November 27, 2017 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of November 27, 2017


There is no formal Newsletter this week.  Please enjoy these photos of our Senior Capstone presentations on November 16.  For a list of students and the titles of their capstones, see here
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science
“Pride slays thanksgiving….  A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”

– Henry Ward Beecher


General Announcements

  • Check out the photos from the annual Political Science Careers Colloquium, which takes place during the fall semester. This year featured Chris Hook (BA 2003, MA 2004), a Budget Analyst for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 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.


White Sun
November 25, 6:45p.m., Cinematheque
November 26, 8:15p.m., Cinematheque
This Nepalese drama tells of two estranged brothers, on opposite sides of Nepal’s long civil war (1996-2006), who reunite when their father dies in a remote village and they must carry the corpse down a mountain to its proscribed, traditional cremation place. Age 25 and under tickets are $7.

Higher Education Lecture: Too Many Aims?
November 27, 5:00-6:00p.m., CSU Wolstein Building Auditorium
In part one of his three-part lecture series on “Education and Democracy,” philosopher Philip Kitcher of Columbia University argues for a way to take on the challenge of providing an adequate education. This is a free event.

Ohio 2018: Meet the Candidates
November 28, 12:00p.m., The City Club
Join The City Club for a conversation with James B. Renacci, U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 16th District and Republican candidate for Governor ofOhio. Nonmember tickets are $35.

Diversity and Higher Education: Its Complicated Context
November 28, 6:00p.m., CWRU Maltz Performing Arts Center
Education strategist Deborah Bial is the president and founder of The Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. Joining Bial will be Ithaca College President Shirley Collado, the first Posse alumna to become a university president. This is a free event, but tickets are required.

Shaping the Citizen
November 29, 5:00p.m., CSU Wolstein Building Auditorium
One major goal of education is to prepare young people for participation in democratic societies. Existing educational policies tend to offer a shallow view of what is required. In this lecture, Kitcher argues for a rich and demanding conception ofdemocracy, and for a correspondingly rich educational preparation. This is a free event, but registration is recommended.

The Problem of Pain: From Harm to Pharm
November 29, 7:00p.m., Maltz Museum of Jewish History
Come hear about the past, present, and future ofpain killers. Advances in pharmaceuticals and opiates have brought both relief from pain and the harmful effects of over-prescription and abuse. General admission tickets are $12.

Friday Lunch: The Stakes in “Tax Reform”
December 1, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
Congressional Republicans are racing to pass what they call tax reform that would stimulate the economy and Democrats call a giveaway to corporations and wealthier Americans. Visiting Associate Professor of Economics Danny Shoag will provide an overview of the provisions in the bills passed in the House and under consideration
in the Senate, and the economic disputes about those provisions.

What Form will Tax Reform Take?
December 1, 12:00p.m., The City Club
Join The City Club for a panel discussion as we deconstruct the tax plan and discover how it will affect our communities. Nonmember tickets are $35.

The Importance of the Sciences – and the Arts
December 1, 5:00p.m., CSU Wolstein Building Auditorium
Today in the USA there is much concern about education in the sciences. The reasons offered are typically incomplete. In this talk, Kitcher offers a more extensive account of why education in the sciences is important for everyone, and couples it with the thesis that a broad and deep education in the arts and humanities is equally necessary. This is a free event, but registration is recommended.

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

The Pathways Program
The Pathways Program in the US federal government offers internship opportunities for political science students.

The Cleveland Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation has conducted a summer internship program since 1999 that provides talented and diverse undergraduate students and recent college graduates an opportunity to work with Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations in an 11-week paid internship. Interns also participate in and coordinate weekly seminars highlighting key organizations and programs being conducted in the local nonprofit and public sectors. Applications are due January 22, 2018.

The Cleveland Hillel Foundation
The Cleveland Hillel Foundation Summer Internship Program (SIP CLE) is a unique paid summer internship program open to Jewish students who will be going into their junior or senior year in the fall.  Interns work for ten weeks and participate in innovative programming including exclusive excursions around Cleveland, professional development seminars, and opportunities to interact with civic and community leaders. The application deadline is January 31, 2018.

The U.S. Department of Defense
Current students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.

American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Program
The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.

Joe Schiavoni for Governor
This fellowship would require 15-20 hours per week, beginning January 2018. Columbus area residents preferred, but not required (all fellows should plan for a few day trips throughout the campaign!). If your college/university allows class credit for campaign work, we will help ensure the fellowship fulfills course requirements. If interested, send your resume to Zac Kramer at


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

Career Opportunities

The Pathways Program
The Pathways Program in the US federal government offers employment opportunities for graduates with BA degrees in political science.

Associate Editor with Science Magazine
We have an exciting full-time opportunity for an Associate Editor-Science in our Washington, DC or Cambridge, UK office to join our editorial team at Science.  We seek applicants who are scientifically rigorous and able to critically evaluate scientific work, have a great love of science and an excellent ability to network with scientists.

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.

Summer Opportunities

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program of the American Political Science Association
This is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups. Apply here.

A Little Extra…

  • If you’re staying in Cleveland for the holiday weekend, consider heading downtown to Winterfest on Saturday, November 25. The festival will feature a tree lighting ceremony, live music, horse drawn carriage rides, and ice skating!

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