November 15, 2019 Newsletter

Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of November 15, 2019


This week, Political Science senior Tim O’Shea represented the department and university in New Orleans at the Middle East Studies Association’s annual meeting. He presented “The IDF and the Palestinian Territories as a Weapons Laboratory,” which was his capstone paper. Congratulations, Tim.

I’m very pleased to announce the official opening of the 2020 Wellman Hill Political Science Summer Internship Grants competition. You’ll find this year’s application on the program’s website. Applications are due by 5pm on February 7, 2020.

A final reminder: This fall’s senior capstone presentations and dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 20th at 5:00 pm in the Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom.  All are welcome.

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

Political Science Senior Capstone Presentations
November 20, 5-8pm, TVUC, Senior Classroom
All are welcome to join Political Science faculty and students for a night of senior capstone presentations and dinner.

The New American City: The Big Promise of our Midsize Metros
November 15, 12-1:30pm, City Club of Cleveland & Livestream
Mick Cornett is the longest-serving Mayor of Oklahoma City and is credited with its transformation from a forgettable city in “flyover country” to one of America’s most dynamic midsized cities. How did he do it? And what can Cleveland learn from Oklahoma City? Join us as Cornett discusses the lessons learned from his city’s success and the way forward for America’s midsize metros. Tickets to attend are $37. Livestream is free.

Friday Lunch: Will We Ever Have Another Paris? The U.S. and the International Politics of Climate Change
November 15, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Join Matt Hodgetts, Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science, for a discussion on whether or not a change in party control would put the U.S. back into a leadership position on climate change and other environmental issues.

Misfortune on Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row
November 16, 11am-12pm, Cleveland Public Library–Main
A presentation of the book authored by Alan F. Dutka, noted Cleveland historian and author, giving light to the anguish and deceit of Cleveland’s super-rich.

Medicaid Institute: Health Policy Basics, Understanding and Influencing State Health Policy
November 18, 10am-3pm, Tri-C Metro Campus
Attendees will build understanding of what state health policy is, how to impact it and learn more about how it can positively affect health. The event will also discuss the state budget and how policy is being developed to address Cleveland’s lead-poisoning crisis. Cost is $25, lunch is included.

A4CH Reproductive Justice Dinner
November 18, 6:30-8:30pm, Thwing Excelsior Ballroom
What exactly is reproductive justice? Come learn from experts what it means in terms of sex education, race, policy, and medicine at our annual Health Disparities Dinner! Chipotle will be provided.

Between Hatred and Fear: Surviving Detention in Assam, India
November 18, 7pm, TVUC Senior Classroom
This event will include a screening of Between Hatred and Fear: Surviving Detention in Assam followed by a panel discussion. Free and open to the public. RSVP to

The Voices of Immigration: Thriving Beyond Borders
November 19, 5-6:30pm, Mandel School’s Noble Commons
The session will feature experts working in the field of immigration and migrant services in Cleveland, El Salvador and India. The event will be moderated by Brenna Dilley from International Partners in Mission. Dinner will be provided and one professional development hour will be available for students. Participants are encouraged to reserve a spot for this event. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Living Undocumented
November 19, 7pm, Thwing Lower Level Lounge
Watch episode 2 of the Netflix original series, Living Undocumented. This episode tells the story of a family fighting for citizenship against unrelenting ICE personnel with a particular emphasis on the DACA program.

Art, Activism, and the Legacy of Tamir Rice
November 20, 6pm, Cleveland Museum of Art
The community is invited to the fifth anniversary commemoration of the life and legacy of Tamir Rice, an evening of the arts, featuring a conversation between internationally renowned artist Theaster Gates and journalist and activist Bakari Kitwana. Gates and special guests will examine the role of art activism in the pursuit of racial equity and justice, both in Cleveland and beyond. Event is free, but donations are encouraged. Register online.

Debate Watch Party
November 20, 9pm, Thwing Center, Room 290
Stop by and watch the Democratic presidential primary debate! Also, learn more about the upcoming elections how CWRU students can get involved in the process! Snacks will be provided!

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


Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
Congresswoman Fudge, who represents OH-11, offers juniors, seniors, and recent graduates an opportunity to experience a firsthand glimpse into the daily proceedings of a United States Congressional District.

Women’s Foreign Policy Group Spring Internship
The WFPG works to advance women’s careers and highlight their contributions in the international field through mentoring programs. Student interns are provided with an opportunity to be introduced to various aspects of foreign policy in Washington D.C. A stipend is provided to full-time interns at the end of the spring. Applications are due January 4, 2020.

Previously posted opportunities can be found on the department webpage


Summer Opportunities

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Governmental Affairs Summer Internship
The APLU CGA internship is an unpaid opportunity for students with an interest in politics and the political process, as well as for those interested in higher education and/or science or technology policy. Applications should be submitted 2 months prior to the start date of the internship.

CHCI Congressional 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. Summer 2020 applications are due December 1, 2019.

Korea-America Student Conference
KASC is a student-led exchange program in which students from both Korea and the United States spend a month together building ties. While visiting both countries, students analyze the relationship between the two countries through the lenses of politics, economics, and the media. Scholarships are available to offset the cost. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for the Summer 2020 Conference is January 10, 2020.

Rangel International Affairs Summer Program
The Rangel Program also accepts 15 undergraduate students to participate in the six-week Summer Enrichment Program that prepares global-minded undergraduate students for careers in international affairs. Applications are due February 4, 2020.


Volunteer Opportunities

Super Saturday Math Corps Program
January 18-March 7, 2020, Every Saturday, 8:30am-12:45pm, CWRU Campus
Student volunteers will be leading small teams of middle school and high school children from schools in the Greater Cleveland Area, learning mathematics via a strong mentoring approach. You do not have to be a Math major to tutor. Volunteers will need to participate in a training meeting at the end of November 2019. CWRU students interested in this opportunity should fill out the application here before Tuesday, November 19. Contact Francisca García-Cobián Richter,, with questions.


Career Opportunities

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Check online for current openings.


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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