Thursday, September 30, 2010

10/7 ASK night

To all Politics & Government and International Political Economy Faculty: Help your students connect with alumni…urge them to attend ASK Night! Below is information about ASK Night that you can forward to your students.

Also, if you know alumni who your students might like to meet in person, please invite them to attend. There is still time for alumni to register. Your encouragement may be all it takes to motivate them to participate. (You can search the ASK Network to find contact information for over 2500 alumni who have volunteered to share career and graduate school information with students. The ASK Network search page is located in your CES Resources Exclusively for Faculty menu in Cascade.)

“Building and maintaining professional networks is an essential skill required by employers.”

--Dr. Phil Gardner, national expert on the college job market

Begin building your network by attending ASK Night to connect with alumni from your same major and/or working in related fields:

Greg Bell ’07: Legal (Global Ethics and Compliance), Baker Hughes Incorporated

Leslie Brown ’92: Insurance Defense Litigation, Carey Perkins LLP

Darryl Johnson ’60: Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Josh McDonald ’02: State and Local Government Affairs, Washington Restaurant Association

Please join these alumni, and others at:

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Night 2010

Thursday, Oct. 7: drop by anytime between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Wheelock Rotunda

Light snacks provided.

About ASK Night • Complete list of participants • Networking tips • Get your Fast Pass!

We’ll see you there! Kris

Kris Hay

Communications Coordinator

Career and Employment Services

University of Puget Sound


Congressional Internship Program

CHCI 2011 Program Applications
Now Available Online

CHCI is recruiting Hispanic American students - undergraduate and graduate - for its nationally recognized youth development leadership programs.

Applications for CHCI's 2011 Congressional Internship, Public Policy Fellowship, Graduate Fellowship, and Scholarship Programs are now available online at

The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with Congressional placements on Capitol Hill for eight weeks during the summer and twelve weeks in the spring and fall. Participants are exposed to the legislative process and strengthen their professional and leadership skills. Housing, travel and stipend are provided.

2011 Congressional Internship Deadlines:
Spring: November 5, 2010
Summer: February 4, 2011
Fall: April 29, 2011

CHCI's nine month Public Policy Fellowship Program, conducted from September to May, seeks to enhance participants' leadership abilities, strengthen professional skills and produce more competent and competitive Latino professionals in public policy areas. The program provides college graduates with national, hands-on public policy experience in a congressional office, federal agency, nonprofit sector, or corporate setting. Travel, healthcare and monthly stipend are provided. The Public Policy Fellowship Program application deadline is February 18, 2011.

CHCI's nine month Graduate Fellowship Program offers unparalleled experience in the underserved public policy areas of education, health, housing, international affairs, law, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). This competitive program is for exceptional Latinos who have earned a master's degree within three years of the program start date. The International Affairs Fellowship includes three months abroad in Mexico. Travel, health insurance and a monthly stipend are provided. The Graduate Fellowship Program application deadline is February 18, 2011.

With close to $3 million in need-based scholarships awarded to Hispanic students since 2001, CHCI's Scholarship Program is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a two-four year accredited college or university. Students pursuing an associate's degree may apply for a grant in the amount of $1,000; $2,500 for bachelor's candidates; $5,000 for graduate students. The Scholarship Program application deadline is April 16, 2011.

To be eligible, all program applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, be a graduate or undergraduate student with remarkable leadership potential, and have demonstrated a vast history and commitment to community and public service.

You Can Help the Next Generation Achieve the American Dream

CHCI's online application system continues to prove that there is a tremendous need for financial resources and professional development opportunities for the Latino community. For the 2010 program cycle, CHCI received nearly 20,000 unique applications for CHCI student programs.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Alum Geoff LeGrand '10 at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Alum Geoff LeGrand '10 is interning at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in DC this fall, and recently wrote a piece for them on Venezuela's communes. Excerpt below. Want to know more about this internship? Check out their website or contact Professors O'Neil or Share.

Venezuela’s Communes: Not as Radical as You Might Think
by COHA Research Associate Geoff LeGrand

Under President Hugo Chávez, Venezuela has been no stranger to controversy. However, one of Chávez’s proposals has evoked particularly strong emotions – the establishment of socialist communes (comunas socialistas) throughout the country. The proposed commune law (ley orgánica de las comunas) would further expand and institutionalize Venezuela’s system of communal councils – local municipal governing bodies that are ruled by neighborhood leaders using state funds to finance social projects in their communities. The new law would merge the smaller bodies into larger councils called communes that would exercise jurisdiction throughout the area formerly covered by the councils (somewhat confusingly, both these councils and the areas over which they wield jurisdiction are referred to as communes). These new bodies would be given limited autonomy to establish new rules for their respective areas of authority. The law would also establish a series of municipal institutions, such as a communal parliament and a communal bank, which would pertain only to the communes and enhance public participation in the decision making process...

Read the whole thing here.

Social Science Library Blog

From the always amazing Social Science Librarian Andrea Kueter:

Check it out!

10/5-7: Bike count (and intern?)

Hi there,

I hope this finds you all well. I wanted to forward you this information about the Bike/Ped counts in hope that you, students, or co-workers may be able to help out. Also, this is a great opportunity to get involved for any students who may be interested in working as an intern for Tacoma-Pierce County Bike Month next year. Let me know if you have any questions,


Katrina Bloemsma

Business Partnerships Specialist

Pierce Transit

(253) 581-8136

Pierce County Bike and Pedestrian Count

Help track bicyclists and pedestrians in locations throughout the Pierce County by volunteering as an official bicycle and pedestrian counter October 5-7th. Volunteers will be stationed at a trail or intersection during peak commute hours and asked to tally bicycles and pedestrians as they cross your path. Whether you can count during the morning and evening commute all three days, or are only available for one shift, we need your help!

Tuesday, October 5th - Thursday, October 7th
7 am-9am and 4pm-6pm
Choose one shift or volunteer for them all!

The bicycle and pedestrian count is part of an annual state-wide effort, coordinated by the Cascade Bicycle Club and the Washington State Department of Transportation. It is also part of a nationwide effort to begin obtaining data about the nation’s pedestrian and bicycle travel.

Register as a volunteer and choose your shift times and locations at:

Cascade Bicycle Club will follow-up with you to confirm your shift location and time, and to ensure you have all the materials you need to perform the counts. In the meantime, feel free to read more about the documentation project here, and download volunteer instructions and count forms here. If you have any questions or registration issues, contact Tessa at the Cascade Bike Club at or 206-204-0913.

Thank you for helping to make Pierce County a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly community!

10/6 information talk: PG 319 Local Politics

Get involved!
new course, pg319_Jacobson

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights

Apply to NUCHR 2011!

NUCHR 2011 is seeking high-caliber undergraduate delegates with an active interest in human rights and forced migration for this year's conference Human Rights in Transit: Issues of Forced Migration!

NUCHR 2011:

The eighth annual Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) is proud to announce a national student conference entitled Human Rights in Transit: Issues of Forced Migration, which will take place on Northwestern's Evanston campus on January 20-23, 2011. This year’s conference will focus on forced migration across borders. We hope to utilize this theme to analyze the role of borders on the universality of human rights, and more specifically to discuss the obligation of the country of origin and the host country to protect and preserve the rights of migrants. Speakers and delegates will examine forced migration from the perspective of multiple actors to highlight all who are affected by this phenomenon. We hope to question responsibility in the application of human rights (i.e. who is obligated to ensure the rights of refugees and what measures of enforcement do and should exist). Through our case study panel that will explore the issues of migration across the US-Mexico border, panelists will be asked to challenge conventional definitions of refugees and forced migration while examining human rights violations in our own country. Finally, delegates will break up into small groups throughout the three-day conference to discuss specific case studies of forced migration and apply the framework developed by the panels of the conference to these individual scenarios.

How to Apply:

Fill out this form and send the appropriate information to by November 1st, 2011 to apply to be a delegate at NUCHR 2011. You can also visit our website at!

Chosen delegates will receive a travel stipend, hotel accommodations, and meals during their stay in Evanston. We expect delegates to actively engage in each activity throughout the conference. Certain events during the conference will be exclusively for delegates, including private question-and-answer sessions with keynote speakers and discussion sections with in-depth exploration of case studies.

About NUCHR:

NUCHR, the largest undergraduate student-organized conference on human rights in the United States, is dedicated to promoting the universality of human rights while recognizing the difficulty in consensus, issues of cultural relativism, and the potential paradoxes in implementation and practice. This three-day summit unites student delegates from across the country with renowned activists, academics, and policy makers, but is also free and open to the public. In the past, the conference has explored such issues as the misapplication of humanitarian aid, human trafficking, American policy towards HIV and AIDS in the developing world, and American interventionist policy abroad. NUCHR has featured distinguished speakers including Nicholas de Torrente, the executive director of Doctors Without Borders; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof; and Mark Hanis, founder and president of Genocide Intervention Network.

Please visit our website,, for more information on NUCHR, including the student delegate application, the conference schedule, and speaker updates. If you have any additional questions, please contact the co-directors of this year's conference - Scott Chilberg, Julie Kornfeld, and Katharine Nasielski - at

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

10/7: ASK night

From Career and Employment Services:

Students: We've prepared the following information and tips to help you make the most of Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Night. We hope to see you there!

Alumni arrive between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and a brief alumni gathering. ASK Night begins at 7 p.m. and students can drop by any time between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Check back closer to the event to confirm the schedule.

Students, don't miss this opportunity to:
--Make contacts with professionals in a wide variety of careers.
--Hear what others have done with their liberal arts education.
--Practice your networking skills with a Logger-friendly audience.
--Connect with and seek advice from alumni - they've been where you are now and they're interested in where you're headed.

All classes and majors are encouraged to attend this event annually!

Get your ASK Night Fast Pass!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Young Leaders Conference. Prague

Deadline for this has passed, but put it on your calendar for future for when/if you'll be in graduate school...

Call for Applications to Young Leaders Dialogue with America Conference in Prague

Young Leaders Conference in Prague
November 6-12, 2010
Prague, Czech Republic

Application Deadline: September 12, 2010

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs is pleased to announce the Young Leaders Conference in Prague, scheduled for November 6-12, 2010. Nearly two hundred young leaders from Central Europe, the Baltic States, and the United States will gather for one week to dialogue on issues of critical concern to the region and the world. Forty eight U.S. participants will be selected by an IIE selection panel to attend the conference with 143 of their European peers, including the 47 Alumni of the Young Leaders Dialogue with America Program (YLDA) that took place in February 2010.

The Young Leaders Conference in Prague is a follow-on to the Young Leaders Dialogue with America program and represents an opportunity for greater understanding of the dialogue issues and further exchange and collaboration between European young leaders and their U.S. counterparts. The European alumni, European newcomers, and U.S. participants are expected to play an active role in shaping the conference agenda in cooperation with IIE and the U.S. Embassy in Prague.

The conference will center on collaborative Group Projects. Before, during, and after the conference, participants will work together to submit proposals to the U.S. Department of State for potential funding for collaborative activities that strengthen trans-Atlantic cooperation. Up to US$90,000 will be awarded to implement the winning proposals.

This conference is fully-funded, meaning that all domestic and international airfare, lodging, meals, medical insurance, cultural activities and other program materials will be covered by the U.S. Department of State.

Qualified U.S. candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be:

1. A U.S. Citizen

2. Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program or working in a field related to one of the three dialogue themes:
Trans-Atlantic Security, Environmental Issues, or Tolerance and Diversity

3. A young professional with no more than 7 years of professional experience

4. Able to travel to Prague and attend all conference activities scheduled from November 6 to 12, 2010.

For more details, visit

10/17 Talk: Citizenship, Membership, and the US Constitution

US constitution(2)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

10/6 Talk: Brazil: Sustainability and Social Justice

le breton poster 10-06-2010

Submit: Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs

Dear Sir/Madam,

On behalf of the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs, I would like to extend a warm invitation to students of your institution to submit their work for the upcoming 2011 issue.

The Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs showcases outstanding papers on East Asia and Southeast Asia written by undergraduate and graduate students; it is one of the few publications in existence with such a mission. SJEAA accepts original articles from all academic disciplines pertaining to China/Hong Kong/Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Greater East Asia (including Southeast Asia). Published editions of the journal include topics such as politics, international relations, economics, history, literature, and the arts. Supported by the Stanford Center for East Asian Studies, SJEAA is currently distributed internationally and regularly receives submissions from leading universities in the US and abroad.
SJEAA is currently accepting submissions for our 2011 edition, and welcomes submissions from students at your institution. We also accept book review submissions for books whose first publication date is between 2008 and 2010. Book reviews should be above 900 words in length.
The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010. I would greatly appreciate if you could circulate the submissions flier attached to graduate and undergraduate students in your department.
SJEAA also offers subscriptions to biannual print editions completely free of charge (including mailing costs). If you or your department is interested in receiving the journal, please send us your department's mailing address. You can view our previous editions online at

We look forward to fostering closer ties with you in the future. Do not hesitate to contact me by email at should you have any questions. In addition, if there is a more appropriate contact person in the department (such as an undergraduate program coordinator, a graduate advisor, or an administrative director), feel free to let us know at any time.

Thank you very much in advance and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Xin Shan

Publicity Director

Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs

Center for East Asian Studies,
615 Crothers Way, 100 Encina Commons
Stanford, CA 94305

Doug Cloud for Congress looking for interns. If you're interested, call Phil Watson at(253) 459-5985

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Angela Fricilone '10 checks in from South Korea

Angela in the Korean Newspaper
I received this email from Angela, along with a photo of her and some kids having a blast that appeared in a Korean newspaper:


I am having a fabulous time in South Korea teaching English for the TaLK Program. Out of the 350 scholars in the TaLK Program, I was one of 12 to receive an excellency award at the conclusion of the month long training period. I was honored to receive this award from the Korean government. I will be in South Korea until July 2011, so if any PG majors are interested in this fantastic program, have them send me an email and I would be more than happy to offer advice.

Where the Jobs Aren't?

Inside Higher Ed posted an interesting piece on the job market for political scientists. It's tough. In 2007-08 there were over 716 entry-level assistant professor jobs for political scientists; in 2009-10 there were 445. Of the roughly 1,000 newly minted PhDs on the market in 2009, 48% found permanent positions, 21% were in adjunct posts, 11% were on postdocs, and 16% found work outside the academy. The whole article can be found at

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Internship: Washington State Department of Commerce

Position Title: Assistant to the Director of Government Affairs

Duties: Duties include, scheduling, attending legislative hearings, reviewing documents, reading and analyzing legislation, attending meetings with legislators and staff, responding to legislative inquiries, attending internal department meetings, preparing materials for the legislative process and other duties as assigned.

Skills or qualifications: Applicant must:
• Have strong verbal and written skills
• Be able to work in a fast paced environment
• Working knowledge of Microsoft office programs
• Be able to multitask and balance a variety to tasks
• Be a team player
• Represent the state in a professional manner.

Experience Gained: This opportunity will provide the successful applicant a close look at the legislative process and inner-workings of state government. In addition the student will learn how to read and analyze legislation, how a bill becomes a law and how to work in a faced paced government office environment.

Commitment: This is intended to be a full time (40 hour per week) unpaid position from January 3, 2011 through the end of winter quarter. If it can be arranged the position may be extended through the end of the legislative session (late April 2010). The position is located at our Olympia headquarters.

Application: To apply please email a cover letter and resume to by October 15th at 5:00PM. A decision will be reached by November 15th.

If you have questions please email or call:

Nick Demerice
Director of Government Affairs
Washington State Department of Commerce

2010 Graduation

If you'd like to see pictures of our 2010 graduates and graduation celebration, you can find them here:

Global Youth Connect: Rwanda

We've had a student do this in past and spoke highly of it--

Greetings from Global Youth Connect!

We are writing to ask for your assistance in sharing information about
GYC's International Human Rights Delegation and Training program in
Rwanda, which will take place between December 28, 2010 and January
16, 2011.

We are seeking young leaders (ages 18-35) to apply and request that
you forward this announcement to young leaders in your network who may
be interested in participating.

Brief information on the program can be found below in this email and
more detailed application information is available on our website at:

We request that you forward this to any interested parties as soon as

The final deadline to receive applications is September 27, 2010. An
early deadline has been set for September 15th, for a selection of up
to five of the fifteen delegates.

Global Youth Connect is an international human rights organization
which is building and supporting a community of youth who are actively
promoting and protecting human rights, and educating and inspiring the
next generation to work for peaceful change. We have been organizing
international human rights delegations since 2001. Please visit our
website to learn more about our work:
Specific information about previous Rwanda delegations can be found at

We greatly appreciate your help in making sure we get the word out to
talented and motivated young leaders who might be interested in this
unique international opportunity for learning, service and connection
for human rights, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Best Wishes,

Jesse Hawkes
Executive Director
Rwanda Program Director
Global Youth Connect
Empowering Youth to Advance Human Rights, and Create a More Just World


Rwanda Human Rights Delegation for Young Leaders -- Dec 28, 2010 - Jan
16, 2011

Program Location: Rwanda

Dates: Dec 28, 2010 - Jan 16, 2011

Program Tuition: $2,200

Application Deadline: September 27, 2010

Global Youth Connect, an international human rights organization, is
pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from young
leaders (ages 18-35) for our Winter international human rights
delegation to Rwanda.

Human rights delegations are a unique, first-hand opportunity to cross
cultural boundaries, learn about the daily reality of human rights as
experienced in a complex and increasingly globalized world, and to
contribute to progressive action. The delegates to Rwanda will join a
2.5 week-long Learning and Action Community (LAC) comprised of Rwandan
youth activists and grassroots NGOs, and centered on three core
activities: a human rights education and training workshop, site
visits within Rwanda to organizations and institutions, and volunteer
service projects with grassroots NGOs.

This January's Learning and Action Community (LAC) with Rwandan peers
will explore the human rights situation in Rwanda today and take
concrete action steps together to support current and future efforts
for human rights protection and promotion, both in Rwanda and abroad.
We will focus on the relationship between human rights and
development, the relationship between the arts and human rights, and
the role of grassroots organizations in the realization of human
rights. In advance of and during the delegation, we will study the
roots of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and see how its legacy has
impacted the country and its people, particularly Rwandan youth, and
also how the country is attempting to rebuild today. We will examine
how local institutions and programs are promoting a culture of respect
for human rights in this country and beyond, including but not limited
to several key issues: children’s rights, LGBTI rights, public health,
juvenile justice, and rights of historically marginalized groups.

Application Deadline: September 27, 2010 5pm EST

How to Apply: We invite interested young leaders to apply. We
are looking for participants who are between the ages of 18-35 and who
possess U.S. or Canadian citizenship or residency as well as
international students studying full-time at a U.S. or Canadian
college or university. Most importantly, applicants should wish to
expand their knowledge and understanding of human rights and social
justice and to offer hard work, skills, connections, etc. to the work
already underway in Rwanda and elsewhere. Participants will become
part of a growing global movement of youth acting together for
compassion, human rights and responsibility.

For detailed information on program activities, costs, fundraising
guide, and application information, please visit:

For additional info, contact GYC at

Trick or Vote!

From Kerry Burgott '09:

Trick or Vote is a national program put on by the Bus Project where basically volunteers dress up in costume and go door to door on Halloween reminding people to vote. It's a really great concept, is tons of fun, and actually works. To further encourage UPS students to possibly get involved, they should know that there is usually an epic party afterward.

Here is the link to the official site of Trick or Vote: People can find the Trick or Vote group closest to them, which will most likely be the Washington Bus, located out of Seattle. Involvement, even if it's just volunteering, with political organizations like the Bus looks good on resumes. Also, participation events like Trick or Vote can lead to more volunteering, then possibly internships, and then maybe even a job, such as in my case- always something to keep in mind.


Kerry Burgott

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Great educational opportunity for Puget Sound students: Seminar and Field Course in Botswana and Namibia, Spring 2011

Seminar--People, Politics, and Parks (300 level): Spring 2011, Mondays 5-7:30pm,
Professor DeMotts

Course description: The ways in which people understand and manage their relationship with nature are varied and contentious. As concern for the natural environment has become a subject of regular and sometimes intense discussion in the political arena, it is more and more important that we critically consider the political processes through which environmental policy decisions are made. Nowhere is this more clear than in examining the ways in which land and resources are conserved through parks. This course examines the intersection of protected areas and political priorities in local, regional, and global context, grounding larger discussions of parks and conservation in the particular spaces in which they take place. Complicating ideas of conservation brings insight into the complexity of environmental politics and policymaking as well as the ways in which those people most affected by conservation are able to participate in it. The prerequisite for this course is one of the following: ENVR 110; PG101, 102, or 103.

Field School, Botswana and Namibia: 16 May – 5 June 2011

The field course is an extension of the People, Politics, and Parks seminar. Students selected to participate in this field school will have the opportunity to travel to rural Botswana and Namibia and learn about the complex relationships between people and conservation by visiting parks and conservation areas and interacting with local organizations and residents.

Students selected for participation in the field school must enroll in Prof. DeMotts’ seminar in People, Politics, and Parks (ENVR 326) in the spring of 2011 as a means of preparation. There will also be periodic meetings with fellow participants during the semester before departure to further prepare and to get to know those with whom you will be travelling. The major seminar project to be completed by each student will be based on fieldwork for those travelling to Botswana and Namibia. Thus, each field course participant will receive an incomplete grade in the seminar until the end of the field school, at which time field projects will be graded and seminar coursework considered complete.

Application Process

Interested students must apply to Prof. Rachel DeMotts directly [, x2891] by September 13 with a brief (1-2 page) statement of interest addressing the student’s reasons for wanting to participate and Puget Sound transcripts (unofficial is acceptable).

**Funding is available for student participation in this field school to cover most travel costs, with a strong preference for Environmental Policy and Decision-Making Program minors.

Internships, campaign positions--Murray Senate campaign


My name is Josh Cole (P&G '09) and I am a field organizer with the Washington State Democrats in Pierce County. We're working hard to get Patty Murray reelected to the U.S. Senate this year and we're looking for passionate, excited interns who want to help get her reelected!

Specific responsibilities of the Intern include but are not limited to:

* Help with voter contact
* Work on earned media events, such as letters to the editor
* Work with volunteers
* Assist in an administrative role as needed
* Assist in building and executing a grassroots driven Get Out The Vote effort

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following qualifications:

* Desire to effect change and commitment to stay involved until November 2nd
* Strong organizational and time-management skills
* Strong work ethic and ability to handle multiple projects
* Ability to adapt quickly and accomplish goals as set forth by the campaign
* Results-oriented, dependable, and proactive
* Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

For any student who is interested in getting their foot in the door with American politics, this position is a great foot in the door to see how candidates really get elected. Anyone who is interested can email me at or call at 253.267.5416