Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Congrats to Casey Krolczyk, National Council on US-Arab Relations Internship

Congratulations to PG minor Casey Krolczyk, who was awarded an internship at the National Council on US-Arab Relations--a highly competitive program in DC.
 The internship includes the following (excerpt from Council site):
  • Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours/week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
  • Interns take part in twice weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations.
  • Interns are offered a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.
This is the third year in a row we've had a Puget Sound student at NCUSAR, which came to our attention originally through the efforts of a PG alum currently with the State Department.  If you are a strong student with an interest in the Middle East, consider applying for next year--talk to Professor O'Neil--

Fellowships and Scholarship

We've put a new gadget on the right side of the blog with relevant fellowships and scholarship.  Peruse--

Scholarships and Fellowships

Congressman Smith still accepting interns for summer--

Congressman Adam Smith is still accepting applications for their Tacoma office for the summer, so if you're looking for good experience it's the place to go.  Many PG majors have interned (and worked) with Congressman Smith in Tacoma and DC and all have praised the experience.  All majors, American politics or otherwise, should (in my opinion) do a congressional internship at some point.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

World Affairs Council - Youth Programs Fellowship with the International Visitor Program

Energy Dependence Conference Call this Wednesday

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Professor Seth Weinberger invites you to participate in the final session of the CFR Winter/Spring 2012 Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, April 25, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 326. Blake Clayton, CFR's fellow for energy and national security, will discuss energy dependence.

Dr. Clayton joined CFR from Louis Capital Markets, where he was a senior commodities analyst and head of oil research. He was a special assistant to the late Matthew R. Simmons, founder and chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International, with whom he worked on launching Ocean Energy Group, a venture capital firm and think tank focused on early-stage energy innovation. Dr. Clayton is a member of the Center for National Policy's energy security working policy group and was previously a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to Professor Weinberger at as soon as you can. Also, here are some recommended readings…

1) "An Anti-Speculative Frenzy," Energy, Security, and Climate, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations, April 12, 2012.
2) Blake Clayton, "In Defense of Oil Speculators,", April 9, 2012.
3) Melissa Bert and Blake Clayton, "Addressing the Risk of a Cuban Oil Spill," Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 15, Council on Foreign Relations, March 2012.
4) Michael Levi, "The Driller in Chief," Foreign Policy, March 1, 2012.

Hope to see you on Wednesday!
Seth Weinberger

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday, 4/23 Global Politics Film Series: Persepolis

At 6:30 pm in the Murray Boardroom WSC 108. All are welcome!

Jay Inslee for Governor Field Organizer positions

Prof. O’Neil,

I was told that you have a blog that helps with job postings for UPS political science students.  I’ve attached a job posting for field organizers for the Jay Inslee campaign.  We plan to hire one in Pierce County and there will be several others around the state.  Currently we have few applicants from Tacoma.  We are looking for people who have some campaign experience, can start sometime in May, and are willing to stay to the end of the campaign in November.  I would appreciate it if you would help with getting the word out about these openings.  We begin screening next week.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Awesome Leadership Training Opportunity

I am an intern at NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Foundation, a reproductive rights non-profit in Seattle. We are holding a Student Leadership Summit for high school and college students to learn about pro-choice issues, leadership and community organizing skills, and careers in public policy.

The Summit will be held on Saturday, April 28th from 9am-5pm on at the University of Washington Seattle campus. The event is free and lunch is provided. There will be seminars and workshops featuring students and professionals working in politics, sex education, health care, and other areas related to reproductive rights. The link to the registration page on our website follows:

Thank you,
Sarah Shoemake

Sarah Shoemake
BASW Intern
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
811 First Avenue, Suite 456
Seattle, WA 98104
(206)624-4505 (fax)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Breaking the Code 4/24 at 7 p.m.

Arabic poetry and hip-hop on campus 4/24 at 6:30 p.m.

Hello Prof. O'Neil,

This is GA. I am sending you an email because I would like to inform you about a great opportunity that is available for students and faculty members. As Programs Coordinator for Multicultural Student Services, I am currently organizing a mini concert on campus.

In recognition of Arab American Heritage Month, the concert will feature a Syrian American hip hop artist called Omar Offendum. He has contributed to educating the American public about the Arab community and cultures in the US. He is one of the leading Arab American artists who strive to connect the Middle East and US through music and poetry. Last year, he co-wrote a song called "#Jan25" which discussed the Egyptian protest that was the center of the international attention (please check out this link: He was interviewed by PBS, Al Jazeera, BBC, and other well-known broadcasters for this particular song.

The concert is going to be held on April 24th (Tues) from 630 to 730 in the Rotunda. I believe this is the first program at UPS that features an Arab American hip hop artist. I initially planned this program because I want students to experience different facets of the American diversity. I think many students who are taking PG classes are currently enrolled in the informal Arabic classes and are planning to take official Arab classes next year. This concert will definitely help expand students' interests in Arab cultures and Arabic -- Omar will read poems in Arabic and rap in both Arabic and English. I would appreciate if you could make an announcement in class and encourage your students to attend this program. If you could also post the attached poster on the PG blog, many students would learn about this opportunity as well.

Thank you very much,

G.A. Kang
Programs Coordinator
Multicultural Student Services
University of Puget Sound

2012 Summer Session - New Opportunity!

Are you interested in learning how local governments work, getting involved in Tacoma politics, and earning a 300 level P & G credit all at the same time? A course on Local Politics is being offered during the first summer session. As part of this course students will be placed with a supervisor in a city, county or non-profit agency and work 15 hours a week. We will meet twice a week to discuss topics such as power, race and economic development at the local level, drawing on student experiences in the field. Possibilities for placements include the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, the City Manager’s Office, the Port of Tacoma, and organizations working on hunger, immigrant incorporation and education

If you might be interested in participating in this class or would like more information, please get in touch with Robin Jacobson,, as soon as possible.

Die Physiker 4/27 at 7 p.m.

The entire campus community is invited to a production of the play “Die Physiker” (The Physicists) by Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt. It is performed by advanced German students, in German with English supertitles. The performance will take place on Friday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Kilworth Chapel. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Die Physiker is a classic cold-war era dark comedy that takes on the themes of madness and sanity, politics and humanity, and the power and inherent danger of knowledge. This is a phenomenal drama that remains part of the modern German dramatic repertory, but is, unfortunately, rarely to be seen in English-speaking countries. We are delighted to be able to bring it to the Puget Sound community."

Please direct all questions to Professor Jennifer Colosimo at

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Where is the Conservative Voice at UPS?

Hello Professor O'Neil,

This is Michelle Barreto, and I wanted to contact you regarding posting an event on the Politics and Government blog. I have attached a flier for an upcoming talk in the Student Diversity Center through our Speak Out Loud (SOL) Program. SOL is a program that promotes leadership and multiculturalism within the Puget Sound community. Through peer-lead presentation and discussions, students are empowered to become leaders, and in doing so, learn from and educate their peers and themselves.

Our upcoming event is titled: Speak Out Loud (SOL) Series Presents: "Where Is the Conservative Voice at UPS?" The discussion will discuss the political atmosphere on the Puget Sound campus as well as political involvement. I would greatly appreciate having this distributed to students and colleagues who might be interested.

Thanks again!

Michelle Barreto

Monday, April 16, 2012

Europe At The Crossroads - summer school for university students

From: ESS 2012
Subject: Europe At The Crossroads - summer school for university students
To: Patrick H O'Neil

Dear Madam / Dear Sir,

Let me draw your attention to the summer school organized by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in co-operation with Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University.

- It is the 10th year of this European Summer School organized in Prague;
- The title is Europe at the Crossroads;
- The event will take place from July 7 to July 19, 2012;
- Summer school is open to all university students from all over the world - diversity is a crucial aspect for us, last year we had students from 26 countries!
- Please see details about this event at or at the information leaflet
- Thank you for delivery of this information to your students.

Best regards from Prague,

Radomir Spok
Director of ESS 2012

Monday, 4/16 - Kari Manlove '06 to Share Tips on Job Applications in DC

Making the Jump from Washington to Washington: 
Applying for (and getting) a Job in DC 
Kari Manlove '06 Former Research Associate
Energy and Environmental Policy Team
Center for American Progress 
April 16 230-330 Wyatt 307

Thursday, April 12, 2012

See? This is why it's good to be a PG major

From the Wall Street Journal (link)--excerpt:

Undergraduate business majors are a dime a dozen on many college campuses. But according to some, they may be worth even less.

More than 20% of U.S. undergraduates are business majors, nearly double the next most common major, social sciences and history.

The proportion has held relatively steady for the past 30 years, but now faculty members, school administrators and corporate recruiters are questioning the value of a business degree at the undergraduate level.

The biggest complaint: The undergraduate degrees focus too much on the nuts and bolts of finance and accounting and don't develop enough critical thinking and problem-solving skills through long essays, in-class debates and other hallmarks of liberal-arts courses.

Companies say they need flexible thinkers with innovative ideas and a broad knowledge base derived from exposure to multiple disciplines. And while most recruiters don't outright avoid business majors, companies in consulting, technology and even finance say they're looking for candidates with a broader academic background.

Conference Call on Saudi Arabia

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Professor Seth Weinberger invites you to participate in the next Academic Conference Call on Thursday, April 12, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 326. F. Gregory Gause III, professor of political science at the University of Vermont, will discuss his recent Council Special Report, "Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East."

Dr. Gause is professor and chair of the political science department at the University of Vermont. In 2009 and 2010, he was the Kuwait Foundation visiting professor of international affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Gause served as fellow for Arab and Islamic studies at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1993 to 1994. He has testified before congressional committees on Gulf issues, made numerous appearances on radio and television to comment on the Middle East, and published scholarly articles in "Foreign Affairs" and many other journals. Dr. Gause's most recent book is "The International Relations of the Persian Gulf."

Please RSVP to Professor Weinberger at if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Model UN co-hosts Liberty in North Korea TONIGHT-- Wyatt 109, 8 PM

Dear Friends of Model UN,

Model UN is privileged to invite you to a free screening of a documentary by LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) on the North Korean human rights crisis. We are co-hosting this event with the Politics and Government Department and the Asian Studies Department.

LiNK is an organization devoted to facilitating and funding the rescue and resettlement of North Korean refugees.
Check out their website at, but most of all, COME.

Come TONIGHT to Wyatt 109 at 8 PM to hear about the REAL crisis in North Korea.

Refreshments will be served, so come hungry!

There will be T-shirts, wristbands, and other gear which you may purchase to help the cause -- so bring some $ if you would like to support LiNK.
Of course, this is entirely optional!

Please spread the word and invite as many of your friends as possible.
Wyatt 109, 8 PM. TONIGHT. Let's make a difference.

See you there!

Best regards,
Jinshil Yi
President, Model UN Club of Puget Sound

Get a LinkedIn Account

Every major and minor should have a LinkedIn account--a "Facebook" page for grown-ups that helps develop your network of job contacts.  Set one up this week, and once you've done that, you'll find me (Professor O'Neil) and others in the department with links to alums and others that we know.

Networks=jobs.  No networks--no jobs.

Upcoming talk: Making the Jump from Washington to Washington

We are lucky to have Ms. Manlove joining us next week.  On several occasions she's commented that applications for jobs and internships that have come across her desk need a lot of work.  She has offered to come to campus and tell us how to make those applications stronger. See you there--
Making the Jump from Washington to Washington: 
Applying for (and getting) a Job in DC 
Kari Manlove '06 Former Research Associate
Energy and Environmental Policy Team
Center for American Progress 
April 16 230-330 Wyatt 307

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Organizing Fellowhip, Obama Campaign

The Organizing Fellowship is a 12 week internship program that will train and develop the next generation of community organizers. Organizing Fellows will help the campaign expand its outreach efforts in communities across the country. Fellows who complete the program will leave with a full understanding of the most effective tools and methods that organizers use to make change in their communities. 
The Summer program begins in May/June and ends in August, and we are also now accepting applications for our Fall programs.

The Future of American Power with Michael Moran

Monday, April 09, 2012

Internship on Non-Proliferation

Congrats to Zak Kellenborn who has secured an internship at the James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation working in their Chemical and Biological Weapons Non-Proliferation Program--

Capital Semester Internships

Fall 2012: August 29 - December 8, 2012

Spend a semester in Washington, D.C. and gain the experience and insight you need to succeed. Serve as an intern in the nation’s capital this fall or spring while taking classes for academic credit.

Designed for undergraduate students interested in U.S. politics, American government and journalism, Capital Semester serves as a great way to kick-off your career in politics, journalism, lobbying, government, or the nonprofit sector.
Students in front of the Capitol

Capital Semester allows students to spend 15 weeks earning 12 transferable course credits while gaining valuable work experience at a top D.C. organization.

As part of the experience, Capital Semester students attend exclusive briefings at various sites around Washington, such as the White House Complex, the U.S. Capitol, State Department, Federal Reserve, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Students meet leaders and government officials, hear from policy-makers at regular guest lectures, and interact with D.C. professionals through networking activities.

Students may apply to one of two tracks, in which internship placements and academic study will correspond:

Public Policy
Political Journalism

With a single application, students are enrolled in courses, housed in a furnished residential building and are placed in a competitive internship for a fall or spring semester.

Fall 2012

International Student Deadline - April 1, 2012

Final Deadline - June 1, 2012

Go to for more information

The Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program

The Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program is a fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). EMDAP is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the largest private, nonprofit educational and cultural exchange agency in the United States.

EMDAP is an opportunity for current students and recent graduates of U.S. MBA and MA programs in international management/ finance/development or international affairs/studies to provide management assistance to variou USAID-assisted entities in emerging markets.

EMDAP Advisers contribute to development in emerging market countries by using their knowledge of management practices to identify solutions in diverse situations. This contributes to achieving USAID’s objectives abroad – specifically, broad-based economic development.

The deadline for the current 2012-2013 cycle is May 25, 2012. For additional information, please contact the Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program Team by email or phone at or +1-202-326-7823, or go to

Friday, April 06, 2012

Essentials of Comparative Politics in Arabic

This just came in from Damascus--it seems timely that my book on comparative politics was just published in a country in the midst of a civil war--


Hurrah! ELEM ARABIC _M_W___ 0900-0950 __T_T__ 0930-1020 Khattab, Yasmine

Prague Summer Schools

We are now launching Prague Summer Schools 2012 and contacting you once again with the information, which might be of interest to you, your colleagues and students. We would be grateful, if you could forward the information bellow to those who might be interested.

The Prague's Center for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming Prague Summer Schools 2012 on the following topics:
  • European Summer Institute on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels
  • Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology
  • Summer School on European Union: Interests versus Culture?
  • Summer School on China: A World Superpower - Myth or Reality?

Where? Summer Schools will take place in Prague, Czech Republic
When? June 30 – July 7, 2012
Why? The Prague Summer Schools are seven-day academic programs designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

We invite you to visit our website to discover the details about the upcoming programs. The website contains detailed information on academic content, guidelines to application process including on-line application, practicalities, photos and alumni feedback.

We also suggest students to submit their applications to Prague Summer Schools by Early Bird Application Deadline of April 30, 2012. The Final Deadline is May 15, 2012.

Should you have any questions regarding the Prague Summer Schools or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Prague Summer Schools 2012
Center for Public Policy
Vyjezdova 510
190 11 Prague 9
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 737 679 605

We are looking forward to your application!!!
Kind regards,
Egle Havrdova, Ph.D.
Program Director

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Congrats: Four Summer Research Award Winners

Politics and Government would like to congratulate four majors and minors who won a Summer Research Award this year:

Isaac Olson (Religion Major PG minor): "Post-Modern Trends in American Evangelical Christianity"

Melissa Gaughan: "The Puzzles of and Rationales for Corporate Speech Rights: An analysis of the Supreme Court Decision for Citizens United v. FEC"

Sanaz Ebrahimi: "How to Resolve Ethnic Conflicts: Theories of Conflict Resolution and a Comparative Study of Israel and Bosnia"

 Max Keyes (PG Comparative Sociology double major): "War Tourism: Shaping Memory and Perception in Post-War Vietnam"


Meet Jay Inslee & Julie Anderson at UPS!: A Civic Conversation

Meet Jay Inslee, Democratic candidate for Washington State Governor, for a question-and-answer session at the University of Puget Sound. This is an exciting opportunity for students to find out more about one of the top races in the nation! With special guest Julie Anderson, a civic advocate who manages elections for Pierce County.

Jay Inslee, candidate for Washington State Governor
Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor and elections specialist
Hosted by Benjamin Anderstone '13

This Wednesday, April 4, 5-6 PM

Thompson Hall, Room 175 (park in North 14 & Union parking lot)

Teach in Boston with MATCH

Dear Professor O'Neil,

I hope you’ll indulge a short, out-of-the-blue email.  I'm the Recruitment Manager of a great teacher prep program in Boston called MATCH Teacher Residency.  Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers.  We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.

All the info on our program can be found here:

I have a simple request that seems win-win if indeed you help one of your students find just the "right" opportunity upon graduation: Could you please take the time to forward the following blurb along to the students from your Political Science classes? 
If you’d be kind enough to help, I'd be really grateful and send you all the positive karma I have.
All the best,
Eric Johnson
Recruitment Manager
To learn more, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Do you want to be an unusually effective first year teacher in a high-poverty charter school?
If so, you should consider MATCH Teacher Residency--an innovative, one-year teacher residency program.

Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of intense training. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.

What sets MTR apart from other teacher prep programs? 1) We’re prescriptive, like a sports coach or piano teacher; you learn and practice very specific “Teacher Moves.” 2) Trainees are specifically being prepared to teach in certain charter schools with a track record of “turning around” low-performing kids. 3) We have a very particular approach, which involves building relationships 1-on-1 with kids and parents, then using those relationships to run a tight ship in class, enforcing rules consistently, and pushing/demanding a LOT from our kids.

MTR is no different from the MATCH Corps (our full-time tutoring program) from Monday to Thursday. However, unlike MATCH Corps, MTRs want to go on to become full-time teachers in high-poverty, “No Excuses” charter schools. So on Fridays and Saturdays, MTRs learn about the nuts and bolts of teaching, do tons of practice, and get a lot of coaching.

We’re especially proud of our brand new elementary school, MATCH Community Day, which specifically serves students who speak a language other than English at home.  MATCH Teacher Residents have the option to serve at MATCH Community Day, or our previously established High School or Middle School.  For more information on MATCH Community Day, have a look at:

Does MTR work? Yes—check out this study to see how MTR trained teachers tend to outperform other rookie (and second year) teachers:

For more information about MATCH Teacher Residency, check out this video:   

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Arabic for fall 2012

Arabic will be offered as an official course starting fall 2012.  Keep watching Cascade...

Tuesday, 4/3 Nonprofit Career Panel @ Puget Sound

Hi Everybody,

This is Zach Lam. Hopefully it hasn't been so long that you've already forgotten about me. I'm putting on an event at UPS because I would really like to see more Puget Sound students investing in Tacoma, both during and after their time at UPS. I've asked several recent alums who are currently working in the non-profit field to come together for an informal panel session on Tuesday, April 3rd, from 6:00-7:00pm in WSC101. The panelists will be discussing their experiences in seeking employment, the work itself, and what steps they took (or wish they took) to prepare while still in college. There will also be time for Q&A. My hope is to encourage students to explore volunteering, interning, and working in the non-profit world, right here in Tacoma.

So far I've rounded up the following:

1. Ayanna Drakos, Site Coordinator at the REACH Center
2. Mike Moreno, AmeriCorps ABE Instructor at the Multiservice Center (Kent Office)
3. Micaela Cooley, Project Associate at the Tacoma Pierce County Community Garden Program
4. Jasmine Herrick, former Program Specialist at Nativity House and current Community Service Coordinator at UPS
5. Zach Lam, AmeriCorps Educational Advocate at the REACH Center

Please feel free to distribute this info to students and colleagues who might be interested. Also, if you happen to know of any alumni who are currently working at a non-profit, especially one whose interests are not represented here (e.g., healthcare, immigration, hunger) please let me know. I would love to have a greater diversity of experiences.

Thank you all!

Zachary Lam
Educational Advocate
The REACH Center
714 S. 27th St. Tacoma, WA