April 17, 2017 Newsletter

Senior Capstone Presentations on April 19.  The most important academic event for our Department is the Senior Capstone Presentation evening.  This coming week, our faculty and students gather for the spring semester Senior Capstone presentations.  Seniors who are bringing their capstone work to a close will present their work in panel sessions, and will respond to questions and critique from their peers and our faculty.  We will convene in the Tinkham Veale University Center, in the Senior Classroom and the Conference Room on the first floor.  All POSC majors are invited to attend.  I especially encourage POSC majors who are rising seniors and are anticipating doing capstone work in the 2017 fall semester to attend these presentations.  This is a wonderful opportunity for those of you who will work on capstone projects next year to see what the capstone presentation experience is like, in preparation for your own work.  It’s also nice to support your friends and classmates as they present their final disciplinary work to the Department.  I’ll look forward to seeing our majors (and their interested friends and family) at the presentations (and at the presentation buffet dinner) this coming Wednesday, April 19, from 5:00 to 8:00pm.  Please note the schedule of presentations, here.
Registration and Courses for Fall 2017.
Registration for summer session and Fall 2017 courses continues apace.  Please note the list of fall courses in this Newsletter, here.  Note as well that the Department is offering three seminars that fulfill the SAGES departmental seminar requirement: POSC349 Political Science Research Methods; POSC370M Theories of Political Economy; and POSC375 The International Politics of Technology.  The Department is also offering one course in the summer session:  Professor White’s POSC389 Special Topics in US Politics: The Battle of the Budget. 
Please remember that Professors Tartakoff and White will be on sabbatical in the spring term of 2018.  Students (especially seniors) who would like to take a course with these professors should note that the only opportunity to take courses with them will be in the fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year.  Note that Professors Tartakoff and White will only offer POSC396 Senior Capstone in the fall.
Finally, please make arrangements, if you haven’t already done so, to meet with your academic advisor to review your academic requirements and to discuss your course selection. 
Additional Possible Courses for Fall 2017.  The Department is in the happy position of being able to search for three new Visiting Assistant Professors, for Fall 2017, and these searches are already in progress.  We are seeking VAPs in these three general areas:  comparative politics and international relations, East Asian politics, and US politics.  As we move to hire excellent new faculty members, we anticipate that they will be able to offer a range of new courses.  These may include courses in international security, race and ethnic politics, the politics of mass media, Chinese politics, American political thought, environmental policy, and/or the politics and government of south central Asia.  We will post these course opportunities as soon as possible; please check on SIS from time to time to see these forthcoming opportunities.
Finally, congratulations to Cameron Macaskill, who has won a Davis Projects for Peace Grant for work in South Africa this summer!  As announced in The Daily, Cameron has been awarded “$10,000 to implement her project, a weeklong ‘Poetry for Peace’ camp for South African high school students.”  For more information about this excellent program, see here.


Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University


General Announcements


  • Congratulations to POSC Major Cameron Macaskill for winning the Davis Projects for Peace grant! This grant will fund her summer “Poetry for Peace” camp for South African high school students.
  • As you register for fall semester courses, take a look at the Political Science courses offered by our department.
  • Stay up to date with the department by following our Twitter feed! Check it for day to day opportunities and information!
  • Like us on Facebook! Our department will be regularly posting events, opportunities, and general information to our page!




Friday Lunch: Brazil’s Political Crises
April 14, 12:30-1:30p.m., Clark Hall 206
Join us as Professor Colares – law professor and Ph.D. political scientist who earned his first law degree and became a tenured professor in Brazil – analyzes Brazil’s conditions and prospects.

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Window into the Ancient World
April 14, 2:30p.m., Mather House 100
Please join us to hear the exciting story of the discovery of the scrolls, the half century of scandal that engulfed the scholarly community, the ancient Hebrew sect that preserved the scrolls, and the scrolls’ startling revelations at this Senior Capstone Presentation.

Cleveland Humanities Festival
April 7-April 24
The theme of this year’s festival is immigration and will feature lectures, exhibits, films, tours, plays, and academic symposia.

Lessons from Baltimore: The Intersection of Public Health and Physician Activism
April 14, 12:00p.m., The City Club
Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore shares lessons from the intersection of public health and physician activism. Tickets are $35.

Grand Illusion
April 14, 7:00p.m., Cinematheque
This French film takes place at a German POW camp during WWI and examines whether social class or nationality divides people. Age 25 & under tickets are $7.

Aliens with Extraordinary Skills
April 14 & 15, 7:30-9:30p.m., Eldred Theater
April 16, 3:00-5:00p.m., Eldred Theater
A clown from the “unhappiest country in the world” has emigrated to America to find a place that will appreciate her skills. As she settles in New York and tries to fulfill her dreams, Nadia finds that not everything is as perfect as she had hoped. Student tickets are $5.

From Strategies to Solutions: Cleveland’s Evolving Story of Improving Youth and Police Interactions
April 18, 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m., TVUC Ballroom A
This forum will highlight multiple efforts undertaken to make systemic improvements in how police officers engage with children since the fatal police shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice.  Registration is recommended.

Between the Lines: Writing About Race in a Segregated City
April 18, 7:00p.m., Happy Dog Euclid Tavern
Join this critical discussion of A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City, an intimate and profound portrayal of past and present race relations in Cleveland featuring local writers, artists, and activists.

Is the Child Foster Care System in Northeast Ohio Broken?
April 18, 6:30-8:00p.m., Lakewood Public Library
This panel will examine the issues faced by the foster care system in Northeast Ohio. Some argue that courts and aid workers are being overwhelmed by state funding cuts and issues such as the growing opioid epidemic.

Banning Bibles: Death-Qualifying a Jury
April 20, 4:30-5:30p.m., Moot Courtroom
In this lecture, Professor Winnifred Sullivan argues that the death penalty jury today can be seen to, in effect, be forced to constitute a temporary tiny church-state for the purposes only of the case before them, the result dependent on the accidental psychological, religious, and experiential biographies of twelve persons.

Friday Lunch: New Research on Police Use of Deadly Force
April 21, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
CSU Urban Studies Professor Meghan Rubado joins us to discuss both her own study and the overall state and results of research about shaping policing practices.

Case College Republicans Fundraiser Dinner
April 22, 7:00p.m., Angelo’s Nido Italia
This five course dinner will benefit the Case College Republicans, a group of students at Case Western Reserve University committed to supporting Republican ideals on campus and furthering our political education. Tickets are $50.

Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport!
April 24, 5:30-7:30p.m., Market Garden Brewery
Former State Senator Nina Turner will speak about impacting public policy, multiplying your clout, and making fair districts a reality.


Employment Opportunities



Canvass Director / Assistant Canvass Director
Grassroots Campaigns is a progressive organization that specializes in running face-to-face campaigns for political parties, candidates, and advocacy groups. Canvass Directors and Assistant Canvass Directors manage one of the 30 grassroots fundraising field offices across the country, with bottom-line responsibility for all local operations.

Innocence Project Case Analyst
The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system. Case Analysts review claims of innocence that have passed through a pre-screening process.

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence Office Administrator
The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence seeks a highly motivated and dependable professional to perform a variety of administrative duties to support the day to day operations within the organizations’s main office in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
A variety of career opportunities are available with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

Grant Opportunities

Research Grant Opportunity
Phi Beta Kappa will be awarding grants of up to a few hundred dollars to assist College of Arts and Sciences students in their research. Applications are due April 17.


Internship and Fellowship Opportunities


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program
During CHCI’s paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service.

If you happen to be in New Zealand!
The Labour Party Campaign Fellowship is a unique opportunity to witness how democracy functions firsthand. The fellowship is based in Auckland which is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

V-Dem Internship
Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is seeking interns to work in Sweden Fall 2017 for academic credit. V-Dem is a global research collaboration to measure democracy in all countries of the world from 1900 to the present using more than 350 indicators. More information can be found at https://www.v-dem.net/en/v-dem-institute/internships/. Initial questions can be directed to V-Dem project manager Professor McMann, kelly.mcmann@case.edu.

Peace Corps On-Campus Internship
Campus ambassadors develop student outreach on campus to promote the Peace Corps. Students should plan to dedicate 3-5 hours per week from August 2017 to April 2018. Applications are due April 15.

Summer Program Internship
Case Western Reserve is seeking student interns to
work on a fellowship program hosting 25 young, African professionals. Interns will help with administrative duties and interact with the fellows as local resource guides and by helping them mediate cross-cultural challenges, navigate the American lifestyle and learn about Cleveland and its communities. The internship will take place from July 14-31 and interns will be compensated $2,500. Applications are due April 15.

Previously posted opportunities can be found on the department webpage. Please make sure to check regularly as to not miss approaching deadlines!


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