Oct. 17, 2016

Hi IR concentrators,

I hope midterms are going well for all of you. If you get tired of the Rock, the SciLi, or your own desk, don't forget that the Watson Institute has some pretty cozy study spaces such as the Kim Koo Library and the South Common Room on the second floor (it's a great student space --make use of it).

Seniors, don't forget to revise your concentration before the end of this semester! You can find all the details on how to do this in the Announcements Section. Make sure you do it as soon as possible so that you don't have to worry about it when finals period comes around and you can't find an appointment since office hours can get pretty hectic. It will take 10 minutes max, so you can just come in on Friday for Express Hours and get it done! Any questions? Email me!

Finally, I want to highlight three important library workshops happening this week. If you are doing any advanced research in the social sciences or writing a thesis, don't miss the Endnote, NVivo, and Zotero workshops (See Sidebar for dates and times).

It will be beautiful out this week, so soak up the sun!
IR Program Student Assistant

Announcements this week
  • Office Hours: This week Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • Seniors: Revisions --Do it Now!
  • SCUSA: Application Due Today!
  • Info Session: State Department Jobs Today at noon!
  • New International Journalism Course: Travel to Cuba with Prof. Kinzer!
  • Library Workshops: Endnote, NVivo, Zotero
  • Important Dates: 11/1, 11/4, 11/8


Meetings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(no meeting this week)
Watson Institute Room 112 
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Meetings every Monday at 9 p.m.
Macmillan 115

Oct. 17 Passport Day
Oct. 18 GLISP Info Session
Oct. 18 Study Abroad 101 General Info Session
Oct. 20 GLISP Proposal Workshop

Oct. 17 Endnote Basic (12 p.m.)
Oct. 18 Introduction to NVivo (3 p.m.)
Oct. 19 Using Zotero (4 p.m.)



Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Week of 10/17
Fri.................. 1.30-3.30* (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!

Student Assistant Office Hours
Email me anytime with questions at


All 7th semester seniors are required to revise their concentration forms and meet with Dr. Elliott to update their information by the end of this semester. You do not need to have completed all of the requirements in order to go through this process. Here’s how:


a) ASK -Update (but don't submit) your course plan in ASK. This will show which requirements are remaining for graduation.

b) IR Concentration Form -Complete and print the Revision Form with information about study abroad, independent study, and internships. 

c) Concentration Advisor -Make an appointment or come to Friday Express Hours with Dr. Elliott to obtain final approval. The process takes 10 minutes max! Be sure to bring a printed copy of your Concentration Form.


Update the Capstone Catalog -All students are required to complete an entry in the online Capstone Catalog at the end of the semester to graduate. 

REMEMBER: You must take the capstone course for a grade and demonstrate research in a second language.

SCUSA 67: Last Chance to Apply!
Deadline is TODAY!!! (See Student Opportunities section.)

Info Session about State Department Careers
This info session takes place today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.).
It is hosted by Diplomat in Residence for New England, Jon Danilowicz, who will talk about opportunities for internships, fellowships and careers with the Department of State. (See Student Opportunities for more info.)

INTL 1802W: Seminar and reporting trip to Cuba 
This advanced seminar taught by Prof Stephen Kinzer includes a week-long, intensive reporting trip to Cuba over Spring Break. 
Prereq: completion of HISP 0600 or 3rd year proficiency equivalent. Limited to 10 juniors and seniors. 
Application deadline: November 14, 2016 
(See Student Opportunities for more info)


Library Workshops
Don't miss these three important library workshops at the Rock this week:
-A basic introduction to Endnote, one of the most common and extensive citation tools, with Ian Straughn is today at 12 p.m. at the Hecker Center. Register here.
-An introduction to the qualitative analysis software NVivo with Bruce Boucek is at Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Digital Scholarship Lab. Register here.
-An introduction to one of the newest and most popular citation tools among students, Zotero, with Elli Mylonas is at Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Hecker Center. Register here.


Mark your Calendars!
11/1: Pre-registration for Spring 2017 begins
11/4: Deadline for GISP proposal submissions
11/8: Pre-registration period ends



Watson Events

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Featured Events
Lecture: The American Dream -- A Dream Turned German: Immigration, Integration, and Citizenship in Germany
When: Monday, October 17 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Jagoda Marinic, 
prize-winning author and essayist from Germany
Sponsor: German Studies
Jagoda Marinic's family immigrated to Germany from Yugoslavia in the 60s. She was born in Germany and speaks and writes in prominent venues about identity, migration, citizenship, and integration. In 2012, she became the founding Director of the Interkulturelles Zentrum Heidelberg, which has since become a model structure for welcoming and integrating new citizens to Germany and Europe. She holds a degree from Heidelberg University in Political Science, German and American Literature. Marinic will discuss the progress of integration in Germany, an issue becoming more important and more pressing every day.

Lecture: The Battle for Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism
When: Wednesday, October 19 at 12 p.m. 
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Jennifer Johnson, assistant professor of history at Brown University
Sponsor: Middle East Studies
Registration required! Lunch will be provided.
The Battle for Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism reinterprets one of the most violent wars of decolonization: the Algerian War (1954-1962). It argues that the conflict was about whom—France or the National Liberation Front (FLN)—would exercise sovereignty of Algeria. Johnson’s work deprovincializes North Africa and proposes a new way to analyze how newly independent countries and nationalist movements engaged with the Third World and the international order.

Lecture: Law Enforcement and Surveillance in the Social Media Era
When: Wednesday, October 19 at 4 p.m. 
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Matt Perault '02, head of global policy development at Facebook and WhatsApp
Sponsor: Watson Institute
Matt Perault '02 is the head of global policy development at Facebook, where he helps to develop the company’s positions on global public policy issues.  He also serves as head of policy at WhatsApp. Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was Counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel. He previously worked as a consultant at the World Bank and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Symposium: Glass Borders in the Americas
When: Friday, October 21 at 12 p.m.
Where: Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall (194 Meeting Street)
Who: Silvia Lemus, journalistJorge Castañeda, Professor of Political Science at New York UniversityRafael de Tavor y Teresa, Secretary of Culture of MexicoAntonio Villarraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles
Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Transatlantic Project, The Carlos Fuentes Inter-American Chair at Universidad Veracruzana

“Fronteras de cristal en las Américas” is a symposium on the cultural history of migration, identities, and diversity between the U.S., Mexico, and Cuba.



Conference: 2016 Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) 
Deadline: Today!
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: IR Junior or Senior
Want to hob-knob 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 Untied 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 Untied States faces in an increasingly global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynote speakers, and develop policy recommendations during round table sessions. The theme of this year's conference is Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities. West Point and the IR program cover the cost of all expenses. Please direct all questions about the application process to

Conference: 2016 Model Arab League Conferences
Conference Dates: Multiple dates, see conference list for desired dates.
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 programs, students develop essential skills from leadership and public speaking to critical thinking and writing, while also gaining practical, immediate knowledge about a critical region – the Middle East and the Arab world. 

Course: INTL 1802W: Seminar and reporting trip to Cuba 
Deadline: November 14
To apply: Download application here
Eligibility: Limited to 10 Juniors and Seniors; completion of HISP0600 or 3rd year proficiency equivalent required.
This is an advanced seminar taught in the Spring by former NYT foreign correspondent, Prof Stephen Kinzer. Includes a week-long, intensive reporting trip to Cuba over Spring Break. Learn to act as a foreign correspondent reporting on a topic of your choice. It's a great opportunity to get real world experience in international journalism!


Fall Internship: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Deadline: October 27
To Apply: Apply online
Internship opportunities are available on both the research and business sides of the think tank. All positions require excellent organizational, research, writing, and computer skills, as well as the ability to multi-task. Responsibilities on the research side include research, writing, editing, and some administrative work. Most of our research positions support more than one scholar, but they are generally grouped by topic. On the business side of the think tank, our conferences, development, communications, and government relations offices all seek interns.

Summer Internship: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Internship Program
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply online
The Undergraduate Summer Analyst and Graduate Summer Associate Programs provide outstanding students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in public service at the New York Fed. Through advanced project work assignments and professional development activities, analysts and associates gain an extensive understanding of the New York Fed’s work. Summer analysts and associates also have the opportunity to enhance their business skills through critical financial analysis, formal presentations, research and writing. The program is a direct feeder for the Bank’s full-time analyst and associate rotational programs.

Fall and Spring Internship: Naval War College Internship
November 25
To Apply: Apply via UFunds
Eligibility: US Citizens; IR, DS or Public Policy concentrators
All academic internships at the Naval War Academy are volunteer experiences. Regretfully, no funding is available. Interns should have availability in their schedules to complete internships which consist of at least 100 hours of volunteer time; this means at least one full day or two half days per week. with any questions.

Fall and Spring Internship: Fall 2016 Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to Grace Mahoney, Intern Coordinator
The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) runs a small, highly selective internship program for students interested in gaining first-hand experience in public policy research in domestic and international affairs. Over the course of 15 weeks interns will work independently and in teams to research and analyze global policy trends in think tanks. Interns volunteer a minimum of 8-10 hours a week and attend mandatory weekly intern meetings from 3-5pm on Fridays. Virtual internship available for students with the ability to multi-task, work independently, and a proven track research record.


Scholarship: Freeman-ASIA
October 20 for 2017 Calendar Year (Spring and Fall)
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: US Citizen or permanent resident
The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Fellowship: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors
Dedicated to international exchange, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program offers five-month fellowships to leading democracy activists, journalists, and scholars from around the world.  During their time in residence at NED's International Forum for Democratic Studies, fellows reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct independent research and writing; engage with colleagues and counterparts in the United States; and build ties with a global network of democracy advocates.

Fellowship: Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program
Deadline: November 1
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.

Research Award: CLACS Undergraduate Research Award
Deadline: November 1
To Apply: Apply by email (follow directions below)
Eligibility: All undergraduates can apply. Preference will be given to concentrators in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and members of the CLACS Undergraduate Fellows program.
The award of up to $500 is meant to cover expenses related to travel for thesis research or conferences (if relevant to research interests) in the United States or a country in Latin America or the Caribbean.
Application Requirements: Submit a single PDF containing the following materials to  with the subject heading “CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards Application”: 
1. Cover page with name, email address, dates for which funding is requested, and research project title 
2. A statement of the research objectives and design (maximum 500 words)
3. Detailed, itemized budget including other sources of support applied to (indicate whether they have been received and/or when the notification date is)
Separately, ask a professor (for example, your thesis advisor) to submit a letter of recommendation to

Scholarship: Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship
Deadline: November 16
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 16, 2016
Eligibility: US Citizens
To apply: Apply online
The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive 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, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Travel Grant: Middle East Studies Research Travel Award
Deadline: November 21
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Undergraduates
The Middle East Studies Program is awarding $600 to undergraduates who want to travel to the region to conduct research. IR concentrators who apply for the grant must be working closely with an MES faculty member or someone on the MES Faculty Executive Committee who supports their application and have confirmation from their concentration advisor that they have a predominantly Middle East research focus.

Research funding: Michael Bhatia Fund for Peacekeeping and Conflict Studies
Deadline: Rolling
To apply: Log into UFunds and submit application
Eligibility: IR concentrator doing work for IR concentration credit
Established in memory of Michael Vinay Bhatia '99, who died in May 2008 in Afghanistan, where he was working as a social scientist in consultation with the U.S. military, the Fund underwrites field work, study abroad, or thesis research by IR concentrators working on peace-keeping and conflict studies. It is awarded to a student who, like Michael Bhatia '99, hopes to deepen his/her understanding of a region or culture by traveling and studying there, with the ultimate goal of helping to promote cross-cultural understanding that might end or avert violence or military conflict.


Info Session: Department of State Internships, Fellowships, and Careers
 Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
This is an information session hosted by Diplomat in Residence for New England, Jon Danilowicz,  who will talk about opportunities for internships, fellowships and careers with the Department of State. Jon will focus on opportunities for domestic and foreign internships with the State Department and will highlight opportunities in the Consular Fellows program. He will also touch on civil service career opportunities, the Pickering and Rangel Fellowship Programs, and the Foreign Service Officer selection process. Jon is based at Fletcher/Tufts University and is also available for individual consultations and can be reached at

Volunteer Opportunity: Global Youth Connect South Africa
Deadline: October 30 for early admission!
To Apply: Apply online

This delegation is a collaboration between Global Youth Connect and Inkululeko - a nonprofit that works with young people in Grahamstown, South Africa helping them finish high school and move onto university or to gain a skill set so they can be gainfully employed upon graduation. GYC Delegates will be woven into projects within Inkululeko where they will learn about sustainable development, the strides being made by one organization to make education more equitable for Grahamstown residents and engage in conversation about promoting human rights through education. GYC delegates will work alongside young people who live in Grahamstown on volunteer projects and will see, firsthand, what efforts are being made to push the community forward. This delegation is open to college age students from around the world.

Job: Impact
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Apply online
If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact. Impact is a nonprofit that runs action campaigns. We work in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy and our future.

Volunteer opportunity: Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Email expressing interest in volunteering
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) welcomes immigrants and refugees who are working to overcome cultural, educational, economic and language barriers, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency and to participate actively in their communities. Volunteers play a critical role at Dorcas, providing the individual attention the program participants require to succeed. Dorcas is always looking for new volunteers to work as  tutors, class room aides, immigration and citizenship support, and refugee mentors.

Volunteer Opportunity: English Open Doors Program
Deadline: November 20 (for Spring '17, for other dates follow this link)
To Apply: Apply online
Eligibility: Seniors (see more details here)
This is a fee-free volunteer opportunity with the English Opens Doors Program (EODP)’s Volunteer Initiative, implemented by the Chilean Ministry of Education, and supported by the United Nations Development Program. The English Opens Doors Program’s mission is to increase the English proficiency of Chilean students and English teachers, an essential skill in aiding Chile’s continued development in our increasingly globalized world. The program is seeking motivated volunteers to serve as English teaching assistants in public middle schools and high schools throughout Chile, helping students develop their listening and speaking skills, as well as encouraging bilingualism and cultural exchange in the context of a government-run, United Nations sponsored initiative. Volunteers of the English Opens Doors Program gain real-world experience living and working abroad while learning (or improving) their Spanish-language abilities, and getting the chance to know an incredible country with a wealth of cultural and historical traditions and geographic diversity.


Grad Program: Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis from University of Maryland
Deadline: January 12 (for Spring '17)
To Apply: Apply online
START offers a fully online, open enrollment Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis through the University of Maryland's Graduate School. 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.



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