Nov 5, 2018

Pre-Registration begins TOMORROW!

Hi IR Concentrators,

Preregistration begins on Tuesday. Be sure to meet with your advisors, or come talk to me if you have any questions about course selection! Check the updated course list on the IR website!

Seniors: Actions are required for graduation! Please update your ASK course plan ASAP. See more in Announcements.

Some of our classmates from the Southeast Asian Studies Initiative (SEASI) have organized the 2018 Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, the first major event dedicated to Southeast Asian Studies at Brown, which will take place on Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm in the Kasper Multipurpose Room! SEASI, which was only founded a few years ago, aims to increase representation of Southeast Asia and its diasporas in Brown's academic life, build an intellectual community around Southeast Asia, and raise awareness for the study of the region. This symposium will bring together students, scholars, and practitioners from around New England to discuss establishing Southeast Asian Studies initiatives, Southeast Asian communities and activism in the area, and more! Read more in Events. 

As a reminder, don't forget to scroll all the way through the newsletter each week. Events, fellowship, internship, job, and publication opportunities are updated weekly!

Have a great week,

Isabela Karibjanian

  • Senior Graduation Requirements
  • Spring 2019 INTL courses! See a preview of Spring 2019 INTL courses.
  • Class of 2020: Honors Thesis Info Session - Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Kim Koo Library 
  • IR Student Spotlight form! Help us build an IR internship/experience database and learn more about your peers. See more in Announcements. 
  • Important dates! Pre-Registration for Spring 2019 courses will begin on Nov. 6! 



Library Workshops

Nov. 5
Citations Management with Zotero 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rockefeller Library 


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OIP Info Sessions

Nov. 5
Curricular Resource Center: (G)ISP Writing Workshops
6 p.m. - 8 p.m., CRC (Faunce 228)

Nov. 6
Curricular Resource Center: (G)ISP Writing Workshops
6 p.m. - 8 p.m., CRC (Faunce 228)

Nov. 7
Dublin, Ireland Summer Program 
4 p.m., Page-Robinson (JWW) 440

Nov. 13
Boren Scholarship 
12 p.m. and 4 p.m., Page-Robinson Hall, Room 411

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CareerLAB Events

Nov. 5
Don’t Forget to Breathe Workshop Series: Emotional Intelligence
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., CareerLAB

Yale Law School Information Session
5 p.m., CareerLAB

Nov. 7
How to Find and Fund an Internship
6 p.m. - 7 p.m., CareerLAB

Nov. 8
Effective Interviewing Workshop
12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CareerLAB

CRC-CareerLAB-FLi Center joint advising hours, repeats weekly (to Dec 6)
4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sciences Library 525

Nov. 9
Don’t Forget to Breathe Workshop Series: Meditation
12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CareerLAB


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Office Hours Week of 11/5-11/9


Anita Nester
Watson 125

Mon 9:30-11:30
Tue 1-3
Thu 1-3
Fri 12-2


Dr. Elliott
Watson 126

Mon 10:30-12
Thu 2-4
Fri 1-3 (walk-in)


Prof. Tannenwald (Security)
Watson 123

Mon 1-2:30
Fri 12:30-2

Prof. Putterman
(Pol Econ)

70 Waterman 301

Tue 11-11:50
Thu 11-11:50


Isabela Karibjanian
Watson IR Suite

Mon 9-10:50, 12-1:50
Tue 1:30-3:30
Wed 9-10:50
Thu 1:30-3:30
Fri 1-2:50


Seniors: Graduation Requirements
For SENIORS, graduating in Dec. 2018 or May 2019, these are the following REQUIRED tasks in the fall to prepare for GRADUATION: 

1. Update IR Concentration in ASK: Revise your IR concentration course plan based on changes you've made since sophomore year, including receiving written approval for any study abroad courses you are using for IR from Dr. Elliott on the IR Study Abroad form. Then, update and submit your course plan in ASK.
2. Capstone Catalog Entry: Once you have completed your capstone project either in the fall or spring, fill out the Capstone Catalog

3. Prior to graduation, fill out the Research, Internships, & Study Abroad (RISA) Form Questions? See Dr. Elliott's email, or the FAQ section on the IR Website.
Spring 2019 INTL Courses!
INTL Courses are now live on Courses @ Brown! See a full listing of the course offerings and faculty here, and check out the list of IR-approved courses for the Spring here

Class of 2020 Honors Thesis Info Session!
Interested in learning more about the IR honors thesis? Come to an info session on November 12 at 7 p.m. in the Kim Koo Library


Fill out the IR Student Spotlight form! 
Have you conducted research, participated in a conference, or held an internship related to IR? Share your story for the chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter. Fill out this quick IR Student Spotlight form, so we can all learn from each other's experiences!

Important Dates!

Mandatory Spring 2019 Pre-Registration begins Nov. 6 *TOMORROW*. Ends Nov. 13.
Deadline for submission of proposals for group independent study projects (GISPs) and independent study projects Nov. 9. For IR independent study projects, you must receive approval by the end of the fall semester. 



* RESCHEDULED * The Governor Frank Licht '38 Lecture with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts and a fighter for working people, serving since 2013. She is one of the nation’s top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle class families. Elizabeth is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Drawing on her experience successfully taking on the financial industry even in the face of fierce opposition from Wall Street and big corporations, Elizabeth has effectively fought to expose big banks, fraudulent lenders, and greedy for-profit colleges that have preyed on borrowers, students, members of the armed services, and taxpayers. Meanwhile, she’s helped lead the charge for tax policies that reward work, not wealth; for child care and paid leave laws that help working parents balance career and family; equal pay for women and fair treatment for all employees; new protections for homeowners and retirees; and measures to help consumers get a fair shake when they face powerful corporations. The Governor Frank Licht ’38 Lecture was established in 1987 by friends and family in memory of Rhode Island Governor Frank Licht, a 1938 Brown graduate. Sponsored by the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. Learn more

Wednesday, November 7
5 p.m. – 6 p.m., doors open 4:30 p.m.

De Ciccio Family Auditorium, Salomon Center for Teaching 101
Tickets are required and are available online here
Backpacks and large bags not allowed. Brown or government-issued ID required.


Candelaria Garay ─ Local Health Care Provision as a Territorial Power-Building Strategy in Argentina
Candelaria Garay is the Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Democracy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her research focuses on social policy, collective action, and party politics in Latin America. She received a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her book, Social Policy Expansion in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2016), characterizes and explains the recent expansion and cross-country variation in social policy programs (income transfers, pensions, and health-care services) to populations historically excluded from social protection in Latin America. Part of the Development and Governance Seminar Series. Learn more.

Wednesday, November 7
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
McKinney Conference Room

Thursday - Friday

James Forman, Jr. '88 ─ Locking Up Our Own

James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the 1970s and why it was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. A former public defender in Washington, D.C., Forman tells riveting stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants, and crime victims trapped in terrible dilemmas. Locking Up Our Own enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in this country. Locking Up Our Own won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Moderated by Adaner Usmani, Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute. Part of the Watson Distinguished Speakers Series. Learn more.

Thursday, November 8
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
85 Waterman Street, Room 130

Book signing to follow.

Student Meeting with James Forman Jr.
Join James Forman Jr. '88 for a student-only meeting to discuss his work and his time at Brown. James Forman Jr. is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He attended public schools in Detroit and New York City before graduating from the Atlanta Public Schools. After attending Brown University and Yale Law School, he worked as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. After clerking, he joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented both juveniles and adults charged with crimes. In 1997, along with David Domenici, he started the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school for dropouts and youth who had previously been arrested. A decade later, in 2007, Maya Angelou School expanded and agreed to run the school inside D.C.’s juvenile prison. At Yale Law School, where he has taught since 2011, Forman teaches Constitutional Law and a course called Race, Class, and Punishment. Last year he took his teaching behind prison walls, offering a seminar called Inside-Out Prison Exchange: Issues in Criminal Justice, which brought together, in the same classroom, 10 Yale Law students and 10 men incarcerated in a CT prison.

Friday, November 9
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

South Common Room
Registration required, register here. Limited to 25 students.


Warzones as Displacement in the Middle East: the Kurdish Case

Organized by Meltem Toksoz, visiting associate professor in Middle East studies and history, and Nazan Bedirhanoglu, visiting scholar in Middle East Studies. The ‘displaced’ marks our times both in origins and destinations. Forced movements across borders awash by conflict compel us to re-think displacement and re-settlement. This is particularly imminent in the case of the Middle East. This workshop aims at tackling only the particularity of the Kurdish warzones and its ripples in the Middle East and beyond. This workshop treats this warzone along Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran - ‘borders’ and zones of Kurdistan through the following questions and issues placed in 3 panels: Panel 1: 9.30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.  Displacement in the Middle East, Panel 2: 1:00 p.m.-3.30 p.m. People in the Warzones, and Panel 3: 4:00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. Roundtable: Warzone Scholarship and the Global Public. Sponsored by Middle East Studies. Learn more

Friday, November 9
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum
Registration is required. Please register here.


Southeast Asian Studies Symposium
As the first major event regarding Southeast Asian Studies at Brown, this one-day conference will focus on the state of Southeast Asian/American studies in the New England area, and the relationship between the academic study of Southeast Asia and local Southeast Asian American organizations, activists and practitioners. The aim of the event is to engage not only faculty, but also local university students and larger publics in the Providence area to discuss the above topics. In addition, we hope this event can launch a public discussion on the current and future state of academic representation of Southeast Asia at Brown, examine the importance of the region as an area for critical study, create a platform for students, scholars and practitioners at Brown and in the local community to begin to work together on common goals, and to bring together and celebrate the great and many Southeast Asian/American groups at Brown and in the wider Providence community. This symposium is organized by the Southeast Asian Studies Initiative (SEASI), an academic organization at Brown dedicated to increasing academic representation of the Southeast Asian region and its diasporas, in collaboration with the Vietnamese Students Association, Brown University Singaporean Society, and Filipino Alliance (FA). The symposium is sponsored by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the Community Building Fund, the History Department, the International Relations Program, UCS New Initiatives Fund, and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Learn more

Saturday, November 10th
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Kasper Multipurpose Room

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Conference: Korea-America Student Conference
Deadline: Rolling. Applications accepted until December 31.
Conference Dates: July 2019
To Apply: Apply online.
Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate and graduate students
The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) is a student-led, academic and cultural exchange program launched to build closer ties between young leaders in both countries. Each year, an equal number of students from the US and South Korea are competitively selected to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing US-South Korea relations while visiting four diverse regions in the host countries. While participating in roundtable discussions and cultural field trips, students will exchange perspectives on a number of timely sociopolitical issues and build lifelong friendships. This three-week long program, balancing professional development with cultural interchange, will be held in Korea and the U.S. in July 2019. Students from all academic backgrounds are welcome to apply, and no previous experience in Korean studies or Korean language is required. Learn more

Conference: Preparing Women to Lead: Women in Public Policy 
Deadline: November 29
Conference Dates: January 7-11, 2019
The public policy arena offers endless career opportunities, from government service to issue-based advocacy for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. College women will explore how to influence the policy issues they are passionate about and learn the range of professional opportunities and skills required to be successful.  Over the course of the seminar, students will network and learn from female leaders on Capitol Hill, the executive branch, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations. Scholarships for PLEN seminars are available and accepted on a rolling basis.  Learn more about scholarships and the conference


Scholarship: Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship
Deadline: November 16
To Apply: Apply through Fellowships@Brown
Eligibility: Seniors
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. Brown is invited to nominate one candidate to the national competition. Selection for an award is based on the applicant’s record of academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, leadership qualifications, financial need, employment, evidence of some Scottish descent, and personal objectives. Scholastic accomplishment is not the sole criterion for selection; all-around achievement, character, and indications of probable further development are also important factors. The Society expects applicants to be fine representatives of the U.S. Applicants should have a clear idea of a project which can be completed in one academic year.

Scholarship: Critical Language Scholarship
November 27, 8:00 p.m. Eastern
To Apply: Apply online 
Eligibility: US Citizens 
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.

Fellowship: Gaither Junior Fellows Program
Deadline: December 3 
To Apply: Apply through Fellowships@Brown
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.

Fellowship: Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program
Deadline: December 10
To Apply: Apply through Fellowships@Brown
Eligibility: Juniors
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. Brown can nominate four candidates for this scholarship each year. Criteria for selection are a strong desire to be a “change agent,” outstanding potential for leadership, and academic performance. The candidates are judged on the basis of analytical ability, leadership, communications skills, independence, initiative, sensitivity to others, demonstrated interest in government and/or community service, prospects of performing well in graduate school, and commitment to a career in public service. Authentic leadership and commitment to making a difference as well as an imaginative approach to conceiving of these things are desirable qualities for students interested in this award. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $30,000 for graduate or professional study. 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: Environment America
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Apply online
We know all about the damage we’re doing to the planet: climate change, plastic pollution, wildlife disappearing forever. But we also know we have solutions. That’s why our mission is to harness our country’s wealth, technology and imagination to make our communities, our country and our planet greener and healthier places to live for all of us. We are hiring aspiring environmental activists for our two-year fellowship program. Fellows work to mobilize support it takes to build more solar and wind power, reduce global warming pollution, protect our wildlife and wild places, and hold polluters accountable when they violate environmental laws. Fellows will build powerful coalitions, earn media attention, lobby elected officials, research and write reports, identify and cultivate donors, and run a grassroots campaign office during the summer. 

Travel Grant: Michael Bhatia Fund for Peace-keeping and Conflict Studies
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: UFunds
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. 

Travel Grant: IR Research and Travel Grant
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: UFunds
Eligibility: Undergraduate student concentrating in IR in good academic standing, and returning to study at Brown the following fall. Awards that support academic activities for IR students—for example, senior thesis research, research related to independent work, conference participation, internships, and special projects. Students must complete an online application, including resume, transcript, and personal statement, secure an internship that is unpaid or pays $1,000 or less (includes salary, housing, and transportation) if the application is for an internship, and complete post-award requirements. Questions about the application process should be directed to


Volunteer: Marina Orth Foundation English Volunteer Program
Deadline: Early December
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Students with a Spanish B1-level proficiency
The Marina Orth Foundation is an international education NGO with over 10 years of experience based in Medellin, Colombia. At the Foundation, we teach students STEM + H (science, technology, engineering, mathematics + humanities) leaderships skills and develop extracurricular activities that focus on English and robotics. We believe that, given the tools and skills needed to compete in the 21st century, children from socioeconomically vulnerable backgrounds can perform equally or better than graduates of the best schools in the world. The Foundation is looking for volunteer English teachers willing to work for a period of one year. English volunteers will be assigned to a school within the city of Medellin or the nearby town of El Carmen. They will co-teach English classes with the Foundation’s English teachers and run extracurricular English clubs. Volunteers receive support, accommodations, and a stipend from the Foundation in return for 40 hours of work per week. The language requirements for this position are English fluency or C1-level proficiency and Spanish B1-level proficiency. Contact Lina Ruiz, English Program Director ( or Joanna Moley, Volunteer Coordinator ( for more information. 


Job: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Deadline: October application window deadlines forthcoming! see all deadlines here
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Undergraduate and recent graduate students
This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. With a focus on data-driven policy making, Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem solving skills while helping make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans. The program has served as a springboard for previous Analysts’ careers. Graduates of the program have moved on to graduate school (Yale Law, Harvard Business, Columbia Economics), private industry (Amazon, Uber, Wells Fargo), and public sector opportunities (Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve Bank of New York). Questions? Email


Volunteer: Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Email expressing interest in volunteering
Eligibility: Undergraduate students
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, classroom aides, immigration and citizenship support, and refugee mentors.

Summer Study 

Internship/Academic Opportunity: Brown/Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) in Dublin: Contemporary Global Politics and Internship
Application Deadline: February 20, 2019
Approximate Program Dates: June 2 - August 3, 2019
Eligibility: Good academic standing and minimum 3.0 GPA 
Experience the rich history and culture of Ireland through the lens of an academic course and internship placement. This 9-week summer program, which consists of both a Contemporary Global Politics course taught by Trinity College Dublin faculty and a 6-week unpaid EUSA internship in a variety of disciplines, offers students an extraordinary opportunity to integrate into Irish life. The class earns 1 course unit/4 US credit hours and includes local excursions. A wide variety of internships are available in well-known companies in many industry sectors, as well as with smaller, innovative organizations. Students live in local residence halls and have many opportunities to explore Dublin. Learn more

Academic Opportunity: International University of Rabat (UIR) Summer School 
Location: Rabat, Morocco 
Application Deadline: April 26, 2019
Program Dates: July 1 - July 26, 2019
Eligibility: Undergraduate students
UIR's summer program has two components. The Summer Arabic Program aims to significantly increase students’ learning and fluency in MSA and enhance their ability to communicate with confidence. Classes in darija “Moroccan Spoken Arabic” are offered to help students with everyday interactions with locals on and off campus sites. Students will have opportunities to put their language skills to use through community services, workshop interactions, sports activities and class presentations. The Summer Arabic program includes 45 contact hours of MSA and 24 contact hours of darija. The second component is the MENA Area Studies Program, which aims to introduce international students to the region through a cross-cultural study of its history, society, literature and politics. Students make their course selection from the following areas: Street Ethnographies: Narrating the City, History of the Arab World, Moorish Art and Islamic Architecture, and International Politics of the Mediterranean and the Maghreb. Learn more on the UIR website, and check out this flyer




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