April 25, 2016

Hey there IR concentrators--

Welcome to last week of classes!! The sun is coming out slowly but surely and another beautiful spring is upon us in Providence. Get out there and enjoy the weather while you prep for finals!

The final deadline for the Riccio Prize has been extended through this Friday, April 29th. If you think you have strongly pursued foreign language and study abroad at Brown, nominate yourself today! One $300 prize will be awarded.

-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

 P.S. Don't forget pre-registration for Fall 2016 begins today!
Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Next deadline 5/15
  • Riccio Prize: Deadline FRIDAY!!
  • IR Honors Conference: May 5, Save the Date!
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Fulbright
  • Mark Your Calendars


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Student Opportunities



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Next Meeting 4/26
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First Steps Study Abroad
Tuesday, April 26 at 12pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440


Intro to Network
Analysis with Gephi

Tues, April 26 at 3pm
Rockefeller Library, Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL)
Registration required
Weds, April 27 at 12pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required

Weds, April 27 at 12pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required


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Office Hours 
4/25 - 4/29
Fri............10-12 (10-minute 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!


SENIORS: Graduation Deadlines!

May 15 Capstone Catalog on IR Website
Students must submit a capstone catalog entry to graduate in IR. 

Save the Date--IR Honors Conference!
When: Thursday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Don't miss the IR Honors Conference on May 5th at 4p.m. Come support your fellow concentrators as they present their thesis work! This is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of what an IR thesis entails if you're interested in taking on the task in the future. All are welcome, regardless of grade level or concentration.

SENIORS: Deadline Extended!
Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: April 29, 2016
Awarded to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. See Opportunities.

Fellowship Events
4/28, 5/10: Fulbright Getting Started Workshops Thursday!
Download the full schedule.


Mark your Calendars!
4/25 - 5/2: Registration for Fall 2016 Begins Today!
4-29 - 5/10: Reading Period Friday!
5/11 - 5/20: Final Exam Period


Watson Events

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Featured Events


Skype Lecture: Ambassador Samantha Power
When: Monday, April 25 from 6:40 to 7:10
Where: Joukwosky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Sponsor: IR Program
Come hear from Ambassador Samantha Power as she skypes in to Professor David Rohde's IR seminar: Richard Holbrooke and the Rise and Fall of American Power.


Lecture: Amazon Crude
When: Tuesday, April 26 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Judith Kimerling, Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, CUNY Queens
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Andean Project
Professor Kimerling addresses the topic of oil contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon region and efforts to bring those responsible to justice. In 1989, Professor Kimerling moved to Ecuador and worked with indigenous organizations in the Amazon Rainforest to document the environmental and social impacts of oil development there. Her findings and photographs first placed concerns about the impact of oil production on indigenous peoples and the environment in tropical forests on the international environmental and human rights policy agendas. Her book "Amazon Crude" was called “the Silent Spring of Ecuador” by The New York Times. In the U.S., it prompted a groundbreaking class action lawsuit, Aguinda v. Texaco, Inc., which led to related proceedings in Ecuador and other fora that raise many issues of importance to legal scholars and practitioners around the world. Refreshments provided.


Lecture: Central Banks, Digital Currencies, and Systemic Risk
When: Wednesday, April 27 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Simon Johnson, Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management
Sponsors: Frederic B. Garonzik '64 Lecture Series on International Economics and Finance, Watson Institute Labor and Economy Seminar
Simon Johnson is the head of the Global Economics and Management group, a member of the Executive Personnel Committee, and chair of the Sloan Fellows MBA Program Committee. He cofounded and currently leads the popular Global Entrepreneurship Lab (GLAB) course, working with startup companies around the world. Johnson is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., a co-founder of, and a member since inception of the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. 

Performance: Ghanaian Drumming and Dance Concert
When: Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
Where: Grant Recital Hall, corner of Hope St. & Young Orchard St.
Sponsor: Music Department
Join the Department of Music for our Ghanaian Drumming and Dance Concert with Director Kwaku kwaakye Obeng Martin!


Lecture: An East-West Divide on Europe’s Migrant Crisis: Responses and Narratives
When: Thursday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Jacques Rupnik, Centre de Recherches Internationale (CERI) at Sciences Po, France and Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Sponsors: Association of Central and Eastern European Students, Brown University; co-sponsored by Slavic Studies, Middle East Studies, and Anthropology
Europe is facing today an internal crisis combined with an external crisis: the simultaneous implosion of its neighborhoods, East and South. The migrations wave of unprecedented scale revealed different perceptions, responses and divides within the EU. It also prompted a debate about its implications for security (after Paris and Brussels) and the capacity of European societies to integrate migrants of non-european background. Beyond the humanitarian response the migration wave has become a catalyst for the re-definition of the European project.

Lecture: The Role of Transitional Justice in the Colombian Peace Process
When: Thursday, April 28 at 5 p.m.
Where: Kassar House, Foxboro Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Lecture by Jamie Rowen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Panel Discussion: Why We Refuse: Conscientious Objectors & the Israeli Occupation
When: Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Barus & Holly 166
Sponsors: Students for Justice in Palestine, Refuser Solidarity Network, American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace
Two Israelis, Khaled Farrag and Yasmin Yablonko, disucss their refusal to serve Israel's Defense Forces. Khaled works with Urfod, an organization that provides support to Druze refusers, and Yasmin is active in the Israeli refuser community. In addition to discussing his reasons for refusing military service, Khaled talks about Druze history and discusses the ways internal Israeli politics impact his community. Yasmin talks about the refusal movement in Israel both past and present, and about the effects of militarism and mandatory military service on Israeli society. Yasmin also discusses her work with Mesarvot, a newly founded coalition of refuser groups supported by both AFSC and Refuser Solidarity Network.


Lecture: India's Muslims Since Independence
When: Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Brown-India Initiative, OP Jindal Distinguished Lecture
Salman Khurshid is an Indian politician, lawyer, and writer. He became the Union Minister of State with Independent Charge of Corporate Affairs and Minority Affairs in the Government of India. Subsequently he was elevated to Cabinet Minister first of Water Resources with Minority Affairs; then Law & Justice and finally Foreign Minister of India. Mr. Khurshid has been the President of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee twice. He was also the President of the Delhi Public School Society and Dr. Zakir Husain Study Circle. He is the author of the play Sons of Babur (2008) published by Rupa & Co., which has been staged, (over 25 performances) with Tom Alter in the lead role.The series was endowed in perpetuity by Sajjan and Sangita Jindal to promote a serious discussion of politics, economics, social and cultural change in modern India.

Lecture: Ukraine and Russia in a Fracturing Europe
When: Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Timothy Snyder,  Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of central and eastern Europe
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Security Seminar Series, European Politics Series
Mr. Snyder received his B.A. from Brown University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a British Marshall cholar at BalliolCollege. He has also held fellowships in Paris, Warsaw, and at Harvard, where he was an Academy Scholar. A frequent guest at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, he has spent about ten years in Europe. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Among his publications are five award-winning books, all of which have been translated:



Prize: Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations 
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016
Awarded in memory of Anthony Brian Riccio, Brown Class of 1996, who lost his life in Moscow on September 20, 1994, to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. Applicants must submit a personal statement justifying their nomination, a written faculty recommendation from Brown, and any pertinent supporting materials. One $300 prize awarded.


Forum: Young Diplomats Forum 2016
When: July 11 - 15, 2016
Where: London, United Kingdom
To apply: Submit a personal statement no more than 500 words and a current CV via email to:
Young Diplomats Forum is a global gathering of diplomats and aspiring diplomats below the age of 35. Past participants have come from more than 150 countries.  The number of delegates for each edition is limited to 75. Participants meet other diplomats, ambassadors, ministers, members of the parliament, government's officials, journalists, academics, and diplomacy experts to discuss different perspectives of global events.


Internship: Brown Presidential Internship
Where: Providence, RI
To apply: Apply through the JIB
Deadline: Rolling
Three interns will be exposed to the breadth of the major functions of the university and will be assigned to specific projects and provided with rotating placements with at least two individual departments over the course of the summer. Areas of exposure may include proposal writing, events planning, special initiative program planning, web and print communications and publications and benchmarking and performance metrics. Students will also participate in programs offered as part of the "iProv" summer internship program of the Swearer Center for Public Service and CareerLAB. Appropriate mentors from within the senior administration will also be available to support this activity. At the end of the summer, each intern will provide a brief report on the outcomes of their summer experience and reflections on their learning and connections with their course of study and future career plans. 

Internship: Savantas Liberal Arts Academy (SLAA) English Teacher
Where: Hong Kong
To apply: Submit your resume, a writing sample, and a short cover letter to
Deadline: Rolling deadline
Savantas Liberal Arts Academy (SLAA) is the education arm of the Savantas Policy Institute, a think tank that specializes in policies supporting Hong Kong's transformation into a knowledge-based economy. This summer, SLAA will be offering a five-week English program for secondary school students. Students will be recruited from local schools and come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We are seeking two (2) English Teacher interns to work alongside our full-time staff to run the English classes this summer. The intern will be responsible for designing lesson plans, teaching sessions, grading assignments, and providing personalized help to students outside class. The intern will be given a great amount of freedom and is encouraged to incorporate his/her academic interests into the curriculum. The internship is paid. The amount of pay will be determined according to experience and education level. 
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.


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.

Job: Indonesian Language Teacher New!
To apply: Email resume to
Deadline: Rolling, to be filled ASAP
Looking for a native Indonesian speaker with teaching experience for a 182 hour freelance contract, teaching remedial-level Indonesian for one US Navy employee. Lessons will be held at a public / private office space within 10 miles of downtown Providence, beginning July 1 and ending August 8, 2016. Classes held Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day comprised of 7 training hours and a 1 hour lunch, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The job requires 30 hours of instruction per week – 7 hours of classes per day. Materials will be provided for the teacher and student. Pay: $4,550 to $5,460 pay for 182 hours (negotiable depending on experience).


Nonprofit Positions: Student Language Exchange New!
To apply: Email indicating your interest
Deadline: Rolling until filled
SLE facilitates peer-to-peer language-learning programs on college campuses nationwide, and our central planning team is at Brown. We are looking for students passionate about foreign language and culture that are interested in being involved in SLE. We have a few open positions: (1) Storytellers: We need contributors to our online blog, The Examiner. This opportunity is great for students that love to write and would be willing to blog about language learning, other cultures, their experiences as an international student in the United States, or anything else related to world news. (2) Director of Media: We need someone to spearhead the promotion of SLE on social media, through monthly newsletters, and on our blog. This position is perfect for someone interested in media who would be good at designating tasks to Storytellers and our Director of Social Media. (3) Director of Strategy: We are looking for someone who wants to think about the bigger picture of SLE. We are going through a transformational phase right now, and we’d love someone to contribute fresh ideas for how to attract new campuses to SLE and how to more effectively promote language learning.

Volunteer: VE Global in Santiago, Chile
To apply: Apply online
VE Global selects and recruits volunteers from all over the world to participate in its volunteer program in Santiago de Chile. VE Global works with children’s shelters, community centers and a school for children with special needs. VE Global is committed to selecting candidates that are passionate and responsible, with a strong desire to change outcomes for children at social risk.

Volunteer: Armenian Volunteer Corps 
To apply: Apply online
AVC's Volunteer Corps invites volunteers 21 years of age and older, of all backgrounds from across the globe, to volunteer in Armenia for a minimum stay of one month to a maximum of one year, to serve in a job placement of their own choosing. Placements are available year-round in a wide variety of sectors and organizations, including business, education, environmental sciences, arts and culture, finance, health, governmental and non-governmental agencies. In addition to placements, AVC provides all logistical support from airport pick-up, to host-family living arrangements, Armenian language classes, and more.

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. 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!


Summer Program: GWU U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era
Program Dates: July 11-23 
Where: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Deadline: May 1, 2016
To apply: Apply online
Held in the heart of Washington DC, these dynamic two-week seminars are ideal for students and professionals from around the world who wish to learn more about how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, the history that informs it, the political culture that sustains it, the ideas and interests that drive it, and the people and institutions responsible for its implementation.The U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era seminars will be especially attractive to those interested in political science, international relations, American studies, area studies, public policy or public administration, journalism, and business.

Summer Course: Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Belgrade, Serbia
Program Dates: May 30-July 9
Where: Belgrade, Serbia
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: See application details 
Hone your ethnographic sensibility through sensorium training methods developed in visual arts, performance, music and mindfulness. Break your perceptual habits and develop acute receptivity to the nuances of the ways people move and interact, use things and spaces, organize their time, mix smells and tastes, sit in a bus, or hail a taxi. Become a sensitive instrument for registering surprises and noting patterns in order to ultimately transpose them into ethnographic writing, film, photography, sound, or performance. In its second year, the Field School is aimed at anthropologists and other social scientists who want to develop their ethnographic sensibility with the particular focus on non-verbal, embodied patterns of everyday life, artists who want to explore the convergences between ethnographic and artistic training, and designers, architects, urban-planners and others interested in engaging with their practice in a culturally sensitive way. This is a highly innovative and unique intensive field training in cross-cultural communication not offered anywhere else. Accommodation in hostel and local families.

Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: July 1 for Fall 2016
To Apply: Apply online
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.

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. Various locations.


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. 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.