PJS Newsletter - 03/07/14
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS NEWSLETTER:
- Ukraine Crisis: A panel discussion on the current events unfolding in Ukraine.
- Interested in joining the Peace Corps? Attend a panel discussion and hear from past volunteers!
- Application deadline for Honos Civicus are due next week!
- Looking for summer opportunities? Check out the Summer ACS International Program through Tisch College
HOLD THE DATES for the ProSeminar!
RESCHEDULED! 3.10 – Nick Ojeda ('07), Duke Ellington School of the Arts, social studies teacher Pro-Seminar originally planned for tonight will be next Monday night- at 7:30 pm in the Rabb Room Lincoln Filene Center dinner is provided.
3.31 – Allie Bohm ('07), ACLU, Advocacy and Policy Strategist this will start at 7:30pm, Zamparelli Room, Campus Center, dinner provided
Campus News & Events
Monday, March 10 2014
5:30pm – 7pm
Join The Institute for Human Security at the Fletcher School, Peace & Justice Studies at Tufts, Fletcher Diplomacy Club, and International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Club for a panel discussion on the current events unfolding in Ukraine.
Hurst Hannum, Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School, on Human Rights and Self Determination
Oxana Shevel, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts, on Ukraine
Klaus Scharioth, Professor of Practice at the Fletcher School, on the European Union and NATO
Daniel Mulholland, Professor of History at Tufts, on Russia
Greg Carlson, Professor of 20th Century Russian Literature and Culture at Tufts, on Russia
The Work of Culturing: Local Food Expo, Public Cheese Tasting, and Talk by Anthropologist Heather Paxson
Friday March 07, 2014 from 01:00 pm to 4 pm
Coolidge Room (Ballou Hall)
What: This is the first of a series of events aiming to gather together the various threads of food-related activity and activism at Tufts and in our immediate networks and surroundings. There will be a CHEESE TASTING with samples hand-picked by Heather Paxson herself. Who: Expo of nearby businesses and organizations supporting local food initiatives -- Heather Paxson, an anthropologist at MIT, will be giving a keynote talk on small-scale cheesemaking and the politics surrounding raw milk -- Panel of professionals in various related fields
Gender, Water & Citizenship: Politics of Development & Democracy in Water Governance in the Global South
Tusday March 11, 2014 at 11:45 am to 1:15pm
Alumnae Hall, 40 Talbot Ave
This talk explores the ways that people come to understand and claim their rights to water and how that complicates notions of citizenship and belonging. Social power is reconfigured and reproduced as water provision and regulations transform the ways that the poor access, use, control and imagine water, which are then often imbricated in broader claims to democracy and development. The gendered, classed and geographically splintered ways that contradictions and opportunities are embodied in operationalizing the calls for a universal right to water demonstrate the importance of claims to public water by disenfranchised citizens fighting not just for their rights to citizenship and belonging against increasing trends of privatization of water, but also contesting the increasing trends of dispossession of their lives and livelihoods.
Presented by the Environmental Studies Program & the Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies Program, and sponsored by the EEOC Fund
Panel Discussion: Stories from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm to 1:30pm
Mayer Campus Center, Room 112
Discover the benefits of Peace Corps service from returned Volunteers. Join us to learn about the challenging, rewarding and inspirational moments from a panel of returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Have your questions answered and gain tips to guide you through the application process. About the Peace Corps: Read more or watch a video about what it's like to be a Volunteer including what Volunteers do, where they go, and the many benefits of Peace Corps service. Or apply now to begin your life-defining experience: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/. For questions about this event contact Katrina Deutsch.
The ProSeminar is a dinner discussion featuring PJS / Tufts alumni who share their reflection on 'life at and after Tufts.' Generally they address what their electives theme was within the PJS major, what sort of political activism or civic engagement they did, what they wished they had studied or done differently, how well /little they were prepared for work / school after graduating, and what their work / advanced education is now.
In the first of three sessions this semester we hold a special discussion with current seniors and juniors who will address their study abroad experiences and how they used them within the PJS major.
As the dinner will be catered by Basil Tree, please RSVP and note any dietary restrictions or allergies.
Other upcoming Pro-Seminar dates:
3.10 – Nick Ojeda ('07), Duke Ellington School of the Arts, social studies teacher
Nicolas Ojeda, a 2007 PJS major, has been an urban educator in his native Washington DC since graduating from Tufts. During the 2008-09 school year, he took a leave of absence to return to Tufts and pursue a Master's of Arts in Teaching. The experiences in this program, particularly his student teaching at the Boston Arts Academy gave him the skills that have helped him be the successful teacher he is today. Nick has taught the gamut of social studies courses at HD Woodson in Far North East, DC, before accepting a position at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in the summer of 2012. He currently teaches courses in DC History, US Government, and AP US Government. Through teaching, Nick,( better known by his students as Mr. O), hopes to provide students with information about the world around them so they can act compassionately towards others and make a difference.
3.31 – Allie Bohm ('07), ACLU, Advocacy and Policy Strategist
Allie Bohm is an Advocacy and Policy Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union. She works closely with ACLU affiliates and the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project to advance ACLU’s proactive state legislative agenda to protect privacy, with a particular focus on location tracking, government use of drones, and automatic license plate readers. She also works with ACLU affiliates and the Women’s Rights Project to plan and execute policy campaigns to end single-sex education in public schools based on gender stereotypes, to ensure that pregnant and parenting students have equal access to educational opportunities, and to protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination. In addition, Allie co-spearheads three of the largest coordinated public records requests in ACLU history: projects seeking to learn how local law enforcement agencies use cell phone location information and automatic license plate readers to track Americans, as well as an investigation into police use of military technology and tactics. Prior to joining the ACLU’s Advocacy Department in 2010, Allie was a Legislative Assistant in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office in Washington, D.C. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University, where she was a Citizenship and Public Service Scholar.
Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Through the Tufts Podcast Network two Tufts Amnesty International members have begun producing a weekly human rights podcast, Article 19 (as in Article 19 of the UDHR). Each episode features news updates, an interview with a relevant expert or survivor (this week we spoke with a country specialist on the Central African Republic), and action/further information suggestions.
All episodes current and future will be found on the Tufts Podcast Network website: http://www.tuftspodcastnetwork.com/#!article-19/c1eke - and if people are interested in helping write, conduct interviews, or edit, they can write us at email@example.com.
Funding & Other Opportunities
Tufts Career Center Summer Internship Grants 2014
$3,500 INTERNSHIP GRANTS AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
• 25 Grants for Non-profit or Public Sector Internships: For undergraduate students
• 10 Tufts Diversity Internship Grants: For undergraduate students; must receive financial aid; must be U.S. citizen; internships can be in the non-profit or
• 6 Shahbazi Fund Grants for International Students: For UNDERGRADUATE international students on F or J visas; internship must be in the private/for-profit sector; International students selected to receive the grant must apply for Curricular Practical Training through the Tufts International Center.
• 3 Grants for Entrepreneurial Leadership Internships: For undergraduate and graduate students interning at start-up organizations, in the non-profit or for-profit sectors
• 2 Innovation in Science & Technology Grant: For undergraduate students interning in green tech field, or other innovative technology area
FOUR hard copies of completed application must be submitted by 5:00pm, Friday, March 28, 2014 to the Career Center, Suite 740 - Dowling Hall. Late applications will not be considered. Please email Donna Esposito at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Career Center if you are studying abroad.
2014 Chantal Paydar Foundation International TravelGrant.
During the Summer of 2013, our fellows Lindsey Doyle (Georgetown University) and Emily Bazilian (University of Michigan) had the opportunity to go abroad and lived in Costa Rica and Kenya, respectively. Both fellows worked with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the disciplines of Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution (PJCR).
We are now seeking to fund two more undergraduates who are looking to travel abroad during the Summer of 2014 to learn and work with NGOs of their choosing. This year we are expanding our offer to both United States Citizens and Foreign Student Undergraduate students.
The Application Deadline is March 26, 2014. 5pm EST
Please visit our website to download the application forms.
Active Citizenship Summer (ACS) International Program is now accepting applications. The Tisch ACS International program supports groups of undergraduate, graduate and professional students working on creative, self-designed projects with an active citizenship theme. ACS provides financial support to help student groups bring their international initiatives to life.
The eligibility requirements are the following:
· Projects must be completed during the summer.
· ACS projects must be led by a group of two or more Tufts undergraduate, graduate or professional school students. Both official and unofficial student groups are welcome to apply.
· Projects must be designed to meet community-identified needs.
Projects may receive up to $4000, though some projects may be awarded less funding than the amount requested.
Applications are now live and can be accessed at http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/acs/international/ The deadline to submit applications is March 26th at noon.
Half The History Film Project: Extras Needed!
Film shoot on Sunday, March 30th, 9 am – 3 pm
Location: Tufts Academic Quad
Half the History is a film project series looking to promote and highlight women’s hi story in America. To launch this project, women and girls are needed to be filmed for a teaser of the Half the History project, produced by Five Sisters Productions with Jennifer Burton and the Tufts Production Team, a group of Tufts students whom are taking an independent film production course with Jennifer Burton.
Looking for all ages, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities to portray a wide variety of women from a range of historical periods in American history; women of color encouraged to participate.
If interested, please fill out the quick information survey below to confirm your spot, and send an e-mail to email@example.com with your headshot attached.
Please fill out the survey below by March 2nd indicating your interest. Without your response to this survey we won’t have your information!
If you are aware of individuals/groups who would be interested in participating in this film shoot, please forward this to them, or have them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need support for a project or event? Learn about the Tisch College Fund!
Tisch College welcomes requests for funding of events, projects, and programs with a clear connection to active citizenship. Student groups and organizations, or individual students who plan to engage other students in their work may apply online.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds have been dispersed. We are seeking proposals that include innovation and creativity, adequate training/orientation for participants, and address a community-identified need.
Learn more at Tisch Fund. If you have questions about the application process or a pending proposal, contact Danica Fisher at email@example.com. Medical students should contact Jennifer Greer-Morrissey, CSL Coordinator, at Jennifer.Greer_Morrissey@tufts.edu.
Seniors: Join a Society for Active Citizens!
Become a member of Honos Civicus Society and be recognized for your civic and academic achievements at Tufts. Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon a Tufts active citizenship education and the many paths students travel to develop their civic selves. Submit an application today!
To access the online application and learn more about eligibility requirements visit http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/HonosCivicus.
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
Tufts Energy Conference 2014
TEC 2014: Shifting Dynamics in Emerging Markets, March 8-9 The Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) is an annual two-day symposium that brings together experts from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors with students and professionals to discuss critical global energy issues. This year's conference will delve into the topic of energy in emerging economies, from the adoption and diffusion of technologies, to financing energy projects in developing markets, to energy-induced conflict. We invite everyone—experts and newcomers alike—to join the discussion and develop answers to these pressing questions. Tickets include admission to all keynotes, panels and workshops and the opportunity to network with sponsors and organizations attending the showcase, as well as a catered breakfast and lunch both days. For more information and to register, please visit tuftsenergyconference.com
GenUp Boston Leadership Training
April 11-13, 2014
Apply today to join a training for students, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, organizers, and young leaders who are committed to transforming our world at the intersection of environmental sustainability, social justice, and human thriving.
We are living in a critical moment in history, facing systemic challenges
like no other generation before and a profound opportunity to remake our world. Our generation’s calling is clear: to create a thriving, just, and sustainable world that works for all, we must take bold and systemic action to transform our lives and society.
Application Deadline - March 10th
Fill out an online training application here. GenUp will contact you to confirm your participation.
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org // www.generationwakingup.org/boston
Looking for an exceptional study abroad or internship opportunity in Israel?
Come discover an experience that combines cutting-edge environmental academics and research with coexistence. The AravaInstitute for Environmental Studies brings together students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and North America, and provides them with the skills to become the next generation of environmental leaders. At the Arava Institute, we say that "Nature Knows No Borders." This motto reflects the belief that the best way to reach sustainable solutions to environmental issues is to work on a regional cooperative basis.
Interested in applying? Learn more at http://arava.org/academics/. Learn about our internship opportunities here: http://arava.org/academics/internships/.
Please contact Sarah Rubin, Program Manager, at Sarah@friendsofarava.org for more information
New Era Colorado Democracy Fellow Program now accepting applications!
The Democracy Fellows program is an intensive, two month-long summer bootcamp that trains the next generation of progressive young leaders to create change in their communities. Fellows work to build a more hands-on democracy, developing their leadership skills while learning and applying the principles of grassroots organizing and advocacy.
It’s a full time program, designed for hardworking young folks, college students, and recent college grads from all over the place who are passionate about civic engagement, democracy, and politics. Fellows will leave the program with the tools and skills to advocate for the issues they are passionate about, organize others to take action, and lead in their communities.
The summer 2014 program runs from June 9th-August 8th, and is based in Denver, Colorado. Financial stipends are available for fellows. The early decision application deadline is March 25th, and the final deadline is April 25th.
Visit the website for more information
Lipper Internship for Holocaust Education The Lipper Internship is a semester-long, paid museum education internship for graduate and undergraduate students from across the Northeast that connects interns to local schools in order to teach about the Holocaust and Jewish heritage. The program begins with two weeks of training in New York City, where interns will meet with Museum staff and Holocaust survivors. Back in their college communities, interns share their knowledge by teaching public middle and high school students about the Holocaust, both through classroom visits and accompanying students and their teachers on visits to the Museum. Read some Frequently Asked Questions about the internship.
Learn more about the internship.
Apply online by April 1 for the fall semester or November 1 for the spring semester.
Visit this page for more information on how to apply http://www.mjhnyc.org/LipperInternship_2012.pdf
TurboVote Seeking Summer Interns!
Join a summer internship program working at TurboVote, a non-profit organization that works to make voting easy. Our technology helps people register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and get email and text message reminders with important election information, date and deadlines.
Since 2012, over 205,000 voters have signed up for TurboVote through partnerships with more than 80 colleges, 30 nonprofits and Google. Of the colleges and universities who have partnered with TurboVote since 2012, 31 of them joined as a direct result of efforts by our summer intern teams.
This summer we need an all-star “intern dream team” more than ever. We are expecting TurboVote to reach 300 new partners and we are going to need help making our program scale successfully.
We need amazing organizers and student government leaders to drive our outreach efforts and provide excellent partner support and service at scale. We need top writers and designers who can drive the development of materials and programming that make that outreach and support more efficient and effective. If you are someone excited to work hard, learn a lot, and be a part of something that really matters, then seriously consider this opportunity and fill out an application here: http://blog.turbovote.org/2014/01/24/intern-for-democracy-2014/.
Summer Internship Opportunity: Eagle Eye Champion
Eagle Eye Institute is offering a summer internship opportunity assisting with the organization and implementation of Eagle Eye’s proven Learn About ForestsTM Program and stewardship projects for urban youth from the Somerville, Medford and Boston. The Learn About Forests day includes forest exploration, teambuilding, two instruction periods taught by natural resource professionals, a stewardship project and dinner around a campfire. After the trip, youth participate in an urban stewardship project in their own neighborhood, often of their own choosing.
List specific skills: Demonstrated interest in working with underserved, urban youth of color. Curious about and has a passion for people and the environment. Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Desire to learn, grow and improve skills. As many of the youth participating may speak English as a second language a bilingual speaker is helpful but not required.
List specific experience: Prior experience working with urban youth preferred. An environmental background is helpful but not required. The ideal candidate will be passionate and excited to learn about the environment and environmental issues.
First aid and CPR certification is helpful but not required.
Paid Position Working With Children and New Technologies!
The DevTech Research Group is looking for an undergraduate student with experience/interest working with young children (Pre-K to 2nd grade) who have an interest in new technologies to join our team for Spring 2014! The position will entail assisting in robotics classes by working with small groups, leading curricular activities, and administering assessments. Requirements: 1) Experience working with young children 2) Have access to a car and be willing to drive other Tufts students to/from schools in the Boston area (mileage will be reimbursed) 3) Have availability on Wednesday mornings and/or Wednesday afternoons 4) No prior experience with technology required, but you should be interested and excited about the use of new technologies in early childhood education. Pay rate is $12.50/hour Interested in applying? Please contact Amanda Sullivan (email@example.com) with a paragraph explaining why you are interested in the job and a resume!
Interested in teaching? Looking for a summer internship?
Apply to Breakthrough Collaborative! Breakthrough is a 9-week teaching residency for college students who aspire to careers in education and launches high-achieving, low-income middle school students on the path to college. Teaching fellows receive two weeks of intensive training and are supported by professional teachers who serve as “Instructional Coaches” to supervise and guide teaching fellows on instructional strategies, assessment, and classroom management. If you are at all interested in education, child development, educational policy, or are looking for something awesome to do this summer, feel free to email me! Applications are due February 25th! Email Kelsey for more information or visit the website at http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/
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
The Civil Society Flashpoint: Why the global crackdown? What can be done about it?
(From Oxfam,Thomas Carothers and Saskia Brechenmacher 03/06/2014)
When the concept of civil society took the international aid community by storm in the 1990s, many aid providers reveled in the alluring idea of civil society as a post-ideological, even post-political arena, a virtuous domain of nonpartisan organizations advancing a loosely defined notion of the public good. Funding civil society appealed as a way for aid providers to help shape the sociopolitical life of other countries without directly involving themselves in politics with a capital “P.” Power holders in aid-receiving countries, uncertain what to make of this fuss over civil society, were initially inclined to see it as a marginal enterprise populated by small, basically feckless groups of idealistic do-gooders.
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Burkina Faso’s “West African Spring”
(From Foreign Policy in Focus,
Sam Badger and Giorgio Cafiero 02/26/14)
Sustained anti-government rallies in Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela have captured the attention of millions. But large pro-democracy demonstrations in Burkina Faso last month largely escaped the Western media’s radar. Since January, tensions have flared between the West African country’s authoritarian government and the impoverished masses yearning for democratic reforms. Depending on how developments unfold, the protests in Burkina Faso could serve as a catalyst for further uprisings in the region. On January 18, over 10,000 Burkinabe citizens rallied in the nation’s capital, Ouagadougou (WAH-gah-DOO-goo), and other cities to protest the concentration of political power in one man — President Blaise Compaore, who has ruled Burkina Faso since 1987.
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Unexpected Africa: Investigating New Ways to Think About the Continent
(From NY Times, By Henrietta Miers 03-04/13)
What do you think of when you hear the word “Africa”? In this lesson, we seek to challenge preconceptions with articles that offer new perspectives and defy stereotypes. From poverty and war to arts and entertainment, the world’s second largest continent is far more complex than it may seem — or than front-page headlines may reveal.
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Photos that bear witness to modern slavery
(From TED Talks Lisa Kristine 01/12)
For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images — miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal — illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide. (Filmed at TEDxMaui)
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A tale of two political systems
(From TED Talks Eric Li 06/13)
It's a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right? Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there's more than one way to run a successful modern nation.
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