April 10, 2017 Newsletter

As many of you know, I’m currently attending the Midwest Political Science Association meetings in Chicago.  I’m presenting a paper tomorrow afternoon, attending an editorial board meeting of the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities, meeting with scholars interested in publishing work in Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics, and attending panels of relevance to my own research and teaching.  I’ll be back in the office on Monday.  For those who would like to meet with me, please sign up through the link on my webpage at http://politicalscience.case.edu/faculty/karen-beckwith/
This will be, as a result, a briefer Newsletter message, but I do want to celebrate the wonderful and impressive accomplishments of our POSC majors:  Michele Sorice and Amanda Smith.
Congratulations to Michele Sorice (POSC 2017), who has accepted admission to the Moritz School of Law at The Ohio State University.  Michele has also won a full-tuition Eminent Scholarship for three years of law school.  He declined his admission to the CWRU School of Law, where he was offered a Hugo Grotius International Law Scholarship.  Congratulations, Michele! 
Congratulations to Amanda Smith (POSC 2019), who has won a US Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship for Summer 2017, to strengthen her Japanese language skills.  Congratulations, Amanda!
Funded by the Department of State, this summer Ms. Smith will spend two months studying Japanese at the University of Shiga Prefecture, in Hikone, Japan. The Critical Language Scholarship Program’s mission statement is as follows:
“The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.”
Ms. Smith will have formal language training at the university, work with a language partner, stay with a Japanese host family, and participate in additional activities intended to broaden her understanding of Japanese culture.
More information about the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program is available here.  Note that the Critical Languages on which this Program focuses include fourteen languages, ranging from Arabic to Urdu.  This Program is available only to US citizens.
And just to remind everyone, Professor Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, CWRU Center for Policy Studies, is giving a talk on “Trump, the Budget, and Health Care,” today, Friday, April 7, in Mather House 100, at 12:30pm.  I encourage you to attend his talk, which combines his internationally recognized expertise in health care policy and budgeting.
Enjoy the weekend, and I’ll look forward to being back in Cleveland on Monday.

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


General Announcements


  • It’s never too early to start thinking about next semester! Take a look at the Fall 2017 Political Science courses.
  • Please consider the attached Hebrew classes offered during the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists will hold their annual meeting September 15-16. Students are invited to submit a full-length paper to present their research at the conference. More information is available here.
  • 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: Trump, the Budget, and Health Care
April 7, 12:30-1:30, Mather House 100
Join Professor Joseph White in discussing what the failure to abolish “Obamacare” (yet) suggests about the prospects for “tax reform,” the “skinny budget,” and other battles to come.

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.

Trump’s Ohio Win, the New Resistance, and 2018
April 7, 12:00p.m., The City Club
Join David Pepper Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, for a conversation about what the future holds for Democrats in Ohio. Tickets are $35.

Legal Challenges in Precision Medicine
April 7, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. CWRU Law School
This conference discusses the emerging legal challenges of transitioning the practice of health care to the PMI model and is free for students.

Letters from Baghdad
April 7, 5:35p.m., Tower City Cinemas
April 8, 1:20p.m., Tower City Cinemas
This documentary chronicles the life of Gertrude Bell, an influential figure in Middle Eastern politics and culture during the early 20th century. Tickets are $16.

Conversation with the Directors of Letters from Baghdad
April 8, 3:00p.m., Tower City Cinemas
The directors of Letters from Baghdad will answer questions following the April 8th screening.

Whose Streets
April 8, 9:15p.m., Tower City Cinemas
April 9, 1:50p.m., Tower City Cinemas
This film documents the unrest in Ferguson, MO following the death of Michael Brown.

Palestinian Rights Talk
April 11, 7:00-9:00p.m., West Shore UU Church
A representative from a Palestinian refugee organization will discuss the current struggles between Israel and Palestine. This is a free event.

Is the American Republic in Danger?
April 12, 7:00p.m., The City Club
Harvard University Visiting Professor Yascha Mounk will discuss the future of the liberal world order. Tickets are $35.

Life, the Universe & Hot Dogs: To March or Not to March for Science?
April 12, 7:00p.m., Happy Dog Euclid Tavern
Patricia Princehouse talks about whether scientists lose their credibility when they express political or policy views.

CWRU Food Week Keynote Address
April 13, 5:00p.m., Wolstein Research Building
Warren Taylor of Snowville Creamery will explain the reasons why he believes America should move from “extractive” to “restorative” agriculture and what steps need to be taken toward the sustainable production of healthful food.

The Paris Climate Agreement: What Now?
April 13, 5:30-7:15p.m., The Union Club
Susan Biniaz, a lead U.S. negotiator on the agreement, will join CCWA to discuss what lies ahead for the U.S. commitments to combating climate change. Student tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Employment Opportunities


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.

WJCU Radio Station Director
As a staff member of the Tim Russert Department Theatre Arts, the Director of WJCU acts as the University’s primary agent in overseeing the operation of WJCU FM, a federally licensed Class A noncommercial/educational FM broadcast facility that serves the university as a co-curricular program and media outlet.

AmeriCorps VISTA Program at CityLink Center
VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America and provides an opportunity for individuals to commit to a year of service in a non-profit agency with exposure to multiple different social services. CityLink is seeking eager young professionals who are interested in building the capacity of our current programs to serve more clients and empower volunteers, while confronting the issue of poverty within the city of Cincinnati.


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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