April 18, 2016

Hey there IR concentrators--

The IR DUG is hosting their annual Degree Days event TOMORROW!! Come hear what Brown grads have done with their IR degree out in the real world. We have two amazing alumnae joining us to tell all about the journey they took after Brown to get where they are today. East Side Pockets will be served!

The deadline for the Riccio Prize has been extended through April 29th. If you think you have strongly pursued foreign language and study abroad at Brown, nominate yourself today!

-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Next deadline 5/15
  • IR DUG Degree Days: TOMORROW!
  • Riccio Prize: Deadline Extended!!
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Fulbright
  • Mark Your Calendars


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities



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Next Meeting 4/26
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First Steps Study Abroad
Tuesday, April 19 at 12pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440


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Office Hours 
4/18 - 4/22
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. 

Meet IR Alumni TOMORROW!

IR DUG Degree Days
When: Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute Room 328
Who: Pamela Reeves, Advisor to the Office of Melinda Gates on global women’s issues; Cathryn Clüver, founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project
See Events.

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
4/20, 4/28, 5/10: Fulbright Getting Started Workshops Wednesday!
Download the full schedule.


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


Watson Events

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Featured Events


Lecture: 92nd Ogden Lecture: Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy
When: Monday, April 18 at 4 p.m.
Where: Salomon Center, De Ciccio Family Auditorium, Room 001 (79 Waterman St.)
Who: Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy
Sponsor: Stephen A. Ogden Jr. '60 Lecture on International Affairs
Dr. Ernest Moniz is the key negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal and will be speaking on issues of nuclear security. As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama's goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. This encompasses advancing the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing the nuclear danger, promoting American leadership in science and clean energy technology innovation, cleaning up the legacy of the cold war, and strengthening management and performance.


Lecture: A Conversation with Ambassador Cathy Russell: Why Empowering Women and Girls is Good for U.S. Foreign Policy
When: Tuesday, April 19 from 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Ambassador Catherine M. Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues; Moderated by Pamela Reeves, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs and Advisor to the Office of Melinda Gates on Global Women’s Issues
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Distinguished Speaker Series; Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women
The Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues (S/GWI), headed by Ambassador Catherine M. Russell, seeks to ensure that women’s issues are fully integrated in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. The Office works to promote stability, peace, and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world. Cathy Russell currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Prior to assuming this position in August 2013, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden focusing on military families and higher education. During her tenure at the White House, Ambassador Russell coordinated the development of the Administration’s strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally. She previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on international women’s issues. During the Clinton Administration, Russell served as Associate Deputy Attorney General. 

Career Talk: IR DUG Degree Days
When: Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute Room 328
Sponsor: IR DUG
Come hear from alumni about how their IR degrees influenced their careers! Pamela Reeves is an advisor to the Office of Melinda Gates on global women’s issues.  Previously, Ms. Reeves served in the U.S. State Department as Director of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s International Fund for Women and Girls. Earlier in her career, Ms. Reeves served as the United Nations human rights officer in Liberia, and as director for new initiatives at the International Foundation for Election Systems. She is a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Brown University, and a Visiting Fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Cathryn Clüver is the founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century. She is also the Interim Executive Director of the India and South Asia Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Over her ten-year career in international journalism and communications, she covered global affairs, most notably EU politics and business and the aftermath of September 11th, working as a producer and writer for CNN-International based in Atlanta and London.


Lecture: Bolsa Familia in the Northeast
When: Wednesday, April 20 at 12 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Gregory Morton, Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Brazil Initiative
Over the past decade, conditional cash transfers (CCTs) have become a core policy tool for addressing global poverty. None is bigger than Brazil’s giant Bolsa Família, a program that serves nearly a quarter of the nation’s population. How does this government money affect women’s ownership of assets inside the household? Or, to turn the question another way, what can Bolsa Família teach us about what it means to own? This talk is an argument for the importance of time. As it turns out, the timing of cash flows – daily, monthly, yearly, or unpredictable – has a crucial role to play in shaping the forms of ownership that result.


Lecture: Digital Echoes: Understanding Patterns of Mass Violence with Data and Statistics
When: Thursday, April 21 at 1 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Patrick Ball, Director of Research at Human Rights Data Analysis Group
Sponsor: Watson Institute 
Data about mass violence can seem to offer insights into patterns: is violence getting better, or worse, over time? Is violence directed more against men or women? But in human rights data collection, we (usually) don’t know what we don’t know --- and worse, what we don’t know is likely to be systematically different from what we do know. This talk explores the assumption that nearly every project using data must make: that the data are representative of reality in the world. We explore how, contrary to the standard assumption, statistical patterns in raw data tend to be quite different than patterns in the world. Statistical patterns in data reflect how the data was collected rather than changes in the real-world phenomena data purport to represent. Using analysis of killings in Iraq, homicides committed by police in the US, killings in the conflict in Syria, and homicides in Colombia, we will contrast patterns in raw data with estimates total patterns of violence—where the estimates correct for heterogeneous underreporting. The talk shows how biases in raw data can be addressed through estimation, and explain why it matters.



Funding: Brown International Scholarship Committee (BISC) Projects
To apply: Apply via UFunds  
Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2016
Need help with your thesis? Want to exhibit your art? Need funding for your research? Want to get started on a project? Brown University International Scholarship Committee (BISC) is continuing its Projects Initiative this year, allowing undergraduate students the opportunity to develop or continue a project in any extracurricular or academic area of interest. BISC offers organizational and academic support, networking, resources, grants, and a platform for students to present their projects.

Prize: Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations 
Eligibility: IR Seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: 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 New!
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 
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: 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!


Seminar Program: Women in Global Policy
Program Dates: May 16-20, 2016
Where: Washington, D.C.
Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2016
To register: Register online 
College women will learn about foreign policy from distinguished women whose work makes a global impact during this week in Washington, DC. Students will hear from leaders advocating for humanitarian issues, citizens’ rights, international security, and international development in an increasingly interconnected world. 

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.