Oct. 19, 2015

Hi IR concentrators,

Nothing major to announce this week. 
Seniors: don't forget you have to come in to revise your concentration before Friday, December 4, 2015. Do it early so you aren't stuck without an appointment when office hours get hectic!

Hope midterms are going well!
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • SENIORS: Revisions--Do it Now!
  • OFFICE HOURS: Fall 2015 Office Hours
  • DUG EVENT: Take a Break from Midterms this Tuesday!
  • SCUSA: Application Due Today!


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities

Weekly meetings 
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
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Intro to GIS (QGIS)
Monday, Oct. 19, 2pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required

Advanced Searching in the Social Sciences
Monday, Oct. 19, 5 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center


Brown +1
Monday, Oct. 19, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown in Spain
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown in Oxford
and Cambridge

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Thursday, Oct. 22, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

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Seniors - Revise Concentration Forms to Graduate- Now!
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 10/19
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!


Midterms Got You Down? Take a Break with the IR DUG! TUESDAY!
When: Tuesday, October 20 at 12 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, Room 204
Join the DUG for apple cider, donuts, and dessert! Check out the event on Facebook

 See Student Opportunities section.


Mark your Calendars!
11/3: Pre-registration for Spring 2016 begins
11/6: Deadline for GISP proposals for Spring 2016
11/10: Pre-registration for Spring 2016 ends



Watson Events

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Featured Events
Lecture: Gendered Projections: Female Bodies, Sacrifice, and Rural Film Practices in the People's Republic of China
When: Monday, October 19 at 12 p.m.
Where: Peter Green House (79 Brown St.)
Who: Tina Chen, Professor of History, University of Manitoba
Sponsor: East Asian Studies
Transnational Gender and Media Lecture Series. Lunch provided.

Book Talk: Show Time: The Logic and Power of Violent Display
When: Monday, October 19 at 4 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Lee Ann Fujii, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Security Seminar Series
What explains violent display? Collective, coordinated efforts to stage violence for effect. Fujii's book examines instances of violent display from diverse contexts: the Bosnian war, the Rwandan genocide, and the Jim Crow south. Fujii argues that the power of violent display is its ability to pull all comers into the show, by offering a role to everyone and everyone to a role. These displays rewrite known categories, reorder existing hierarchies, and establish violence as the basis for claiming membership in the dominant group. The book is based on primary sources, interviews, newspapers, and memoirs.

Info Session: Royce Fellowship
When: Monday, October 19 at 4 p.m.
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Memorial Lounge (Room 229)
Sponsor: Royce Society
Discussion includes an overview of the Royce Fellowship, appropriate research or applied projects, the application and selection process. 

Lecture: "Hear/Here Now Aimé Césaire"
When: Monday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Rochambeau House (84 Prospect St.)
Who: Gary Wilder, Associate Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York
Sponsor: French Studies
Gary Wilder the Director of CUNY’s Committee on Globalization and Social Change. He is the author of The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism Between the Two World Wars. His most recent book is Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World.

Info Session: Change Corps
When: Monday, October 19 at 8 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB Library (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Learn more about Change Corps, get an idea of how you could fit in, and review the details of the job: salary and benefits, qualifications, and the application process. Internship opportunities are also discussed. See Student Opportunities.


Study Break: Take a Break from Midterms with the IR DUG
When: Tuesday, October 20 at 12 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, Room 204
Sponsor: IR DUG
Overwhelmed by midterms? Like dessert? Join the IR DUG for a Midterm Study Break featuring apple cider, donuts, and pie!! Join the event on Facebook!

Book Talk: Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture
When: Tuesday, October 20 at 4 p.m.

Where: Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Smadar Lavie, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Critical Theory, University of California Davis
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Middle East Studies
Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture posits a model of state bureaucracy that operates by theological decree. In this system, the categories of religion, gender, and race become the ironclad rubric used to sort citizens into binaries: Jews versus Goyim, rich versus poor, Men versus Women, White versus Black. The Book explores the relationship between social protest movements in the State of Israel, violence in Gaza, protest movements in the surrounding Islamic World, and the possibility of a nuclear conflict between Israel and Iran. Wrapped in the Flag of Israel is also an auto-ethnography, detailing Smadar Lavie’s life as a welfare mother and her leadership in Ahoti, Israel’s first Feminist of Color movement. Lavie reveals how bureaucratic entanglements lead directly to pain, or what arguably can be seen as torture. Lavie uncovers the conundrum of loving and staying loyal to a state that uses its bureaucratic system to repeatedly inflict pain on its non-European majority.

Info Session: Navigating the Federal Job Market: An Insider's View
When: Wednesday, October 21 at 12 p.m. 
Where: Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, Seminar Room (67 George St.)
Dave Noble, Deputy Director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House
Sponsor: Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions
Dave Noble is currently Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Presidential Personnel Office. He previously served as a Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, and White House Liaison and Deputy Chief of Staff at NASA. Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Noble was the Director of the LGBT Vote in 2008 for Organizing for America. 

Info Session: Go Government Webinar Series: Federal Resume 101
When: Wednesday, October 21 at 2 p.m. 
Where: Watson Institute, Birkelund Board Room (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
A strong resume is a key element in landing a job, and it’s no different when trying to enter the government. However, federal positions require a more lengthy and detailed resume than most employers do. Learn what elements need to be included, what prior experience should be highlighted and tools you can use to determine additional skills you may need for a certain job. Space is limited and registration is required. 

Workshop: Getting Started: An Alumni Film Showcase/Workshop
When: Thursday, October 22 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: Watson Institute
"Getting Started" brings to campus Brown alumni who are pursuing socially engaged documentary work through different career paths. Beginning with a Wednesday evening screening of Brian Palmer's Iraq War documentary feature Full Disclosure (2009), this event continues through Thursday with a keynote address by Brian Palmer, and screenings and presentations from young alumni. As interest in multi-media story-telling, engaged scholarship and documentary work flourishes on campus, we have asked the participants “what would it have helped you, as an undergraduate, to hear from a recent graduate about getting started in film-making beyond Brown?” See the full schedule

Workshop: Truman Scholarship Essay Writing
When: Thursday, October 22 at 12 p.m.
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Memorial Lounge (Room 229)
Sponsor: Dean of the College-Fellowships
The workshop is for students who plan to submit an application for the Truman Scholarship on the November 20th campus deadline. Students must bring 5 copies of a rough draft of their response to questions #7, #9, and the policy proposal. See Student Opportunities.


Conference: Democracy in Africa
When: Friday, October 23 from 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 24 from 8:45 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Africa Initiative
How far has Africa gone in terms of promoting and developing democratic institutions? How do the discourses on democracy and practice of democracy differ in Africa? What are the challenges and prospects of democratic process in the region? How can democratic institutions and processes - elections, party systems, parliament and judiciary be improved upon in Africa? What is the link between democracy and development? These are some of the issues to be addressed by the conference. Registration by email required.



Conference: 2015 Student Council on US Affairs (SCUSA) DUE TODAY!
Conference Dates: November 4 - 7, 2015
Deadline: TODAY Monday, October 19, 2015
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Want to hobnob with key policy makers? Like to discuss solutions to global challenges? The Student Conference on US Affairs is one of the most prestigious conferences of its kind. This is an annual four day conference hosted at The United States Military Academy at West Point. The purpose of this world-class conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive discussion between civilian student delegates and West Point cadets in order to better understand the challenges that the United States faces in an increasingly global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynote speakers, and develop policy recommendations during roundtable sessions.

The theme of this year's conference is Confronting Inequality: Wealth, Rights, and Power. Sponsored by the IR Program and the Mellon Foundation. All expenses paid. See more information here. Please direct all questions about the application process to

Conference: 2015 Northeast Regional Model Arab League
Conference Dates: November 6 - 8, 2015
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 program students develop essential skills from leadership and public speaking to critical thinking and writing, all while gaining practical, immediate knowledge about a critical region – the Middle East and the Arab world. 


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.


Fellowship: Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program 
Deadline: November 1, 2015
To apply: Apply online
The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. Accepted students participate in an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer before their Senior year on a Junior Summer Institute (JSI) campus. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. 

"I participated in this program between my junior and seniors years at Brown, and it was one of the best programs I have ever participated in. It focuses on promoting minority interest in public policy/promoting focus on minority issues in public policy, and they provide generous funding for public policy graduation degrees." -Amy Chang IR '08.

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. 

Research Assistant: Japanese Translation New!
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 New!
Early Application: Thursday, October 22, 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. 


Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: November 1 for Spring 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.


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.