Nov. 16, 2015

Hi IR concentrators!

The IR DUG is hosting their second Fall Speaker Series event tonight at 6pm! Come hear Professor John Savage, co-founder of Brown's Computer Science Department and previous employee of the State Department, speak about technology and international politics. See the Events section for more details. There will be Kabob and Curry! Hope to see you there!

IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • CLASS OF 2016: Graduating in IR? Revisions--ASAP!
  • OFFICE HOURS: No Wednesday Office Hours, Thursday Hours for Seniors Only


Announcements & News
Student Opportunities

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Monday, Nov. 16, 12pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required

NVivo for Research
Project Management

Monday, Nov. 16, 3pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required

Build a Better Poster
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 3pm
Rockefeller Library, Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL)
Registration required

Build a Better Poster
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12pm
Rockefeller Library, DSL
Registration required

Using Medieval & Early Modern Manuscripts
Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required


Brown in UK and Ireland
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 12 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown in Comillas,

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 12om
List Art Building, Room 323

Brown in France
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Brown in Oxford
and Cambridge

Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

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SENIORS--Time Is Running Out!!
To those of you who have not yet revised, the deadline is rapidly approaching. This is the first of three steps toward ensuring your graduation in May. Failure to revise leads to ineligibility to graduate. Revise NOW! This Thursday, Dr. Elliott has open office hours from 1-4 for senior revisions. 

Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
There are no Wednesday office hours this week. Open hours have been added on Thursday for seniors revising their concentration.
Week of 11/16
Fri...............12-2 (Express walk-in)
Make an appointment.

*Thursday's hours are for seniors revising ONLY*
Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!


Mark your Calendars!
11/25: Thanksgiving Recess begins at 12 p.m.
11/30: Classes resume
12/1: Deadline to declare a leave for Semester II



Watson Events

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Featured Events

Lecture: Anarcho-Humanitarianism: Intimate Ties, Betrayal, and Refugee Assistance
When: Monday, November 16 at 12 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Fiori Berhane, Graduate Student, Anthropology
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Africa Initiative
This Africa Workshop serves as an interdisciplinary space where faculty and graduate students can share, present, and discuss research on key issues and developments in Africa. Lunch provided.

Lecture: Value of Transregional/Transnational Comparative Scholarship
When: Monday, November 16 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Paul Amar, Associate Professor, Global & International Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara; Paulo Pinto, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Fluminense Federal University, Niteroi, Brazil
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Brazil Initiative, Middle East Studies
Why does work that crosses between the Middle East and Latin America (specifically Brazil) raise questions and develop methods that are uniquely productive and illuminating? Paul Amar presents on “Queer Encounters between Brazil and the Middle East: Geopolitics, Gender and Political Culture as an Emerging ‘Tropical Superpower’ faces the aftermath of the Arab Spring.” Paulo Pinto presents on “Diasporic Allegiances, the Political Mobilization of the Syrian-Lebanese Community in Brazil and the Syrian Civil War.” Part of the Middle East Studies and Brazil Initiative Fall 2015 Speaker Series.

Lecture: Democracy in Poland on a Grass-Roots Level
When: Monday, November 16 at 5 p.m.
Where: International House (8 Stimson Ave.)
Who: Polish Consul General Ms. Urszula Gacek
Sponsor: Slavic Studies
Reception to follow. 

Lecture: Cyberspace: Taming the Wild West
When: Monday, November 16 at 6 p.m.
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: John Savage, Computer Science, Brown University
Sponsor: IR DUG
Join the IR DUG for the second lecture in our Fall Speaker Series "Technology & International Politics." Professor John Savage speaks about the challenges that have emerged from the growing influence of cyberspace and highlights steps to address them, followed by a Q&A. Professor Savage's current research interests include cybersecurity technology and policy, reliable computation with unreliable components, and computational nanotechnology. He is one of the co-founders of the CS Department at Brown and has previously worked at the State Department. Kabob and Curry will be served!


Info Session: Summer 2016 Critical Language Scholarship
When: Tuesday, November 17 at 12 p.m.
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 440
Sponsor: Office of International Programs
Applications are now open for the CLS Program through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is a fully-funded overseas 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. See Student Opportunities.


Lecture: "Let There Be Water:" Yossi Siegel on Israel, Water, and Peace in the Middle East
When: Wednesday, November 18 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, Room 309
Who: Yossi Siegel, author of "Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World" 
Sponsors: Hillel Foundation, Brown Students for Israel
Newly published, "Let There Be Water" details the ways in which Israel has revolutionized water-saving technologies and can act as a model for other nations facing similar water shortages. Siegel will speak on Israel’s solutions to its water crisis and how collaboration on water systems can prompt greater diplomacy and integration. Q&A to follow. Water (and other refreshments) will be served!

Career Talk: Careers in Corporate Government Relations
When: Wednesday, November 18 at 12:15 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Carolyn Brehm, Vice President of Global Government Relations and Public Policy, Procter & Gamble
Sponsor: Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions
Carolyn Brehm  leads P&G’s team of sixty government relations practitioners who support key markets around the world  and are responsible for public policy and legislative advocacy to protect and grow P&G’s business. Hear Carolyn discuss her career path, the role of government relations in a large organization, what companies look for in employees and interns, and how to approach corporations about  government relations positions. RSVP requested.

Lecture: U.S. Challenges in Afghanistan 
When: Wednesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction 
Sponsor: Watson Institute
John F. Sopko was sworn in as Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction on July 2, 2012. Mr. Sopko, appointed to the post by President Obama, has more than 30 years of experience in oversight and investigations as a prosecutor, congressional counsel, and senior federal government advisor. Mr. Sopko’s government experience includes over 20 years on Capitol Hill, where he held key positions in both the Senate and House of Representatives. 

Info Session: Finding and Internship While Abroad
When: Wednesday, November 18 at 6 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Join a panel of Brown students who have navigated the internship search while abroad. How did they make connections with organizations? Prepare for and set up interviews? Manage time differences? Finding an internship while abroad can be a little tricky, come find out the keys to success. Pizza!


Info Session: State Department
When: Thursday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB, First Floor (167 Angell St.)
Who: Bruce Williamson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Human Resources
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Interested in learning about a career in the foreign service? Curious about diversity within in the State Department? Join us for an open discussion forum with Deputy Assistant Secretary Bruce Williamson of the State Dept. Office of Human Resources. Bruce's wealth of knowledge is based in 30 years of work in the foreign service in Guatemala, Brazil and Mexico. There are boundless opportunities to create a meaningful career within the foreign service. Start learning how today! Registration is requested, but not required. 

Lecture: Alternate Paths to Economic Development: A Comparative Analysis of Brazil and India in the Era of Neoliberalism
When: Thursday, November 19 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Rahul Sirohi, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Brown-India Initiative, Brazil Initiative, China Initiative
Both India and Brazil have integrated themselves deeply into the world economy and have emerged as major exporters of sophisticated goods and services. Both have embraced markets, but are far from limiting their government-- much of their economic success is attributable to active state intervention. However, underlying these similarities there are far reaching differences. In the case of Brazil, radical labor market interventions and welfare schemes have created an inclusive process of growth. On the other hand, in India the developmental approach has promoted an exclusionary form of growth where the very process of growth has become contingent on wage declines and low employment growth. This talk explores the institutional and political factors that influenced these differing approaches and outcomes.

Info Session: Summer 2016 Critical Language Scholarship
When: Thursday, November 19 at 4 p.m.
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 440
Sponsor: Office of International Programs
Applications are now open for the CLS Program through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is a fully-funded overseas 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. See Student Opportunities.

Lecture: On Coloniality and the Decolonial Option
When: Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. 
Where: Smith-Buonanno, Room 106
Who: Walter Mignolo, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature, Duke University 
Sponsor: Modern Culture and Media
This talk has two goals. The first is to elucidate the meaning of coloniality/decoloniality in the "modernity/coloniality/decoloniality collective" that has unfolded since Anibal Quijano introduced the key concept of coloniality of power as a question of knowledge and decoloniality as a question of epistemological restitution. The second goal is to sketch a decolonial interpretation of the current world disorder. This leads us to two recursive and simultaneous directions: understanding the current world disorder through coloniality/decoloniality and understanding coloniality/decolonialty through the world disorder. The second part also charts decoloniality after decolonization and dewesternization after the Cold War. Reception to follow.


Info Session: White House Internship
When: Friday, November 20 at 4 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
Got a burning passion for public service? Want to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue next summer? Come learn more about the White House Internship Program and hear from a panel of six current Brown students and former White House interns. They'll discuss the application process, their experiences in the internship program, and why you should apply!



Conference: Clinton Global Initiative University
Conference Dates: April 1 - 3, 2016
Deadline: December 1, 2015
To apply: Apply online
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.  Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. This year's conference is held at UC Berkeley.


Winter Internship: Social Enterprise and Micro-Entrepreneurship Internship 
Deadline: Friday, November 20th, 2015 by 5 p.m.
To apply: Apply online
Program Dates: December 27, 2015 - January 16, 2016
Interns learn how a social enterprise operates, examine the impact on the surrounding community, and gain a unique cultural experience. They play a key role in decisions and contributions that influence the progress and growth of the organization.  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. 

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.

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.


Scholarship: Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Deadline: Friday, 
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: Friday, 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. 

Fellowship: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program 
Eligibility: Graduating seniors
To apply: Apply via UFunds
Deadline: December 4, 2015
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. Through research, publishing, convening, and on occasion, creating new institutions and international networks, the Endowment associates shape fresh policy approaches. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as paid research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates.

Research Assistant: Japanese Translation 
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 
Deadline: Priority Deadline: December 3, 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. 

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. There are spots open for the winter break volunteer trip. 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!


Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: December 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.

Winter Program: Iceland Renewable Energy and Sustainability Adventure New!
Deadline: Rolling until spots are filled
Program Dates: Varies, see schedule
To Apply: Apply online 
The Green Program’s career accelerating, hands-on, high adventure impact unique educational model proves why The Green Program is not just any study abroad program. Discover Iceland’s innovation in renewable energy, dive into authentic Nordic culture, and participate on adventure excursions you never even realized you wanted to have on your bucket list.

Winter Program: Peru Water Resource Management and Sustainable Practices New!
Deadline: Rolling until spots are filled
Program Dates: Varies, see schedule
To Apply: Apply online
Through recent years, Peru has overcome hardships with water sanitation and flourished with their water resource management and sustainable practices. Join The Green Peru Program to discover how Peru utilizes methods from the Inca Empire and modern day technologies for water initiatives and a sustainable future. The Green Peru Program is created for motivate students who are on a mission towards global water stewardship and sustainability solutions. Dive into the rich history of the Inca Empire, Peruvian culture, local entrepreneurial and governmental endeavors, and service-learning projects to put your mind towards a future of water accessibility for our world.

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: E-Journal of Intercultural Studies New!
Deadline: December 15, 2015
To Submit: Email submissions
From the onset, E-REI has created a virtual space for the sharing of knowledge and research projects on the vast field of Intercultural Studies, at their intersection with Cultural Studies, Translation & Interpretation Studies, Communication, Literary and Linguistic Studies. This call for papers is open to all those – teachers, researchers and students – interested in submitting original papers or reviews in the aforementioned thematic areas, according to these guidelines: papers should have a maximum of 30 pages A4, 1 ½ space, Times New Roman, size 12. Papers should be structured, fully revised and adequate, with list of works cited and endnotes. Authors are responsible for quotations and references. Reference style should be coherent along the text and follow recognized academic standards. Charts and images should be kept to a minimum and sent to the editors in a recognizable and editable format.

Publish: Hemispheres: The Tufts Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs New!
Deadline: December 22, 2015
To Submit: Email submissions
The Tufts Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs, one of the oldest undergraduate journals in the field, is now accepting submissions relating to this year’s theme of Emerging Actors. Submissions should be research articles, approximately 5000-8000 words, written by undergraduates in a broad range of fields relevant to international affairs. Potential research topics may include, but are not limited to: The global north v. south, emerging markets, global inequality, the power of multinational corporations, the global marketplace, labor rights, new actors in the international system, the role of the internet and technology, freedom of information, international migration and refugees, informal economies, the rise of non-state actors. See submission guidelines.

Publish: Brown University Urban Studies Journal 
Deadline: Rolling until February
To Submit: Email submissions
The Urban Studies Department is now accepting submissions for its 2016 Journal, open to all faculty and students in the Brown community. We encourage submitting any work that is inspired by or based on cities and issues related to the built environment. The work can take absolutely any form—academic research, journalism, creative writing, art, architectural & urban design work, GIS projects, etc. Authors are encouraged to submit early so written work can go through the editing process.

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.