October 11, 2019 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of October 11, 2019

I welcome new subscribers who signed up at last week’s Choices Fair (and thank political science majors Marin Exler and Madeline Meyers for helping Prof. Moore represent the department). In addition to announcements and the lineup of coming events, the weekly newsletter lists internship, fellowship and volunteer opportunities. We have a number of upcoming events including Senior Capstone presentations and an informational meeting about the department’s program to support internships (the Wellman Hill program).  I encourage potential majors and minors to attend.

Last week Jacqueline Greene (BA ’07, JD ’11) was the featured alumna of this year’s Careers Colloquium. She did a wonderful job of bringing us into her world of civil rights law and explaining how she went from political science major to partner at the law firm Friedman and Gilbert in twelve short years. I’d like to extend our deep gratitude for her visit.

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

Upcoming Events

Friday Lunch: Small Steps and Giant Leaps: How Apollo 11 Shaped Understandings of Earth and Beyond
October 11, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Room LL06
Join Steven Hauck, Professor and Chair of the Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences Department, for a discussion on what scientists and others learned from Apollo 11.

Beyond the Smoke: The Changing Landscape of Tobacco Products
October 14, 5:30-9pm, The Music Box Supper Club
Tobacco use has claimed the lives of far too many, and there are major concerns about the potential impact of newly available products as well as those that are on the horizon. Join us for this month as we engage in a reflective discussion with Professor Monica Webb Hooper about what it will take to gain control of tobacco use in Cleveland and beyond!

Columbus Day Legacy – Indigenous Peoples’ Day
October 14, 6:30-8pm, Crawford Hall, Room A9
Columbus Day Legacy explores tensions and contradictions between Native and Italian‐American participants in the ongoing Columbus Day parade controversy in Denver, Colorado. The short documentary film will be preceded by an introduction to the ongoing call by many Native communities to change October 14 to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Afterwards, there will be a robust conversation about the issue.  Free and open to the community.  RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.

Transatlantic Trends: Ties and Transactionalism in a Time of Trump
October 16, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
Join us to hear from Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, on the state of the transatlantic relationship and the future strength of Western democracies. Tickets are $37. Live stream is also available.

A life at the intersection of private, public, and nonprofit sectors
October 16, 4:30-5:30pm, KSL LL06
Hear from Lee Fisher, Dean and Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and former Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. RSVP online.

Making a Difference Through Education: A Broader and Bolder Approach to School Reform
October 17, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
Given the importance of external conditions on student achievement, a growing number of schools are recognizing that they must have the ability to influence the factors that influence the development of children outside of school. Drawing on research carried out at schools in Newark, Houston, Denver and the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Dr. Pedro Noguera will explore the types of strategies that schools have developed to form effective collaborative relationships with community-based organizations that can counter the adverse influence of poverty on student learning and child development. Tickets are $37, live stream also available.

How the Israel Lobby Distorts the Palestinian Conflict
October 17, 5-6:30pm, TVUC Senior Classroom
Dr. Walter Hixon is a Distinguished Professor History at the University of Akron.  His most recent book is Israel’s Armor: The Israel Lobby and the First Generation of the Palestine Conflict.  Professor Hixson will offer a historical perspective on the growth and development of the Israel lobby in the United States to help clarify many of the present controversies on Israel & Palestine.

For the People, by the People, in a Digital Age
October 18, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland
Join us as Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America (CfA), shares how CfA’s innovative approach is tackling some of government’s biggest challenges and social problems in the digital age. Tickets are $37. Available via live stream and broadcast on 90.3.

Friday Lunch: Roe v. Wade in 2019
October 18, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
The status quo about reproductive rights is under attack in many ways. Join us as Jessie Hill, Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law and a leading expert in the field, reviews the cases attacking Roe v. Wade, their merits, and their prospects.

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

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Spring Internship
CCWA offers engaging internship opportunities. General description, deadlines and information on how to apply can be found here. Spring 2020 applications are due December 6, 2019. 

Policy Matters Ohio Internship
PMO internships allow students an opportunity to research the economic conditions of families in Ohio, present such data, and connect with the greater community to communicate Policy Matters’ mission. Positions are offered in both the Cleveland and Columbus offices. Internships are unpaid.


Summer Opportunities

Uganda Village Project Summer Internships
The Healthy Villages Summer Internship program brings together interns from across the globe to work alongside rural communities as they are empowered to lead healthier lives. Summer 2020 applications are currently open.


Volunteer Opportunities

Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition
The EITC Coalition offers free tax help to low and middle-income families in Cleveland and throughout Cuyahoga County. All volunteers will need to receive an IRS certification to help file taxes. Starting in November EITC offers free tax certification trainings. For questions, contact volunteer@refundohio.org.

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
The schedules of our upcoming Informational Sessions for Winter Semester volunteer placements will be posted in November. Please check back at that time to register for a session. Sessions fill rapidly. If you have any questions, you can contact the Volunteer Services Department at 216-844-1504.


Funding Opportunities

Projects for Peace
In general, projects should be building blocks for a sustainable peace. The overall program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including in the U.S. Intent to Apply deadline is December 15, 2019. Application is due January 15, 2020.


Career Opportunities

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellowships
Through the CBCF’s 20-month fellowship programs, participants work with congressional members and committees, attend leadership development seminars, complete community service projects and produce policy papers. Applicants must have completed a graduate or professional degree prior to the fellowship start date. Applications are due December 6, 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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