Thursday, March 31, 2011

Film: Milking the Rhino

Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 pm in Wyatt 307

"A fascinating, and often beautiful" documentary, winner of numerous awards at multiple film festivals. Discussion to follow.
Pizza will be served.

Lecture: Out of Status: Immigration and Higher Education

Monday, April 4 at 6 p.m. in Trimble Forum

Please let interested students know about an event this Monday at 6PM in Trimble Forum. The session titled, "Out of Status: Immigration and Higher Education," will consider the unique challenges facing undocumented immigrants and specifically documented students at Puget Sound. The conversation will be lead by myself and Sally Sprenger from Admissions.

Robin Jacobson
Assistant Professor

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

4/6 Council on Foreign Relations Talk: Nigeria on the Brink

Speaker: John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

The next Council on Foreign Relations conference call will take place on Wednesday, April 6 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the Misner Room in the library. The topic of the call is Nigeria and the expert doing the call will be John Campbell, Prior to joining CFR, Ambassador Campbell was a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer serving twice in Nigeria, first as political counselor from 1988 to 1990, and then as ambassador from 2004 to 2007. His other overseas postings include Lyon, Paris, Geneva, and Pretoria. Past assignments include deputy assistant secretary for the bureau for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs. Ambassador Campbell was a visiting professor of international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a U.S. Department of State mid-career fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to his career in the foreign service, he taught British and French history at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.

Please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger ( if you’re interested in attending this conference call…

Internship Opportunity with Student PIRGs

Dear Professor Sousa and Professor O'Neil,

I'm working with the Student PIRGs to run an internship program at University of Puget Sound where students can make a difference on issues they care about - like protecting our forests, expanding public transportation, or making textbooks affordable. Students can organize events around weatherizing local homes and community buildings or fund raising for local shelters.

Through our intern program, students will learn how to plan and run the campaign, recruit and train a team of volunteers, work with the media, and educate their campus about these issues. We our now accepting applications. Students can apply online at

Will you forward the email below to your classes or any other student leaders on campus who you think would be interested in our internship opportunities?

Thank you for all you do for your students!

Greg Maynard
Field Organizer
Student PIRGs
c: 978-758-5788

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If you want to make a difference and learn valuable skills, join our team of interns and volunteers. We've got plans to take on the problems our country faces - and with your help, we can.
Spring Campaigns:
• Sustainable University of Puget Sound
• Hunger & Homelessness
• Better Public Transit
• Make Textbooks Affordable
Find out more and apply for a Student PIRG internship:

If you care about these issues or others, we can give you the skills you need to make a difference. We're working together, and we're getting things done.

Greg Maynard, Field Organizer
Student Public Interest Research Groups

Kate's Kitchen at the Proctor Farmers Market

To: Professor Karl Fields and Professor Patrick H O'Neil

I hope this year is treating you both well. I have good
food stand, Kate's Kitchen, is debuting this Saturday, April 2nd, at
the Proctor Farmers Market. We are making Pad Thai, Thai Iced Tea,
and Spring Rolls using local ingredients at the market.

I'm not sure how kosher this is, but I was wondering if you can help
me spread the words around the P&G department. I have always wanted to
make it on Professor O'Neil's blog post :)

Kate Trinh '10

PS Don't worry I still have my day job. The food stand is only a side
project. I got really bored with the mundane 40 hour work week. I
might go back to school soon....I can't decide between computer
programming or business so I thought that I would take on this project
first to see if I like business :)

Friday, March 25, 2011


Join the discussion with Professor Weinberger on Friday, April 1st from noon-1 pm in Wyatt 226

PBS NewsHour Job Opening - Broadcast Desk Assistants

You are one of the first to hear about this!

Broadcast Desk Assistant duration: six-month term (July 11, 2011 to Jan. 13, 2012)

The Desk Assistant (DA) position is part of a six-month entry-level program aimed at providing practical experience in a broadcast news setting. The DAs are exposed to all aspects involved in producing a nightly television news program. This position is divided into rotations among the different units that compose the NewsHour: research, newsroom, tape library, reporting, and production. Over the course of the program, each of the 8 Desk Assistants hired will work in 3 of the 6 different rotations for a period of two months each. They also act as support staff for Senior Producers, Associate Producers, Reporters and Production Assistants, by answering phones, sorting mail, distributing paper and other administrative tasks. Finally, Desk Assistants will attend a series of breakfasts with various members of our organization including correspondents, producers, and reporters.

Link to the Desk Assistant application page:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Invisible Children Screening: Monday, March 28th

Hello Professors, Faculty, and Staff!

Our school’s Invisible Children club is hosting a screening on Monday, March 28th. This screening features roadies from the Invisible Children organization and a Ugandan speaker to inform students and the community on this very current and prevalent issue. We would greatly appreciate the passing of information for this event and encourage possibly offering extra credit to incite attendance.

The Invisible Children club at University of Puget Sound is dedicated to supporting the greater Invisible Children movement through fundraising and spreading awareness to the student body and surrounding Tacoma community. The Invisible Children organization began as an effort to improve the social conditions of former child soldiers and evolved into a massive organization that aims to ease the sufferings of the Northern Ugandan Alcholi People caused by the civil war. The LRA, (Lords Resistance Army), led by Joseph Kony, began abducting child soldiers when he waged war on the Ugandan government. This twenty three year long civil war has been destroying the lives of the Northern Ugandan Acholi people, who are being abused by both the rebel army and their own government.

Recently, Joseph Kony and his followers have fled Uganda and began to terrorize innocent civilians from neighboring countries, Central African Republic, the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This most recent tour is named the Congo tour because the Invisible Children Organization is now focused on protecting the people most vulnerable in the Congo by setting up radio towers that will warn civilians with the LRA is near and establishing rehabilitation centers for those people who were tortured by the LRA.

The Invisible Children club feels there is a moral responsibility to raise awareness and funds to combat these massive violations of human rights and hope that the Puget Sound Community will support and publicize our cause. Below is our poster and a link leading to the trailer for our movie.

Thank you for your participation, and we hope to see you this upcoming Monday!

Link to the trailer: Please help us spread the word!

Sarah Webb
University of Puget Sound '12
Sustainability Services Program Coordinator
Co-President- Invisible Children Club

Graduating Seniors: National Security Analysis and Intelligence Summer Seminar, July 2011

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) National Security Analysis & Intelligence Summer Seminar (NSAISS) is now accepting applications through APRIL 3, 2011 for a two-week residential summer program in Washington, D.C., July 10-22, 2011.

NSAISS participants will be introduced to the business of intelligence and will interact with senior officials, current intelligence analysts, and private sector experts to explore intelligence disciplines, methodologies, and substantive topics through a curriculum of lectures, panels, case studies, simulations, and site visits to agencies. Program participants will receive accommodations, living expenses, and transportation to/from Washington D.C. and to all program activities.

Program participants must be US citizens, interested in intelligence careers, and currently enrolled university graduate students or exceptional graduating seniors with proven plans for ongoing graduate study in Fall 2011. For more information about the program, eligibility and application visit

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Please Mess With Texas?" Professor Sherman on radioactive waste disposal

Professor Sherman, whose recent book from Resources for the Future focused on the politics of low level radioactive waste disposal, has published a piece in the News Tribune. It is entitled "Please Mess With Texas: State Offers a Glowing Example for Nuclear Waste Policy." You can read the piece here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fund for the Public Interest - Summer jobs that matter!

Interviews on campus Wednesday 3/30 and Thursday 3/31

Fund For The Public Interest is a national nonprofit organization working to increase the visibility, membership and political power of the nation’s leading environmental and progressive groups.

Professor O'Neil,

I work for a non-profit organization called the Fund for the Public Interest and we are currently reaching out to college students at the University of Puget Sound to tell them about our summer job opportunities. We are hiring students who are articulate and passionate about working on environmental and social justice campaigns to help us to build resources for groups like the Sierra Club, Environment Washington, WashPIRG and the Human Rights Campaign. The job itself includes fundraising, public education, outreach and membership building for these groups. It is a great training for students looking to work in politics, non-profits, social justice and environmental issues.
I know a lot of students don’t necessarily know how to find jobs like these so I was hoping that, as a professor in Politics and Government, you would have access to departmental listservs or would allow me to make a brief announcement in one of your classes; also, if you know better ways of reaching out to students via student groups or clubs, please let me know!
I will be on campus on Wednesday, March 30th and Thursday, March 31st, speaking with students and interviewing them for these positions. Below is a quick announcement that offers some information about the jobs and the info sessions. Thanks so much for your help during this busy season!


Katrina Rosen
Citizen Outreach Director, FFPI
(o) 206-621-8334
(c) 206-841-5141


Summer jobs that matter! Interview on your campus!
The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. We run campaigns for the Sierra Club, the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer we will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns.

Last summer our staff helped ban off-shore drilling to protect our coasts, repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and increase food safety standards to make school lunches safer- all while building valuable leadership skills.
Currently, we have paid positions open on our campaign staff in each of our locations. We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.

As a member of our staff, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.
We will hold information sessions and interviews at University of Puget Sound March 30-31. To find out more and apply, please visit or call 1-800-75-EARTH

Friday, March 11, 2011

World Affairs Council Internship

FYI--We have had good feedback from students on this internship--

Hello Career Counselors, Advisors, Professors, and Directors:

The World Affairs Council is starting the application process for summer internships today! The Summer internship quarter will run July – September, but there is some flexibility in those dates given the variance of schedules among schools.

We thought some of your students or advisees may be interested in an internship opportunity with the World Affairs Council. We have quarterly unpaid internships for up to 19 internationally-minded students in the Greater Seattle area.

Our interns commit 12-15 hours per week 10-12 weeks (3 - 6 months) during our office business hours, which are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Our interns gain valuable hands-on skills and perform basic office tasks, and are involved in special projects, which vary depending on the department. In the past, special projects have included accompanying high-level international delegates to their meetings in Seattle, writing grants, and co-creating international curriculum for local schools. After an internship is completed, each intern will receive a complementary one year membership plus receive monthly newsletters with job, intern, and volunteer opportunities.

The World Affairs Council in Seattle has six departments which include Administration, Membership and Development, Communications, International Visitor Program, Community Programs, and Global Classroom. Interested applicants should read about our internship programs on our website at

Resumes and cover letters may be submitted to Margaret Tyson at The application deadline for the Summer Quarter internship is April 8, 2011. I have attached our flyer to this email with the information as well.

Thank you!

Margaret Tyson
Operations Manager - World Affairs Council
2200 Alaskan Way, Ste. 450, Seattle, WA
206.441.5910 | 206.441.5908 fax
206.484.2808 mobile
World + Insight

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Academic Internship: Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service, Washington, DC

Dear David Sousa,

Do you know students who want to spend a summer of service in Washington, DC? The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service has extended the deadline for the summer 2011program until March 25. This academic internship program focused on the nonprofit sector is held at Georgetown University and provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience.

Please consider forwarding the email announcement below to undergraduate student leaders who are engaged in service or who might be interested in careers in the nonprofit sector!

Thank you so much for your time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or by phone at 1.800.741.6964.


Mary Connell
Director, Recruitment and Admissions
U.S. Programs
The Fund for American Studies


How will you choose to spend your summer?

Join the millions of volunteers, public servants and nonprofit professionals who heard the call to serve in the nation’s capital.

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service offers you a chance to put your talents towards affecting change. Spend your summer in service while getting a hands-on learning experience in Washington, DC.

This summer’s IPVS application deadline has been extended to March 25, 2011 with scholarship funding available. You still have the opportunity to be placed in an internship that puts you on the front-lines of our nation’s recovery and renewal.

Spend your summer taking action and making an impact in the community. With IPVS you can:

* Provide families with educational programs that combat childhood obesity.
* Help to advance public health by conducting intake interviews.
* Facilitate enrichment opportunities for at-risk youth that encourage future successes.
* Translate legal service documents and consultations for low-income immigrants.
* Raise money and awareness for diseases that affect millions.
* Provide direct emergency services to clients at a homeless shelter.
* Research nonprofit policy and report on agency benefits.
* Engage the local community in a park clean-up that revitalizes urban green spaces.

To take advantage of the extended deadline, please contact Mary Connell, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at or 800.741.6964. We will work with you to help you complete your application and ensure that it qualifies for the extended deadline.

For more information or to start an application, please visit our website at

1706 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

2011 Summer Internships: DC Internships with Washington Legislators

From alum Rebecca Bryant:

I wanted to follow up to let you know that our office is still accepting intern applications. With the new Ranking Member position, we have been updating the website and are still in the process of doing so, so I wanted to reach out to you with some information to pass along to UPS students so that they have the correct information.

The deadline for the summer internships is April 5, 2011. The application can be found online at the following link:

The Smith office here in DC will be looking for 3 interns this summer, one full-time paid, and two part time volunteer.

I have also complied a list of the various intern coordinators in each of the Washington State offices, and included that below.

Hope all is well back in the other Washington!


Sen. Patty Murray 202-224-2621

Intern Coordinator: Amaia Kirtland amaia­ or

Sen. Maria Cantwell 202-224-3441

Intern Coordinator: Laura Gray

Rep. Jay Inslee 202-225-6311

Intern Coordinator: Casey Katims

Rep. Rick Larson 202-225-2605

Intern Coordinator: Ben Byers

Rep. Herrera Butler 202-225-3536

Intern Coordinator: Jordan Evich

Rep. Doc Hastings 202-225-5816

Intern Coordinator: Illene Clauson

Rep. McMorris Rodgers 202-225-2006

Intern Coordinator: Ginyoung Lee

Rep. Norm Dicks 202-225-5916

Intern Coordinator: Natasha Wortham

Rep. Jim McDermott 202-225-3106

Intern Coordinator: Jacqueline Gosnell

Rep. Dave Reichert 202-225-7761

Intern Coordinator: Clinton Hershiser

2011 Summer Internships: Council on Hemispheric Affairs

2010 PG graduate, Geoff LeGrande, now in the Peace Corps in Latin America, was a COHA intern, and welcomed contact by interested applicants (contact me, if you want me to put you in touch with Geoff:

COHA is now accepting applications for summer internships in the field of U.S.-Latin American and Canadian relations. Every summer, COHA awards some 30 internships to applicants from a pool of roughly 300 candidates. COHA accepts applications on a rolling basis, but openings tend to be filled quickly. COHA is always looking for original, exacting scholars who possess an uncluttered writing style. We are looking for resourceful, sharp and motivated applicants who are seeking an opportunity to receive practical experience in the fields of policymaking and communicating with the media, and have a desire to advance progressive development on political, economic, and trade matters throughout Latin America and Canada. As the jockeying for internships can, at times, be rather competitive, in applying for such positions we ask potential applicants to send us the following documents to ensure we are recruiting the most qualified candidates: cover letter, résumé, writing sample, transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, and a completed COHA internship application form (found
here). We look forward to receiving your application, which will be diligently scrutinized.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Central Washington University Presents: Master of Science in Law and Justice Program Information Session 3/10/2011


On March 10th CWU at Kent will be holding an information session for students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Law & Justice, which is set to be delivered Fall 2011 at Kent Station. If you are interested in learning more about the program, you may view the program description by clicking here:

See below for location.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Summer School in Prague

European Summer School 2011 - application process has just begun!

Feel free to submit your application!

We are happy to announce you that the 9th year of the European Summer School has be opened for accepting the applications. Bellow on this website you will find all necessary information on current program as well as all previous summer schools organized by the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy.

We are looking forward to your applications.

The European Summer School 2011 (ESS 2011) "Europe in 2020 - Ever Closer, Ever Larger?" focuses on perspectives of the European integration in this decade. The courses will emphasize the particular situations of Central European countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) and try to answer the question to which extent the division of ideas and visions of old and new EU member states remain. Participants of the ESS 2011 will learn and discuss the different issues of individual policies.

You can download the promotion leaflet here.

Charles Bridge

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy is one of the best Czech think tanks that undertakes programme, project, publishing and training activities related to the European integration matters. It is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent institute which focuses on the issues of European integration and its impact on the transformation of political, economic and legal milieu in the Czech Republic. EUROPEUM strives to contribute to a long-lasting development of democracy, security, stability, freedom and solidarity across Europe. EUROPEUM is member of various international networks of policy and research institutes, for instance EPIN (European Policy Institutes Network, or PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society,

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Alice Walker talk in Oly

The Rachel Corrie Foundation is excited to announce our annual Peace Works event, a conference titled Solidarity in Action, set for April 8-9, 2011. We are delighted to feature Pulitzer Prize winning author and poet Alice Walker as keynote speaker. Walker will speak on “The Writer/Poet as Activist,” Friday, April 8, 7:30 pm, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia.

I invite you and your students to join us for this rare opportunity to hear from one of America's most esteemed writers, and I encourage you to include Alice Walker’s writing in your spring curriculum. An accomplished and prolific author, Walker is known for her poetry, short stories, novels, and essays and for her work as a feminist and activist, as well. Her writing has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and she is recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her novel The Color Purple (1982) -- the story of two sisters who remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence -- is now an American classic.

Walker recently published a short book entitled Overcoming Speechlessness (2010), a personal reflection of her travels through Rwanda, the Eastern Congo and Palestine. In it, she recounts personal, heart-wrenching stories of occupation and crimes against humanity, but, also, of human resilience and her own struggle to overcome the silence that follows the witness of unspeakable acts. The book examines Walker's lifetime of writing and activism, from her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid struggle, to the current situation in Palestine/Israel. The author's other recent books include Hard Times Require Furious Dancing (poetry, 2010), The World has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker (interviews from 1973-2006), and We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness (talks, essays, poems, prose, 2007).

I hope your spring program may benefit from integrating some of Alice Walker’s work and that you and your students may take advantage of the special opportunity to hear from her in person April 8th in Olympia. Group tickets can be reserved through the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for $12.50 per student.

For more information about Alice Walker, please visit:

You and your students are invited to attend our entire Peace Works 2011 conference: Solidarity in Action -- two exciting days of networking, panels, and workshops at The Evergreen State College. Panelists will address the current situation in Israel/Palestine and strategies for justice and peace, the growing international campaigns for BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions), and cross movement building. Local and national organizers will facilitate workshops to educate, motivate, and provide tools for community organizing. The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project will present the next phase of its downtown Olympia mural, one of the city’s most beautiful and successful collaborative projects.

For Peace Works schedule and registration information, please go to:

If you know of campus organizations or student groups that might be interested in supporting or attending these events, please forward this information. Conference co-sponsorship and tabling opportunities are available, and information is at our website
Thank you for your time. If you have questions or are interested in more information about Peace Works 2011, please visit the Rachel Corrie Foundation website and, also, feel free to contact me.

Thank you,
Maya Harris
Community Development and Educational Outreach Intern
Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

A cool website with lots of opportunities:
Check out the job board in particular--

Talk: Communities and Parks in India

Community and Park: Happily Ever After? Case Studies from Northeast India
Nandita Hazarika, EcoSystems India
March 8 6:30 pm Wyatt 109

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Job opportunities--paid campaign positions!

I graduated two years ago from the Politics department and have been doing campaign work and political consulting in the Pierce County area since. This year, I started a firm with my business partner called Progressive Strategies NW. We do political consulting work for Democrats in the Tacoma area and will have a few job opportunities for students or recent graduates interested in getting their feet wet in local politics.
Later in the election season, we'll be looking for paid campaign managers for school board, city council, and bond measure races. Right now, we have an immediate need for a graphic artist to help design campaign material. We're looking for someone who is tech-savvy with a passion for politics and progressive candidates. This would be a part-time (5-10 hours) position that could easily work around a class schedule. I don't know if you have any students who are double majors in PG and Computer Science or Art, but if you know of anyone interested who you would recommend, we would love an opportunity to interview them.
Feel free to forward this email or my contact information to anyone who may be interested, or to give me a call any time.

Thanks and best wishes,
~Nic Van Putten

3/2 Council on Foreign Relations Talk: UN Security Council Enlargement

Professor Weinberger will be hosting a Council on Foreign Relations Conference Call on Wednesday, March 2 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM in the Misner Room in the Puget Sound library. The subject will be UN Security Council enlargement and the speaker will be Dr. Stewart Patrick.

Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Patrick was a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, and a professorial lecturer in international relations and conflict management at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies from 2005 to 2008. He served on the secretary of state's policy planning staff, with lead staff responsibility for U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, and a range of global and transnational issues from 2002 to 2005. Prior to government service, Dr. Patrick was a research associate at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, where he also taught U.S. foreign policy as an adjunct professor of political science.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Professor Weinberger ( as soon as possible.