Thursday, December 29, 2011

1/11: Forum on Wrongful Convictions

Wrongful Convictions in Washington State

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
William W. Philip Hall
1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Save the Date to join us for the latest in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences' Community Engagement Forums focusing on Wrongful Convictions in Washington State. The panelists will discuss recent cases of wrongful conviction here in WA (4 exonerations since 2008) focusing on the general factors that contributed to these wrongful convictions as well as what can be done to minimize future risk including procedural and legislative changes (modeled after what other states and local municipalities have already enacted). The forum will consist of a panel discussion followed by Q&A.

Panelists include:

Alan Northrop, Washington State Exoneree

Jacqueline McMurtrie, Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Law

Stephen Ross, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma

Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecutor

Lara Zarowsky, Policy Staff Attorney, Innocence Project Northwest at the UW School of Law

Moderated by KPLU Law and Justice Correspondent, Paula Wissel

Read more about this event in UWT’s Fast Track E-Newsletter

There is no cover charge for this event but registration is required.

Register Here

This forum is brought to you by the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences program, the Social Work program, the Diversity Resource Center, the UW School of Law, and the Office of Advancement with support from UWT’s Arts & Lecture Fund.

For more information, contact Stephen Ross at

State Department Summer jobs--deadline 1/11

We are pleased to inform you that we are now accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Clerical Program. Please click here ( to read about the program's eligibility requirements and to start the Gateway to State online application via USAJobs.

The deadline to submit completed applications is January 11, 2012.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen aged 16 or older at time of appointment, currently enrolled as a student in good academic standing, and able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Please read the entire vacancy announcement for all qualifications and requirements.

You can also post general questions about the Department of State Summer Clerical Program on the Department of State Careers website at

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

2012 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

2012 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Application Cycle is Open!

The 2012 RBSI application process is now open. If you have any questions please contact Shaunda Ragland, or 202-483-2512 (ext 123).

Who is Eligible for the APSA Ralph Bunche Program?

The program targets students from racial/ethnic groups that are significantly underrepresented in science in the United States, e.g. African American, Latino/a, Native American, and Pacific Island students. All students who are members of these groups, or who are interested in broadening participation in political science by students from underrepresented minority populations and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be:

  • United States citizens.
  • Completing their junior year of undergraduate study.
  • Majoring in political science or a related discipline.
  • Have an interest in attending graduate school in political science.

Application Process

Participants in the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute are drawn from a competitive national applicant pool. The RBSI Selection Committee reviews applications and will make decisions during the month of February. Applicants will be informed of their status via email. Applicants should submit the following required information:

  • 2012 RBSI Application Form (MS Word)
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from department chair, and two more from other people who are familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications.
  • A personal statement, not to exceed two double-spaced typed pages, stating the reasons for wanting to participate in the 2012 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute.
  • Resume
  • Official academic transcripts (including Fall semester)

Completed application materials (were to be postmarked by January 18, 2012). Mail to:

APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
c/o Shaunda Ragland
American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206

Additional Information

For additional information about the APSA Ralph Bunche Program, click here. If you have more questions about the program or the application process, contact Shaunda Ragland at 202.483.2512 or

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Tacoma Congressional spring semester internship

I've been informed there are still a couple of openings for anyone interested in applying--see below.

Internship Opportunity in Congressman Adam Smith’s
Tacoma, WA Office

Congressman Smith Currently Seeking Applicants for Internship Positions in his Tacoma, WA District Office

Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process and civic service, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and work well as part of a team.

Interns in the District Office have an opportunity to work in community outreach, constituent services and drafting policy and issue updates. This includes working with caseworkers to help constituents with issues relating to immigration, military and government agencies, among others. Depending on interests, interns also have an opportunity to participate in community outreach, attending meetings and events with outreach staff and Congressman Smith and assisting with town hall meetings.

Other intern duties are administrative: assisting staff with answering phones, data entry, scanning/copying and other tasks as needed. The internship is either a part-time or full-time position requiring approximately 20 (part-time) or 40 (full-time) scheduled hours per week during posted business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm).

Applicants must submit an internship application packet, including a letter of interest, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation to the following address:

Congressman Adam Smith
Attn: Carrie Locken
2209 Pacific Ave, Suite B
Tacoma, WA 98402

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Carrie Locken by phone at (253) 593-6600 or by email at

POSTPONED: 12/6 Model UN Interest Meeting

From: Jinshil Yi <>
Date: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Greetings everyone!

Due to scheduling difficulties which have come up as well as the intense nature of intellectual commitments this week and next (ahem! ahem!), the Model UN executive team has decided to cancel tomorrow evening's interest meeting in favor of a time next semester when it will be easier (and less demanding) for more people to attend. We absolutely realize that minutes are weighed in gold at the moment. :)

However, since we will be registering for the Chicago MUN conference over break (, if you are seriously interested, please email me before December 15th, and I will get in touch with you personally over winter break to coordinate your registration. If you are not sure about Chicago but would like to know more about Model UN next semester, feel free to email as well! I will be more than happy to answer your questions over break.

Wishing you all a heartwarming Christmas break and magnificent new year!

Jinshil Yi
President, Model UN of Puget Sound

NYTimes: Announcing Win-a-Trip 2012

From The New York Times:

NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF BLOG: Announcing Win-a-Trip 2012

Here's how to apply to my 2012 Win-a-Trip contest.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Deadline for study abroad

From: Roy Robinson
Date: Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Subject: Study Abroad Class Announcement?

Hi. Would you mind making a brief Study Abroad Announcement in your classes before students leave campus for the winter break? If students want to study abroad during the summer 2012, the fall 2012 or the spring 2013 they MUST turn in their Approval to Apply Form by January 17, 2012.

Approval to Apply Form

Forms should be returned to the Office of International Programs (215 Howarth). Students can also email the forms to the office. January 17, 2012 is the first day of the spring 2012 semester. Thanks in advance for your help.

Roy Robinson
Director of International Programs
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner St. #1055
Tacoma, WA 98416-1055
T: 253/879-3653
F: 253/879-2648

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December 1st (Tomorrow!) Film: Paradise Now

Tomorrow, December 1 at 6:30pm in Rausch Auditorium, the Global Politics Film Series will be showing our final film of this semester, Paradise Now. It is a Palestinian film that examines the motivations behind suicide terrorism, and follows the story of two childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Collecting Contest 2012

From: facultycoms
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:36 AM
Subject: Collins Library Links - Book Collecting Contest

Please consider sharing this email with your students. Winter break is a great time for students to reflect upon their personal collections and to consider an application.

2011 Winners
2010 Winners

Monday, November 28, 2011

Hertog Program

From: John Walters []
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2011 1:21 PM
To: Seth Weinberger
Subject: 2012 Hertog Program Invitation

The Hertog Program is designed to allow exceptional students a rigorous look at the theory and practice of politics. In the heart of the nation's capital, on the campus of George Washington University, Hertog Fellows study classic trexts in political thought such as Plato's Republic, Machiavelli's Prince, and some of the seminal documents of American politics with an outstanding faculty. In addition, students study selected public policy issues with some of those who helped formulate and implement those policies.

The 2012 Hertog Program will have two parts each consisting of three sections of 15 students each:

1) The Hertog Summer Seminar is a full-scholarship, six-week program in the theory and practice of politics. In addition to the study mentioned above, students will hear from approximately 20 outside speaker from the world of political affairs- public officials, public policy analysts, and writers on politics and policy. Our speakers will include Bill Kristol, Juan Williams, David Brooks, and Charles Krauthammer. The Summer Seminar will begin June 11th and end July 20th. All students admitted will receive a full scholarship and a $3,000 stipend.

2) The Hertog Summer Fellowship is a new, two-week, full-scholarship program focusing on a single topic in political thought or area of public policy. While the Sumnmer Seminar program is designed for all undergraduateas, the Summer Fellowship is open to upper-level undergraduates and recent college geraduates. For 2012, our there se3ctions weill be devoted to foreign policy, democratice capitalism, and the futer of the welfare state, and tocqueville's Democracy in America. The Summer Fellowship will begin on July 23rd and end on August 3rd and each sutudent admitted will receive a full scholarship and a $1,000 stipend.

Interested students should contact either Professor Alisa Kessel ( or Professor Seth Weinberger (

John P. Walters


Hertog Political Studies Program


ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

From: Andrea J Kueter <>
Date: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM
Subject: FW: ICPSR Summer Internship Program 2012

ICPSR Undergraduate Summer Internship Program 2012

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest archive of digital social science data, is now accepting applications for its annual summer internship program. ICPSR is a unit within the institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. ICPSR's data are the foundation for thousands of research articles, reports, and books. Findings from these data are put to use by scholars, policy analysts, policy makers, the media, and the public.

Interns spend ten weekds from June 4- August 10, 2012, at ICPSR (Ann Arbor, Michigan), during which they will:
  • Work in small groups and with faculty mentors to complete research projects resulting in conference-ready posters
  • Gain experience using statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata to check data, working in both UNIX and Windows environments
  • Attend courses in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research
  • Participate in a weekly Lunch and Lecture series that covers topics related to social science research and progessional development.
$3,000 - $5,000* stipend, room and partial-board in university housing, and a scholarship covering the cost of fees, rtexts, and materials for coursework in the ICPSR Summer Program.

Application Procedure:
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter of interest, resume or CV, two letters of recommendation, list of relevant courses, and contact information for the required two professional or faculty references through the University of Michigan Career Gateway: Job ID: 61320
Applications due by February 13, 2012.


  • Undergraduate standing and completion of sophomore year in a social science major, with interests related to one of ICPSR's Thematic Collections
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Knowledge of a statistical softwae package such as SPSS, SAS, or Stata
  • Previous experience with social science research via work or class project
  • Demonstrated leadership, problem solving, and strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work on multiple assignments at once, and manage ambiguity
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with professionals at all elvels
  • Expected graduation of Dec. 2012 or later
  • United States citizenship or permanent residency may be required
Visit for more information

*Stipend amount and citizenship requirement pending funding from the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Profiles in Leadership

Get Involved with Profiles in Leadership!

From: Benjamin Anderstone <>
Date: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM
Subject: "Profiles in Leadership" Event This Monday (12/5)
To: "" <>

This is a quick email to the folks who teach classes involving politics, civics and the like. My name is Ben Anderstone and I’m a junior here at UPS. This coming Monday, I’m hosting an event along with BGLAD, Pierce County & UPS Young Democrats and the UPS Political Science Association. The event will bring in elected officials to discuss what it’s like to be a local leader, as well as opportunities for involvement in 2012. I hope you will pass it on to interested students and classes!


“PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP”: What local leaders are up to in 2012, and how we can get involved

Sponsored by UPS BGLAD, UPS & Pierce County Young Democrats, and UPS Political Science Association

What: A great opportunity for networking, learning and fun! Meet local leaders and discuss the big issues of 2012 (including marriage equality in Washington state), and how to get involved with leadership and activism.

When: Monday, December 5 @ 7 PM

Where: Wyatt 109

Who: Invited guests include:

  • County Auditor Julie Anderson, advocate for civic education and director of elections in Pierce County
  • Councilman-Elect Anders Ibsen, 25-year-old community activist and Proctor District resident, recently elected to Tacoma City Council
  • Rep. Laurie Jinkins, state legislator, healthcare expert and leader on LGBT rights
  • Councilman Ryan Mello, UPS ’01, a leader on environmental, LGBT rights, and livable communities

This event is free, and food and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

View the flyer online @

Spring University Prague 2012

Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to inform you about the academic programme "Spring University Prague 2012", taking place at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) during April 2012 (April 16-27). Its topic is "East goes west- West goes east?: Searching for a new European order after 1990". This study programme is internationally acknowledged and recognized, succesful participants will be given 8 ECTS. For detailed information please see our official homepage

We would appreciate if you could forward this message to your students and colleagues who might be interested in this programme.

Yours sincerely,
Petra Mateju
Spring University Coordinator
Faculty of Social Sciences
Charles University Prague

12/1 Philosophy and the Occupy Movement

An open discussion of philosophical ideas that arise from the Occupy Movement led by Ariela Tubert (Philosophy), Matthew Parott(Philosophy), and Alisa Kessel (Politics & Government).

Thursday, December 1 from 5 -7pm in Wyatt 109