April 30, 2018 Newsletter


Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of April 30, 2018

I’m pleased to be able to continue to share good news about our undergraduate political science majors.  We have some lovely news to share.
POSC junior major Siddarth Hariharan was chosen to receive the James Dysart Magee Prize, which will be awarded on Friday, April 27 at the Academic Awards Assembly. The James Dysart Magee Award is a prize for the senior year, awarded to an outstanding student in social and behavioral sciences.  Sidd was nominated by the Faculty of the Department of Political Science, and he is the only political science major to have won this award, in the memory of the current faculty.  As I wrote in the cover letter attached to Sidd’s nomination, “An outstanding political science major, with a double major in biochemistry, Mr. Hariharan … has been a campus leader since his arrival on campus.  His nomination was endorsed by a vote of the Political Science faculty.”
Professor Pete Moore wrote the nominating letter, which read in part:
“Sidd Hariharan is the kind of student that comes along rarely in a faculty career. …I do not make the following statement lightly because our department has graduated some outstanding students in those years, but Sidd is the best CWRU undergraduate I have supervised and instructed. Of all the students I have taught before coming to CWRU [in 2005], he is clearly in the top 1 percent in terms of intellectual achievement, personal maturity, leadership, and promise. It has been my pleasure to be his academic advisor and current capstone advisor. Additionally, as advisor to the CWRU Model United Nations (MUN) Team, I worked with Sidd as he built and institutionalized a unique educational opportunity on our campus.”
Many congratulations to Sidd!
Another POSC major, senior Tasha Jhangiani was recently faced with the happy dilemma of deciding between admission offers from George Washington University (for their MA in Security Policy Studies) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (for their MSc in Global Politics).  Tasha has decided to accept the offer from George Washington.  Congratulations to Tasha, and to GW for winning her as a student!  And Jack English, senior POSC major with a second major in Civil Engineering, has made his decision between offers from the University of California at San Diego (for civil engineering) and the University of Texas at Austin (for a dual MA degree in civil engineering and public policy at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs), by continuing on his dual political science/engineering track and accepting the offer from UT-Austin.  Congratulations, Jack!
As always, we will continue to share good news, as our students (and our alumni) alert us to them.  For those who would like to share their good news, please send an email to Jessica.Jurcak@case.edu with a publishable statement, and we will include it in the Newsletter.

Sad News.  Bob Dorough, jazz pianist and composer of Schoolhouse Rock, has died at the age of 94.  As the New York Times obituary reports, Mr. Dorough was involved with “one of the series’ most delightful songs, “I’m Just a Bill,” about the legislative process.” You can learn more about Mr. Dorough here
With all best wishes,
Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science
“I am a firm believer in the people.  If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.  The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
– Abraham Lincoln



General Announcements

  • As you register for fall semester courses, take a look at the Political Science courses offered by our department.
  • 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: Two Sides of Brexit
April 27, 12:30-1:45p.m., KSL Room LL06 (lower level, opposite elevators)
Join Professors Elliot Posner and Luke Reader for a discussion on the two sides of Brexit. Professor Posner’s expertise on EU politics will inform his discussion of the EU side, while Dr. Reader’s expertise especially in British party politics informs his discussion of the British side of the negotiations. They will comment and then engage each other and the audience on what might come next, and why.

SAGES Portfolio Workshop
April 30, 12:45-2 pm, Bellflower Hall, Room 102
Students are invited to a SAGES Portfolio Workshop where the SAGES Portfolio coordinator will present a workshop on how to write, assemble and submit all documents for the SAGES Writing Portfolio. Pizza will be provided.

No Joke About It: Speechwriting for President Obama
May 3, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm,  The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave.
David Litt, former member of President Obama’s speechwriting team, shares his perspectives on politics, hope and the enduring power of the written word. This event is free but registration is encouraged.

Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom
May 4, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm,  The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH
For the City Club’s annual Law Day forum, Senator Patrick Leahy reflects on the importance of the separation of powers to our freedom and the long-term sustainability of our democracy. Tickets are $35 for non-members.

2018 State of Downtown: Enhancing Mobility
May 10, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm,  The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH
Join the City Club of Cleveland for a conversation with local and national leaders on the transportation issues facing Downtown Cleveland. Tickets are $35 for non-members.

Legal Ethics, Judicial Independence, and Political Partisanship
May 16, 8:30 am-9:30 am,  The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH
This lecture analyzes the mechanisms available to safeguard judicial impartiality. Although recusal motions are the most common weapon against partisan bias, this Article argues that recusal motions cannot effectively guard against the appearance of bias arising from a judge’s political views. When recusal rules rely on an undefined “appearance” standard, they are susceptible to an interpretive bias that undermines their purpose.

Women in Politics: How to get more women to run for office in Ohio
May 16, 7:00-8:00 pm,  Heights Library Main Branch, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Women make up over 51% of the voting electorate and yet men still far outnumber women in elected office in Ohio and across the country. This forum will explore options increasing the number of women who run and hold elected office, particularly in Ohio.

For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place: The Role of Resident Activism in Placemaking
May 18, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm,  The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH
Join The City Club of Cleveland launch their 2018 For the Love of Cleveland series on placemaking with a keynote address from Erin Barnes, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ioby, on the power of resident activism in creating and sustaining place.

NAFTA: North American Competitiveness is Job #1
May 21, 7:30 am-9:00 am,  The Union Club of Cleveland, 1211 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH
he Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, will discuss the importance of making North America the most competitive, modern and integrated marketplace, better able to compete and win on the world stage.

CCMV Views & Bres: The Rust Belt Resurgence: Who Really Benefits?
May 21, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm,  Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps Street, Youngstown, OH
Join The City Club of Cleveland for a conversion on how communities of color in the Mahoning Valley have fared during periods of economic success and decline.

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

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

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.

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.

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

OHDC Internship Program
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.

The 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.

United States 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.

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

Career Opportunities

Common Cause
Common Cause is looking to fill two election law-related positions. The first is a Money in Politics/Ethics Program Director, who will work with program, communication, and development staff to implement strategic campaigns that advance campaign finance and ethics reforms to make government work better for everyone. 
The second position is a one-year, full-time, salaried Legal Fellow to begin in or before August 2018. This is a position suitable for a 3L graduating next month or other recent law school graduate.  

The Dēmos think tank is looking for a Senior Policy Analyst to conduct political research. They are looking for an experienced, data-savvy analyst who can provide research, writing, and analysis related to democratic participation – including demographic analyses of registration and voter turnout, statistical and qualitative analyses of electoral outcomes, and analyses of voter suppression and voting reforms.

Ohio Department of Transportation
Have you always wanted to work for a long-term, reliable, professional, highly-productive organization? ODOT is hiring! New positions were recently added to their Statewide job board.

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

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.

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