Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of March 26, 2018

Just to Remind You:  Senior Capstone Presentations This Spring
Many of our graduating seniors will be presenting their work-in-progress on their Senior Capstone Projects to the Department on Wednesday, April 18, from 5:00 to 8:00pm, in the Tinkham Veale University Center.  All POSC students are invited to attend, for reasons of learning, supporting one’s peers, and the pleasure of intellectual engagement.  I especially encourage junior POSC majors who will be working on their capstone projects next year to attend these presentations; this is an opportunity to see how such presentations work and to prepare for one’s own presentation next year.  I’ll look forward to seeing our student presenters and my colleagues at this spring’s presentations.
Good News!
Pete Moore, the Marcus Hanna Associate Professor, has been nominated for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
The Department of Political Science has nominated Siddharth Hariharan for the James Dysart Magee Prize for an outstanding student in the Social Sciences.
We hope for even better news to come.  Best wishes to Professor Moore and to Sidd!

Professor Elliot Posner’s book, Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance, and Power, co-authored with his colleague Abraham L. Newman, has been published this month by Oxford University Press. Information about Professor Posner’s book can be found here. Congratulations to Professor Posner!

Finally, congratulations to our alumnus, Kevin Reuning, ABD, Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University, on his appointment as a member of the faculty in the Department of Political Science of Miami University. It will be great to have Kevin back in Ohio and to have him as a full-fledged colleague in our discipline. Congratulations to [soon to be Professor] Kevin Reuning!

With all best wishes,
Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science
Fifty years agoYouth, Protest, and Apology in Poland

General Announcements

  • Undergraduate students are invited to submit foreign policy essays to be published in The National Interest. The winner will be awarded $1000. Submissions are due April 8.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Programprovides grants to recent graduates for individual research projects in a foreign country.
  • 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 16.
  • 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: Alzheimer’s: From Care to Cure and Back
March 23, 12:30-1:30p.m., Dittrick Medical History Center, Allen Memorial Library
Join Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology, for a discussion on his work and developments in the social and medical approaches to loss of cognitive capacity as people age.

An Awakened Woman: From Child Bride to International Scholar
March 23, 12:00-1:30p.m., The City Club
Join the City Club for a conversation with Tererai Trent, Ph.D., one of the most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment – and distinguished as Oprah Winfrey’s “All-Time Favorite Guest.” Nonmember tickets are $35.

A Day in the Life of a Common Pleas Judge
March 23, 12:45-2:00p.m., Sears 356
Judge Kathleen Sutula will talk about her experience working in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Day of Dialogue
March 23, 12:45-2:00p.m., Various campus locations
Participants will share ideas and hear diverse perspectives on local, national and societal issues. Topics include the #MeTOO and #TimesUp movements, the state of immigration, and the gun control debate.

Food Politics in 2018: A Humanities Perspective
March 23, 4:30-5:30p.m., TVUC Ballroom A
In this Lecture, the NYU Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Marion Nestle, will discuss today’s paradox of a globalized food system threatened by both food insecurity and obesity. This is a part of the 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival.

The Everyday Vigilance Required to Make Real Progress Toward Racial Equity & Inclusion
March 28, 3:00p.m., TVUC Ballroom C
Mark Joseph, PhD, the Leon Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor in Community Development in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will discuss “The Everyday Vigilance Required to Make Real Progress Toward Racial Equity & Inclusion.” Joseph is also the founding director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities and faculty associate for the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

Think Forum: What Fiction Can Teach Us That History Cannot
March 29, 6:00p.m., Maltz Performing Arts Center
Join Marlon James, the first Jamaican author to take home a Man Booker Prize (2015), for his talk on what fiction can teach us that history does not.

Friday Lunch: Panama and Paradise: What Have We Learned from the “Papers,” and Will It Make Any Difference?
March 30, 12:30-1:30, KSL Dampeer Room
Join Richard Gordon J.D., Professor of Law and Director of the Financial Integrity Institute for this discussion.

The Madhouse Effect: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump
March 30, 12:00-1:30p.m., The City Club
Join the City Club of Cleveland for a conversation with Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of atmospheric Science at Penn State University, on the realities of climate change. Nonmember tickets are $35.

Women’s Liberation at CWRU: Educating, Empowering, and Creating Institutional Change from 1965 to 1972
April 6, 12:30-2:00p.m., TVUC Center for Women
POSC major Gillian Prater-Lee will present research on the women’s liberation movement at CWRU, including activism surrounding sexual liberation, reproductive rights, the Vietnam War, and women in athletics. Panelists will discuss changes in women’s activism and representation at Case from 1965 to today. RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.

International Conference on Conflict Resolution
May 22-25, CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
The International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) is an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research. Presentations will focus on innovations in the field that are making broad impacts in local, state, national, and international communities. 

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

City of Canton Mayor’s Internship Program
The Mayor’s Office offers an internship program for students interested in gaining experience in the administration of local government. Positions are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Councilman Michael J. Houser
The campaign of Councilman Michael J. Houser of Cuyahoga County’s 10th District is now seeking volunteer interns to serve as Political Liaisons. Applications are due March 30.

Ohio House Democratic Caucus 
The Ohio House Democratic Caucus (OHDC) is currently seeking motivated, politically-minded individuals to join the OHDC Internship Program for the 2018 election cycle. Interns will work directly with a Democratic candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives.

Ohio House of Representatives Legislative Page Position
Currently the Ohio House of Representatives is searching for qualified undergraduate students to fill Legislative Page positions.

Ohio House of Representatives Legislative Volunteer Internship
Currently the Ohio House of Representatives is searching for qualified undergraduate students for volunteer internships. Interning for the legislature provides an opportunity for self-motivated outgoing college students to gain an understanding of the legislative process by actively participating in it.

Republican Party of Cuyahoga County
RPCC interns will be involved in various elements of the political process at the local, state, and federal levels. This involvement includes contributing to and participating in Party operations, working with elected officials and candidates, and performing occasional clerical duties. 

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Internships
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is seeking administrative interns, communications interns, and government relations interns.

White House Internship Program
September 5-December 7
The White House Internship Program is a public service leadership program that provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.


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

Scholarship Opportunities

2018 ICPSR Summer Program Scholarships
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is offering funds to support training in statistics, quantitative methods, research design, and data analysis at the 2018 ICPSR Summer Program

The Left Forum Conference and Scholarships
Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to attend this year’s Left Forum.This year’s conference theme is “Toward a Winning Strategy for the Left.” (Click here for full conference details.)  Volunteer and internship opportunities are also available. Scholarships to attend will be up to $1000. All applications should be submitted to socialjustice@case.edu as a PDF before April 2, 2018.

Career Opportunities

The American Political Science Association
APSA currently has staff opportunities for several positions, including Director of Finance and Administration, Development Director, and Senior Director of Academic Programs.

Cleveland Zoological Society
The Manager of Data & Analytics position is a service-oriented role that supplies the management, fundraising and membership teams with timely and relevant information and is a trusted resource for the entire organization. Applications are due April 2.

Graduate Opportunities

Schwartzman Scholars Program
Earn a Master’s degree in public policy, economics and business, or international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

M.A. in Security Studies
We live in a world, where national security issues often dominate the policy agenda. In response to the growing need for national security professionals, the Department of Political Science at the University of Akron offers the Master of Arts Degree in Political Science-Security Studies Track. This course of study is intended to prepare professionals in the world of national security occupations.

Summer Opportunities

CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute
PLSA is a multi-week online and residential program designed to prepare participants to be more competitive law school students. Those who successfully complete the program become CLEO Fellows or CLIC Scholars. Applications are due March 31.

Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research
The 2018 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is offering over 80 courses on a broad range of methodologies and techniques that are relevant for research in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Applications are due March 31.

A Little Extra…

  • The Cleveland International Film Festival is offering free morning, matinee, and late night screenings for college students who present a valid college I.D. Free films will be screened on each weekday of the CIFF42 between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.They will also be screened after 11:00 PMon Fridays and Saturdays. CIFF runs from April 5-April 14.

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