PJS Newsletter - 12/06/13
Last newsletter of the semester!
Good luck with finals!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS NEWSLETTER:
- Plan Your Peace Project: The 100 Projects for Peace Competition is underway.
- Don't Miss: Gender Smash Symposium this afternoon!
- Post-grad opportunity: Apply to be a White House Fellow, see below for more information
- Interested in food? : Attend the OxFam Hunger Banquet this weekend
Still looking to add a course to your spring schedule?
The Department of Philosophy would like to enroll several more students for a small seminar entitled "The Afterlife of Race" to be taught this spring by philosophy Prof. Lionel McPherson. This is a special opportunity for students to be involved with a faculty research project and the focus will be Prof. McPherson's book in progress. We are looking for students with some background in the study of race or philosophy. The meeting time of the seminar has not yet been set and the seminar format will be flexible.
Lionel McPherson, The Afterlife of Race
This research seminar will be focused on major themes addressed in the book manuscript-in-progress The Afterlife of Race. These themes are: the idea of race and mixed race; the legitimacy and nature of radicalized political solidarity; the usefulness of integration and forgiveness in response to historical injustice and its legacy; and practical prospects for Black American socioeconomic progress in a legally post-racial society. In addition to draft chapters of McPherson's manuscript, readings will include Appiah, Taylor, Haslanger, Zack, Shelby, Outlaw, and Anderson.
If Interested, please contact Professor McPherson at email@example.com
Community Health and the Environment
Professor Rebecca Gasior Altman's seminar invites students to consider the dynamic relationship between health, communities and the environment. Together, we will explore global environmental issues with a focus on the places where these problems are experienced, mitigated or magnified by local dynamics, and responses mounted. Substantive topics will include: bioaccumulation and persistent pollutants in the circumpolar North, the environmental legacy of nuclear technologies, the global trade in electronic waste, public dimensions of cancer, climate justice, the rights of future generations, cutting edge methods of multilevel modeling, mapping and cumulative impacts, perpetual care of contaminated sites, and exciting advocacy work within communities, policy, medicine, science, law and agriculture.
Readings pull from numerous academic disciplines in the social and environmental sciences, but also will draw from poetry, literature, art, music, photography and film. Students will examine these issues through weekly reflections that plum assigned material and that offer opportunities to explore students’ “ecological roots.” Over the semester, students have been invited by a national environmental non-profit to assist in a project to benefit US communities concerned with the health implications of the boom in extreme energy extraction, including tar/oil sands, deep sea oil drilling, strip mining, and the natural gas “fracking” infrastructure.
Course code: CH 188-18/188-19
Prerequisites: CH 1, Jr. Standing
Greenvolved: a Kickstarter for the Environment
A new green startup called Greenvolved is shaking up the world of online activism. Greenvolved is kind of like the Kickstarter for the environment: it’s an online platform that lets ordinary people find an environmental project they love and then become a part of it. The projects that receive the most love (votes) then get funded by forward-thinking corporations that want to give back. This allows people to have a voice in deciding where corporate dollars are spent and makes it amazingly simple (and free!) for people to make a big impact. We think it's a great tool for PJS majors interested in making an impact on the environment. They’re launching a big social media campaign this week, and they need support to make it happen. We encourage you to check it out at www.Greenvolved.com and show your support at https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/6025-become-greenvolved/ !
Campus News & Events
Gender Smash: Dismantling the Gender Bindary
The Fourth Annual Women's Center Symposium on Gender and Culture
Friday, December 6th 1 pm to 4 pm
Sophia Gordon Hall
Keynote at 2:30 pm: "Frida Kahlo's Self Fashioning: Making Trouble. Third Gender? Third Space?"
Professor Adriana Zavala, Tufts Department of Art and Art History
This year, for our Fourth Annual Women's Center Symposium on Gender and Culture, we will take up the challenge of dismantling the gender binary and exploring intersectionality as it relates to social justice on campus and the world. How has the gender binary restricted our understanding of women/men and limited our opportunities for gender expression? How has it stifled gender identities that exist on a spectrum of gender identity possibilities? How has the binary impacted the lives of those most marginalized, based on race, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, and gender, in our community? How does citizenship or religious status impact the experience of gender? What interventions have been or are being made in feminism to challenge binaries and systems of oppression that relate to gender equity and justice? Where has social justice helped all people live gender-conscious lives and strive for self-empowerment in defining what it means for us personally to be self-identified and/or perceived gendered beings in the U.S.?
Education Brunch with Generation Citizen
Saturday, December 7 | Noon
Generation Citizen, a civics education program, is hosting an Education Brunch featuring a panel of fellow Tufts groups that do youth work, and it's a great chance for students interested in teaching and mentoring to learn about ways of getting involved. Panelists will represent Peer Health Exchange, Asian American Alliance, Let's Get Ready, STOMP, and Breakthrough Collaborative. We hope you'll join us to eat, learn, and collaborate on Dec. 7 in Lane Hall (the building next to Hill)! There will be lots of food! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OxFam Hunger Banquet
Sunday December 8th 5pm to 6:30
Sophia Gordon Hall
Interested in food justice, sustainability, availability of resources, Oxfam America, or just having an enlightening experience? Then come join Oxfam, Programming Board's Junior Class Council, Amnesty International, Tufts Food for Thought and Real Food Challenge for a Hunger Banquet. The event will feature Katie Neave, a Policy Advisor at Oxfam America, who will speak about Oxfam's efforts in alleviating worldwide hunger, and how college students can contribute. Free tickets are available now at tuftstickets.com or the campus center infobooth
Exhibition Opening of From These Streets: A Palestinian Refugee Perspective on Community
What does it mean to be a photographer rooted in community, especially when that community is a Palestinian refugee camp? We hear from photographer Mohammad Al-Azza, who teaches youth about photography and documentary production in the same youth center where he began his own work as a photographer. His work, on exhibit in “From These Streets,” highlights the challenges facing this community due to poverty and an intense military presence as well as its vitality and Al-Azza’s own creativity and sense of joy Exhibition runs November 1- December 8.
Organized by Anthropology Professor Amahl Bishara, in collaboration with students in her seminar Media, the State, and the Senses Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, International Relations, Peace & Justice Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies Programs, Tufts Experimental College, and the Slater Family Fund
Global Climate Change: The End of Business-As-Usual?
Friday, December 13th 11-12 pm
105 College Ave.
Eliot-Pearson Dpt. Of Child Development Library
Guest speaker Dr. Johannes Meier, CEO of the European Climate Foundation, will be visiting the the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development (IARYD). He will address climate change and speak on the latest work of the European Climate Foundation.
Funding & Other Opportunities
Davis United World College Program 100 Projects for Peace Competition
This competition for undergraduates which provides $10,000 in summer funding for a “grassroots project for peace.” Undergraduates at approximately 90 colleges and universities, including Tufts, are encouraged to design and submit a project for peace application to a local review committee. Each participating university will nominate its first choice which, subject to confirmation at the national level, will receive full funding. The Tufts selection committee will also forward an alternate proposal that will compete for one of the remaining awards. The proposals must be short: no more than two pages of narrative plus a one-page budget. They are due on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at noon, and should be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
See the PJS website for more details.
Campus Consciousness Challenge: The Next Green Idea Contest!
Calling all undergraduates! Are you inspired? What’s your green idea? Submit your idea and Campus Consciousness could help make it a reality!
Earn funds for your sustainable innovation. The winning proposal will earn $10,000 towards the execution of that project, plus consultations from industry leaders. The application is now available online. The Round 1 deadline is Dec. 31, 2013.
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.
Hemispheres seeking submissions
Hemispheres: The Tufts Journal of International Affairs
The Tufts Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs, one of the oldest undergraduate journals in the field, is now accepting submissions relating to this year’s theme of New and Old Wars. Submissions should be research articles, approx. 5000-8000 words, written by undergraduates in a broad range of fields relevant to international affairs. To view paper requirements and guidelines, please visit http://ase.tufts.edu/hemispheres/submission.html. To submit a paper, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission Deadline: January 19, 2014.
We welcome and encourage a broad interpretation of the theme. Potential research topics may include, but are not limited to:
Changing nature of war, international law, psychological warfare, transitions, nation-building, international institutions, evolving role of technology, territorial and resource claims, gender roles, cyber security, and trade warfare.
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
Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding in Costa Rica
January 3 - 12, 2014
The 2014 Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding in Costa Rica is a 10-day experiential learning expedition that provides leadership development and peacebuilding training through a unique outdoor experience. Designed for working professionals and students who want to get out of the classroom to apply and advance their leadership and conflict resolution skills, PEP is a program that combines a unique outdoor experience with experiential learning techniques in a multicultural environment. The 10-day experience will include hiking and backpacking through the Costa Rican rainforest, a homestay and service project with a local Costa Rican family, an overnight solo, waterfall rappel and conclude with a day at the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, U.N. mandated University for Peace, in Costa Rica. Along the journey participants will learn and practice leadership skills, challenge their own perspectives, explore relevant peacebuilding topics, and develop meaningful relationships with participants who share similar commitments to peace and human dignity.
For more information and to apply, please visit our website.
Global Engagement Summit (GES) at Northwestern University
GES, founded in 2005, is completely student-founded, student-organized, and student-run by a team of 50-60 Northwestern undergraduate students. Through our annual Summit, yearlong programming, and staff curriculum, we build the capacity of the next generation of global change makers.
GES is a weeklong capacity building summit for students committed to social change in their communities and around the world. This year, the summit will take place between April 16th and April 20th, 2014. Accepted delegates come together to understand the challenges of being a social change leader and the opportunities for their engagement; to hone the skills and mindsets that will enable them to better plan, execute, and participate in change-based projects.
You can also watch this video from last year’s summit to find out more
You can apply to Global Engagement Summit 2014 at https://buffettcenter.wufoo.com/forms/american-application/
Apply for the 2014 International Summer Academy on Peace and Dialogue in Switzerland
The Institute for Peace & Dialogue is pleased to announce their next International Summer Academy on Peace and Conflict for the summer 2014. This will be held in Switzerland during August 2014.
The application can be found online here. All interested can visit the IPD webpage or send an email to email@example.com for further details.
Apply to be a 2014-2015 White House Fellow
Established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the White House Fellows Program is part of the effort to meet today’s challenges by cultivating the Nation’s next generation of leaders and public servants. The Fellowship is America’s most prestigious nonpartisan program for leadership and federal public service. The Fellowship offers exceptional emerging leaders the opportunity to spend one year working at the highest levels of the government learning from national leaders.
Fellows are placed in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-level Executive Branch officials. In addition, they regularly meet in roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors.
The White House Fellows Program is now accepting applications online until Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:59pm (EST). Inclusive dates of the Fellowship year for the 2014-2015 Class are August 26, 2014 to August 26, 2015. Please visit our website to learn more about the program.
Become a Tisch Active Citizenship Summer Fellow in D.C.! Apply Now
Career-launching fellowships open exclusively to Tufts students are available with nonprofits, government or public interest organizations in Washington D.C. Participants also receive alumni mentors and support from Tisch College. Applications are available online now! For more information, visit activecitizen.tufts.edu/acs/ or contact Danica.Fisher@tufts.edu.
Apply to be a GC Coach in Spring 2014!
Generation Citizen is dedicated to empowering and encouraging young people to be active in the political life of their society. Applying to be a Democracy Coach will allow you to guide a class of local middle or high school students through the democratic process, and earn course credit! Priority applications to be a Democracy Coach this spring are due December 12th. Please visit www.generationcitizen.org for more information and to apply!
Seniors! Looking to make a difference right after graduating? Apply for a Fellowship with U.S. PIRG
U.S.PIRG is a network of state-based consumer advocacy groups working on behalf of the public interest. In 30 states around the country, we work on federal and state issues ranging from public health policy. Through targeted research, coalition building, outreach to citizen activists and the media, and direct lobbying of decision-makers, we work to ameliorate some of the nation’s most pressing problems.
Right now, we are looking to hire 25 graduating seniors nation-wide for our full-time Fellowship program. Fellows with U.S. PIRG will do research, advocacy and grassroots organizing on critical public interest issues. After two years on the front lines tackling important problems and pushing for smart solutions, Fellows will have the skills and experience it takes to become a leader with us, or other organizations working to make change happen.
Apply at www.uspirg.org/apply. For more information on the Fellowship or the application process, please contact Andrew Fish at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 747-4383.
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
Grief, deep admiration expressed worldwide for the revered Nelson Mandela
(From Washington Post, Sudarsan Raghavan, Chico Harlan and Michael Birnbaum 12/06/2013)
Flags across several continents fell to half staff early Friday, and South Africans poured into the streets at daybreak in mourning for Nelson Mandela, a liberator whose life spanned nearly a century and whose model for dignity and peace-making was admired across the world.The death Thursday of Mandela, 95, spurred the rarest of outpourings — one nearly universal and unanimous, as South African President Jacob Zuma announced a national week of mourning before a state funeral is held on Dec. 15.
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Altered Images: How to verify photos of current events
(From BBC, Altered Images 11/22/13)
After eight people died in sectarian clashes in Pakistan a week ago, photos circulated on social media purporting to show the violence. These were soon called into question. Images said to show the violent clashes were shared online. One shared on Facebook was captioned "This is them being oppressed". But it was an Associated Press photograph from 2009, taken in the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Karachi, and featured in a BBC News picture gallery at the time.
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Drug Cartels In Mexico Now Using Twitter, Facebook As Recruitment Tool
(From Latin Times, Donovan Longo 12/02/2013)
Not only do cartels like The Knights Templar use social media to solidify power and gain support, they are actively recruiting new members via Twitter and Facebook. Jorge Soto, Engineer in Computer Systems Innovation Office of the Presidency, explained, "cyberspace is empowering to crime and criminal groups, which are overtaking the authorities on this. They are using it to organize operations, to intimidate the competition, to recruit, to confuse the State, and to scare the citizens." Members post pictures of weapons, cars, clothes, and even big cats, the proud criminals do not even bother to blur out their faces anymore, instead they pose proudly revealing in their luxurious lifestyle.
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Gunmen Attack Offices of Pakistani Media Group in Karachi
(From NY Times SALMAN MASOOD 12/02/13)
Pakistan is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, who face frequent harassment and intimidation here from a variety of groups, including the Pakistani Taliban and other militants, state security forces and intelligence agencies, and local political and criminal groups. So far this year, at least five journalists have been killed. And 44 more have been killed over the past decade, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
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"Professor Cynthia Cockburn: When is peace? The Uncertain Outcome of Accord" - SOAS, University of London
Northern Ireland's 'Troubles' were ended by the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the ethno-national aggression in Bosnia-Herzegovina was halted by the Dayton Accord of 1995, and the Israel -- Palestine conflict was slowed for some years by the Oslo Accords of 1993. Revisiting a study made by the author in these three countries during the late 1990s, this article draws on interviews conducted in 2012 with feminist activists of that earlier period. They reveal divergences in their own organizations, and in the directions in which their societies have evolved in the years following 'accord'. Their accounts of continuing violence, unresolved ethnic tensions, persistent gender inequality and elusive democracy throw into question the meaning of 'peace'
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