April 15, 2019 Newsletter

     Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of April 15, 2019


Our faculty have returned from last week’s meetings of the International Studies Association (Toronto) and the Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago); our senior capstone students are working on their draft papers for presentation to the Department next Wednesday evening; and faculty and students are completing the semester’s work as two weeks remain before the end of classes for the spring term. Graduating seniors are considering admission offers from law schools, organizing for a stint in the Peace Corps, confirming post-degree job offers, and anticipating their futures with a CWRU BA and a political science major in hand. (For those interested in the defense of a BA in political science by a former US Senator and Secretary of State, see here.)

During our continuing work as political scientists, political events continue to unfold in the wider world. Kyle Korver, an NBA player formerly with the Cleveland Cavaliers, has written a thoughtful piece about white privilege and the experiences of his Black teammates in the NBA, while Georgetown University students have voted to endorse a measure calling on the university to collect a fee of $27.20 per semester from each student, to begin in the fall 2020 term, “in honor of the 272 [enslaved] people [owned by and] sold by Georgetown.” Parliamentary elections in Israel this week returned Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu to the prime ministership; elections in India next week will determine the extent to which India can remain a secular democracy. Protests in Algeria and Sudanhave resulted in the removal of their presidents. The British government has succeeded in extending the deadline for negotiating the UK’s exit from the European Union; and NATO is holding military drills in the Arctic; just to note, Professor Lavelle will be speaking on this topic, “The Polar Silk Road,” at 12:30 today at the Center for Policy Studies Public Affairs Discussion Group.

Our students may also be interested in CWRU Phi Alpha Delta’s second annual Law Gala. Phi Alpha Delta is the law honorary association, and the Law Gala raises money for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and offers the opportunity for pre-law and law school students to network with legal professionals. Those interested in attending Law Gala may find additional information at https://lasclev.org/2019cwruphialphadelta/.

I spent most of last week at the MPSA meetings, presenting a paper, serving on a roundtable, and meeting with colleagues. Two of those colleagues, Sasha Klyachkina (ABD, Political Science, Northwestern University) and Kevin Reuning (Assistant Professor, Political Science, Miami University), were CWRU undergraduate political science majors. It was a pleasure to meet with each of them and to learn about the wonderful uses to which they have put their CWRU degrees. An added bonus was a serendipitous meeting at O’Hare Airport with our former student Brandon Mordue (CWRU BA, Political Science), now a practicing attorney at Kushner and Hamed law firm in Cleveland.

With all best wishes,

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

General Announcements

  • The Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists is hosting its Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competition. To participate, students must submit a full length paper written during the 2018-19 academic year by August 11, 2019. 
    To be eligible for prizes in the student paper competition, authors must present their research during the Annual Meeting.


Italian Film Festival
April 9-19, Strosacker Auditorium
The Cleveland Italian Film Festival presents award winning films from Italy with English subtitles. 

Eastside Conversations: The Politics of the Catholic Abuse Crisis
April 12, 12-1:30pm, Landmark Centre Building
We’ve known about the clergy sexual abuse crisis for decades. So why hasn’t the church cleaned up its act? What changes do Catholics want to see the Pope make? In his presentation, Dr. Clites explains why the politics of the crisis are so daunting—from celibacy, to state laws, to the battle to control the Vatican. Nonmember cost is $26.

Senate Bill 3: The Next Step in Criminal Justice Reform?
April 12, 12-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
After the failure of Ohio voters last November to pass Issue 1, a constitutional amendment with changes to criminal penalties for certain drug offenders, a conversation on criminal justice reform in Ohio was sparked. In March, Ohio Senate Bill 3 was introduced, providing a comprehensive plan for drug sentencing reform. This forum will discuss the evolution of the bill and how it may pave the way for future criminal justice reform. Nonmember tickets are $37.

The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its RootsFilm Screening and Lunch
April 12, 12:30-2pm, Linsalata Alumni House
The #MeToo movement has shined light on the pervasiveness of sexual violence and created a demand for prevention models that actually work. Join in on the discussion about what we are doing on campus and in the community to prevent gender violence from happening.

Friday Lunch: The Polar Silk Road?
April 12, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
CWRU’s Professor Kathryn Lavelle is part of a research team that’s exploring the opening of new shipping routes from the melting of the Arctic ice, which is prompting world powers to jostle for access and control. Professor Lavelle is focusing her contribution on Chinese trade patterns and how specific industries might benefit from a widening Northeast Passage. Join her as she considers the issues, implications, and uncertainties about this latest effect of climate change.

Harambee City: Black Economic Power in Cleveland’s Past & Future with Nishani Frazier
April 12, 6:30-8pm, Linsalata Alumni Center
In Harambee City, Nishani Frazier chronicles the rise and fall of black power within the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) by exploring the influence of the Cleveland CORE chapter and examines the ideals of economic populism. Dr. Frazier will discuss this history and its implications for its current iteration for Cleveland. RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu

How Medicaid, SNAP and Other Public Benefits Reductions Impact the LGBTQ Community
April 16, 9:30am-12pm, Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Caitlin Rooney, a researcher for the Center for American Progress, will present the data and will be followed by a panel of local health and human service responding to the data and discussing how their organizations are attempting to serve LGBTQ-identified individuals. Free and open to the public.

Using Photovoice to Capture Diverse Experiences of Cleveland’s Opioid Crisis
April 16, 11:30am-12:45pm, Crawford Hall
Findings from a visual participatory action research project that combines media studies, interviewing, and photography to give voice to people who use opioids. RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Discussion Presented by James Ginsburg
April 16, 5-6pm, Cleveland Marshall Law School
James Ginsburg, son of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will present a disussion on the justice in celebration of her 25 years on the U.S. Supreme Court. Event is free and open to the public.

Let the Fire Burn
April 17, 6:30pm, Capitol Theater
On May 13, 1985, a feud between the city of Philadelphia and radical urban group, MOVE, came to a deadly climax when police dropped explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. Using archival news coverage and interviews, one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and American citizens comes to life. $5 suggested donation. Post film discussion at XYZ The Tavern (free food; cash bar)

Pretextual Orientation: Testing Religious Sincerity After Masterpiece Cakeshop
April 18, 4:30pm-5:30pm, CWRU Law School
Professor Bryan Adamson of the Seattle University School of Law, will explore the Supreme Court’s recent deicision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the implications of the decision for the LGBTQ community. Free and open to the public.

Friday Lunch: Managing in a Trumped-Up Economy
April 19, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Join Mark Sniderman, former Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, for a discussion on the Trump Administration’s economic policies and how economic actors are responding to them.

African Students Association Cultural Show
April 19, 7:30pm, Thwing Ballroom
ASA aims to showcase the African culture through singing, dancing, food and more. This year, the theme for the show is “Mr. and Miss ASA.” Tickets will cost $3 for undergraduate students, $5 for graduate students and $8 for all others.

CWRU China-U.S. Summit
April 20, 1-8:30pm, Tinkham Veale University Center
The CWRU China-U.S. Summit will facilitate dialogue among leading entrepreneurs, medical professionals, policy makers and experts from China and the U.S. Tickets for students are free.

A Career in International Research; Shared Triumps and Recognition with Spouse?
April 26, 11:30am-1:30pm, FSM Center for Women
Dr. Sandra W. Jacobson of Wayne State University will discuss the challenges faced as an international investigator. RSVP by April 19.

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

Internship Opportunities

US Heartland China Association Internship
USHCA has a remote, unpaid internship position open. To apply, please send a resume and an English writing sample (e.g., a class paper) to Patrick McAloon at pmcaloon@usheartlandchina.org

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.

Previously posted funding opportunities can be found here.

Post-Graduate Opportunities
City Year
The spring application deadline for students interested in the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps positions is April 19, 2019.

Teach for America
The final early admission deadline for juniors to apply for the 2020 corps is April 12, 2019.


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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