March 25, 2019 Newsletter

     Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of March 25, 2019


The Department of Political Science joins the University in grieving the loss of first-year student Justine Boyle, who passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning. Justine was a Classics and English double major, and had just returned from a spring break trip in Greece as part of the Classics course “Athens: In Search of Socrates.”

The university will provide information regarding any memorial services or other events planned.

Students who are seeking support during this difficult time are encouraged to reach out to counseling services at 216-368-5827. This line is staffed by a counselor 24/7. In addition, walk-in appointments are available in Sears 220, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Faculty, staff, and students may also find these tips on Managing Distress in the Aftermath of a Tragedy helpful.

Students should feel free to contact any of our department faculty or staff for additional support.

With all best wishes,


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

General Announcements


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.

Is Climate Change the End? And if so, the End of What?
March 22, 5-6pm, TVUC, Ballroom A
In her talk, Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, explores these issues, and suggest that however we look at it, unless we rapidly address climate change, we will be living in a world that is deeply impoverished, biologically, materially, and politically. This event is free and open to the public. Registration requested.

Embedded Activism: Changing Foster Care from the Inside Out for LGBTQ2S* Youth
March 26, 11:30am-12:45pm, Crawford Hall, Room A13
A dialogue about opportunities, barriers and effective strategies for effecting social change for LGBTQ2S (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer/Questioning 2-Spirit) youth.

Mankiller: A Documentary and Discussion with Filmmaker, Valerie Mohl
March 26, 6-8:30pm, TVUC, Ballroom C
Wilma Mankiller was an activist and feminist—a woman who fought injustice and gave a voice to the voiceless as the Cherokee Nation’s first female Principal Chief. Director and producer Valerie Red-Horse Mohl (Cherokee) will speak following the screening. Event is free, registration is requested.

Is the Trump Administration Deconstructing the Administrative State?
March 28, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Moot Courtroom (A59)
Susan Dudley, the director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center will assess the effets of the Trump Administration’s deregulatory effors and evauluate these efforts successes. Free and open to the public.

Decade of Fire
March 28, 6:00pm, Near West Theatre
March 29, 5:10pm, Tower City Cinemas
March 30, 9:30am, Tower City Cinemas

This documentary explores the smoldering of the South Bronx for nearly ten years during the 1970s. Once a thriving community, the South Bronx fell victim to redlining and other discriminatory practices, causing landlords to neglect their buildings and leaving aging structures susceptible to fires with little help provided to these minority communities.

HSAN: The State Budget
March 29, 9-10:30am, Cuyahoga Community College
The Human Services Advocacy Network’s Columbus-based public policy director Tara Britton will share her insights on the current state budgeting process. Then State Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid) will share his insight with the crowd and then take questions from the audience!

Response and Responsibility: How to Address Grave Violence Beyond our Borders
March 29, 12-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
Today, as racism, hate speech, violent misogyny, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and all forms of xenophobia are on the rise, what is the United States’ role in the prevention of—or response to—grave violence and crimes against humanity? Join us for a conversation on the United States’ response and responsibility to violence beyond our borders.

Career Meetups for Humanities Students
March 29, 12:30pm, Clark Hall, Room 206
Humanities students will receive resume development support, navigation tips for the Handshake career management system, and other helpful guidance for the career planning process.

Friday Lunch: Punishment Beyond Prison: The Effects of Collateral Sanctions
March 29, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Join Michael Shields, a researcher at Policy Matters Ohio, for a conversation about the effects of collateral sanctions.

A Day in the Life of a Presiding Judge
March 29, 12:45-2pm, Sears Library Room 333
This event will feature Honorable Judge John Russo, Presiding and Administrative Judge of the Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Dr. Terri Mester.

War, Fragmentation, and Reconstruction in Yemen
April 3, 4:30-6pm, Baker-Nord Center, Clark Hall 206
The horrifying human toll in Yemen’s war, and backlash against the Saudi regime for other reasons, have led to both the House and Senate voting to criticize U.S. support for the Saudi role in that conflict. But Yemen has a long history of strife, and needs to be understood in its own terms. Join us as she offers perspective on Yemen’s past, present, and possible future.

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


Internship Opportunities

Stephen Renner for Mayor of Gahanna
Stephen Renner, Democratic candidate for Mayor of Gahanna is seeking interns who can start immediately. Please email Jacob Soles with an up-to-date resume if you are interested!

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless Internships
NEOCH takes on a limited number of interns in the summer and each semester to assist in advocacy efforts. Apply online.

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.


AnchorSummer Opportunities
The Public Interest Network
The Public Interest Network offers several internships to undergraduate students in various locations.

Ohio Republican Party
Summer internships (and internships throughout the year) are available for interested students. Interns will gain political experience in our state capital, while making a difference in local, state, and national politics.

Democracy Journal Internship
The Democracy: A Journal of Ideas DC-based internship program is available to talented, progressive college writers, editors, and thinkers. Applications for summer are due April 30.

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


Funding Opportunities

Baker Nord Center Internship Funding
Students must attend one of the Spring 2019 Humanities Meet-Ups in order to be eligible to apply. Applications are due April 15, 2019.


Employment Opportunities
Senior Policy Analyst
Demos is seeking a NYC-based Senior Policy Analyst who will provide research and writing on, and analysis of, democracy and democratic participation, money in politics, and other strategies and reforms geared toward expanding the voice and power of the New American Demos – people of color, young people, single women, and working-class people of all races.


A Little Extra…

  • Erin Camia (BA POSC 2018) has been offered admission to multiple law schools, including those of Boston College, Emory, George Washington University, Georgetown, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Washington University in St. Louis. Congratulations, Erin!
  • Olivia Ortega (BA POSC 2016) has set aside her plans for law school to accept the position of Manager of Government Advocacy at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Chamber of Commerce for Northeast Ohio.  Ms. Ortega was an inaugural Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow in 2016-17, where she worked at Cleveland City Council, where she was subsequently hired. Congratulations, Olivia!


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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