October 15, 2018 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of October 15, 2018

At this time last year, the Department of Political Science was celebrating the 10
th anniversary of the Wellman Hill Public Internship Program.  Funded by our double alumna Elizabeth Hill (CWRU POSC BA ’97, GRS POSC MA ’97), and named after her grandfather, Wellman Hill, the Wellman Hill Program was established with the purposes of encouraging Political Science majors to pursue and accept public service summer internships. One of the goals is to open public service career possibilities to students whose access to such internships might be limited by financial constraints or other circumstances.  Every year a department committee solicits and reviews applications, interviews candidates, and awards as many as five grants to political science majors undertaking public service internships. Please see information about the Wellman Hill Program and its application process here.  Interested students can also find descriptions of the internship experiences of successful applicants with the Program here.

Professor Posner, who helped to found the Wellman Hill Program and who regularly directs the competition, is on sabbatical this year, at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Université Aix-Marseilles.  As was the case the last time Professor Posner was on sabbatical, I am directing the Wellman Hill competition this year. Interested students should feel free to contact me to discuss their interest in the Wellman Hill Program, and can easily sign up for an appointment with me through the link on my webpage.  Professors Kelly McMann and Joseph White, who serve on the Wellman Hill committee, would also welcome your expressions of interest.

The Wellman Hill Public Internship Program is the signature program of the Department of Political Science.  It showcases and undergirds our students’ interests in and commitments to public service. Beyond the Program, CWRU political science majors have a long record of public service.  Last year, two of our alumni won College of Arts and Sciences awards:  Chris Hook (CAS ’03, GRS ’04), for his work in the federal government, and Jacqueline Greene (CAS ’07, LAW ’11), for her work defending free speech rights and protecting the rights of those who have been incarcerated, and for her activism as a member of the Ohio Innocence Project’s Northeast Ohio Board of Advocates.  Elizabeth Hill and Tracy Epp (CWR ’97) won the College’s Distinguished Alumnae Awards in 2015.  This year, our alumna Margaret Clossey (FSM ’68) will be honored with the 2018 Distinguished Service Alumnae Award, for her work in assisting abused and neglected children, in a variety of organizations and positions across the past several decades.  

These outstanding alumni, in their commitments to public service, set the standard for our current students, as well as demonstrating how a degree in political science can contribute to the greater good, in multiple ways and around a wide range of issues.  I encourage our current students to consider their own commitments to public service, and to consider applying for a Wellman Hill Public Service Internship grant for the summer of 2019. I will share information about a meeting for interested students in the next several weeks.

I also encourage students interested in public service to consider applying for external opportunities for public service.  The most prestigious of such opportunities is sponsored by the Truman Foundation, which provides as many as 100 competitive Truman Scholarships, providing merit-based financial support to college students planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service.  Students in their junior year are eligible to apply, and I encourage our junior and sophomore majors to think about this program now. The deadline for this year’s Truman Scholarship competition is November 15; information about the Truman Program can be found here.

Our students have also demonstrated their commitments to public service through the Teach for America Program.  Please see the details, listed in this Newsletter, below.  The deadline for application for this program is Wednesday, October 17.

With all best wishes,

Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science

“Flint still doesn’t have clean water.”
– Michelle Wolf

General Announcements

  • Check out the Political Science Department spring courses here!
  • Join the (new!) Immigration Justice Book Club! The first three undergraduates to RSVP for the Immigration Justice Book Club will receive a free copy of the book.
    The first meeting is on Tuesday, November 20, 7-8:30pm at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights.
    RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.
  • The Kelvin Smith Library has turned on a trial of the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Faculty, staff, and students can search for journal articles, books, newspapers, and a lot more from this single search. Please give this new search a try and let the KSL librarians know how you like it. They have created a couple of quick forms to gather your feedback. You can also send comments to Brian Gray or Shelby Stuart.
  • The Office of Education Abroad is hosting a presentation on “Study Abroad Benefits and Career Connections” on October 12, from 4-5 pm in Tomlinson Hall, Room 135.
  • 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: Caesarism
October 12, 12:30-1:30pm, Mather House 100
Classics professors Timothy Wutrich and Rachel Sternberg will draw parallels between President Trump and populism in Ancient Rome and Greece.

Ohio U.S. Senate Debate
October 14, 6pm, Stream Live
Incumbent Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown and Republican Congressman Jim Renacci will debate on Sunday, October 14 at 6pm in Cleveland. Tickets are no longer available, but the debate can be streamed live here.

Governor of Ohio Candidate Forum
October 15, 12-1:30pm The City Club of Cleveland
The Ohio Debate Commission has invited all four gubernatorial candidates to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland. Join us as the candidates explain their platforms and differences, and take questions from the audience. Nonmember tickets are $37.

W.E.B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, Civil Rights Movement, to Black Lives Matter
October 15, 1:30-3pm, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center, Room 108
Aldon Morris’, the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University, current work explores the role of W.E.B. Du Bois in founding American sociology and new developments in research on the civil rights movement. His most recent book isThe Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology.

‘Why Does this Class Spend So Much Time on Race?’ My Answer
October 15, 3-4:30pm, Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom C
Medical History Professor Theodore J. Castele’s research concentrates largely on the history of psychiatry in Africa and the United States, and his most recent work, Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy, is forthcoming from Routledge Press. He is a co-founder of the university’s Medical Humanities and Social Medicine initiative and contributed significantly to the development of the Medicine, Society, and Culture (MSC) concentration.

CCMV Views & Brews: Coming Out for Equality
October 15, 7-8pm Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St. Youngstown
This discussion will focus on LGBTQ rights and the legal challenges in balancing religious freedom and freedom from discrimination. This event is free.

The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice: Why Race and Place Still Matter
October 16, 4:30-5:30pm Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A
Professor Robert D. Bullard’s presentation will focus primarily on the need for empowering vulnerable populations, identifying environmental justice and climate change “hot-spot” zones and designing fair, just and effective adaptation, mitigation, emergency management and community resilience and disaster recovery strategies. Free and open to the public, registration required.

Think Forum: ‘me too.’ An Evening with Tarana Burke
October 16, 6:00pm Maltz Performing Arts Center
The founder of the seismic ‘me too.’ Movement, Tarana Burke shares a powerful message of unity, empathy, and outreach in support of survivors of sexual trauma. The ‘me too.’ Movement inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors. Admission is free, registration is required.

Update on Congressional Redistricting in Ohio
October 17, 8:30-9:30am, The City Club of Cleveland
CWRU Adjunct Law Professor and League of Women Voters activist Catherine LaCroix will discuss (1) the Ohio and federal constitutional contexts, including a comparison of the relative roles of citizen activism and litigation in promoting legal change; (2) the details of the voter-adopted reform, and (3) the theories behind and possible implications of the federal lawsuit. 

Drinking from a Poisoned Chalice Post 9/11: Defending the Rule of Law in the Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions
October 17, 4:30-5:30pm, The CWRU Law School, Moot Courtroom
Brigadier General John G. Baker, Chief Defense Counsel, Military Commissions Defense Organization, offers a unique and up-close view of the commissions, explaining how and why this important and novel legal system fails to meet basic trial and constitutional standards. The event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs 2018 Global Impact Award Event
October 17, 5-8:30pm, 9801 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland
CCWA’s 2018 Global Impact Award honors Senator George J. Mitchell  for his distinguished career as a peacemaker. Senator Mitchell will receive CCWA’s Global Impact Award and will deliver the Brooks Emeny Distinguished Lecture and a Q & A session with attendees. General tickets are $200.

Anatomy of an Exoneration
October 17, 7pm Landmark Centre Building
Meet the legal experts from the prosecution, defense, and advocacy organizations who work in Ohio to ensure that claims of wrongful conviction are properly reviewed, analyzed, and litigated. These talented and dedicated attorneys will discuss cases in which exonerations occurred and how they happened, with attention to the number of resources, length of time, and impediments to success. Event is free, advanced registration is recommended

Israel’s Changing Story: How History Has Been Revised
October 17, 7pm Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Brian Amkraut discusses the major trends in the depictions of the relationship between the Jewish people and the land of Israel, the cause of the shifts, and their impact on how we think about Israel’s history. Nonmember cost is $10.

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
October 19, 12-1:30pm The City Club of Cleveland
UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler discusses his book, the evolution of the corporate “civil rights” movement, and the implications for our democracy in the 21st century. Nonmember tickets are $37.

Friday Lunch: The Context of Coverage: Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion
October 19, 12:30-1:30pm KSL Dampeer Room
Join us as Loren Anthes discusses a Department of Medicaid report, the reasons the state expanded coverage, and the political context based on the Center for Community Solutions’ own work on the program.

Capturing the Flag Film Screening
October 25, 6:30-8:30pm, Mather House 100
This unexpected story about American democracy traces a tight-knit group of friends as they travel to Cumberland County, North Carolina – the 2016 epicenter of voter suppression – intent on proving the big idea that American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens. A discussion will follow. View the trailer here. RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.


AnchorInternship and Fellowship Opportunities

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
CHCI’s paid internships offer Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service. Applications for Spring 2019 close October 15.

Ken Harbaugh for Congress Internship Program
At Team Harbaugh, interns gain boots-on-the-ground experience with critical areas, such as political coordination, campaign finance, field operations, and communications. Each intern will work directly with one of our branch leaders. To apply, send your resume to Joe Roth, Team Harbaugh’s Intern Coordinator at joe@kenharbaughforcongress.com.

Senator Rob Portman
The Office of Senator Portman hosts interns in our Washington, DC and state offices year-round, providing an opportunity for Ohioans and students at Ohio colleges and universities to gain experience working for the people of Ohio in the US Senate. Spring 2019 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Special Events Internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
This internship allows students interested in event planning and coordinating to delve into the museum environment and gain hands-on skills from a highly esteemed workplace. The deadline for spring applications is November 1.

Social Justice Scholars Study Group
The Social Justice Institute invites first-years, sophomores and juniors to apply for the Social Justice Scholars study group. Accepted applicants will receive a $500 stipend for their full participation. Over the course of spring semester 2019, accepted applicants will gather with Social Justice Institute Co-Director John Flores to discuss four books and several short primers. Students interested in applying should submit a brief one-page statement that explains why they are interested in joining Social Justice Scholars, emailed to socialjustice@case.edu by Friday, Nov. 2.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. Applications are due by January 18, 2019. 

Rumi Forum
Unpaid research and project internships are being offered this spring at this organization that promotes interfaith and intercultural dialogue. For further questions, email internships@rumiforum.org. Apply online.  

Voices for Ohio’s Children Internship
Voices presents several opportunities for students to build skills in nonprofit administration, legislative advocacy, event planning, community development, and more. To apply, please send your resume and a 1-2 page writing sample to: gavin@raiseyourvoiceforkids.org

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


AnchorVolunteer Opportunities

Ken Harbaugh for Congress
OH-7 Congressional Candidate Ken Harbaugh is looking for student volunteers who would be interested in assisting with door knocking in the Ohio 7 District. The campaign is hosting aWeekend of Action (THIS weekend, October 12, 13, 14) and has free housing available for those who need it. Interested students should email Jess Kukura at jessica@kenharbaughforcongress.com.

Ohio Office of the Public Defender
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender welcomes contact from current law students, recent graduates, and other interested parties who are seeking volunteer opportunities. We accept applications for unpaid positions on a continuous rolling basis, so interested parties may apply at any time.

Libertarian Party of Ohio
The LPO is seeking college students to serve as volunteers for various political campaigns throughout the state. Students will be placed into meaningful positions working directly with both candidates and campaign managers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Joshua Butler, Youth Engagement Liaison for the Libertarian Party of Ohio.


AnchorSummer Opportunities

Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute for Undergraduates
The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help prepare students to pursue Masters’ or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field, through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service. Apply online by November 1.

FU-BEST Internship
Students interested in doing an internship in Berlin can apply for an 8-week placement on a full-time basis (35-40 hours per week). Apply online by December 1.

IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive
SSI is a fellowship program for rising college seniors. This paid seven-week summer fellowship program is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in pursuing graduate degrees and careers in the information security sector. Priority applications are due February 1, 2019.

National Academy of Social Insurance
The National Academy of Social Insurance is looking for graduate students, recent graduates, and qualified upper-division undergraduate students for placement in its twelve-week, paid, summer internships. Students interested in U.S. social insurance and related issues are encouraged to apply for one of the Academy’snationally-competitive internship programs. This listing was forwarded by Professor White, who is a member of the NASI and can tell interested students more about the organization. Applications are due on February 1, 2019.


Career Opportunities

Teach For America
Are you interested in challenging yourself in an impact-driven career? Putting your talents to work to disrupt inequity and create opportunity? By joining Teach For America, you will become part of a network of leaders shaping the political, economic, and social future of our country. Applyonline by October 17.

City Club of Cleveland
The City Club of Cleveland has two open positions:part-time Office and Customer Experience Coordinator (applicants should send resume and cover letter to CFO Julie Kelly, jkelly@cityclub.org) and full-time Membership and Advancement Manager (applications should send their resume and cover letter to Director of Advancement Noelle Celeste, nceleste@cityclub.org).

JET Program
The JET Program offers post-graduate job opportunities in Japan. Numerous POSC alumni have participated in this program. Applicationsaccepted this fall.


AnchorA Little Extra…

  • Watch Professor Emeritus of Law and Adjunct Professor of Political Science Jonathan Entin discuss partisanship and the Supreme Court on IdeaStrem
  • Listen to Juscelino Colares, professor of International Business Law and Political Science, discuss the environmental implications of the USMCA on IdeaStream


Please note that the Department of Political Science alerts our students to a range of opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and jobs.  We do not endorse or sponsor these, and leave it to the judgment of our students what is most useful and appropriate to them.

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