September 27, 2019 Newsletter

     Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of September 27, 2019


This week the Department faculty and staff participated in a training session to help us support students and others who have experienced sexual violence, stalking, unhealthy relationships and the like and to do so while also complying with University policies on mandated reporting.

I wanted to share a few takeaways that are especially important for students.
First, the name of a critical resource has changed. The Title IX Office is now the Office of Equity.

Second, please note that professors and other university employees are “mandated reporters.” This means that when you tell one of us something related to sexual or other types of violence against you or someone else, we are federally mandated to report it the Office of Equity. There are many places on campus where you will find “confidential advocates” who are not required to report. These include the Counseling Services Center and Interreligious Council. For more information about campus Title IX policies, please visit the Office of Equity webpage. For information about campus counseling and support, please visit the University Health and Counseling Services webpage.

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


Upcoming Events

Careers Colloquium with Civil Rights Lawyer Jacqueline Greene
October 4, 4:30-6pm, TVUC Senior Classroom
Join CWRU POSC graduate Jacqueline Greene (BA ’07, JD ’11) for a talk titled “Rebel with a Cause: Stories about Survivors and Victims of Civil Rights Violations, Barriers to Accountability in Northeast Ohio Police Departments, Jails, and Prisons, and the Limits of the Courtroom.” Event is free and open to the public.

Careers Colloquium Workshop–POSC Majors Only
October 5, 11am-1pm, Mather House 100

Political Science majors are invited to attend a workshop with Careers Colloquium speaker Jacqueline Greene.

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.

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session
October 1, 3:30-4:30, Sears Building Room 447
Join us for this information session to learn more about applying to this program!

The Battle over Brexit and the Future of Europe
October 1, 7:30-8:45pm, The Happy Dog
Join Professor Elliot Posner for a discussion about the many challenges in Europe and how Brexit will impact EU member states and the world.

Genocide of the Rohingya People in Burma
October 1, 10pm, 90.3 [radio]
Tune into 90.3 for a foreign policy discussion on the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma.

Apple, Antitrust, and Irony: What Americans Really Think About Competition
October 2, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
How has antitrust policy evolved over time as new technology and technology companies are introduced? What lessons can be learned from United v. Apple to help us understand these new investigations into big tech? And, what do Americans really think about competition in the marketplace? Nonmember tickets are $37.

U.S. Intervention in Venezuela and Colombia
October 3, 6-8:30pm, Clapp Hall Room 108
SJI Co-Director John Flores will moderate this event, a discussion with Gloria La Riva and Gabriel Murcia (CWR ’18), Field Organizer for the Pennsylvania State Education Association.  La Riva will share video footage of her time in Venezuela.  Free and open to the community.  RSVP to

The Sound of Ideas Community Tour: Education in Warrensville Heights

October 3, 6-7:30pm, Warrensville Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
Join us for this year’s fifth stop of The Sound of Ideas Community Tour, hosted by Mike McIntyre, as we engage in conversation with the school superintendent, community leaders and residents about the challenges facing inner-ring school districts like Warrensville Heights and what it takes to raise a failing grade. Register online.

Friday Lunch: Hidden Costs of Waiting for Treatment: The Case of Orthopedic Surgery in Norway
October 4, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Room LL06
Join Mark Votruba, Associate Professor and Chair of the CWRU Economics Department, for a discussion on one of the most common criticisms of universal health care coverage: waiting lists.

How the Personal Becomes the Political: A Conversation with a Dreamer and Advocate

October 4, 12:45-2pm, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, TVUC
Elias Rosenfeld will discuss how his multiple identities – as a Dreamer, a member of the Jewish community, and a member of the LGBT community – intersect and inform his activist work.  Free and open to the community.  RSVP to

The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office

October 4, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
Author Jeremi Suri will discuss his book The Impossible Presidency, which charts the rise and fall of the America’s highest office from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as global influencer. Tickets are $37. Also broadcasted on 90.3.

Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit
November 15, 9am-4pm, Bowling Green State University
Organized by Senator Sherrod Brown, Propel Ohio is a leadership program that promotes civic engagement and inspires undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders in Ohio. Applications to attend are due Friday, October 11, 2019.

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


Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

Senator Rob Portman
The Office of Senator Portman hosts interns in our Washington, DC and Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo, Ohio offices year-round, providing an opportunity for Ohioans and students at Ohio colleges and universities to gain experience working for the people of Ohio in the US Senate. Spring 2020 applications are due November 9, 2019.

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 application deadline extended to October 21, 2019.


Graduating Student Opportunities

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. The 2020 JET Program application deadline in November 15, 2019.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Scoville Peace Fellowship offers recent graduates the opportunity to work full-time with non-profit and public-interest organization. The program lasts six to nine months, and gives fellows the opportunity to work in Washington. Applications close October 7, 2019 for the Spring 2020 semester.


Summer Opportunities

State Department Summer Internship
The U.S. State Department Summer Internships gives students the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies around the world and in bureaus/departments in Washington. The internship is unpaid. Application deadline is October 4, 2019.


Employment Opportunities

Research Assistant/Contract Manager
The Center for Community Solutions is seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented individual to serve in a newly created, full-time position on the Applied Research team in our Cleveland office. Interested applicants should apply by October 11, 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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