Nov. 9, 2015

Hey IR concentrators!

This Wednesday, November 11, is Veteran's Day. We thank all of those individuals who have served or currently serve in the US armed forces. Take this day to celebrate and honor veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. 

IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • CLASS OF 2016: Revisions--Do it Now!
  • OFFICE HOURS: Fall 2015 Office Hours
  • SPRING 2016 COURSES: Pre-registration ends tomorrow!


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Student Opportunities

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Zotero Citation

Monday, Nov. 9, 12 pm
Rockefeller Library, Digital Scholar Lab (DSL)
Registration required

NVivo for Research
Project Management

Monday, Nov. 9, 3 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required

Data Visualization
in Microsoft Excel

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 3 pm
Rockefeller Library, DSL
Registration required

Data Visualization
in Microsoft Excel

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 12 pm
Rockefeller Library, DSL
Registration required

UN and World
Institutional Info

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 5 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required


Brown in Italy
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown in Oxford
and Cambridge

Thursday, Nov. 12, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown in France
Thursday, Nov. 12, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown in Dublin
Summer Program

Thursday, Nov. 12, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

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Class of 2016--Complete ASAP!!
You do NOT need to have completed all of the requirements in order to update your forms. The deadline for revision is Friday, December 4th. 
Here’s how:

1. Fill out a new IR concentration worksheet.
2. Meet with Dr. Elliott. 
Check office hours and make an appointment online or come in during Friday Walk-In Express Hours.

NOTE! If you have not completed the paperwork on study abroad credits for IR, then you should do so ASAP.


Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Week of 11/9
Fri...............12-2 (Express walk-in)
Make an appointment.
*Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!
Spring 2016 Courses--Now Available!
The list of Spring 2016 courses that fulfill IR requirements -- core, track, methods, and capstone--is now on the website! Don't forget that pre-registration ends tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10!


Mark your Calendars!
11/10: Pre-registration for Spring 2016 ends at 5 p.m. ($15 fee for failure to pre-register) Tuesday!
11/25: Thanksgiving Recess begins at 12 p.m.
11/30: Classes resume



Watson Events

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Featured Events

Lecture: Camp Dharma: Buddhism and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration Experience
When: Monday, November 9 at 12 p.m.
Where: Alumnae Hall, Crystal Room (200 Meeting St.)
Who: Professor Duncan Williams, Director, USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture
Sponsors: Brown American Studies, East Asian Studies, Religious Studies and Contemplative Studies
Duncan Ryuken Williams received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and previously held the Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair of Japanese Buddhism at University of California at Berkeley and served as the Director of Berkeley's Center for Japanese Studies. He is currently writing a manifesto for Japan in the 21st-century entitled "Hybrid Japan" (in Japanese).

Film Screening and Q&A: "Jerusalem is Proud to Present"
When: Monday, November 9 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Smith-Buonanno, Room 201 (95 Cushing St.)

Who: Nitzan Gilady, Director of Jerusalem is Proud to Present
Sponsor: Brown Students for Israel
"Jerusalem is Proud to Present" is a documentary that tells the story of the international World Pride event, planned for Jerusalem in 2006. The event was disrupted by orthodox Jews, evangelical Christians, and conservative Muslims, united by their intolerance for LGBT events in the city they consider holy. Nitzan Gilady's film displays the dramatic pluralism of Israeli society, implicitly examining the contrast between the secular and LGBT-accepting people of Tel Aviv and the more conservative population of Israel's capital.


Symposium: Foreign Policy Across the Taiwan Strait
When: Tuesday, November 10 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge (75 Waterman St.)
Who: Professor Jerome Cohen, NYU; Mark Stokes, Project 2049; Michael Mazza, American Enterprise Institute; moderated by Ambassador Richard Boucher, Diplomat in Residence, Watson Institute
Sponsor: Strait Talk
The 2015 Strait Talk Symposium includes a panel discussion that assesses the role of foreign policy in shaping the complex relationship between the U.S., China, and Taiwan. 

Lecture & Book Signing: Crafting Democratic Transitions: Learning from Experience
When: Tuesday, November 10 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Abraham Lowenthal, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs
Sponsor: Watson Institute
Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders is an initiative of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) – an intergovernmental organization of 28 member countries, based in Stockholm, that promotes sustainable democracy worldwide. In probing conversations with representatives from 9 different countries, editors Sergio Bitar and Abraham F. Lowenthal focused on each leader’s principal goals as well as their strategies to end authoritarian rule and build democratic governance. Context-setting introductions by country experts highlight each nation’s unique experience.

Lecture: Will International Climate Treaties Spur New, Green Technology?
When: Tuesday, November 10 at 4 p.m.
Where: Building for Environmental Research and Training (BERT), 015 (85 Waterman St.)
Professor Bard Harstad, University of Oslo
Sponsor: Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES)
Despite widespread agreement on the need for a global climate treaty as well as new and green technology, progress has been slow on both fronts. Professor Bard Harstad, a leading expert on global climate policy from the University of Oslo, tells us how ideas from economics can help us understand the relationship between climate policies and technology, why some treaty designs discourage the development of new technology, what climate negotiators can learn from trade agreements, and how flaws in Kyoto-style treaties can be turned into assets.


Lecture: Design, Agency, and the Pragmatic Imagination
When: Wednesday, November 11 at 3 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Professor of Architecturem, Knowlton School at Ohio State University
Sponsor: Watson Institute
This talk will be two short talks - a diptych of conversations intended to set the stage for an emergent discussion around how design can couple the imagination to action for agency and impact. See full event description.


Lecture: 'Doing Global Health' in China: Guanxi, Transparency, and Trust
When: Thursday, November 12 at 12 p.m.
Where: Alpert Medical Building, Case Study Room 280 (222 Richmond St.)
Who: Katherine Mason, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Sponsor: Global Health Initiative
Katherine A. Mason is a medical anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in China and the U.S. Her first book, Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health after an Epidemic, based on fieldwork she conducted in southeastern China on the professionalization of public health in China following the 2003 SARS epidemic, is forthcoming with Stanford University Press (2016). Mason is currently working on two new projects: a collaborative mixed methods project that examines HIV/AIDS stigma among recent Chinese immigrants to New York City, and a multi-sited ethnographic study of perinatal mood disorders in the U.S. and China.

Lecture & Book Signing: As Goes India: Surprising Solutions for the Natural World in Crisis
When: Thursday, November 12 at 3 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Meera Subramanian, award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar
Sponsors: Watson Institute, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, and Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting
Meera Subramanian gives a multimedia presentation exploring the human and global health implications of India’s ravaged environmental landscape. Her narrative nonfiction book, A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka, is based on travel across the country, learning about the ordinary people and micro-enterprises determined to guide India into a sustainable future. Subramanian discovers individual stories that renew hope for a nation that has the potential to create a sustainable and prosperous future, for India, the earth, and all her inhabitants.

Lecture: Local Government and Firm Innovation in China: The Case of the Clean Energy Sector
When: Thursday, November 12 at 4 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Margaret Pearson, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Sponsor: Watson Institute, China Initiative
China’s political system places local governments in key positions of influence in building clean energy industry. Pearson considers whether the firm ecosystem created by local governments, responding in part to Beijing’s policy incentives, contributes to high-quality innovation by clean energy firms. She suggests that the behavior of local governments is, on balance, not conducive to those portions of the sectors most prized by the central government. Pearson emphasizes difficulties the Chinese political system creates for local government responses to market failure, particularly the inability of local governments to accept firm failure as part of the innovation process, and also suggests that local entrepreneurs “adapt” to the possibility of local support for “false innovation” rather than true innovation.

Fair: Fellowships, Internships, and Research Experience (FIRE) Fair
When: Thursday, November 12 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center - Kasper Multipurpose Room
Sponsor: Dean of the College-Fellowships
The FIRE Fair showcases the many Fellowships, Internships, and Research Experiences available for Undergraduates at Brown. A range of awards and programs that provide funding, mentoring, and community of like-minded individuals will be represented. Come to the FIRE Fair to learn more about the unique ways these types of opportunities can help you make the most of your educational experience at Brown.


Symposium: Taiwan’s 2016 Elections and Changing Political Dynamic
When: Friday, November 6 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Smith-Buonanno, Room 106 (95 Cushing St.)
Who: Michael Fonte, Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party; Tony Liao, Taiwan's Central News Agency; Professor Xu Wenli, retired Watson Institute senior fellow; moderated by Kerry Smith, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Sponsor: Strait Talk
The 2015 Strait Talk Symposium will include a panel discussion that will explore Taiwan’s 2016 elections and the changing political dynamic. 



Competition: $10,000 Nuclear Weapons Game Design Competition
To submit: Submit online
Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015
Nuclear proliferation remains one of the most vexing and complex issues of our time. A new design competition is calling on innovators to save the world, in real life, by inspiring creative solutions and novel approaches that foster greater understanding of nuclear proliferation and its related safety and security challenges. Games for Change is looking for ideas for games that address the risk of nuclear weapons. The challenge invites anyone, anywhere, to conceptualize a game that will engage and educate players about the dynamics of nuclear weapons risk. No prior game design experience or subject matter expertise is required. You supply the idea, and we’ll design the game. The winning design idea receives a $10,000 cash prize! 

Conference: Clinton Global Initiative University New!
Conference Dates: April 1 - 3, 2016
Deadline: December 1, 2015
To apply: Apply online
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.  Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. This year's conference is held at UC Berkeley.


Internship: Middle East Institute Leadership Development
Deadline: Sunday, November 15 for Spring 2016
To apply: See application details
The Leadership Development Internship Program at the Middle East Institute is designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience at a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while developing professional skills with interns from all over the world.

Winter Internship: Social Enterprise and Micro-Entrepreneurship Internship 
Deadline: November 20th, 2015 by 5 p.m.
To apply: Apply online
Program Dates: December 27, 2015 - January 16, 2016
Interns learn how a social enterprise operates, examine the impact on the surrounding community, and gain a unique cultural experience. They play a key role in decisions and contributions that influence the progress and growth of the organization.  Interns complete projects that teach them how to work productively and professionally in small groups, while also managing individual assignments and gaining a sense of cultural awareness. The experience gained during this program enables students to think critically about community and economic development and to act responsibly on a global scale. 

Internship: City Internship's Global Internship Summer Program 
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Rolling deadline
The Global Internship Program operates in the world’s leading cities – London, New York, Los Angeles & Hong Kong – and provides an immersive and formative experience that is focused on enabling undergraduates and graduates to convert their skills, ambition and academic accomplishment to professional success. The program is structured around an eight week internship placement, with a leading employer in the student’s chosen field, which is complemented by a series of inclusive career seminars and workshops, guest speaker and networking events, social events and weekend excursions.

Internship: Environment America
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To apply: Apply online
Environment America is looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now. Interns learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win. They work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes and attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skills.


Scholarship: Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Deadline: November 20, 2015
Eligibility: Juniors
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Established by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors (at the time of application) who have outstanding leadership potential and intend to pursue careers in public service. This scholarship provides $30,000: $3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 for graduate study ($9,000 per year depending on the length of the scholar’s graduate degree program for up to three years). In addition to funding, the Truman involves a leadership week and a summer institute both of which give Truman scholars a chance to explore pressing policy and public service concerns as well develop connections and learn from each other.

Scholarship: Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship
Deadline: November 20, 2015
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Since 1960, the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York has offered two graduate scholarships annually to students of Scottish descent in order to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the United States. Saint Andrew’s Scholarships fund one year of study at any of the universities in Scotland. 

Scholarship: Critical Language Scholarship 
Deadline: November 23, 2015
Eligibility: US Citizens
To apply: Apply online

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. 

Fellowship: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program New!
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: December 4, 2015
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit educational organization in Washington dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Through research, publishing, convening, and on occasion, creating new institutions and international networks, the Endowment associates shape fresh policy approaches. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as paid research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates.

Research Assistant: Japanese Translation 
Deadline: Rolling until position is filled
To apply: Email John Garofano indicating interest
Are you fluent in Japanese? A historian who has found some very interesting documents in Japanese relating to major WWII operations is looking for someone to translate them. Compensation provided. 

Job: NYC Teaching Fellows 
Deadline: Priority Deadline: Thursday, December 3, 2015

To Apply: Apply online
The NYC Teaching Fellows program recruits and prepares a critical mass of exceptional teachers who are committed to a better future for the NYC students who need them the most. Fellows complete a master’s degree while teaching full-time in a public school, allowing for a direct transition into the classroom.  The master’s degree is subsidized by the NYC Department of Education, and Fellows earn a full teacher’s salary and benefits. Since 2000, the Fellows program has provided New York City students with thousands of talented new teachers. Today, Fellows work in 80 percent of New York City’s 1,800 public schools and represent 12 percent of the city’s active teaching force.

Job: Impact 
To Apply: Apply online
If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact. Impact is a nonprofit that runs action campaigns. We work in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy and our future.


Teaching: English Opens Doors Volunteer Program 
Deadline: November 29, 2015
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Must be 21 years or older
Program Dates: March 16, 2016 - July 25, 2016 
The English Opens Doors Program is seeking native and near-native English speaking volunteers to teach English under the supervision of Chilean teachers in public schools throughout Chile, working with students from 5th to 12th grade. 

Volunteer: Project Esperanza Volunteer Trips 
To apply: E-mail
Project Esperanza primarily serves the Haitian immigrant population of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. There are spots open for the winter break volunteer trip. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve, learn, see another part of the world, and have some fun, this is the trip for you!


Activist Training: Change Corps 
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Apply online
Change Corps is a salaried, one-year, full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they’ll know how to organize people to get change unstuck on the issues they’re passionate about and will have an opportunity to become part of a wave of new organizers who will keep pushing and prodding our country forward for years to come. For more information contact Lucy Sedgwick '11.


Publish: Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy
Deadline: Sunday, November 15, 2015
To Submit: See guidelines
The Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy is an international peer-reviewed journal published by American Research Institute for Policy Development. It publishes articles on contemporary world politics and the global political economy from a variety of methodologies and approaches. The journal seeks original manuscripts that provide theoretically informed empirical analyses of issues in international relations and international political economy, as well as original theoretical or conceptual analyses.

Publish: Brown University Urban Studies Journal 
Deadline: Rolling until February
To Submit: Email submissions
The Urban Studies Department is now accepting submissions for its 2016 Journal, open to all faculty and students in the Brown community. We encourage submitting any work that is inspired by or based on cities and issues related to the built environment. The work can take absolutely any form—academic research, journalism, creative writing, art, architectural & urban design work, GIS projects, etc. Authors are encouraged to submit early so written work can go through the editing process.

Publish: The Informal
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Submit: Send a 100-150 word pitch to We will get back to you in approximately 7 days. 
The Informal, a Brown-born online journal focusing on finding ways to explore the Middle East from an "informal" lens, is looking for submissions and social media editors! The Informal, since October 2015, has published a significant amount of articles (one of which is in consideration to be picked up by the NYTimes). It also provides a newsletter service and Twitter feed. @theinformalorg serves as a news source without an automated mechanism that posts any article related to the Middle East. A significant amount of articles are read by our team, filtered out for relevant content and then posted as links with a brief tweet summary. Please contact Deniz Cam if interested or have questions.