Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Student Job Opportunity

Students: Grassroots Campaigns is now hiring campaign staff

"The struggle for peace and social justice never ends, and one has to make a greater vow not to be discouraged from the activist path. . ."

Even though countless battles for progressive issues have been won over the past several years, we're still up against similar fights and identical challenges. From efforts towards equal rights for all, protecting the environment and alleviating poverty, now more than ever, we need activists to stand up for what is right.

There will always be easier paths to take, but no path will be more rewarding than the one fighting for these issues.

Grassroots Campaigns is currently hiring progressive students to work on field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, the ACLU, and The Nature Conservancy for our summer offices, with opportunities to stay on longer once the summer is over.

The positions I'm currently hiring for are both canvassers and Field Managers; the pay ranges from $300-$550/wk.

Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America, the League of Conservation Voters, VoteVets, the Democratic National Committee, MoveOn.org Political Action,

If this sounds like something that would be a good fit for you, click here to apply online, or call me at 617-459-7998.


Bridget Klene
Canvass Director
Grassroots Campaigns

Monday, January 30, 2012

Another journal publication

Dan Parecki recently had a revised version of his PG 250 paper published in the undergraduate political science journal Critique:

The Effect of Bridging and Bonding Social Capital on Female Literacy in India


From Toni C Stinnett
Good morning Professor O'Neil,

I just got word that the research paper I wrote for Iran-Israel has been published in an online academic journal emphasizing students' work, Student Pulse! Here is the URL if you are interested: http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/611/the-right-of-return-an-obstacle-on-the-road-to-peaceful-negotiations-between-israel-and-palestine

Apply now for an internship with U.S. Department of State


We are pleased to inform you that we are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State's Fall 2012 Student Internship Program.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/students/programs) to read more about the Student Internship Program, and to start the Gateway to State online application process.

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school).
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement carefully for all qualifications and requirements.

You can also visit our Student Programs forum (http://careers.state.gov/engage/forums/student-programs) to post questions or read discussions about this program.

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

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

Friday, January 27, 2012

National Council on U.S. Arab relations internship

2012 Summer Internship Program
May 28-August 3, 2012
Washington, D.C.

  • Intensive 10-week program promotes academic, professional, and personal development in the nation’s capital
  • 30 interns are selected from American and international colleges and universities
  • Internship placement in one of more than twenty Washington, D.C.-based organizations
  • Meet with Arab world diplomats, journalists, business professionals, religious leaders, and regional specialists
  • Weekly field trips and site visits to government, business, and academic institutions
  • Required academic seminar meeting two evenings per week
  • Internships are unpaid
  • $1,000 fellowship stipend awarded upon completion of the program
  • Ideal candidates have excelled inside the classroom and demonstrated leadership on campus
  • Preference given to continuing university students and Model Arab League participants

Introduction to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is a non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Engaged in the work of educational outreach, people-to-people exchanges, and promoting cross-cultural encounters for more than 28 years, the National Council is a 501(c)(3) public charity with tax-exempt status.

The Council's vision is a relationship between the United States and its Arab strategic partners, friends, and allies that rests on as solid and enduring a foundation as possible. Such a vision, viewed from both ends of the spectrum, is one that would be characterized by strengthened and expanded strategic, economic, political, commercial, and defense cooperation; by increased partnership; by growing mutual benefit; by reciprocal respect for each other’s heritage and values; and by overall acceptance of each other’s legitimate needs, concerns, interests, and objectives. This vision also encourages heightened contacts and exchanges of present and emerging leaders between Americans and Arabs alike. The National Council's mission is to educate Americans about the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world through leadership development, people-to-people programs, lectures, an annual Arab-U.S. policymaker’s conference, the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study experiences, specialized publications, and national, state, and local grassroots outreach to media, think tanks, select community, civic, educational, religious, business and professional associations. In these ways the National Council seeks to strengthen and expand the overall Arab-U.S. relationship in the areas of strategy, economics and finance,public policy, commerce, defense cooperation, education, and people-to-people relations. More information about the

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is available at: www.ncusar.org

apply at http://www.ncusar.org/programs/12-NCUSAR-Summer-Intern-Program-Application.pdf

EU summer studies program in Brussels

The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels offers US students the opportunity to study the emergence of a united Europe in its dynamic heart. Running from July 9 to August 10, the program will consist of two courses plus an EU simulation for a total of 12 quarter credits (or 8 semester credits). The Program is administered by the European Commission-sponsored EU Center of Excellence at the University of Washington (Seattle), and is hosted by the Universite' Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This five-week program features lectures and seminars by leading experts on the EU from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as site visits to major EU institutions and organizations involved in European integration. In addition, the program is supplemented by cultural and social events in and around the city, as well as a field trip to Luxembourg. Participating students will also receive a three-day Benelux rail pass. Brussels' central location allows students to easily explore the area's rich history and culture at their own pace. The city is famous for its excellent dining, and the program will include two special group dinners. Field trip costs are covered by program fees. Discover the new Europe through the EU Studies Program in Brussels!

Class of 2011

Quotes from participating students:

"Fun intensive and informative" - "The program was truly an incredible opportunity to learn more about the EU in depth" - "It was a great program, I learned a lot" - "Fantastic opportunity to come to Europe and learn about the EU from inside-out" - "Excellent" - "Walks on water" " I felt very honored to discuss with policy makers and parliament members about complex issues like integration" - "One of the most memorable experiences"

Courses & Program
The program includes two courses: "Current EU Policy Debates", taught by Dr. Christine Ingebritsen (Scandinavian Studies Professor, UW), and "EU Institutions: Views from inside the Brussels Complex" taught by Dr. Peter Hobbing (former Principal Administrator, European Commission). In addition, students will participate in a European Union simulation. The two courses are 5 credits each and the EU simulation is 2 credits. Students will be awarded 12 UW credits upon successful completion of the program.

Facilities & Housing
Courses will be held at the Institute for European Studies on the ULB campus. Students will have access to the ULB library and other campus facilities. During the first two days of the program students will be housed at the Sleep Well Youth Hostel in downtown Brussels. Beginning on July 12th students will be accommodated in single-room student dorms in the "Residence Elio Conte" building on the ULB Solbosch campus.

The Elio Conte dorms are located close to the Institute for European Studies (IEE), where the program seminars will be held. The residences provide internet access, private bathrooms and showers, plus a shared kitchen. The dorms are conveniently located near mass transit and are just a short walking distance from numerous restaurants and shops.

ULB Solbosch camus map

Student's dorm accommodation costs are supported by funds from the European Commission through the Seattle EU Center of Excellence's grant.

The program is open to all upper level undergraduate students with an interest in the European Union enrolled in degree programs at US universities. Applicants should submit a program application form, a two-page statement of purpose, and 2 letters of recommendation to the International Programs and exchanges office (IPE) by February 24th, 2012. At least one of the two letters of recommendation must be written by a faculty member at your institution. A second letter can be written by a TA, or supervisor, provided they can comment upon your academic abilities, and on how you can contribute to, and benefit from, a study abroad program. The center may conduct interviews as part of the selections process and will notify all candidates of the program's decisions in writing.

Please note: To be considered for this program students are also required to send copies of their transcripts, by the application deadline, to the EU Center of Excellence at the address listed below. University of Washington students can submit unofficial transcripts. Students from other institutions should submit official copies of their transcripts.

To apply for this program please click here!

Program Costs
The program fee for 2011 is $2,875. The program fee includes instructional costs, the Benelux tour-rail pass, program trips & events. The program fee does not include airfare, meals, textbooks, personal expenses or the fees charged by IPE: $275 for UW students or $475 for non-UW students.

Financial Aid & Grants
Grant funding is available on a competitive basis to students on this program.
UW students are eligible to apply for the quarterly International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) scholarship. Non-UW students may also qualify for funding from their home institution.

January 31 at 7 pm in Rausch Auditorium: Minority Report

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Free Public Sessions of the Government Leadership Institute on Mondays

From: Robin Dale Jacobson <rjacobson@pugetsound.edu>
Date: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM

For the eighth consecutive year, the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood Council Office, in cooperation with the University of Washington Tacoma’s (UWT) Urban Studies Program, will offer free public sessions of the Government Leadership Institute on Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the UWT campus, Keystone Building Auditorium, 1900 Commerce St. No registration is required.

The purpose of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for the general public and students to share time in the classroom and educate each other about the impacts of various municipalities on the development of the city. The sessions will also provide an opportunity for those attending to think critically and creatively about urban politics and policy in Tacoma, and to open dialog with local public officials and other decision makers about the present and future conditions of the city.

The following sessions will be provided, and will include presenters from various agencies and organizations:

• Jan. 30: Intergovernmental Cooperation and Coordination
• Feb. 6: Urban Economic Development
• Feb. 13: The Port and the City
• Feb. 27: Urban Governance and Citizen Participation
• March 5: Urban Power and Decision-Making

Join with other Puget Sound and community leaders to talk about local politics. For more information contact Robin Jacobson rjacobson@pugetsound.edu.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Former President Jimmy Carter to speak in Seattle

From: Toni C Stinnett <tstinnett@pugetsound.edu>
Date: Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Good evening Professor O'Neil,
The World Affairs Institute is hosting previous Pres. Jimmy Carter for a lecture in Seattle at 7pm on January 31st. The subject is "Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope." I am sure I'm not the only PG major interested in hearing him speak. I was wondering if this would be something you could post on the blog? Additionally, based on his views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I thought some of your Iran-Israel students would be especially interested. The lecture costs $20.
Here is the link to find out more about the lecture.
Have a wonderful evening,

Monday, January 23, 2012

Paid Summer Internships at MIIS

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is accepting applications for paid summer internships at the Center’s offices in Monterey, California. Interns will work with CNS staff members on nonproliferation issues for one of the following Nonproliferation Programs:

* Eurasia http://cns.miis.edu/programs/nisnp/index.htm
* East Asia http://cns.miis.edu/programs/eanp/index.htm
* Chemical and Biological Weapons http://cns.miis.edu/programs/cbwnp/index.htm
* International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program
* Nonproliferation Education Program http://cns.miis.edu/programs/edu/index.htm
CNS's research interests also cover Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism, regional nonproliferation issues including the Middle East and South Asia, and export controls.
Applicants for these internships should be students completing at least their sophomore year at an undergraduate institution and be eligible to work in the United States. Applicants should have a strong interest in nonproliferation issues. Knowledge of international security topics and command of a foreign language are desirable. Students majoring in the physical or biological sciences are also encouraged to apply.
For more information or to apply for an internship, please see the announcement on the CNS web sitehttp://cns.miis.edu/edu/internship_summer.htm or contact Masako Toki at mtoki@miis.edu.

Application deadline: February 24th

Fred Wehling, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Chair
Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program Monterey Institute of International Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940 USA
Phone: +1-831-647-3084
Fax: +1-831-647-3519
Email: fwehling@miis.edu
Internet: www.miis.edu>

European Summer School in Prague

From: ESS 2012 <ess2012@europeum.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 6:08 AM
Subject: European Summer School - Prague - July 2012
To: Patrick H O'Neil

Dear colleagues,

Let me inform you that EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy - a think-tank that undertakes program, project, publishing and training activities related to the European integration process organizes 10th year of summer school program for university students in July 2012.

In July 7- 19, 2011 the summer school under a title "Europe At The Crossroads" will take place in Prague. You can find further details on our homepage www.europeum.org/ess2012 or you can see the promotion leaflet at http://www.europeum.org/ess2012/doc/poster2012.pdf.

We would greatly appreciate if you could help us spread this information among your colleagues and friends.

  • Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis - applications are reviewed as they are received.
  • Note, that the final application deadline is May 31, 2012. No application will be considered after this deadline.

Thank you in advance for your kind help.

Best regards,
Radomir Spok
Director of European Summer School 2012

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
Rytirska 31
CZ-11000 Praha 1


Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES)

I am writing to ask you to share information with your students about the 2012 Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems. The Institute, sponsored by the Fund for American Studies and held at Georgetown University, is an academic internship program for undergraduates interested in public policy and economics.

Please consider forwarding the announcement below to your students and encourage them to apply by February 7, 2012, our priority deadline for scholarship consideration. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 7.

This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain real-world experience while earning transferable credits.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, please contact me at admissions@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.


Dana Faught
Coordinator, Recruitment and Admissions
U.S. Programs
The Fund for American Studies

Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES)
June 10 – August 4, 2012
Held at Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Priority Deadline: February 7, 2012

Final Deadline: March 7, 2012


Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the Institute provides a substantive professional experience for 30 hours a week with a challenging academic experience at Georgetown University.

This fast-paced, eight-week residential program provides students from around the world with the opportunities to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.


  • American Family Business Institute
  • American Red Cross
  • Atlas Economic Research Foundation
  • Center for Education Reform
  • Congressional Offices
  • DC Mayor’s Office
  • Federal Agencies
  • Health and Medicine Council of Washington
  • Southern Governors’ Association
  • Tax Foundation


  • Internships – Competitive public policy placements
  • Classes – Up to 9 credit hours in political science and economics from Georgetown University
  • Housing – Roommate matching and furnished on-campus apartments in the heart of DC
  • Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top policy and industry experts
  • Exclusive Briefings – At the State Department, Federal Reserve, World Bank and Capitol Hill
  • Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
  • Networking – Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around the world
  • Scholarships – Approximately 70% of students receive generous awards based on merit and financial need


Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Final Deadline of March 7, 2012. Students applying by the Priority Deadline of February 7, 2012 will be given preference in admissions and priority scholarship consideration.

For more information and an online application please visit our website www.DCinternships.org/ICPES. Questions regarding the program or admissions process may be directed to admissions@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Please click on this link to request an informational brochure: https://www.DCinternships.org/tfas/brochure/index.asp

1621 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Green Corps Winter application: deadline approaching

**National Application Deadline- January 27th, 2012

Green Corps 2012-2013 Field School for Environmental Organizing

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read below or visit our web site: www.greencorps.org.

In your year with Green Corps:
You’ll get great training with some of the most experienced organizers in the field: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people such as Adam Ruben, political director of MoveOn.org, and Bill McKibben, author and organizer of the “350.org” rallies for climate action.

You’ll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Food and Water Watch and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between.

You’ll have a real impact on some of the biggest environmental problems we’re facing today: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws that support clean, renewable energy, that convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans and much, much more.

You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.

And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.

In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2012-2013. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit http://www.greencorps.org/apply to submit your application to join the 2012-2013 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing.

Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2012 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, visit : www.greencorps.org.or contact Aaron Myran, Green Corps Recruitment Director, at aaron@greencorps.org or 617 747 4302.

Dierdre Stenson
Green Corps Recruitment Intern
617 747 4302

Friday, January 20, 2012

Congrats to Eric Williams on his new book

Some students will remember Eric Williams, who was a visiting faculty member here some time back (and much loved by students and department). He has recently published a book, titled "The Big House in a Small Town: Prisons, Communities, and Economics in Rural America." Check it out on Amazon.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Learn Arabic at Puget Sound

From: Michel H Rocchi <rocchi@pugetsound.edu>
Date: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM
Subject: Arabic Course

Dear Colleagues,
As some of you know by now, for the last few years, students have been clamoring for a course in Arabic. They started a Facebook page and have been asking the Administration to institute such a course which I’m sure will eventually happen with the further development of the Middle-East Studies Program.

Many of these students were and are part of the Language House Program and the Freshmen Language & Culture House (FLAC). So I have worked with them for over a year now on this matter. I also approached Kris, and I’m pleased to report that she agreed to provide funds to do what was done several years ago in the FLAC program: Offer a non-credit introduction to Arabic course.

It turns out that the spouse of our new colleague in Religion (Matthew Ingalls) is a native from Egypt and has taught such a course in the summer session at Yale. Yasmine Khattab will be teaching this non-credit course in the spring on Tue/Thu from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please refer any student who might be interested to me.

PLEASE: Froward this message to any colleague or student who might be interested. Thanks.

A couple more Language House Program initiatives are being discussed for the future;
1. An Italian House
2. An International Students House.

Best wishes for the spring semester,

Michel Rocchi, Professor
Department of Foreign Languages & Literature
Director, Language & Culture Programs
University of Puget Sound
253-879-3969 W