May 6, 2019 Newsletter

     Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of May 6, 2019


Political Science Social Hour.  At the suggestion of a senior POSC major, the Department quickly convened an informal POSC social hour on Wednesday, the final reading day of the spring semester.  Despite being organized so quickly, the event was a surprising success. Professor White was able to bring his famous brownies, and Bon Appetit was able to supply some cookies, lemonade, and tea. Nine students joined three faculty members for some end-of-year conversation about seniors’ post-graduation plans, teaching and learning in the current political context, the nature of truth and political science, and the nature of political discourse at CWRU, conversation that lasted well beyond the hour. It is likely that the Department will institutionalize an end-of-term social hour. You can see a few photographs of those present on our POSC Facebook page. Many thanks to graduating senior Kirsten Costedio, who suggested this kind of event, to Jessica Jurcak for organizing the event at such short notice, and to those POSC majors and minors who joined us Wednesday afternoon.

Politics Movie Nights?  Professor White is interested in organizing a series of Political Science Film nights for our students and interested faculty.  Film Nights would convene us in Mather House 100 to watch a film with some significant political content, eat pizza, and enjoy some general conversation. Students at the end-of-year gathering suggested that Film Night be held twice a semester, on Thursday nights, from c. 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Department would invite POSC and INTL majors and minors, who would be free to bring a few of their friends. [Note that Mather House 100 seats only 49 persons and hence the Department could not advertise these events campus-wide.]

Students interested in helping to develop the concept of Film Night should feel free to stop by Professor White’s office (Mather House 113) or to e-mail him at Students who have suggestions about specific films they would like to see should also share that information with Professor White. Possible films include satires such as Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, Dr. Strangelove, Being There, or The Death of Stalin, as well as dramas such as Lost City, Matewan, Made in Dagenham, Milk, This Is England, All the King’s Men, All the President’s Men, Rome Open City, Z, The Grand Illusion and Battle of Algiers. There are lots of possibilities.  Professor White will work to organize Film Night for the Fall 2019 Semester.

Congratulations!  Graduating senior POSC major Kirsten Costedio has accepted an invitation to serve in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Mozambique. Congratulations to Kirsten, and all best wishes for her Peace Corps posting (and for learning Portuguese).

To all our students, best wishes for a happy and successful conclusion to the 2019-20 academic year.

With all best wishes,

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


Medicaid Managed Care in Ohio: Past, Present and Future
May 6, 12-1pm, Webinar
This webinar with the Center for Community Solutions will take a look at Medicaid in Ohio and possible policies for the future.

We Exist: Beyond the Binary
May 7, 6:30-8pm, Crawford Hall
“We Exist” is a documentary which explores the life of individuals who exist outside the gender binary while living in a binary world. The film intimately follows the life of Lauren–an individual who identifies as Gender Neutral–and the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes Lauren must go through just to be. 

Public Policy Forum-Making Sense of Local Judicial Elections
May 7, 7pm Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
Panelists will discuss the structure of the Ohio judicial system and provide the tools necessary to research judicial candidates amd make informed decisions on Election Day. Free and open to the public.

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Citizen Participation in the Judicial System in Japan & East Asia
May 7, 7:30pm-8:45pm The Happy Dog
Matthew J. Wilson, Professor of Law at University of Akron, will discuss the the views on jury systems and lay participation in the administration of justice through the experiences of Japan, South Korea, and other countries in East Asia. Free and open to the public.

What Works and New Will: America Has Made Little Progress 50 Years After the Kerner Commission
May 9, 12:00pm-1:30pm, The City Club of Cleveland
50 years ago, the Kerner Commission highlighted the drastic economic and social division of the nation. Last year, the Milton S. Foundation relased its update of the Kerner Commission. President Alan Curtis of the Esienhower Foundation will discuss what the new report’s recent findings mean for the next 50 years. Nonmember tickets are $37; use the code SJI19 for 20% savings.

For Freedoms Town Hall: Love is a Political Act
May 11, 2pm, MOCA
This townhall will emphasize the role of compassion and empathy in our democracy. Free and open to the public.

Internship Opportunities

Environment America Internships
Environment America offers internships nationwide. Interns help to educate and engage citizens, build coalitions, organize events, and lobby decision-makers. 

Vote Smart Internship Program
The Vote Smart Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics from a nonpartisan angle.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Summer Internship Program
The National Council offers internship opportunities at the Council’s Washington, DC office during the academic year (fall-spring). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

UNICEF USA Internships
UNICEF USA offers a limited number of unpaid internships in the New York City National Headquarters and regional offices. 

International Organization for Migration Internship Program
IOM offers internships in different IOM offices across the globe. 

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

A Little Extra…


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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