Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of April 2, 2018

This coming week our faculty will be traveling to the Midwest Political Science Association meetings in Chicago and to the International Studies Associationmeetings in San Francisco.  We’ll be presenting research papers, chairing panels and serving as discussants, and meeting with colleagues and editors.  Professors Beckwith, Buchler, and Parris will be at the MPSA meetings; Professors Lavelle, Lee, and Posner will be attending the ISA meetings.  Two items of note: Professor Lavelle is the 2017-2018 Section President of the International Political Economy Section of the ISA, and will have a prominent role in this year’s ISA meeting.  Professor Posner’s new book, Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance and Power, co-authored with Abraham Newman (Oxford University Press, 2018), is the focus of a roundtable at ISA, dedicated to critical discussion of the book.  Students should take into account the resulting lack of availability of our faculty next week by making arrangements to meet with us in advance and by scheduling appointments for the week thereafter.

I encourage those of you who are free to attend a presentation on “Women’s Liberation at CWRU: Educating, Empowering, and Creating Institutional Change from 1965 to 1972,” next Friday, April 6, 12:30-2:00p.m., in the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in the Tink. 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 CWRU from 1965 to today. RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.
The Women’s Liberation Movement, which emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s in North America and Europe, was contemporaneous with multiple social movements, the most iconic of which is the Black Civil Rights Movement.  Recent scholarship focuses on the range of contemporary organizing and protest, a subset of which is sometimes referred to as the Great Recession Movements.  These movements include, e.g., the indignados in Spain, and the Occupy mobilization in the US and globally; they also include explicitly populist (and often nativist and nationalist) movements in the US and Europe.  Another subset of mobilizations are explicitly progressive and cannot be identified as populist; these include the recent pro-reproductive rights protestors in Poland, and, in the US, the #NeverAgain mobilization around gun violence.
Fifty years ago in the US, mass mobilizations, often organized by college students, involved protest against race segregation and racism, and against the Vietnam War draft and the war itself.  This highly contentious period in US political history was marked by political violence, including two assassinations:  those of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  Next week is the half-century commemoration of the assassination of King.  For our current students (and many of our alumni), this will be an historical event.  For me, this is part of my personal history.  I was in my last months of my senior year of high school when King was murdered on April 4, and I still mourn his death and our nation’s loss.  For information about King, see here and here.
With all best wishes,
Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

General Announcements

  • Graduating Majors! Commencement registration closes April 1. All graduating students must sign up online by April 1 to indicate if they plan to participate in the commencement ceremonies. 
  • 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.
  • 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: 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
Richard Gordon J.D., Professor of Law and Director of the Financial Integrity Institute offers his perspective as a leading scholar of international tax evasion on the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers incidents and whether these leaks will have any lasting effects or influence.

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.

Basics of Making a Research Poster
April 2, 3:15p.m., Sears Building 356
Amanda Koziura, a librarian at Kelvin Smith Library, will present “Basics of Making a Research Poster.”

“Teaching History for Liberty”
April 2, 4:00-5:30, TVUC Senior Classroom
The School of Law’s student chapter of the Federalist Society and the Institute for Humane Studies will host a talk with David Randall, director of research for the National Association of Scholars.

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Is Democracy Dying?
April 3, 7:30-9:00p.m., The Happy Dog (West Side Location)
Join CCWA, the City Club, Global Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES) as WCPN reporter/producer Tony Ganzer talks with Yascha Mounk, Ph.D., Lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University and author of The People vs. Democracy: Why our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It, on the future of liberal democracy worldwide.

The Judge
April 6, 11:15p.m., Tower City Cinemas
April 7, 4:45p.m., Tower City Cinemas
In Palestinian territory, Islamic Shari’a courts hear all family cases. Although women are mainly at the center of these issues, no woman has ever become a judge in the history of Shari’a law; that is, until Kholoud Al-Faqih and Asmahan Wuheidi became the first two women appointed to Shari’a court in 2009. The Judge is an unflinching documentary that follows the personal and professional life of Kholoud Al-Faqih as she challenges the status quo and the roles women play in the Islamic world. Use the $2 discount code “NOCMES” for any film at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

On the Mindless Menace of Violence: 50 Years Later
April 5, 12:00-1:30p.m., Global Center for Health Innovation
Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late Senator Kennedy and President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, reflects on her father’s speech and discusses its lingering power and ongoing relevance in our society with Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown Law Center. Nonmember tickets are $40.

Friday Lunch: Income Inequality for Seniors: At Home and Abroad
April 6, 12:30-2:00p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
Terry Hokenstad Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Emily Campbell M.A., Associate Director of the Center for Community Solutions will discuss the growing inequality among retirees and how Social Security has had an impact. They the how the international economy has influenced the lives of seniors in all advanced industrial democracies, as well as the peculiarities of American political, social and economic institutions. 

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.

Improving Presentation Skills
April 9, 3:15p.m., Sears Building 356
Jennifer DeSantis, assistant director for academic resources with Educational Services for Students, will present “Improving Presentation Skills.”

Who’s Afraid of Edward Said? The Palestinians, Antisemitism, and the Culture of Silence
April 10, 7:00-9:00p.m., Mandel Community Studies Center, Room 115
History Professor Ted Steinberg will discuss his life as a Brooklyn-born Jew, while elaborating on Edward Said’s thoughts about the Palestinian question and its place in university life. Steinberg’s talk will challenge individuals to think about diversity, equality and our common humanity in light of what he sees as one of the greatest oppressions in modern history. 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.

Summer on the Cuyahoga
Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) offers students both a wide range of internships that reflect the diversity of Northeast Ohio’s economy, and a unique social and immersion experience into our community. Land a great internship with a great company and enjoy free, centrally located housing

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.

The Washington Center’s Academic Internship Program
This program provides the opportunity to complete an internship, attend evening courses, participate in the LEAD Colloquium, and build a professional portfolio.

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

OCCDF Public Service Fellowship
The Ohio Conference of Community Development is now taking applications for three scholarships of $2,000 for students preparing to work in public service. Applications are due April 13.

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

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
A number of career opportunities are currently available with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

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

Civil Conflict Management and Peace Science
June 6-July 27, University of North Texas
The Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas has initiated a unique program to provide undergraduate students recruited from across the country the opportunity to engage in graduate-level research in conflict management and peace science in a senior faculty-mentored, in-residence, eight-week, Summer Research Experience (SRE) that integrates training in civil conflict management with training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and training in research ethics. 

Public Service Weekend
June 7-10, University of Colorado Denver
Apply to attend this exciting weekend conference hosted by the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs. Attendees will learn and network with prominent local, state and federal officials on how to prepare for and what to expect from a career in public service.

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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