November 13, 2017 Newsletter


Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of November 13, 2017


Careers Colloquium for Political Scientists.  TODAY!  The Department of Political Science is holding our third annual Careers Colloquium for Political Scientists, with a public lecture by our double alumnus Chris Hook (POSC BA 2003, MA 2004), in the Senior Classroom of the Tinkham Veale University Center this afternoon at 4:30pm.  Mr. Hook will present a public lecture:  Managing Change in Times of Transition: How to Adapt and Succeed for Different Attorneys General, Secretaries, and Administrations, based in part on his work in the US Department of Justice and in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, across three presidential administrations.  Please join us for this lecture and discussion.
Careers Workshop for POSC Majors and Minors.  TOMORROW!  In addition to his public lecture, Mr. Hook will hold a Careers Workshop on Saturday, November 11, at noon, in the First Floor Conference Room of the Tinkham Veale University Center.  All POSC majors and minors (and prospective majors and minors) are invited to attend.  The workshop is informal, and lunch will be provided by the Department.  I strongly encourage our students to attend both of these events.
POSC396 Senior Capstone Projects in Political Science.  Last week’s Newsletter had detailed information about POSC396 Senior Capstone.  As spring semester registration approaches (see registration schedule, here), students anticipating completing POSC396 in the spring should discuss the process with their advisors.  One note about Senior Capstone Projects and faculty supervision:  faculty are discouraged from giving permission for registration in POSC396 until a signed prospectus has been accepted.  As stated on the Department’s webpage,
“A copy of the prospectus form can be downloaded here: Department of Political Science Independent Study Prospectus. A hard copy of the prospectus must be filed with the Political Science department office. Department rules as stated in the General Bulletin say the prospectus should be filed with the department office no later than the drop/add date of each semester (Friday of the second week). The intent of this rule is to ensure that the prospectus is filed in time for the student to register for the course. That means no instructor for a senior project should issue a permit for a student to register for the project until the faculty member and student have drafted the prospectus.”
Those hoping to complete POSC396 in the spring term should be talking now with likely capstone supervisors before the end of this semester, to identify a good capstone topic and the most appropriate (and available) faculty member to direct them.
All POSC majors and minors are welcome to attend the Department’s Senior Capstone Presentation and Dinner, in the Senior Classroom of the Tinkham Veale University Center, on Thursday, November 16, from 5:00 to 8:00pm.  It’s an excellent opportunity to see the presentation process, and to enjoy conversation over dinner with faculty and friends. 
Teaching Awards.  For those students who would like to nominate a faculty member for recognition for exceptional teaching and/or mentoring, please see information about the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring and the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teachinghere.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Careers Colloquium public lecture this afternoon!
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
 – Emma Lasarus

General Announcements

  • November 13th is the first day to register for Spring 2018 classes. See what the Political Science Department is offering 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!


Political Science Careers Colloquium
November 10, 4:30p.m., TVUC Senior Classroom (Lecture)
November 11, 12:00p.m., TVUC First Floor Conference Room (Workshop)
POSC alumnus Chris Hook (CAS ’03, GRS ’04) is currently working as a budget analyst with the U.S. Department of Housing and Development. He will give a public lecture titled “Managing Change in Times of Transition: How to Adapt and Succeed for different Attorneys General, Secretaries, and Administrations.” Mr. Hook will also lead a workshop for majors to discuss career options and strategies.

Friday Lunch: Lead Poisoning in Cleveland: Why, After All These Years?
November 10, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
The Cleveland Foundation reports that, “Greater Cleveland has a lead poisoning problem and it’s threatening our youngest residents.” Why, after forty years of effort, is lead poisoning, especially due to lead paint, still a problem? The issue gets plenty of publicity. But inadequate action. Environmental Health Sciences Professor Dorr Dearborn has worked on the issue, and been frustrated by the difficulties, for many years. He brings us his report as a scholar and advocate.

Structuralism in Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex
November 15, 4:00p.m., Guilford Parlor (Reception at 3:30)
In The Second Sex (1949), a foundational text of feminism, Simone de Beauvoir writes, “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman,” thus announcing the rise of gender as a culturally-based category.  Professor Grant, author of Fundamental Feminism, presents The Second Sex in the context of the structuralist movement in philosophy and political theory.

Powerful Partnerships: Educational Success Through Family Engagement
November 10, 12:00p.m., The City Club
Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and faculty director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program. Tickets are $35.

The College Democrats Guest Lecture
November 10, 7:00p.m., TVUC
Ken Harbaugh, candidate for House of Representatives (7th District), Kevin Samy, policy expert and one of the youngest ever speechwriters to serve a U.S. president, and Chris Roessner, screenwriter of Sandcastle and veteran, will speak at this event.

October: Ten Days that Shook the World
November 12, 6:30p.m., Cinematheque
This Russian film recreates the events of the Bolshevik Revolution. Age 25 and under tickets are $8.

Trump, Contraception, and the ACA
November 13, 12:00-1:00p.m., Moot Courtroom
Where do things stand with respect to coverage for contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act? And how did we get here? Professor Hill will give an overview of the legislative and litigation developments pertaining to contraceptive coverage from the late 1990s to today and discuss what we might expect moving forward. This is a free event.

Humanities@Work: Medicine
November 13, 6:00-7:00p.m., Clark Hall 206
Panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers.

Dinner & Dialogue: The Importance of Local Elections
November 14, 6:00p.m., Lava Lounge
Speakers Pat McDonald, Director for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and Susan Murnane, Co-President for the League of Women Voters of Ohio Greater Cleveland Chapter will discuss the importance of local elections and how they more directly affect the everyday lives of citizens. Tickets are $25 and include dinner.

Low-Wage Noncompetes as Constitutional Violations
November 15, 8:30-9:30a.m., Moot Courtroom
Law Professor Ayesha Bell Hardaway will identify how the extension of post-employment restrictive covenants, specifically non-compete agreements, to workers earning low wages and performing unskilled work improperly infringes on their constitutional right to seek better employment opportunities without suffering overly burdensome penalties.

Ethical Implications of Legal Practice Technology
November 15, 4:30-5:30p.m., Moot Courtroom
Samuel Berbano, an Academic Account Manager at Thomson Reuters, will discuss what technologies can help attorneys keep pace with increasing client demands, how they integrate with practice technologies used today, and their potential advantages and drawbacks. This is a free event.

Big Green Event
November 15, 5:00-7:00p.m., TVUC Ballroom A
The Case Western Reserve University Office for Sustainability will celebrate all things green at its fourth annual Big Green Event.

Substance Abuse: Confronting Addiction – “Suburban Challenges: Mayors’ Call to Action”
November 16, 7:00-8:00p.m., Landmark Centre, Beachwood
Join local mayors of some of our Eastside communities to learn what is happening locally and how you can help with the growing issue of the substance abuse epidemic. This is a free event.

A Look at the Political Crystal Ball for 2018
November 16, 7:00-8:30p.m., Cuyahoga County Public Library – Parma-Snow Branch
This panel will explore the major political races including campaigns for U.S. Senate, Ohio Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer and the state legislature. This is a free event.

Wounded Knee
November 16, 7:00-9:00p.m., TVUC 
A screening of documentary film “Wounded Knee,” directed by Stanley Nelson, is the opening event of the 2017 Social Justice Institute Think Tank.

Educating for Struggle: State Violence Then and Now
November 16-18, TVUC
Internationally renowned activist and scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and National Book Award-winner Ibram Kendi will deliver the keynote lectures for the Social Justice Institute’s fourth biennial intergenerational Think Tank, “Educating for Struggle: State Violence Then and Now.” All events are free.

National Security, National Origin, and The Constitution: 75 Years After Executive Order 9066
November 17, 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m., Moot Courtroom
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the EO9066, which authorized the Secretary of War to designate and regulate areas as military zones, leading to the internment of Japanese-Americans from 1942 until 1946. The Supreme Court upheld this order’s constitutionality, in the now infamous Korematsu case, by deferring to the judgement of the legislature and executive in a time of war. This conference will examine these issues on the 75th anniversary of EO9066, and discuss its continuing relevance today.

Friday Lunch: Digging into Football and Voting with Data
November 17, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
Andrew Healy is known among academics as an incisive scholar of voting behavior. He has co-authored important articles on research methods, such as telephone interviewing; on efforts to increase voter turnout; on partisan bias; and especially on retrospective voting. But he also has a deep interest in sports, and is on leave from his professor job now to work for the Browns. So what do the two kinds of analysis have in common, and what is different? Join us for a discussion that should illuminate three topics – politics, football, and statistical research.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz – Think Tank Keynote Address
November 17, 7:00-9:00p.m., TVUC
The keynote address of the 2017 Think Tank: “State Violence Then and Now” will be presented by scholar and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants 
Volunteer and internship opportunities are available to help refugee clients acclimate to the U.S. and find work.

Latin American News Digest Internship
Spring 2018 internships are available for students writers and researchers to translate and condense articles from Latin American sources for weekly publications.

Congressman David P. Joyce
Internships are available at the Washington, DC office for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. Interns will be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office. A biography of the congressman is available here.

International Affairs Research Fellowship
The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for graduating seniors and recent graduates to work at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for one year.


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

Job Opportunities

City Club of the Mahoning Valley Project Director
The CCMV Project Director will be responsible for the operational success of the City Club of the Mahoning Valley ensuring seamless program development and execution. The CCMV Project Director reports to The City Club of Cleveland Director of Programming and works with both the City Club of Cleveland leadership team and the CCMV steering committee. The CCMV Project Director will produce multiple lines of forum programs, build community partnerships, develop individual membership and corporate sponsorship, manage volunteers, and shape the overall vision of CCMV programming, ensuring its local and regional significance.

A Little Extra…

  • Professor Jonathan Entin, the David L. Brennan Professor Emeritus of Law and Adjunct Professor of Political Science, talked about how the recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein may help encourage others who are victims of sexual harassment come forward.

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