May 2, 2016

Hey there IR concentrators--

Welcome to final regular newsletter of the semester! Keep an eye out for the special Commencement Bulletin in the next couple of weeks. Seniors: don't forget to complete your final graduation requirement, submitting your Capstone Catalog!

Best of luck on finals everyone!

-Bridget Corrigan
IR Program Student Assistant

 P.S. Don't forget pre-registration for Fall 2016 ends today!
Announcements this week:
  • Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Senior Graduation Requirements: Final deadline 5/15
  • IR Honors Conference: This Thursday!!
  • Concentration Declaration Day: May 9
  • Spring Fellowship Events: Fulbright
  • Mark Your Calendars


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First Steps Study Abroad
Tuesday, May 3 at 12pm
J Walter Wilson, Room 440


Monday, May 2 at 12pm
Rockefeller Library, Hecker Center
Registration required

Monday, May 2 at 4pm
Rockefeller Library, Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL)
Registration required

Interactive Timelines
Tuesday, May 3 at 3pm
Rockefeller Library, DSL
Registration required


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Office Hours 
5/2 - 5/6
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: Last Graduation Deadline!

May 15 Capstone Catalog on IR Website
Students must submit a capstone catalog entry to graduate in IR. 

IR Honors Conference THURSDAY!
When: Thursday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Come support your fellow concentrators as they present their thesis work! This is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of what an IR thesis entails if you're interested in taking on the task in the future. All are welcome, regardless of grade level or concentration.

Concentration Declaration Day!
When: Monday, May 9 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Watson Institute lobby (111 Thayer St.)

A day to celebrate an important milestone in the life of every Brown undergraduate--declaring their concentration and formally joining their chosen intellectual community. This is a unique opportunity to bring together new concentrators, upperclassmen, and professors. Refreshments. Book Raffle!

Fellowship Events
5/10: Fulbright Getting Started Workshops
Download the full schedule.


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


Watson Events

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Featured Events


Lecture: India-Pakistan Realtions: Can We Move Forward?
When: Monday, May 2 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Brown-India Initiative, OP Jindal Distinguished Lecture
Salman Khurshid is an Indian politician, lawyer, and writer. He became the Union Minister of State with Independent Charge of Corporate Affairs and Minority Affairs in the Government of India. Subsequently he was elevated to Cabinet Minister first of Water Resources with Minority Affairs; then Law & Justice and finally Foreign Minister of India. Mr. Khurshid has been the President of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee twice. He was also the President of the Delhi Public School Society and Dr. Zakir Husain Study Circle. He is the author of the play Sons of Babur (2008) published by Rupa & Co., which has been staged, (over 25 performances) with Tom Alter in the lead role.


Lecture: What is Happening in Poland and Why it Matters (Again)
When: Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Who: Anthony Levitas, Senior Fellow, Watson Institute in International Studies and Public Affairs
Sponsor: Watson Institute, European Politics Seminar
In October 2015, the right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) won an absolute majority in the Polish Parliament. With surprising speed and aggressiveness, the new government passed laws that have paralyzed the Supreme Court, re-politicized the civil service, and subordinated public radio and TV to direct to government control. It has also launched a frontal assault on the last 25 years of Polish history and is clearly attempting to rebrand the period as the illegitimate child of a morally reprehensible compromise. Most recently, it has moved to ban all abortions. PiS’ radical turn towards illiberalism has provoked a series of stern, but so far toothless reprimands from the European Union. At the same time, increasingly large numbers of Poles are taking to the streets in protest. In this talk, Tony Levitas will discuss the origins, prospects and implications of PiS radical rejection of Poland’s post-communist transformation for Poland and for the European Union. 


Lecture: What if This is Not Capitalism, But Something Worse?
Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium (154 Angell St.)
Who: McKenzie Wark, The New School for Social Research
Sponsor: Literary Arts Program
New media critic,scholar and writer McKenzie Wark of The New School for Social Research will present a lecture, "What if this is not capitalism, but something worse?" which will consider the present as 'a new kind of class conflict, including new kinds of class arising out of recent mutations in the forces and relations of production.'

Workshop: 80,000 Hours
When: Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
Where: Salomon Center, Room 203
Sponsor: Brown Effective Altruists
80,000 hours is a national organization which answers one question: how can you, a Brown student, maximize the amount of good you do in your career? Their Executive director, Ben Todd, will tell you how.


Presentation: IR Honors Program Thesis Presentations
When: Thursday, May 5 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsor: IR Program
Come support your fellow concentrators as they present their thesis work! This is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of what an IR thesis entails if you're interested in taking on the task in the future. All are welcome, regardless of grade level or concentration. Reception to follow.


Conference: Cuba Transitions: What's Left Out?
When: Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute (111 Thayer St.)
Sponsors: Watson Institute, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Department of History
One-day international conference on Cuba.



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.

Conference: Forum for American-Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES) New!
When: October 6-10, 2016 and March 2017
Where: Stanford University; Beijing, China
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: June 15, 2016
The Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES) is an international organization based at Stanford University, representing a global network of professionals, scholars, and leaders who are shaping their respective fields in the United States and China. Every year, FACES selects forty outstanding delegates from around the world to attend the FACES Conference. The conference takes place in two sessions, first at Stanford and then in China. FACES Delegates are required to attend both sessions.


Internship: Brown Presidential Internship
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: May 9, 2016
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: Education Consultant New!
Deadline: Rolling
To Apply: Submit your resume and a cover letter describing your interest in AIC Education to Christian Webster ( in an email titled “[Your Name], AIC 2016 Full Time Application
AIC is a company committed to the mission of transforming education within China. We mentor Chinese students one-on-one to prepare them not only for life at US universities, but also to help them identify unique talents, build character, improve communication skills, foster cultural understanding, and ultimately transform mindsets. AIC's collaborative entrepreneurial environment allows motivated educators to initiate and achieve innovations in the field – with high potential for career advancement within the company. Benefits include health insurance, Chinese lessons, a generous bonus system, flexible working hours, and an annual round-trip ticket from China to the US. 

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.

Job: Indonesian Language Teacher
To apply: Email resume to
Deadline: Rolling, to be filled ASAP
Looking for a native Indonesian speaker with teaching experience for a 182 hour freelance contract, teaching remedial-level Indonesian for one US Navy employee. Lessons will be held at a public / private office space within 10 miles of downtown Providence, beginning July 1 and ending August 8, 2016. Classes held Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day comprised of 7 training hours and a 1 hour lunch, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The job requires 30 hours of instruction per week – 7 hours of classes per day. Materials will be provided for the teacher and student. Pay: $4,550 to $5,460 pay for 182 hours (negotiable depending on experience).


Nonprofit Positions: Student Language Exchange
To apply: Email indicating your interest
Deadline: Rolling until filled
SLE facilitates peer-to-peer language-learning programs on college campuses nationwide, and our central planning team is at Brown. We are looking for students passionate about foreign language and culture that are interested in being involved in SLE. We have a few open positions: (1) Storytellers: We need contributors to our online blog, The Examiner. This opportunity is great for students that love to write and would be willing to blog about language learning, other cultures, their experiences as an international student in the United States, or anything else related to world news. (2) Director of Media: We need someone to spearhead the promotion of SLE on social media, through monthly newsletters, and on our blog. This position is perfect for someone interested in media who would be good at designating tasks to Storytellers and our Director of Social Media. (3) Director of Strategy: We are looking for someone who wants to think about the bigger picture of SLE. We are going through a transformational phase right now, and we’d love someone to contribute fresh ideas for how to attract new campuses to SLE and how to more effectively promote language learning.

Summer Camp: Gotoco China New!
To apply: Apply online
Deadline: Rolling
Explore China for free with Gotoco! Gotoco provides university students from all over the world with the chance to volunteer at summer camps across China and earn their TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate. Teach English, learn Mandarin and get to grips with the local culture all absolutely free of charge. We provide free accommodation and meals at your schools, and even offer free accommodation for a week in Yangshuo, one of the most beautiful places in China, at the end of your camp. The camps range in length from two weeks to two months between early June and early September. Learn all about China's culture while earning your very own TEFL certificate and exploring some of the most exciting parts of the world. No prior knowledge of Mandarin is required.Your time in China with us will help both your personal and professional development. Learn about how people work in a foreign environment, learn invaluable leadership skills, develop new skills like calligraphy and work with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

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!


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.