Nov. 7, 2016

Hey IR concentrators!

This Friday, November 11, is Veteran's Day. We thank all of those individuals who have served or currently serve in the US armed forces for their service and sacrifice.

Whether you are in the midst of a second round of midterms, or starting to think about final paper topics for your classes, this is a busy time of the semester. Don't forget that the pre-registration period for Spring 2017 ends tomorrow --if you haven't registered for classes yet, make sure you do that. You can find all the IR course offerings here on the website, and you can also refer to last week's newsletter for a list of all INTL seminars being offered next semester with short descriptions.

Seniors, your time is running out for senior revisions! Please come in to do those ASAP.

Stay warm!

IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Office Hours: This week Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • Senior Revisions: Complete ASAP!
  • Spring 2017 Courses: Pre-registration ends tomorrow!
  • Watson Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Looking for an IR Junior
  • Grad Programs in International Affairs: Info session Wed at noon
  • International Journalism Course With Trip to Cuba: deadline extended
  • Important Dates: 11/8, 11/23, 11/28


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(next meeting tomorrow!)
Watson Institute Room 112 
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Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m.
Macmillan 115

Nov. 8 -Study Abroad 101 General Info Session (12 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Nov. 8 -Brown in France Info Session (4 p.m. JWW Room 440)
Nov. 8 -Critical Language Scholarship Info Session (12 p.m. JWW Room 420)
Nov. 11 -Critical Language Scholarship Info Session (12 p.m. JWW Room 420)
Nov. 15 -Critical Language Scholarship Info Session (4 p.m. JWW Room 420)

*register online here
Nov. 7 -Introduction to Social Sciences Research Resources (2 p.m. Digital Scholarship Lab, first floor of the Rock)
Nov. 8 -Introduction to Statistics with Stata (3 p.m. Digital Scholarship Lab, first floor of the Rock)


Concentration Advisor Office Hours
Week of 11/7
Make an appointment.
*Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!

Student Assistant Office Hours
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All 7th semester seniors are required to revise their concentration forms and meet with Dr. Elliott to update their information by the end of this semester. You do not need to have completed all of the requirements in order to go through this process. Here’s how:

1) ASK -Update (but don't submit) your course plan in ASK. This will show which requirements are remaining for graduation.

2) IR Concentration Form -Complete and print the Cocentration Form with information about study abroad, independent study, and internships. 

3) Concentration Advisor -Make an appointment or come to Friday Express Hours with Dr. Elliott to obtain final approval. The process takes 10 minutes max! Be sure to bring a printed copy of your Concentration Form.

Spring 2017 Courses
The list of Spring 2017 courses that fulfill IR core, track, methods, and capstone requirements is on the website! Don't forget that pre-registration ends tomorrow!

A Chance To Be On the Watson Institute's Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Watson Institute is seeking student membership for the 2016-17 academic year. Already constituted of eight faculty and staff and one undergraduate, the committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month from now through June. Inclusion at the Watson Institute means, among many other things, the involvement of student voices. The Committee seeks one member from each of the Institute's undergraduate programs -- IR, DS, and Public Policy -- to begin at the next meeting on November 15 at 2 p.m. in the Institute's Kim Koo Library. If you are interested, please send a one-two page explanation of why you would like to participate on the committee to

Grad Programs in International Affairs Info Session
If you are interested in pursuing graduate level studies in international affairs, don't miss this invaluable info session where Kristen Zecchi, Senior Associate Director of the Master of International Business Program at Tufts, will offer a comparative perspective on the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and other options for graduate programs in IR. See the flyer for more information! Wednesday at 12 p.m.!

Deadline For International Journalism Course With Trip To Cuba Extended
Prof. Kinzer international journalism course for 10 seniors and juniors will give you hands on experience with a one-week reporting trip to Cuba over Spring Break. The extended application deadline is November 11!
Mark your Calendars!
11/8: Pre-registration for Spring 2017 ends at 5 p.m. ($15 fee for failure to pre-register) Tomorrow!
11/23: Thanksgiving Recess begins at 12 p.m.
11/28: Classes resume



Watson Events

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Featured Events

Election Night: Election Night Panel and Watch Party
When: Tuesday, November 8 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute Lobby (111 Thayer St.)
Who:Rose McDermott, Professor of International Relations at Brown University; Richard Arenberg, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University; moderated by Edward Steinfeld, Director of the Watson Institute and Professor of Political Science at Brown University
Sponsor: Watson Institute

Join students, faculty and staff at the Watson Institute for an Election Night Watch Party. A faculty panel will kick off the night with a preview of which states to watch, early voting trends, and what we might expect to see happen. Following the panel, multiple screens will be showing election night coverage in the lobby. Faculty panel at 7 p.m., followed by a reception & watch party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Watson Director Edward Steinfeld, and feature commentary by Professors Rose McDermott and Richard Arenberg. Brown ID required!


Info Session: Info Session on Graduate Programs in International Affairs
When: Wednesday, November 9 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Kristen F. Zecchi, Senior Associate Director of the Master of International Business Program at Tufts
Sponsor: Brown University International Relations Program and the Fletcher School at Tufts University
Kristen Zecchi will offer a comparative perspective on the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and other options for graduate programs in international affairs.


Conference: Medicine and Public Health in Africa: Past, Present, and Future
When: Friday, November 11 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Beth Baron, CCNY and CUNY Graduate CenterNitsan Chorev, Brown UniversitySarah Cook Runcie, Columbia UniversitySherine Hamdy, Brown UniversityMatthew Heaton, Virginia TechJennifer Johnson, Brown UniversityMark Lurie, Brown UniversityRandall Packard, Johns Hopkins UniversityJessica Pearson, Macalester CollegeDaniel Smith, Brown UniversityJames Webb, Colby College
Sponsor: Africa Initiative, the Department of History, Africana Studies
The conference will center on a discussion of public health and medicine in Africa by the esteemed panelists.

Teach In: Teach In On Indonesian Politics and History
When: Friday, November 11 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Joshua Oppenheimer, DirectorStephen Kinzer, Watson Institute Senior Fellow, Doreen Lee, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northeastern University
Sponsor: Co-sponsored by The Cogut Center for the Humanities-Humanities Initiative, The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Salomon Curricular Grant, Comparative Literature, MCM, The Office of Institutional Diversity, The Office of Global Engagement, Asian/Asian American Heritage Series

Public screenings of Oppenheimer's Academy-Award nominated films, The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence will be held on Thursday, November 10 in the Martinos Auditorium at the Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street starting at 2 p.m. Contact with any questions.



Conference: 2016 Model Arab League Conferences
Conference Dates: Multiple dates, see conference list for desired dates.
To Register: Register online
Each academic year, thousands of students participate in Model Arab Leagues across the United States and the world. Through participation in the Model Arab League programs, students develop essential skills from leadership and public speaking to critical thinking and writing, while also gaining practical, immediate knowledge about a critical region – the Middle East and the Arab world. 

Summer School: Security and Society Summer School
Dates: May 27 - July 7
To Apply: Apply online
Deadline: March 15
This six-week summer school takes a broad but intensive look at traditional and contemporary security issues. Using Poland and Central Europe as case studies, students will gain a new perspective on global issues. Summer 2017 courses will address security, cyber-security, history, criminal justice, urban planning, elites, identity/diversity/tolerance, and Jewish studies.

Course: INTL 1802W: Seminar and reporting trip to Cuba 
Deadline: Extended to November 11
To apply: Download application here
Eligibility: Limited to 10 Juniors and Seniors; completion of HISP0600 or 3rd year proficiency equivalent required.
This is an advanced seminar taught in the Spring by former NYT foreign correspondent, Prof Stephen Kinzer. Includes a week-long, intensive reporting trip to Cuba over Spring Break. Learn to act as a foreign correspondent reporting on a topic of your choice. It's a great opportunity to get real world experience in international journalism!


Spring Internship: Middle East Institute Leadership Development
Deadline: November 15 for Spring 2017
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 21
To apply: Apply online
Interns learn how a social enterprise operates, examine the impact on the surrounding community, and gain a unique cultural experience. 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.

Winter (and Spring, Summer, and Fall) Internship: Foundation for Sustainable Development Winter Programs in Africa, Latin America, and India
Deadline: See different deadlines for winter, spring, summer, and fall session here. Winter session late application deadline: December 1
To apply: Apply online
Winter programs are intense, immersive programs for students and young professionals looking to gain international development experience and training. The internship involves home-stays with host-families, an on-site orientation, development training, grant-writing, and ultimately project implementation to ensure that the work makes a lasting impact on you and the community you serve.

Fall and Spring Internship: Naval War College Internship
November 25
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: US Citizens; IR, DS or Public Policy concentrators
All academic internships at the Naval War Academy are volunteer experiences. Regretfully, no funding is available. Interns should have availability in their schedules to complete internships which consist of at least 100 hours of volunteer time; this means at least one full day or two half days per week. with any questions.

Fall and Spring Internship: Fall 2016 Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to Grace Mahoney, Intern Coordinator
The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) runs a small, highly selective internship program for students interested in gaining first-hand experience in public policy research in domestic and international affairs. Over the course of 15 weeks interns will work independently and in teams to research and analyze global policy trends in think tanks. Interns volunteer a minimum of 8-10 hours a week and attend mandatory weekly intern meetings from 3-5pm on Fridays. Virtual internship available for students with the ability to multi-task, work independently, and a proven track research record.

Fall 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.


Scholarship: Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship
Deadline: November 16
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 16, 2016
Eligibility: US Citizens
To apply: Apply online
The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Travel Grant: Middle East Studies Research Travel Award
Deadline: November 21
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Undergraduates
The Middle East Studies Program is awarding $600 to undergraduates who want to travel to the region to conduct research. IR concentrators who apply for the grant must be working closely with an MES faculty member or someone on the MES Faculty Executive Committee who supports their application and have confirmation from their concentration advisor that they have a predominantly Middle East research focus.

Scholarship: Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Deadline: December 5
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.

Fellowship: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program
Deadline: December 12
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: Seniors

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at 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. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results. Through research, publishing, convening, and on occasion, creating new institutions and international networks, the Endowment associates shape fresh policy approaches. Their interests span geographic regions and the relations among governments, business, international organizations and civil society, focusing on the economic, political, and technological forces driving global change. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Carnegie Endowment’s senior associates.

Research funding: Michael Bhatia Fund for Peacekeeping and Conflict Studies
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Log into UFunds and submit application
Eligibility: IR concentrator doing work for IR concentration credit
Established in memory of Michael Vinay Bhatia '99, who died in May 2008 in Afghanistan, where he was working as a social scientist in consultation with the U.S. military, the Fund underwrites field work, study abroad, or thesis research by IR concentrators working on peace-keeping and conflict studies. It is awarded to a student who, like Michael Bhatia '99, hopes to deepen his/her understanding of a region or culture by traveling and studying there, with the ultimate goal of helping to promote cross-cultural understanding that might end or avert violence or military conflict.


Volunteer Opportunity: Global Youth Connect South Africa
Deadline: Check website for updates
To Apply: Apply online

This delegation is a collaboration between Global Youth Connect and Inkululeko - a nonprofit that works with young people in Grahamstown, South Africa helping them finish high school and move onto university or to gain a skill set so they can be gainfully employed upon graduation. GYC Delegates will be woven into projects within Inkululeko where they will learn about sustainable development, the strides being made by one organization to make education more equitable for Grahamstown residents and engage in conversation about promoting human rights through education. GYC delegates will work alongside young people who live in Grahamstown on volunteer projects and will see, firsthand, what efforts are being made to push the community forward. This delegation is open to college age students from around the world.

Job: Impact
Deadline: Rolling
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.

Volunteer Opportunity: Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Email expressing interest in volunteering
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) welcomes immigrants and refugees who are working to overcome cultural, educational, economic and language barriers, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency and to participate actively in their communities. Volunteers play a critical role at Dorcas, providing the individual attention the program participants require to succeed. Dorcas is always looking for new volunteers to work as  tutors, class room aides, immigration and citizenship support, and refugee mentors.

Volunteer Opportunity: English Open Doors Program
Deadline: November 20 (for Spring '17, for other dates follow this link)
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors (see more details here)
This is a fee-free volunteer opportunity with the English Opens Doors Program (EODP)’s Volunteer Initiative, implemented by the Chilean Ministry of Education, and supported by the United Nations Development Program. The English Opens Doors Program’s mission is to increase the English proficiency of Chilean students and English teachers, an essential skill in aiding Chile’s continued development in our increasingly globalized world. The program is seeking motivated volunteers to serve as English teaching assistants in public middle schools and high schools throughout Chile, helping students develop their listening and speaking skills, as well as encouraging bilingualism and cultural exchange in the context of a government-run, United Nations sponsored initiative. Volunteers of the English Opens Doors Program gain real-world experience living and working abroad while learning (or improving) their Spanish-language abilities, and getting the chance to know an incredible country with a wealth of cultural and historical traditions and geographic diversity.

Volunteer Opportunity: Project Esperanza Volunteer Trips
Deadline: Rolling
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. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve, improve your language skills, and see another part of the world, this is the trip for you!


Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: January 12 (for Spring '17)
To Apply: Apply online
START offers a fully online, open enrollment Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis through the University of Maryland's Graduate School. START's Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics, and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. Participants also develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism.

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