September 13, 2019 Newsletter

     Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of September 13, 2019


The events this week offer something for everyone. Monday is Constitution Day, and there will be a number of on- and off-campus commemorations, including the annual student-run Constitution Day Forum: “Battle for the Ballot Box.” I hope to see you there. Please also note the talks on US health care policy and blockchains as well as the lectures by this year’s Inamori Prize recipient and a Jewish woman who spied on the Nazis for the French. And that’s hardly the complete list.

Have a good week.
Elliot Posner

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

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Upcoming Events

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.

Unsettled Histories: Dub Poetry and Decolonization
September 13, 3:15-4:15pm, Guilford Hall parlor
The lecture will take a wide-angle lens view of postcolonial literary history, examining dub poetry’s troubling roots in the colonial classroom in the 1950s and contemporary feminist examples in the Caribbean diaspora.

Trans in the CLE 2019: Resilient.
September 14, 8:30am-6pm, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
This event celebrates the Trans* and gender non-conforming community and brings together individuals and organizations for connection, resources and celebration. The conference theme “Resilient” reflects the challenging social and political climate that transgender and gender non-conforming individuals continue to navigate in Cleveland and the United States, and highlights the resiliency and power embodied within our collective identity. This year’s keynote speaker is AC Dumlao of CallMeThey. Register online.

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.

Reparations, or Another Attempt at Reconstruction
September 17, 1-2 pm, Mather House 100
This September 17th, Constitution Day, Taru Taylor (LAW ’18) will discuss how reparations could validate, for Black American descendants of slaves, the social contract that was “ordained and established” by We the People. Taylor’s talk will emphasize reparations as a means of “restitution,” of making Black people whole and thus completing Reconstruction.  Bring your lunch; drinks and dessert provided.  RSVP to

Khizr Khan Author Visit & Book Signing
September 17, 7-8:30pm, Cleveland Public Library
Gold Star father Khizr Khan’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention touched the nation and the world. His family’s story of immigration, hope, struggle, achievement, and loss illustrates both the American Dream and its tarnished reality. In partnership with Global Cleveland, Mr. Khan, author of An American Family and This Is Our Constitution, will host a meet-and-greet and book signing in advance of his September 18 appearance at the City Club of Cleveland

2019 Constitution Day Forum
September 18, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
Join us as we hear from author, attorney, and immigrant Khizr Khan to celebrate Constitution Day, Welcoming Week, and the power of citizenship. Nonmember tickets are $37.

The U.S. Health Policy Community: A View from Europe
September 18, 12:30-2pm, Mather House 100
Ulrike Lepont, Ph.D. will discuss how this health policy community influenced choices from 1970 – 2010. Join us as she describes the community that American analysts may take for granted because they are part of it. Refreshments will be provided.

Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Training
September 18, 5-8pm, Wolstein Research Building Auditorium
Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to participate in a learning journey to increase the shared understanding of racial inequities that impact health, and to discuss strategies to promote a more equitable society. The event is free, but registration is required. RSVP on Eventbrite using the password “CWRU.”

Advocacy Education for Health Justice: Medicaid Expansion
September 18, 6-9pm, Thwing Hall​​​​​​
Experts from the campus and community will present information about local coalitions, communication strategies and negotiation techniques utilized by activists and advocates. Workshop participants then will work together to develop novel campaign proposals to address the issues. A light dinner will be provided. Participants are welcome to attend one or more workshops. RSVP to

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.

Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony and Lecture: LeVar Burton
September 19, 6pm, Maltz Performing Arts Center
Join us in celebrating the Inamori Ethics Prize, which honors outstanding international leaders whose actions and influences have greatly improved the conditions of humankind. The 2019 Inamori Ethics Prize is going to LeVar Burton, actor, writer, producer, director, children’s literacy and AIDS research advocate. Event is free, registration is required.

Shifting Suburbs: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Cleveland’s Inner Ring
September 20, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
America’s older, inner-ring, “first” suburbs are facing a unique set of challenges including job and industry loss, a declining tax base, aging populations, and outmoded housing and commercial buildings. More than a decade later, some communities have stabilized while others have not. Join us as a panel of leaders discuss innovative solutions to help preserve the inner ring. Nonmember tickets are $37.

Friday Lunch: Blockchain: From Cryptocurrency to Data Federation
September 20, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Join Vincenzo Liberatore, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for a discussion on the evolution of blockchain technology.

The Take: A Panel Discussion on Alternative Economics
September 20, 6-8:30pm, TVUC Senior Classroom
Join SJI Co-Director John Flores for a screening of The Take, a compelling documentary film about workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who reclaim control of a closed Forja auto plant and create a worker-owned cooperative. Miami University professor Nishani Frazier will respond to the film and share her research about examples of alternative economic models in place closer to home.  Free and open to the community.  RSVP to

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

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship Program
During CHCI’s paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service. Spring 2020 applications are due October 15, 2019.


Graduating Student Opportunities

Hamilton Place Strategies
HPS is a DC-based public affairs consulting firm that specializes in analytical public affairs. They are hiring for full-time roles with start dates in January, June, September, and November of 2020. Sign up to learn more from current employees at the firm next week, September 19, at 5pm via virtual information session. Please see here for a list of FAQs about the associate and analyst program. Apply online by September 27th at 5pm.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are due October 8, 2019.

Stanford Law School Research Fellow
Starting in Summer 2020, these full-time fellowships last for one year, with an option to renew for a second year by mutual agreement of the professor and the fellow. Fellowships are designed for graduating seniors, recent college, master’s program graduates, and provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future. The deadline for the first round is October 14, 2019 by 7:00AM PST.

Teach for America
As a corps member, you’ll be challenged to think creatively and lead boldly. You’ll leverage your unique talents to dismantle inequities from the classroom and beyond. The next application deadline is October 18, 2019.


Summer Opportunities

Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute
This fully-funded opportunity is a graduate level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. Applications are due November 1, 2019.

Cultural Vistas Summer 2020 Fellowship
Cultural Vistas Fellows will enrich their academic learning through professional internship and immersion experiences focused on civic engagement and youth involvement during the summer of 2020. One cohort of up to four fellows will travel to each international destination. This fellowship opportunity is funded by Cultural Vistas. Applications are due November 15, 2019.


Competition Opportunities

CSAW Policy Competition
All undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for this international competition which seeks to challenge students to think of innovative policy solutions to the most pressing cybersecurity issues of our time. Contact with questions. Registration closes September 25, 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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