PJS Newsletter - 09/29/14

REMINDER! October 1st at 7pm in Cabot ASEAN Auditorium

From Freedom Riders to Militarized Freedom: A dialogue between Bernard LaFayette and Peniel Joseph

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, an original Freedom Rider, civil rights activist and current scholar in residence at Emory University, will be interviewed by Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)

Sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies, the CSRD, Political Science Department, Sociology Department, Arabic Studies, The Institute of Gloabal Leadership, The Africana Center, The Tisch College, University Chaplaincy and The Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora


  • TOMORROW: Webinar on Storytelling for Social Change
  • VOLUNTEER: Sign up to help out with Community Day this Sunday
  • Learn more about Title IXat the Teach In this Friday in Alumnae Lounge!
  • Looking to intern or work in Somerville this semester? Check out the job section!
  • Interested in social justice meetups? Check out the So Just Corner -->


Campus News & Events

"Storytelling for Advocacy and Social Change"
Tuesday, September 30th at 7pm EST

Learn how to develop a clear and concise version of your personal story that will inspire others to join you in taking action!


Join the Student Peace Alliance and special guest Valarie Kaur for our first SPA Speaker Series call on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:00 pm EST. On this call, Valarie will share with us a bit about her personal journey as a peacebuilder and advocate for justice, answer questions from the field, and then lead a training on how to develop your personal story or public narrative and use it effectively in your advocacy. Learning how to tell your story in a way that inspires others to take action is a powerful and important part of advocacy work. This training seeks to empower you with tools to be effective movement builders, organizers, advocates and leaders!

Sign up now to be a part of this exciting call!

Valarie Kaur is a national interfaith leader, documentary filmmaker, and lawyer who centers her work around the power of storytelling. She is the founder of Groundswell at Auburn Seminary, a non-profit initiative with 100,000 members that equips people of faith in social movements. Working with students and communities, she has made award-winning films and led campaigns on hate crimes, gun violence, racial profiling, immigration detention, and solitary confinement. Valarie earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School, where she founded the Yale Visual Law Project to train students in the art of storytelling for social change.

SAVE THE DATE! From Freedom Riders to Militarized Freedom: A dialogue between Bernard LaFayette and Peniel Joseph
October 1st at 7pm

Cabot ASEAN Auditorium

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, an original Freedom Rider, civil rights activist and current scholar in residence at Emory University, will be interviews by Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)

Sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies, the CSRD, Political Science Department, Sociology Department, Arabic Studies, The Institute of Gloabal Leadership, The Africana Center, The Tisch College, University Chaplaincy and The Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora

Title IX Teach In
Friday October 3rd from 9am to 5pm
Tufts University’s Alumnae Lounge

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Educational Studies programs at Tufts University, along with the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies are co-sponsoring a day-long Title IX teach-in organized by students and designed to inspire communication and knowledge exchange between and among faculty, staff, administrators, graduate, and undergraduate students throughout the Boston area. Topics will cover Title IX from multiple standpoints including campus sexual violence, trans* students rights, and a measures taken beyond Title IX

Annual Saint Francis Day
October 4th 2014
10AM-4PM at Agape Community, in Hardwick, MA
A Vital Conversation: Integrating Ecology, Justice, and Peace “Journey of the Universe” presentation with Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim, Co-Directors of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University

Panel to Include Ben Thompson of 350.org Boston and Patrick Cage of Yale,Music courtesy of Midwives of Mystery with Chris Nauman

Visit the website for more information

A Talk from Congressman Michael Capuano: With Test Resistance Rising Nationwide, What’s Next for Federal Education Policy?
Monday, October 6th | Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center
Light refreshments served at 6pm, program starting at 6:30pm

Join us as Congressman Michael Capuano speaks about federal education policy from his perspective as a U.S. Congressman. Congressman Capuano is serving his eighth term representing the Seventh District, which includes Tufts University.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: www.citizensforpublicschools.org

Slavery’s Physical Legacy
JOSEPH McGILL JR. Founder of The Slave Dwelling Project
Thursday, October 9th 6pm Crane Room, Paige Hall Tufts University

Through the simple act of spending a night in them, historic preservationist Joseph McGill Jr. seeks to bring attention to America’s remaining slave dwellings. Since founding The Slave Dwelling Project four years ago, Joe has slept in some sixty cabins and quarters across the nation that once housed enslaved people, and his goal is to stay overnight in all that remain.

Mr. McGill will talk about his experiences staying overnight in slave dwellings from Texas to Connecticut, providing a national context for his stay later that weekend at Medford’s Royall House and Slave Quarters. Located a few blocks from the Tufts campus, the museum’s eighteenth-century Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the North.

This collaboration between the Royall House and Slave Quarters and The Slave Dwelling Project is generously sponsored by the Provost's Office at Tufts University.



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Tufts Community Day Volunteers Needed
Sunday, Oct. 5th | Tufts Academic Quad
Volunteers receive free t-shirt, lunch will be served!

Help out at Tufts Community Day on Sunday 10/5 on the Academic Quad. The event brings our Somerville and Medford neighbors to campus to share all that Tufts has to offer. VOLUNTEERS WILL RECEIVE A FREE T-SHIRT! We are looking for 50-70 volunteers for various activities: Kids Activities (face painting, pumpkin painting, jumbo mask making, & more), Info Table, Set up/Clean Up, and many other opportunities. Most volunteer shifts are two hours long. Lunch will be served!

If you are interested, please complete this online application and we’ll be in touch!
Email communityday@tufts.edu with any questions.

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

Inaugural workshop of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora and the Colonialism Studies Minor:Saturday, October 4, 2014
9:00am-6:30pm | Alumnae Lounge

Comparative Colonialisms: Approaches to the Global Humanities
This inaugural workshop focuses upon several situated colonial formations that demonstrate the specificities and convergences of colonial violence, rule and governance, displacement and its legacies. Participants will reflect on the differentiated concerns of slavery, military colonialism, war, processes of extraction and accumulation, cultural imperialism, gendered hierarchies, etc. The workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the meaningful links among multiple sites, communities, and subjects in which and for whom colonialisms have forcibly shaped and remade terrains of diaspora, struggle and contestation.

Workshop participants include:
Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University; Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
Walter Johnson, Harvard University
Stephanie Smallwood, University of Washington
Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College, Columbia University
Shaden Tageldin, University of Minnesota
Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto
Kamran Rastegar, Tufts University
Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College
K-Sue Park, UC Berkeley, Harvard Law School

I, Too, Am Harvard: Blacktivism Conference 2014
Harvard Campus, Oct. 10-12th
Register online!

An intercollegiate conference focused on exploring advocacy efforts specific to Black collegiate students’ interests. Though originally inspired by the ‘I, Too, Am Harvard’ and subsequent ‘I, Too’ movements launched in spring 2014, this conference seeks to provide a platform for interested students to explore these issues further while making long-lasting connections with similarly minded students. From advocacy development workshops to events with alumni to socials, this conference will equip students with the tools needed to make meaningful changes on their respective campuses and beyond.

Get more information at the website here, http://www.itooamharvard.com/agenda.html. Find and register for the event at Eventbrite here, http://www.itooamharvard.com/register.html.

Cambridge Forum Program Schedule
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. **(unless otherwise noted)
First Parish in Cambridge
3 Church Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138

Fall 2014: The Health of American Democracy

The United States has long celebrated the notion of rugged individualism as one of its founding values. Brave colonists seeking religious liberty sailed the Atlantic to settle in a wilderness; determined pioneers seeking ³elbow room² overcame the challenges of the inhospitable west to find their stake in the nation; bold entrepreneurs built industrial and trade empires from nothing. All of this was possible, according to the national narrative, because of democracy. But does a democratic form of government only foster the centrifugal force of individualism? Does it not also imply a balancing centripetal force of community?



SENIORS: Green Corps is looking for college graduates for their year-long program!

In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read on or visit http://www.greencorps.org/findoutmore .

Internships in Creative, Educational Travel
Atlas Workshops, founded by a Tufts Alum, is a Cambridge based start-up working to change the way students engage the world. We are continuing to refine our project based travel model and grow our global network of supporters and travelers. We are currently seeking graduate or undergraduate interns for two different positions: /New Travel-Project Model Intern --Focus on Experiential Education (High School Aged Students) - Graduate Student Preferred /Travel Logistics Intern --Focus on Travel Planning and Travel Sales - Undergraduate Preferred Descriptions of both opportunities are available at http://www.atlasworkshops.com/jobs or contact adam@atlasworkshops.com The deadline is October 6th.

Internship Opportunity with the Asian American Women's Political Initiative (AAWPI)
The Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI) 2015 State House Fellowship Program is now accepting applicants and we are looking for Asian American women who are passionate about building and supporting the local Asian American community in Massachusetts! This program provides Asian American women with the unique opportunity to participate in state policymaking and experience firsthand how the legislature works through a part-time internship at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA. Leadership trainings, issue briefings and additional programming with statewide government and civic leaders are organised to strengthen the internship experience. In addition, all fellows will receive a $500 stipend. The application and specific details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/AAWPI

Work Part-Time @Boys & Girls Club of Medford!!
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County is hiring a part-time after school Program Specialist for the Medford Boys and Girls Club! **Click here for job description/hours: Please send cover letter and resume, with position title in the subject line, to: Ms. Jessica Jacob, Manager of Staff and Volunteer Resources, bgcmc.resumes@gmail.com

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



International Peace Day: Social Media as a Tool for #TalkingPeace’
(From Huffington Post, Vanessa Thevathasan 09/22/2014)
The unprecedented scale of war and human catastrophe that has raged across the world has marked this year as one of the most violent in recent times. Greater pessimism is expressed around prospects for peace, an idea that seems distant at best and unattainable at worst. Notwithstanding this, with today honoring International Peace Day, it is an opportune time to recognise all efforts towards mitigating conflict across the globe. Social media is an essential leverage to inspire all sectors of society in every nation to unite for peace. The exciting work of International Alert's groundbreaking Talking Peace Festival (#talkingpeace) is utilizing this platform in its efforts to create a more tolerant and peaceful world.
Click here for more.

The importance of telling Syrian stories as they should be told
(From Open Democracy, DONATELLA DELLA RATTA 22 September 2014)
In the wake of the Syrian uprising, in March 2011, we found ourselves overwhelmed with a treasure trove of user-generated content produced by Syrian citizens trying to give their account of what was happening in Syria. All of a sudden, a massive amount of information, data, videos, stories and pictures, were being shared on the internet mostly by anonymous users; a truly unprecedented phenomenon for a country where independent news reporting had always been a critical issue.
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Journalists are becoming propaganda – and we must do more to protect them
(Hannah Storm The Guardian, Sunday 21 September 2014)
Last week INSI announced the launch of an in-depth study into how the safety landscape has changed and is changing for members of the news media and we hope that this will provide a much-needed look at what more can be done to protect all those in the industry.

Let’s make no mistake, journalism has and always will be a job that is sometimes difficult and dangerous. Most journalists know that conflict zones, countries with civil unrest and those torn apart by natural disaster or the absence of law can be unsafe places and that sometimes they might find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. But most journalists also do everything they can to mitigate those risks.
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The courage to tell a hidden story
(From TED Talks Nicholas Stern 03/14)
Eman Mohammed is one of the few female photojournalists in the Gaza Strip. Though openly shunned by many of her male colleagues, she is given unprecedented access to areas denied to men. In this short, visual talk, the TED Fellow critiques gender norms in her community by bringing light to hidden stories.
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Community Policing and Violent Extremism: Sharing Security Responsibility
(From USIP Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Shannon Zimmerman and Megan Loney)
How is it possible to do community policing in the absence of trust between citizens and security forces? This is just one of the questions that challenged an international group of experts as they explored the role of police and citizens, especially women, in countering violent extremism (CVE), during a workshop hosted by USIP’s Center for Gender and Peacebuilding.
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