March 11, 2019 Newsletter

     Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of March 11, 2019


Next week is spring break, and our faculty and students are looking forward to a well-deserved and much needed respite from academic work. Although most of us will continue our work next week, a break from classwork and meetings will give us some space to re-energize, relax, and refocus.

Post-break, for our Senior Capstone students, work will intensify. Capstone project presentations are scheduled this spring for Wednesday, April 17, from 5:00 to 8:00pm. More information will be available closer to the date but, for now, please note this date and time. Although they are not expected to have all capstone work completed by April 17, students should be prepared to present their work in progress, so that the assembled faculty and students can provide helpful feedback as capstone work is concluded.

I am pleased to announce that the Department of Political Science has established three new prizes for graduating seniors, to be first awarded in Spring 2019. These are:

The Comparative Politics Prize, awarded to a graduating senior political science major, for outstanding academic performance in comparative politics.

The International Relations Prize, awarded to a graduating senior political science major, for outstanding academic performance in international relations.

The US Politics Prize, awarded to a graduating senior political science major, for outstanding academic performance in US politics.

These prizes are determined by the Political Science faculty, and will be awarded by the Chair of the Department, at the Academic Awards Assembly for graduating seniors on Saturday, May 18. The new prizes are supported by a gift to the Department from an anonymous donor.

There will be no newsletter next Friday, during spring break; the next newsletter will issue on Friday, March 22. In the interim, I hope everyone has a happy and relaxing spring break. And Happy International Women’s Day!


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

General Announcements

  • Compete for a chance to win a $750 scholarship by writing an essay on what tolerance means to you by March 20. Essayist winners will participate in the Tolerance Means Dialogue discussion on March 27 at 12pm in the Moot Courtroom (A59).


Celebrating International Women’s Day!
March 8, 6-9pm, Ariel International Center
Join IPM for an evening of cultural celebration to benefit IPM’s life-changing work across borders of culture, faith, & economic circumstance with children, women, and youth to nurture justice, peace, & hope in our world. Student tickets are $20.

ConstitutionALE: The Fifth Amendment, Self-Incrimination and Double Jeopardy
March 11, 5:30-6:30pm, Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room
Four local legal experts will discuss what the Fifth Amendment actually says, how it should be interpretted, and how the upcoming Supreme Court decision in Gamble v. United States could affect the prosecution of crimes. Nonmember tickets are $20.

How do school vouchers affect our public schools and taxpayers?
March 14, 7-8:30pm, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
This panel will present information on how Ohio’s school voucher policies impact the Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools, as well as other schools in Cuyahoga County and beyond. 

Company Town: A Documentary and Discussion about Environmental Justice, Race and Power
March 18, 6:30-8:30pm, TVUC Ballroom B

The film details the businesses practices of a company owned by the Koch brothers, government negligence and a devastating cancer cluster that galvanized a town to fight back. Janet Fiskio, associate professor of environmental studies at Oberlin College, will introduce the film and lead a discussion with Karen B. Mulloy of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP to

On the Front Line of Congressional Oversight with Perry Apelbaum
March 19, 12:30-1:30, Baker-Nord Center, Clark Hall 206
As part of a Special Tuesday Edition of the Public Affairs Discussion Group, Perry Apelbaum, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Staff Director and Chief Counsel, will join us to talk off the record about all the issues before the Committee, including oversight generally of the Department of Justice and, specifically, (i) the investigations of the special counsel, (ii) the National Emergencies Act of 1976, (iii) family separation policy, and (iv) executive privilege.

Special Open Forum with Perry Apelbaum
March 19, 5-7pm, Thwing Center, Bellflower Lounge
Join Perry Apelbaum, Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, for a conversation on “Constitutional Norms and Congressional Oversight During the Trump Administration.”
Event is sponsored by the Political Science Department.

Brexit, Transatlantic Relations, and the Future of NATO
March 19, 5:30-7:15, Union Club, Wedgwood Room
Cathryn Cluver Ashbrook, Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the Harvard Kennedy School, will address the future of transatlantic relations and NATO in light of Brexit and regional political shifts. In what ways will Brexit effect Europe’s future? How will Brexit change U.S.-European relations? 

Israel, Zionism, and Anti-Semitism
March 19, 5:30-7pm, Mandel Community Center, Room 115
Mouin Rabbani will examine the links between Zionism and anti-Semitism, offering a historical perspective that helps clarify many of the present controversies on this important topic.
Event is sponsored in part by the Political Science Department.

Medicaid Institute with Ohio Director of Medicaid
March 20, 12-2pm, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus
Join The Center for Community Solutions on March 20 for their Medicaid Institute, featuring a keynote address by Maureen Corcoran, the Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid. The session will also feature presentations from Community Solutions staff on other topics including multi-system youth and Medicaid work requirements. Attendees have an option to attend the event for free or purchase a boxed lunch for $10.

Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal
March 20, 12:00pm-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
Alexandra Natapoff, professor at the University of California, Irvine Law School, discusses her book and how the American misdemeanor system contributes to cycles of poverty and inequality. Nonmember tickets are $37.

Exploring Careers for the Common Good
March 20, 6-7:30pm, Clark Hall 206
Considering a career in nonprofits, public policy, or advocacy? Come to a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 206 to learn from CWRU affiliates about their public service career paths. Dinner provided! Register online.

Panel Discussion: Changing the Politics of Earth
March 21, 6-7:00pm, Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Panelists will discuss and answer questions about environmentalism today and how planetary-scaled environmental issues change how we think about politics. Free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

More Green, Less White: Diversity in the Environmental Movement
March 22, 12-1:30pm The City Club of Cleveland
This forum will discuss what’s being done to make environmental policies more inclusive and how the environmental movement can become more reflective of the people its fighting for. Nonmember tickets are $37.

Friday Lunch: Germany’s New Party Politics?
March 22, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Join Andreas Sobisch, Associate Professor of Political Science at John Carroll University, for a discussion on the implications of a changing political party system in Germany.

Check out our Political Science Events page for additional events happening on and around campus!

Internships Opportunities
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
CCL is currently interviewing interns for Summer and Fall 2019. Multiple positions are available, both remote and onsite. View position descriptions and how to apply here.

Summer Opportunities
Environmental Law and Policy Center
The application deadline for a summer Science & Policy Internship at the Chicago office is March 15. Applications at the Des Moines and Madison offices are accepted on a rolling basis.  

Special Events Internship
This internship with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History offers opportunities to students interested in event planning and coordinating to delve into the museum environment and gain hands-on skills from a highly esteemed workplace. Summer 2019 applications are due April 1, 2019.

International Affairs Summer Internship
Spend 8 weeks in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and world who are all passionate about global issues. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience. Applications are due April 4. 

2019 Citizens’ Climate International Conference and Lobby Day
June 8-11, Washington DC
This two-and-a-half day conference features speakers, workshops, and networking sessions on climate change and leads up to one day of meetings with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Students can use code STUDENT50 for a 50% discount. Register by May 1, 2019.
CCL offers Diversity and Conservative Scholarships to assist people of color and conservatives to come to the conference. Applicants receive $250 or $500 to assist with the cost of travel to the conference. Scholarship application deadline is March 31st. Please email with questions.

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

Funding Opportunities
Ellen and Matt Feldman Internship Grants
The awards of $4,000 each will empower CWRU humanities and social science students to explore their passion and curiosity through the internship experiences of their choice. Applications are due March 29, 2019 by 5pm.

Post-Graduate Opportunities 
Ohio Legislative Service Commission Legislative Fellowship Program
The LSC sponsors 23 – 24 paid thirteen-month legislative fellowship positions designed to provide college graduates with practical experience in the legislative process. This experience often leads to permanent employment opportunities in the legislature, state government, or related areas. The application deadline is April 2. 

Employment Opportunities
Public Policy and External Affairs Associate
The Center for Community Solutions is hiring a Public Policy and External Affairs Associate. The deadline to be considered for the position is March 29, 2019.

A Little Extra…

  • Associate Professor Justin Buchler discussed the reasons behind small voter turnout for local special elections in The Toledo Blade last week. He also discussed what it can mean for the support of ballot initiatives.

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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