September 20, 2019 Newsletter

  Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of September 20, 2019

Between the student-run Constitution Day Forum, the talks by Ulrike Lepont and Marthe Cohn, and the events surrounding the Inamori Prize, you might have missed The Observer’s write-up of Prof. Paul Schroeder’s career. I think it captures why he’s so admired and appreciated within the Department and University and across the country.

Take care,

Elliot Posner

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 the CWRU Political Science Department webpage!
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Upcoming Events

Climate Strike: Cleveland
September 20, 12-2pm, Cleveland Public Square
Join OH Climate Strike in Cleveland as we strike for the Green New Deal and against government inaction on one of the greatest political challenges of our generation.

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.

Academic Symposium Featuring LeVar Burton and Distinguished Panelists
September 20, 12:45pm, overflow viewing available in Thwing Excelsior Ballroom
LeVar Burton will deliver a public lecture titled “Ethical Leadership in the Arts: The Power of Storytelling and Representation,” and participate in a panel discussion. Event is free and open to the public.

Study Abroad Scholarship Session: The Gilman Scholarship
September 20, 12:45-1:45pm, Tomlinson Hall
Pell Grant recipients are invited to learn about the The Gilman Scholarship’s eligibility requirements, deadlines, and how to submit a competitive application. Register for the event here.

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

The Partition of India in 1947
September 21, 11am-12pm, Cleveland Public Library
Historian David Mould, author of Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys (Ohio University Press, 2019), recalls the key events of 1947 that led to the partition of India, telling the stories of some who played large and small parts in this year of conflict and social change.

Israel’s Elections: What Happens Next?
September 25, 7:30-9am, City Club of Cleveland
Who will be Israel’s Prime Minister? What will the results mean for Israel’s political future? How will the outcome of the election affect the bilateral relationship between Israel and the United States, the future of the Middle East Peace Process, the challenges posed by Iran, as well as other regional issues?

Ohio Climate Strike: Cleveland Community Day
September 21, 4-5:30pm, Cleveland Public Library
In this family and kid-friendly event, learn some of the basics about climate change from SustainEd founder Staci Baker, as well as a bit about some local green projects that even individuals can undertake, such as community gardens! The event is free to attend.

National Voter Registration Day
September 24, 12-4pm, Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, TVUC, Room 165
Celebrate National Voter Registration Day with CCEL! Stop by their office to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, update your voter registration, or check your polling location, and enjoy free snacks!

Ohio Climate Strike: Cleveland People’s Assembly
September 24, 5-7pm, Cleveland Public Library–Jefferson Branch
Join Ohio Climate Strike on September 24th as we host people’s assemblies across the state- a series of town-hall style events in which regular citizens get to stand up and speak their mind on the climate crisis. While we’ll have a moderator with guiding discussion points to keep the event flowing, the content of the event is up to the constituents!

Cleveland Climate Teach-In
September 26, 6:30-8:30pm, Strosacker Auditorium
Join Climate Strike Ohio as we tackle the idea of ‘corporate versus individual responsibility for the climate crisis’ in our Week for Future teach-in. We’ll be bringing together a panel of individuals ready to speak on whether we as individuals must rectify our behavior, or whether disproportionate corporate power in shaping the decisions we are even offered in some way nullifies those choices. One thing is for sure though- it will be a lively discussion sure to raise a dialogue for everyone present.

Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul
September 27, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of forced migration of Africans to North America, serving as the start of America’s complicated history of indentured servitude, slavery, and structural inequity that reverberates today. Author Andrew Delbanco explores how the battle over fugitive slaves affects America’s present story and its persistent struggles with race and inequality.

Friday Lunch: Social Media and Politics
September 27, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Join Lauren Copeland, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Citizenship and Associate Director of the Community Research Institute at Baldwin-Wallace University for a discussion on social media and politics.

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.

Project on Government Oversight
POGO interns assist with research and analysis and help POGO to achieve a more effective, accountable, open and ethical federal government. Spring 2020 Applications are due October 25.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The purpose of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Applications are due November 1, 2019.

Previously posted opportunities can be found on the department webpage


Scholarship Opportunities

Bridging Scholarship
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Spring 2020 applications are due October 10, 2019.

Boren Awards for International Study
The Boren Scholarships provide undergraduate students funding to study a language in a country that is often underrepresented in study abroad options. This includes counties in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Meet with Dean Amanda McCarthy by October 1 for more information. On-campus applications are due Novermber 15, 2019.

Harry Truman Scholarship
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, established by Congress in 1975, awards merit-based scholarships to college students planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. Juniors are eligible to apply. Interested candidates should meet with Dean Amanda McCarthy by October 1. Application deadline is November 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.

Princeton in Asia
For the 2020-2021 academic year, PiA expects to offer approximately 140 full-year fellowships in the following locations: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau S.A.R., Taiwan, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. 2020-2021 applications are due on October 31, 2019.

Princeton in Africa
A Princeton in Africa fellowship experience is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for personal and professional development and growth. It is often described as a way to get a foot in the door of the field of development on the African continent. It is also an opportunity to join a growing community of passionate PiAf alumni. 2020-2021 applications are due on October 30, 2019.

Princeton in Latin America
It is often also the start of a career in development or social responsibility in Latin America. 2020-2021 applications are due on November 8, 2019.

Previously posted opportunities can be found on the department webpage


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.


A Little Extra…

  • Check out The Observer’s article about Professor Paul Schroeder’s career.


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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