October 29, 2018 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements 
for the Week of October 29, 2018


Careers Colloquium for Political Scientists. The Department of Political Science will hold our fourth annual Careers Colloquium for Political Scientists. Our alumnus Zachary Arace is returning to campus next Friday, November 2, to give a public lecture,You Majored in What? Political Science Careers Outside of DC, at 4:30pm, in the Senior Classroom of the Tink.

In addition to his public lecture, Zach will hold a Careers Workshop on Saturday, November 3, at 11:00am, for our students. The Careers Workshop will meet in Mather House 100; lunch will be provided by the Department. Please see the announcement, below, in this Newsletter. I strongly encourage our students to attend both of these events. This is an opportunity to see an example of where a BA in Political Science leads to a career, only a few years after graduation.

Registration and Advising. Registration for Spring Semester 2018 courses begins on Monday (November 12). Students can find the registration schedule here and information about registration in general here.  

In the Spring 2019 Semester, the Department of Political Science is offering a range of courses, several of which are new courses or courses which have not been offered for several years. For just a few examples, Professor Hodgetts is offering Politics, Policy, and the Global Environment, which fulfills requirements for the POSC major and for theEnvironmental Studies major. Professor Hodgetts is also offering a political theory course, Modern Political Thought. Professor White’s course, Doing Government Work: Public Administration in the U.S., is also on the schedule for the first time in many years. Professor Tartakoff will teach a new special topics course, Pathologies of Democracy: Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, and the USA; Professor Parris also will teach a special topics course, on Race, Immigration, and American Political Development. He is also offering our Western European Political Systems course, which again has not been available for several years.

Three political science courses are designated as SAGES Departmental Seminars: Professor Buchler’s Political Science Research Methods, Professor Lavelle’sTheories of Political Economy, and Professor White’s Doing Government Work: Public Administration in the U.S.. As always, our regular introductory courses continue to be offered: Professor Buchler is teaching POSC 109 The US Political System; Professor Moore is teaching POSC 160 Introduction to Comparative Politics; and Professor Lavelle is offering POSC 172 Introduction to International Relations.  

Note that Professors Kelly McMann and Elliot Posner are on sabbatical for the spring 2019 semester, and will not be teaching.  

For the full range of political science courses offered next semester, click here.

As always, meet with your academic advisor to discuss which courses might be best for your schedule. 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. If you are registered to vote in Ohio, you can take advantage of early voting. You can find out about early votingyour ballot, and more through the Ohio Secretary of State’s webpage at https://www.sos.state.oh.us/.


Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science


General Announcements


  • Check out the Political Science Department spring courses here!
  • The CCEL will be coordinating transportation to two polling locations near campus on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, from 8:30am-6pm. Students living on campus can find their polling location here. All registered Ohio voters, can find their voter registration information here. Seats on each shuttle are available first-come, first-serve. Additional details can be found here. Contact Laura Bentley with questions.
    The following polling locations will be serviced:

    • Mary M Bethune School
      • Pick Up at Tinkham Veale University Center on Bellflower Road
    • Judson Park Retirement Community
      • Pick Up at Fribley Commons Commuter Shuttle Stop on Murray Hill Road
  • 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.
  • 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: The Impact of Conflict on Health
October 26, 12:30-1:30pm, Kelvin Smith Library Dampeer Room
War zones are not healthy for children or other living things. That may seem obvious, but it is really a challenge: what can be done to protect potential victims? Dr. Geoff Hodgetts has worked against the dangers in some of the world’s most dangerous places, from Sarajevo during the siege to Kandahar province of Afghanistan. Please join us as he speaks about his experiences. 

Learn from the Lawyers
October 26, 12:45-2pm, Sears Library, Room 333
Hear from three lawyers. Lunch provided. RSVP toterri.mester@case.edu.

An Author Talk with Bruce Western
October 26, 4-5:30pm, Thwing Center Ballroom
Bruce Western, author of Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison, describes the lives of the formerly incarcerated and demonstrates how poverty, racial inequality, and failures of social support trap many in a cycle of vulnerability, despite their efforts to rejoin society.

Legal Writing Workshop
October 27, 11:30am-1pm, Bellflower 102
In this 90 minute workshop, students will learn how to apply plain language principles to the unique demands of legal writing. Register by emailingwritershouse@case.edu for intent to attend. Free pizza.

The Human Cost of Communist Tyranny in Cuba and North Korea
October 29, 4:30-6pm, Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom
Join Suzanne Scholte, chair of the North Korean Freedom Coalition, and Maria Werlau, executive director of Cuba Archive, for a panel discussion on the reality of communism in North Korea and Cuba moderated by Dr. Murray Bessette, director of academic programs at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

The long reach of housing policy discrimination on the well-being of children today
October 30, 9-10am, Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A
Faculty, students and staff at Case Western Reserve University and Cuyahoga Community College are invited to join the Schubert Center for Child Studies in a roundtable discussion with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law. Event is free, registration requested.

Viewpoint Forum: Sex on Campus: Sexual Misconduct, #MeToo, and a Pathway Forward
October 30, 11:30am-1:30pm, Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A
Join this panel discussion on sexual misconduct, #MeToo, and how to move forward. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.

Exploring the Government’s Role in Segregation
October 30, 4-6pm, Jerry Sue Thornton Center Ford Room, 2500 E. 22nd St., Cleveland
Richard Rothstein, author of the Color of Law, will provide a national perspective on his work documenting the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, racial inequality and inner-city poverty that has disadvantaged and held back generations of African Americans, even after the Constitution was meant to have repaired these inequalities. Event is free, registration required.

Why Black not Blue? Revising & Reimagining Children’s Picture Books in the Age of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Movement
October 30, 4:30pm, Clark Hall 206
In this presentation, Cara Byrne will analyze how the current #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement both advocates for increased representation of children of diverse racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds and encourages a deeper understanding of how illustrative art possesses its own complex ties to racist tropes in children’s literature. Event is free, registration is requested.

Reclaiming the American Dream
November 2, 12pm-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
From improving educational opportunities to strengthening civic engagement to investing in women and people of color to start businesses, Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, shows that we know how to create conditions where everyone can prosper, we just need to implement these proven strategies. Nonmember tickets are $37.

Biennial Pre-Election Forecast Discussion
November 2, 12:30-1:30pm, Mather House 100
Join Professor Joseph White for a discussion on the upcoming midterm election.

Solutions for Child Poverty
November 2, 12:45-1:30pm, Tinkham Veale University Center Inamori Center Seminar Room
Tracy Najera, the Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund Ohio, will speak on the growing wealth inequality in the United States and its effect on the ethics of child well-being. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Political Science Careers Colloquium
November 2, 4:30-6pm, Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom
Zach Arace ’14 will return to the Department of Political Science to give a public lecture on how he has used his degree in Political Science.

Political Science Career Workshop
November 3, 11am-1pm, Mather House Room 100
Political Science majors and minors will participate in a careers workshop hosted by Zach Arace ’14.

Election Night Watch Party
November 6, 7pm, Mather House 100
Join Professor Joe White and other members of the Political Science department for food, refreshments, and analysis as we watch results come in from around the country in the midterm elections.


AnchorInternship and Fellowship Opportunities

Princeton in Africa Fellowship
PiAf offers year-long fellowships in several African countries. Applications are due October 28.

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.

Princeton in Asia Fellowship
PiA offers several year-long fellowships in many Asian countries. Applications are due November 2.

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.

Capital Semester International Affairs and Public Policy Internship
Spend a semester in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and world who are all passionate about public policy issues and making an impact on the world. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience. Applications for Spring 2019 close November 9. 

Princeton in Latin America
PiLA offers year-long fellowships throughout Latin America. Applications are due November 12. 

JET Program
The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations as translators. Applications are due November 17.
Teaching Assistant Program in France
Spend seven months teaching English to French students of all ages. The application deadline for the 2019-20 school year is January 15, 2019.

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. 

Victims of Communism
The VOC is seeking spring 2019 interns who possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and the dangers of collectivism. The internships are based in Washington, D.C. Click here for the available internships and how to apply.

UST Internship Opportunity
UST, an immigrant and refugee services organization, is currently seeking two interns. Interested students can apply here.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Internships
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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 atjoe@kenharbaughforcongress.com.

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. Applyonline.  

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 thedepartment webpage. Please make sure to check regularly as to not miss approaching deadlines!


Volunteer 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.


Summer 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.

Center on Democracy and Organizing Summer Institute
The CDO is seeking applications from advanced Ph.D. students and early career researchers and organizers for participation in a summer training institute focused on the study of democracy and organizing. Summer 2019applications are due December 17.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
The Cleveland Fed is offering a variety of summer 2019 internships. Search intern job openings and apply online. Applications are due December 7.

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

Campaign Legal Center
The CLC has an open position for General Counsel. Contact Debbie Tang or Tory Clarke for more details about this opportunity. 

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).


AnchorA Little Extra…

  • Senior Instructor of Political Science Laura Tartakoff spoke at the City Club Youth Forum: The Role of Today’s Press. The City Club’s Youth Forum Council is a student-led organization that puts together forums on topics relevant to today’s youth and is attended by high schoolers from the Greater Cleveland area. 


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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