups and community organizations.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 20.

Find more information and application instructions here.


Paid Summer Opportunities in Boston City Councilor's Office-

Boston City Councilor President Michelle Wu is seeking one undergraduate student for a paid summer fellowship in her office this summer. Please note that interns must have Boston residency during the fellowship period.

The Undergraduate Diversity and Inclusion Intern deadline is April 21 and will receive $525/week.


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.



"Diane Nash Says Nonviolent Protest was the Most Important Invention of the 20th Century" (From Nonviolent Conflict News by James Lartey- April 6, 2017).

"More than a half-century later, Diane Nash can still hear the sound of the nights she spent alone in that Mississippi jail cell. “I was scared the whole time...But here’s the thing– you had to do what was required or you had to tolerate segregation. And whenever I obeyed a segregation law I felt like I was agreeing that I was too inferior to do what the general population did.”

This principled commitment to equality fueled Nash through a civil and human rights career spanning decades in the American South and in her hometown of Chicago. And while her contributions are sometimes overlooked in re-tellings of the movement in favor of some of the more ostentatious male participants, few leaders from the earliest days of the movement have been as driven, unflinching and courageous as Diane Nash."

Read the full piece here.


"Two Upstart Phone Companies Stand Up for Refugees, the Homeless, and Our Planet" (From JustMeans by Pamela Weymouth- April 12, 2017).

"(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Most consumers pick their phone company based on which one offers the best reception and the coolest gadget for the lowest cost. But if you want a phone company that supports a 100% progressive mission and offers political transparency, then meet CredoMobile and Sparrowmobile.

Credo is an offshoot of Working Assets, which paved the path for businesses blending social mission with profit in 1985. Working Assets describes itself as “a social change organization that offers products, “from credit cards to home and mobile phone service. Their social and environmental mission comes before profits. It’s a people before profit model—yet they have been profitable enough to make a real difference. Since 1985 Working Assets has donated $83 million toward progressive causes."

Read the full piece here.


"Peru: 40% of Buisnesses Here are Owned by Women"(From JustMeans by Sangeeta Waldron- April 13, 2017).

("3BL Media/Justmeans) – Peru is one of the best countries in South America for women entrepreneurs, as 40% of businesses there are owned by women. Yet these women face many challenges in growing their businesses, from lack of access to capital, to networks, education and training, and a culture of entrepreneurship. For these women to achieve entrepreneurial success, they need tools and programs specifically tailored to their business needs.

This is why public-private partnerships play an important part, helping these women break down barriers. Championing female business owners in Peru, is Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde and its Emprende program, which supports small and medium enterprises in the surrounding mining operations located near Arequipa."

Read the full piece here.


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