Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of January 15, 2018


This newsletter will be brief, as our staff prepare to abandon campus in the advance of an oncoming storm. 
The New Year and the new term begin with new courses and with confounding news in the US about presidential behavior, proposed immigration policy reforms, and increasing attention to the 2018 midterm elections.  Much of what we read on a daily basis, online and from the mainstream press, can be more clearly and properly understood by studying political science, and I encourage those of you who are still considering adding a POSC course this term to review our course offerings here.  Students may add courses to their schedules until the close date on January 26.  For those students who intend to complete POSC396 in the spring term, please note that senior capstone prospectuses are due in the Department of Political Science office by Friday, January 26.
I encourage everyone to participate in the various events associated with the commemoration of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 15
I hope everyone stays warm and weathers the approaching storm here in NEO safely.
With all best wishes for the New Year,
Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.



General Announcements

  • Are you interested in having your writing published? The Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy (CJLPP) welcomes submissions for both our print issues and our blog.
  • 15th Annual All Politics is Local call for papers: On April 21, 2018, Walsh University will host a conference opened to undergraduate students interested in politics, international relations, political economy or other subjects with political overtones. We invite all interested students to present* a paper or a poster in any subfield of the discipline. Registration for a presenter is due by April 3. Papers are due April 13.
  • Discussions: The Undergraduate Research Journal of Case Western Reserve University is accepting submissions for the spring issue. The deadline is January 19. Interested students can submit research papers and literary reviews 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!


President Trump’s First Year – And Beyond
January 19, 12:30-1:30, KSL Dampeer Room
On the 365th day of the Trump Presidency, it seems logical to stop and ask what has happened and what might happen next. how well or badly is President Trump doing, for his and his party’s own purposes? What kind of resistance can be expected, with what results, going forward? Professor Daniel B. Cohen is Associate Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and a leading scholar of how Presidents organize, or don’t, their administrations. He joins us to share his own wonder and quest for understanding.

2018: The Year Ahead in Politics
January 12, 12:00p.m., The City Club
Join The City Club for a conversation with political journalists and analysts to examine the regional, statewide and national politics. Nonmember tickets are $35.

Sociology Colloquium
January 19, 2:30-4:00p.m., TVUC Senior Classroom
Join the Department of Sociology for “Networked Individualism and the Digitization of Older Adults” presented by Barry Wellman, S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, Co-Director, NetLab Network. Professor Wellman is a leading figure in the sociology of digital technology and the internet. His acclaimed 2013 book, “Networked: The New Social Operating System” elaborates his timely concept of “networked individualism.”

ISME 2018 Conference
January 24-26, TVUC
See the events and panel times for the upcoming International Society for Military Ethics conference.

Japan-U.S. Relations in the Changing World: North Korea, China, and America First
February 1, 12:00p.m., TVUC Ballroom C
A lunch and lecture by Mr. Naoyuki Agawa, former Minister of Public Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. Read more about the lecture here. RSVP by January 26 to internationalevents@case.edu.

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
The re-election of campaign of United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D) is seeking interns for the spring, summer, and fall semesters to work out of his office located in Berea, OH. Interns will work closely with regional finance directors to make fundraising calls, research potential donors, and help staff fundraising events attended by both Senator Brown and various campaign surrogates. Any interested students should reach out to Finance Assistant Anthony Erhardt. Students should be willing to travel to Senator Brown’s office in Berea for training. The Senator’s office is flexible with student schedules and allows students to work as much or as little as they want. All interested applicants should email a resume to Anthony Erhardt.

U.S. Federal Government Positions
The Pathways Program offers internships and jobs, some political science-related, in the US federal government.

U.S. Department of Defense Positions
The Department of Defense offers a variety of paid opportunities for students.

James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship
The Dunn Fellowship Program provides bright, highly motivated college graduates a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of state government at the Illinois governor’s office for one year. The application deadline is January 15.

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

Scholarship Opportunities

American Public Works Association Scholarship
The Ohio Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) is issuing two $1,000 scholarships to Graduate Students majoring in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, or a closely related field. The application deadline is February 24. See here for the further details.

Summer Opportunities

Stanford University Summer Policy Boot Camp
The Summer Policy Boot Camp is a one week program focused on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States national and international public policy. The program will take place August 19-25, 2018, and applications are due March 1, 2018.

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