May 1, 2017 Newsletter

Ambassador Wendy Sherman was the featured speaker last night, at the CWRU Center for International Affairs Achievement Dinner.  Ambassador Sherman served as Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State and North Korea Policy Coordinator in the Department of State in the Clinton administration, and as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in the Obama administration; she is Senior Counselor at the Albright Stonebridge consulting firm in Washington, DC, and currently working on a book.  Mid-afternoon yesterday, Ambassador Sherman gave an hour of her time to a dozen of our students, at a “meet and greet” at the Linsalata Alumni Center.  Although her specific comments were off the record, Ambassador Sherman generously responded to questions from our students, focusing on the Iran arms negotiation, routes to elective office, handling critical colleagues, and – the concluding question – what President Obama is like.  Thanks to Professor Pete Moore for joining us, to the students who were able to attend the event (and who represented our Department and the University so well), and to Cami Ross of the Center for International Affairs, who created this opportunity for us.  You can see a photograph of Ambassador Sherman and some of the students who attended here.
Congratulations to Temi Omilabu.  Temi has committed to a position as a Health Policy Fellow for the Global Health Corps. After five rounds of interviews and competing with more than 5500 other applicants, Temi won one of only 140 positions, worldwide.  Temi has been placed in Washington, DC, working in partnership with the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon organization, focusing on women’s health policy in the US and abroad.  
Finally, best wishes to all our students who are concluding their classes this week (well, by Monday) and their final coursework for the semester!

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


General Announcements


  • 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!
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Friday Lunch: Putin’s Russia
April 28, 12:30-1:30, KSL Dampeer Room
Professor Kelly McMann, an expert in both Russia and democratization, addresses the questions of what Putin has meant for both foreign policy and domestic life, as well as other questions about Putin’s Russia.

100 Days into the Presidency
April 28, 6:00-9:00p.m., TVUC Ballroom A
Join the Social Justice Institute for an evening of sharing in “Three Parts” on the critical times we are facing. Light refreshments will be served.  Reservations requested to

Combating Human Trafficking: A Discussion on the Second Largest Criminal Enterprise
April 28, 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m., Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square
Led by Professor, Co-Director and Co-Founder of the CWRU School of Law’s Human Trafficking Law Project Maureen Guirguis, the discussion will shed light on the important topic of human trafficking, which is now the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Tickets are $10 and include lunch.

Breaking the Ice: The Future of Offshore Wind in Northeast Ohio
April 28, 12:00p.m., The City Club
Join this discussion of the value of water to Northeast Ohio’s future in the offshore wind industry. Tickets are $35.

LGBT Domestic Violence Presentation
April 28, 12:30p.m., Flora Stone Mather Center for Women
This lecture is part of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Support Week, sponsored by Sigma Psi.

Black Scholars and the Struggle Against Scientific Racism: The Case of Allison Davis, 1902-1983
April 28, 12:45-2:00p.m., Mather House 100
David Varel, Postdoctoral Fellow of African-American Studies will present a lecture on the forgotten career of African-American anthropologist Allison Davis, as it sheds light on the larger struggle against scientific racism during the 20th century.

Democracy for Sale
April 28, 7:30p.m., First Unitarian Church
April 29, 7:00p.m., West Shore Unitarian Church
This documentary focuses on with the impact of money on our elections.

Tickling Giants
May 1, 5:30p.m., Donahue Auditorium, John Carroll University
This documentary chronicles the creation of and reaction to “Al Bernameg,” the first satirical news show in the Middle East.

Will Populism Prevail?
May 2, 7:30-8:30p.m., Happy Dog Detroit Ave.
This discussion will examine the growth of populism in Europe and the upcoming elections in France and Germany. This is a free event.  

Ideastream’s Living History: Public Housing & the Stokes Legacy
May 4, 6:00-7:30p.m., Outhwaite Community Center
Join this conversation on the history of the Outhwaite Homes and public housing in Cleveland, on the Stokes brothers’ public housing advocacy, and a look at where public housing stands today.

Lom Nava Love
May 6, 1:30-4:30p.m., East Cleveland Public Library
This documentary follows the work of Baltimore-based public housing community organizer Shirley Foulks and the residents of Baltimore, Maryland and East Cleveland, Ohio

Britain, Brexit, and the U.S.
May 16, 5:30-7:15p.m., The Union Club
Ambassador Charles Ries, Vice President, International at the RAND Corporation, will join CCWA to discuss the future and stability of the European Union and the status of the vital transatlantic relationship between the United Kingdom and the U.S. Student tickets are $5. Registration is recommended.

Employment Opportunities


Impact – Community Organizer
This job entails organizing campaigns, canvassing, and educating communities on various political and environmental issues.

Campaign Manager for Cleveland City Council Candidate Daniel Graves
Check out this opportunity to manage a campaign with a young, progressive candidate and through the campaign build a neighborhood movement that will be sustainable after the

PhD/Research Associate with the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) Project in Germany
In close interaction with an international team at multiple sites, the successful candidate will spend 25% of their time pursuing a PhD using the CSES data, either in a comparative Political Science topic or in a methodological, data quality-related topic. The remaining work time is taken up as a member of the CSES Secretariat ( Applications are due May 23.

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities


National Italian American Foundation Congressional Fellowship
During the Fall 2017 Semester, the Foundation will place outstanding Italian American college students, graduate students and recent graduates in offices of members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) to encourage and support the next generation of Italian American leadership. Applications are due May 1.

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


A Little Extra…


  • Governor John Kasich was interviewed by Business Insider about his new book and thoughts on the Trump administration.
  • This NPR article describes an international treaty issue with President Trump’s proposed border wall.
  • An effort to place Ohio congressional redistricting reform on the November 2017 or 2018 ballot has begun. Read about it in The Columbus Dispatch.

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