September 6, 2019 Newsletter

     Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of September 6, 2019


It was great to see so many of you at the Welcome Back Gathering on Wednesday. Now that your classes are settled (with the drop/add period ending today), I hope you’ll take advantage of this month’s events. In addition to the regularly scheduled Friday lunches, they include our first Movie Night, the annual Constitution Day Forum, a discussion with Ulrike Lepont on the European view of the U.S. health policy community, and a lecture by Marthe Cohn, a Jewish woman who spied on the Nazis for the French.

Have a terrific week.

Elliot Posner
Professor & Acting Chair (Fall 2019)
Department of Political Science
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-1015

General Announcements

  • Are you registered to vote?
    • Not sure? Check your Ohio voter registration status here.
    • No? Register to vote through TurboVote.
    • Ohio voter registration deadline: October 7th
      Learn more about registration and voting here.
  • Visit our Internships and Careers webpage for updated internship, fellowship, funding, post-graduate, and career information.
  • Visit the CWRU Political Science Department webpage!
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Upcoming Events

Author Visit: Marvel Comics Writer & YA Author Gabby Rivera
September 7, 2pm, Cleveland Public Library
As a queer, Latinx, millennial woman, Gabby Rivera strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, she confronts privilege and power, and she asks difficult questions regarding inclusivity in the U.s. of people of all colors, cultures, orientations, abilities, and genders. Rivera’s smart, funny, and engaging voice helps us to start imagining these worlds as our reality.

The Conflict over Kashmir
September 10, 7:30-8:45pm, The Happy Dog
Since the Indian government moved to revoke special status of Indian-controlled Kashmir, Kashmir remains virtually cut off from the rest of the world. What does this decision mean for Kashmiris as well as the future of Indian democracy? Could the dispute lead to war? What is the United States role in managing and resolving this conflict?

Slovenian Sausage Festival
September 11, 1-8pm, SNPJ Farm, Kirtland
The event features seven hours of food and dancing to polka bands. Tickets are $10 in advance available from the Polka Hall of Fame. They’re $12 at the door.

The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Addressing North Korea and a Changing World
September 11, 5:30-7:15pm, The Union Club
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Kathleen Stephens will discuss the dynamic alliance between the United States and South Korea as they’re confronted with new and evolving challenges.

Movie Night with Professor Joe White: The Death of Stalin
September 12, 6:30pm, Mather House 100
Come watch The Death of Stalin with Professor White, complete with a combinations of dinner, snacks, and dessert. The story isn’t exactly true, but versions of a lot of the events did occur, and while what happened between Stalin’s closest aides is not quite known, the version in  the movie has lots of horribly plausible aspects.

Friday Lunch: Health Care 2020: Politics and Markets
September 13, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Join J.B. Silvers, professor of health care finance, for a discussion on health care.

Constitution Day Forum: “Battle for the Ballot Box!”
September 16, 4-5:30pm
Location Change: Law School, Room 157

The CWRU Student Constitution Discussion Roundtable is pleased to welcome Alora Thomas-Lundborg, J.D., and Hans von Spakowsky, J.D., to discuss critical questions on the right to vote.

Behind Enemy Lines – The True Story of a Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany
September 18, 6:30-8pm, Maltz Performing Arts Center
Marthe Cohn is a Jewish woman who was a French spy on the Nazis during World War II. Tickets are free, but required.

2019 Florence Cellar Conference on Aging: “Aging and Public Policies: Advocacy and Practice Implications”
September 27, Executive Caterers at Landerhaven
This year’s speakers include Boston University Social Welfare Policy Professor Robert B. Hudson; AARP National Volunteer President Alicia Georges; Director of the Ohio Department of Aging Ursel J. McElroy; and US Senator Sherrod Brown. The student registration fee is $75.

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


Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
This fellowship leads to a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service at completion of the program. Deadline to apply is September 17, 2019.

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program
This fellowship program can lead to a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Deadline to apply is September 24, 2019.

Summer 2020 National Security Agency Student Programs
Applications for more than 20 different internships are currently open for Summer 2020.


Student Employment Opportunities

Political Science Department Office Assistant
Our office is hiring a Political Science major (sophomore or junior) for Fall 2019 to help us with the weekly newsletter and other general office duties. The position requires 2.5 hours/week at $12/hour. Send your resume and cover letter to Jessica Jurcak today, September 6th, to apply!

Vote Everywhere Ambassador
This program empowers a national community of student leaders to strengthen democracy by leading voter registration, political engagement, and social justice initiatives on their campuses. The CWRU team is currently recruiting for one ambassador position. An Ambassador receives a $1000 stipend ($500 at the end of each semester). The position typically requires a 2-5 hour weekly commitment. Apply online for the 2019-2020 academic year by Sunday, September 8th.


A Little Extra…

  • APSA’s International Collaboration Section gave Professor and Acting Chair Elliot Posner and his coauthor Abraham Newman the Honorable Mention of the 2019 Best Book Award for their 2018 book, Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance, and Power (Oxford University Press).


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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