Oct. 26, 2015

Hi IR concentrators,
Happy Halloweek! Two things to tell you this week: First, Spring 2016 Courses will become available on the website within the next few days. The list of INTL courses for next semester is below in the Announcements section. Keep checking the website for the full course list and then start mapping out your schedule for next semester--remember that pre-registration begins on Tuesday, November 3rd! Second, there are a bunch of new Student Opportunities added this week, so check them out-- especially ones with an impending deadline or for winter break internship opportunities.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!
Apple's Jack-O-LanternApple's Ghost
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • SENIORS: Revisions--Do it Now!
  • OFFICE HOURS: Fall 2015 Office Hours
  • FALL BACK: Get an Extra Hour of Sleep Sunday!!
  • SPRING 2016 COURSE LIST--Coming Soon!!
  • INTL COURSES: Spring 2016


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Student Opportunities

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Endnote Online
Monday, Oct. 26, 2pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required

Intro to GIS (ArcMap)
Monday, Oct. 26, 2 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required

Getting Started in 
Data Visualization

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 3 pm
Rockefeller Library, Digital Scholar Lab (DSL)
Registration required

Getting Started in
Data Visualization

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 12 pm
Rockefeller Library, DSL
Registration required

Basic Mendeley
Thursday, Oct 29, 12 pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required


Brown in Oxford
and Cambridge

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

Thursday, Oct. 29, 4 pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440

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Class of 2016--To Do 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 10/26
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!



"Fall Back" this Sunday!
Don't forget that this Sunday, November 1 marks the end of Daylight Savings. Change your clocks back by 1 hour on Saturday evening and get an extra hour of sleep!!

Spring 2016 Courses--Coming Soon!
The list of Spring 2016 courses that fulfill IR requirements -- core, track, methods, and capstone--will be released in the next few days. Keep checking the website! Below are the INTL course offerings for Spring 2016, available on Banner in the coming days. 

INTL Spring '16 Seminars (Restricted to IR Juniors and Seniors):


Maxim Boyko
Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803J: Russia's Escape From Communism
The seminar introduces students to the economic and political transformation of Russia from the early days of Gorbachev to current-day Putin. The course will be policy-oriented and empirical, covering the later-stage Soviet economic and political system and Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika;" Yeltsin's transformation of the political system and key economic reforms of the 1990s: liberalization, stabilization, and privatization; and Putin's political trajectory, economic growth and development from 1999, the oligarchs, the energy sector, and Russia's foreign policy. During President Yeltsin’s second term, Boyko served as Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Boycko played a principal role in the design and implementation of the Russian voucher privatization program in 1992-1994 and macroeconomic stabilization program in 1995.


Chris Clary
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803H: Asian Security: Theory and Practice
This course provides an introduction to problems of contemporary Asian security and the strategies and foreign policies pursued by the four major powers in Asia: India, China, Japan, and the United States. Together, these four states represent 44 percent of the global economy, 43 percent of the world’s population, and 53 percent of the world’s military spending. Do historic disputes make the region “ripe for rivalry”? Is China a rising power that seeks to upend the old international order? Will the 21st Century in Asia look like the 20th Century in Europe? Will trade, nuclear weapons, international institutions, or non-violent norms make Asia more peaceful than might be expected?


Timothy Edgar
Visiting Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803B: Cyber Conflict – Hackers, Surveillance and Privacy
The U.S. Secretary of State has announced that the “freedom to connect” is an aspect of fundamental human rights, and has criticized countries that attempt to filter or censor the Internet. Is monitoring of computer networks necessary for cybersecurity? Mr. Edgar served under President Obama from 2009 to 2010 as the first director of privacy and civil liberties for the White House National Security Staff, focusing on cybersecurity, open government, and data privacy initiatives. From 2006 to 2009, he was the first deputy for civil liberties for the director of national intelligence, reviewing new surveillance authorities, the terrorist watchlist, and other sensitive programs. From 2010 to 2012, he was counsel for the information sharing environment, which facilitates the secure sharing of terrorism-related information.


Claudia Elliott
Associate Director, International Relations Program
Senior Lecturer of International Studies and Public Affairs, Watson Institute

INTL 1920: Senior Honors Seminar
The course introduces the intellectual conventions that guide the construction and writing of a thesis and covers solutions to common problems and difficulties students experience in this process. The focus is on identifying a research problem on a pressing global issue and developing appropriate research questions to address it, creating coherent arguments, thinking critically about scholarly literature in relation to one’s own research, making good choices regarding research design and evidence, and formal academic writing. The seminar emphasizes the iterative, interactive process of research. Restricted to students in the IR Honors Program.


Janice Gallagher
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803C: Violence in Latin America: Causes, Consequences and Possibilities for Change
This capstone seminar focuses on the causes, consequences and possible solutions of violence in Latin America. Students will be asked to grapple with the question: What are the sources of violence in Latin America? How much is the drug war to blame? What about economic inequality, legacies of dictatorship, or cultures of violence? What are some possible solutions -- should the international drug control regime be changed? What are other policy and citizen-led alternatives?


Stephen Kinzer
Journalist in Residence
INTL 1803F: Foreign Policy and the 2016 Presidential Election Campaign
This seminar examines the relationship between national security policy and presidential politics, with a special focus on the 2016 campaign. We survey scholarly and popular literature on the role of foreign policy in American politics. From there we narrow our focus to presidential politics, and then further to the 2016 campaign. Since much of this campaign’s foreign policy debate will be about questions of intervention in foreign conflicts—when, how, and where to intervene—we will give special attention to varying views on this question. Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent. He was the Times bureau chief in Nicaragua during the 1980s, and in Germany during the early 1990s. In 1996 he was named chief of the newly opened Times bureau in Istanbul. Later he was appointed national culture correspondent, based in Chicago.


Duff (Gregory) Morton
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803D: Questioning Growth: Should Nations Get Rich?
This course examines growth as a guiding ideology of modern economic practice. How is the dream of growth produced? We take a broadly interdisciplinary view, grounding our investigation in anthropological ethnographies and tracing the outlines of the historic social theory that lead to the economic growth models of the mid-20th century. We review neoclassical economic approaches and consider dissidents in the ecological, Marxist, and feminist traditions.


Pamela Reeves
Visiting Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803G: Global Women’s Issues: Investing in women as strategy for sustainable growth and global development
In this course, we ask and answer the questions: What are women’s issues around the world? What policies and programs are designed to engage the issues and improve outcomes? What role does and can the private sector play in harnessing the untapped potential of 50% of the globe’s population? Is there evidence to support the need for investment—of resources, focus, and political capital—and to quantify the results of its impact? Pamela Reeves served as director of the International Fund for Women and Girls at the State Department under Hillary Rodham Clinton. Reeves also worked as human rights officer for the United Nations in Liberia during that country’s civil war, and as director for new initiatives at the International Foundation for Election Systems. She is on the advisory board of, and a member of the President’s Leadership Council of Brown University. 


David Rohde
Visiting Fellow in International and Public Affairs
INTL 1803I: Richard Holbrooke and the rise and fall of American power
To an uncanny extent, the life of Brown graduate and American diplomat Richard Holbrooke mirrors the rise and fall of American power in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. After leaving College Hill, Holbrooke worked for every Democratic president since John F. Kennedy. Over the course of the semester, his career will be used to explore three pivotal US military interventions – Vietnam, Bosnia and Afghanistan – and how they revealed the promise and limits of American power. David Rohde, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, is an investigative reporter for Reuters and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. From September 2011 to January 2014, he worked as a foreign affairs columnist for Reuters. From 1996 to 2011, he worked as a reporter for The New York Times. He is the co-author of A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides, written with his wife Kristen Mulvihill, and the author of Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica.


Mark your Calendars!
11/1: Daylight savings ends
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



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Featured Events


Film Screening: Language Matters with Bob Holman
When: Tuesday, October 27 at 12 p.m.
Where: McCormack Family Theater (70 Brown St.)
Who: Bob Holman, American poet and poetry activist
Sponsor: Literary Arts Program
Winner of the Berkeley Film Festival's 2015 Documentary of the Year award, "Language Matters" takes viewers around the world: to a remote island off the coast of Australia where 400 Aboriginal people speak 10 different languages; to Wales, where Welsh is making a comeback; and to Hawaii, where Hawaiian islanders are fighting to save their native tongue. A conversation with Holman follows the screening.

Lecture: The Supreme Court: A Look Back, and Forward
When: Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m.
Where: Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium
Who: Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs correspondent for National Public Radio
Sponsor: Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
Nina Totenberg discusses current and historic Supreme Court cases — on issues from social justice and inequality to voting rights and campaign finance reform — and their impact on American policy. Nina Totenberg's reports are heard on "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." She is a frequent contributor to major newspapers and periodicals and has published articles in New York Times magazine, the Harvard Law Review, and New York magazine. Registration required.

Lunch Talk: Ethical Storytelling: How to Make a Film Without Pissing Everyone Off
When: Wednesday, October 28 at 12 p.m. 
Where: Nightingale-Brown House (357 Benefit St.)

Who: Renee Tajima, documentary filmmaker
Sponsor: John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
Renee Tajima-Peña has filmed in diverse communities around the world, from the Vietnamese diaspora traversing Ho Chi Minh City to Kansas, to remnants of the Beat poets, a Chinese American debutante ball, LA’s Skid row, and her own blended Japanese and Mexican American families. She will show clips of her work and discuss the ethical, cultural and political considerations of interviewing and filming as an insider and outsider. Students are invited to discuss their own projects and discuss strategies for ethical storytelling. RSVP required.

Lecture: India's Future Prospects and Policy Imperatives
When: Wednesday, October 29 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Former Deputy Chairman Planning Commission; Commentator: Lant Pritchett, Harvard University; Chair: Christina Paxson, President, Brown University 
Sponsor: Watson Institute, Brown-India Initiative
Montek Singh Ahluwalia has served as a high-level government official in India, as well as with the IMF and the World Bank. He has been a key figure in India’s economic reforms since the mid-1980s. Most recently, Mr. Ahluwalia was Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India from July 2004 till May 2014. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious “Padma Vibhushan”, India’s second highest civilian honor, by the President of India for his outstanding contribution to economic policy and public service. Part of OP Jindal Distinguished Lectures series.

Lecture: Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters
When: Thursday, October 29 at 4 p.m.
Where: Brown RISD Hillel, The Glenn and Darcy Weiner Center (80 Brown St.)
Who: Kate Brown, Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Sponsor: History Department
Kate Brown is the author of A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004),  Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (2013), and many other works.  Both books have won numerous prizes in the field.  Plutopia - named one of Physics World’s Top 10 Books of 2014 - will be the focus of her talk.  Part of the "70th Anniversary of the Dawn of the Atomic Age" series.

Info Session: Environment America Fellowship
When: Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m.
Where: CareerLAB (167 Angell St.)
Sponsor: CareerLAB
If you can imagine yourself building the organizational power — the funds, the membership, the activist base and so on — that it takes to keep critical environmental work going for the long haul, then come learn about the fellowship program including what the position entails. On October 30 there are interview opportunities for those who decide they want to apply to the program. See Student Opportunities

Colloquium: Law in Latin America 
When: Thursday, October 29 from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsors: The Transatlantic Project at Brown, Department of Hispanic Studies, The Office of Global Engagement, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 
Watson Institute
This colloquium addresses the intellectual history of the Law in the Hispanic World, the “narco wars” against the state, and the rights of the original populations. Speakers are as follows: Arnulf Becker Lorca: 'The Dark sides of human rights: the de-politicization of post-dictatorship Latin American international law;’ Hernando Valencia:  "Colombia and Mexico: The Narco Wars and the Role of the Law;” Jorge Arrate: "The Mapuche in the Political Map of the Law in Chile." See speaker bios.

Panel Discussion: Critical Conversations: The U.S. and the Future of Syria
When: Thursday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Beshara Doumani, director Middle East Studies, Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle East History; Richard Boucher, Diplomat in Residence; Stephen Kinzer, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs; Yasser Munif, Assistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College
Sponsors: Middle East Studies, Watson Institute
A discussion of the historical forces shaping the conflict in Syria, the internationalization of the conflict, and of US policy and actions to date. This is an open conversation with the audience including Q&A.


Symposium: A Half-Century of Comparative International Development
When: Friday, October 30 from 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: Studies in Comparative International Development, Watson Institute
Brown is the home of Studies in Comparative International Development (SCID), which has been one of the world's premier development studies journals for 50 years. Organized by the current editor Barbara Stallings of the Watson Institute and former editor Ruth Collier of the University of California Berkeley, the conference features reflections on the evolution of Studies in Comparative International Development over the course of the last 50 years by some of journals most distinguished contributors, including Sarah Babb of Boston College, Brown's Nitsan Chorev, Cornell's Kenneth Roberts, Harvard's Dani Rodrik, and Oxford's Frances Stewart. See 
the conference schedule



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. 


Winter Internship: Foundation for Sustainable Development Winter Programs in Africa, Latin America, and India New! 
Deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2015; Late application deadline: December 1, 2015
To apply: Apply online
Program Dates: Varies by program; See here
Winter programs are intense, immersive programs for students and young professionals looking to gain international development experience and training. The structured program consists of several components that prepare and provide you with the support and guidance needed to implement successful projects in a sustainable manner. The internship will involve home-stays, an on-site orientation, development training, grantwriting, and ultimately project implementation to ensure that the work makes a lasting impact on you and the community you serve.

Internship: Middle East Institute Leadership Development New!
Deadline: November 15 for Spring 2016
To apply: See application details
The Leadership Development Internship Program at the Middle East Institute is designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience at a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while developing professional skills with interns from all over the world.

Winter Internship: Social Enterprise and Micro-Entrepreneurship Internship New!
Deadline: 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: 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: Sunday, 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 
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: Thursday, 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 New! 
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: Sunday, 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: Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy New!
Deadline: November 15, 2015
To Submit: See guidelines
The Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy is an international peer-reviewed journal published by American Research Institute for Policy Development. It publishes articles on contemporary world politics and the global political economy from a variety of methodologies and approaches. The journal seeks original manuscripts that provide theoretically informed empirical analyses of issues in international relations and international political economy, as well as original theoretical or conceptual analyses.

Publish: Brown University Urban Studies Journal New!
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.