Friday, April 26, 2013

How about intensive Arabic in Morocco this summer?

We wanted to inform you, and vicariously your students and colleagues, of the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco’s Summer Intensive Arabic program. The application deadline has been extended until May 6, 2012, so there’s still time for students to apply. Here’s a summary:

 The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) have partnered to offer a world-class Arabic language and cultural immersion program for 6 weeks each summer. Students at all levels of Arabic proficiency are encouraged to apply.

 The program features 120 hours of in-class instruction by certified, native speakers, top-notch facilities, and a variety of extracurricular workshops, lectures, and day trips. The AALIM center is located in the historic walled medina of Meknes in central Morocco, one of Morocco’s four imperial cities. Students have the option to stay with Moroccan families or a family-run guest house, located in a renovated riad in the old city.

 The application deadline has been extended until May 6, 2013. For dates, costs, and other information please see our website:

 We hope to see some of your students apply! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 All the best, -Josh   Joshua Hilbrand Deputy Director of Student Programs National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 503 Washington, DC 20036 202-293-6466

Study in Russia--for free...!

Moscow’s Higher School of Economics Offers Tuition-Free Study in Russia

 Foreign nationals may apply to study at the Russian National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) for free, with support from the Russian Federation Ministry of Education. A wide variety of HSE Bachelor’s and Master’s level degree programs are available, across many areas such as Economics, Law, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM. In addition to an excellent choice of programs taught in Russian, HSE offers Master’s programs totally delivered in English in:


•Financial Economics

•System and Software Engineering

•Sociopolitical Development and Challenges of Modern East Asia

•Public Policy and Political Analysis


For details, please visit

HSE offers:

•Research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students

•Excellent faculty and superb student support services

•Wide selection of interdisciplinary courses and expertise with a range of double degree options

•Career guidance and counseling along with excellent opportunities for employment in one of the largest economies in the world.

•A unique chance to study the Russian language and explore Russia’s extraordinary culture and history.Moscow’s Higher School of Economics Offers Tuition-Free

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty, Thursday May 2 at 6:30 PM

P&G Major Elizabeth Popenuck Wins the Harry Cain Memorial Scholarship!

We are pleased to announce that Betty has won this $1,000 prize, which was established by friends and family of former U.S. Senator Harry Cain.  The award goes to a "currently enrolled undergraduate student who plans to enter the field of public administration or public service and who demonstrates a deep commitment to service in the community, specifically to individuals in need and human rights, proficiency in public speaking, and the courage to publicly defend personal principles even if opposed by the majority."

Senator Cain was an interesting, formidable character, and C. Mark Smith's biography, Raising Cain: The Life and Politics of Harry P. Cain is a remarkable work on Cain's life and times.

Please watch for the Cain Scholarship announcement for next year!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Liberal Arts in Prison: Principles and Strategies, Thursday May 2 at 5:00 PM

Thursday, May 2 at 5:00 PM
Trimble Forum
Reception and Refreshments to follow

Monday, April 22, 2013

Civic Concepts Student Conferences: Prague, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur

from Civic Concepts International
With more than twelve years of experience, 29 successful Conferences behind us held in Prague, South Africa and Dubai we are now ready, prepared and very excited to launch the very first IYLC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Our goal at Civic Concepts International is to enable motivated and ambitious young leaders to jump out of the classroom and into the world.

 We provide outstanding students with an opportunity to feel a broader connection to their world; because once they are connected they are also involved. And once they are involved they can make positive changes because they are informed, inspired, determined and responsible.

Support from Universities are important to us. We therefore offer Special Affiliates of the IYLC to make use of their 20% partner discount to all our Conferences,  regardless of location. We also offer any University of College that supports 5 students or more an opportunity to join their Conference of choice as an Observer - free of charge.

I hope to see you or your students at our Conferences this year. For questions, concerns or to express interest in participating in any of our projects, please contact me.

Yours Sincerely,

Katrine Hogganvik
Director of Programmes
Civic Concepts International c/o Youth Leadership Europe
+420 774574485
Our Programming for 2013
The 26th International Youth Leadership Conference
Prague, Czech Republic 
July 21st - 26th, 2013 

Connecting Future Leaders
This week-long forum on world politics, international relations and justice will bring together prominent university students from across the globe for an open-minded exchange of ideas concerning the future of world leadership.
  • A United Nations Security Council emergency meeting simulation
  • A mock International Criminal Court pre-trial
  • A model European Parliament proceeding
  • Visits to Foreign Embassies, Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic other governmental and non-governmental orgnisations
  • Group Debates and Panel Discussions on international security, envrionmental sustainability, rule of law, responsible leadership and mass media
  • Networking Events and Banquet Dinners with leading experts, diplomats, politicians and businessmen
Apply Now
Nominate Students  
Application Deadline: June 29th 

The 4th International Youth Leadership Conference
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
November 30th - December 4th, 2013  

Dialogue. Diverstiy. Cooperation 

The IYLC- UAE is aimed at achieving mutual understanding between participants from The United Arab Emirates, the GCC region and all corners of the globe. 
  • Simulation of a Gulf Cooperation Council Meeting
  • Sharia Law mock trial
  • Plenary Sessions of Arab League
  • Regional Presentations, Group Debates and Panel Discussions.
  • Networking Events and Banquet Dinners with leading experts, diplomats and businessmen.
  • Desert Safari
  • Visit to a Mosque
  • Trips to major landmarks in Dubai
Apply Now 
Nominate Students 

Application deadline: November 14th

Coming soon:
1st International Youth Leadership Conference 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
October 20th-25th, 2013

United in Diversity: A Crossroad of Culture 

The IYLC Kuala Lumpur will offer a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural life in Malaysia, learn more about key institutions in the region and connecting with current and future leaders from all over the world. 

  • Learn more about the role of Southeast Asia on the world stage by taking a stance in realistic simulations of an ASEAN summit
  •  Network with leading experts, diplomats and business people during VIP receptions, Panel Discussions and Banquet Dinners
  • Exchange diverse views and perspectives on global challenges with aspiring peers during Group Debates and Regional Presentations
  • Explore the fascinating cultures of Malysia during visits to mosques, temples and worship grounds

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

European Summer School Prague Summer 2013

CFR Conference Call: U.S. - China Relations 4/25

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the final session of the Winter/Spring 2013 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, April 25, from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in WY 226. Adam Segal, CFR's Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow for China studies, will discuss U.S.-China relations through the lens of cybersecurity issues.

Dr. Segal is an expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, and currently leads CFR's Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity initiative. His recent book "Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge" looks at the technological rise of Asia. Dr. Segal was the project director for a CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on Chinese military modernization. Before coming to CFR, he was an arms control analyst for the China project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he wrote about missile defense, nuclear weapons, and Asian security issues. Dr. Segal has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for International Studies, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to have read the following materials:

1) Adam Segal, "The People's Republic of Hacking,", January 31, 2013.
2) Adam Segal, Elizabeth C. Economy, Yanzhong Huang, and Minxin Pei, "Changes and Challenges for China in 2013" Expert Roundup, Council on Foreign Relations, December 26, 2012.
3) Adam Segal, "The Cyber Trade War," Op-Ed, Foreign Policy, October 25, 2012.
4) "China," Asia Unbound, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Please RSVP to me at if you’re interested in participating…hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger

Monday, April 15, 2013

Students for a Sustainable Campus present: The Island President

Join us for a national day of action focused around political corruption and climate stalemate. On April 17th, be part of a nationwide screening of the powerful film The Island President – "as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable." The film will be followed by a national webinar with the Director, Jon Shenk, Former UN Deputy Permanent Representative to the Maldives, Thilmeeza Hussain, and May Boeve, head of, and is sponsored by C2C Fellows and the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.

The Island President links the struggle for democracy and human rights with the fight to stabilize the climate. This is the exact challenge facing us right here in the United States. Billons of dollars in fossil fuel money is corrupting our democracy and poisoning the future.

Come see the Island President free in Trimble on April 17th at 7 pm to support’s “fossil free” divestment campaign that is taking on the fossil fuel companies, and to learn more about the fight for a sustainable future in the Maldives.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Congratulations to Jess Box '06!

Jess Box, a 2006 PG major, will start a Masters in Public Policy Program at the Goldman School at UC Berkeley next fall.  She will be spending the next 4 months in Nashville working for the Tennessee Department of Education as the Deputy Director of Summer Programs.  She will be managing a program that will train 30,000 teachers across the state in the new Common Core State Standards.  After graduating from Puget Sound, Jess worked for Teach For America, and subsequently became an administrator in that program.


JOB OPENING: Summer Intern

Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs (GTH-GA), one of Washington State’s largest lobbying firms, is looking for a summer intern to assist our team of governmental affairs consultants.
·         Full-time position, located in our Tacoma office.
·         Paid hourly intern rate
·         University credits may be obtained, if coordinated by the intern and offered by the intern’s university
Duties: The primary role of the intern will be to help our government affairs consultants meet the needs of our clients.   This includes activities such as:
·         Researching public policy issues, particularly issues frequently discussed by the state legislature and/or administered by state agencies.
·         Event planning/scheduling for legislative meetings, fundraisers, etc.
·         Reading, summarizing, and tracking state legislation throughout the county; assisting in managing our state-of-the-art bill tracking software. 
·         Assisting in drafting reports that include summaries of legislation, sample bills, news/media tracking, etc.
·         Providing assistance for association management clients, including website management, member outreach, meeting organization, etc. 
·         Providing basic administrative duties.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communications skills and an interest in government, public policy, or political science.  Applicants should:  
·         Be enrolled or recently have graduated from at a four year university, with a preference for majors in political science/communications.
·         Be proficient in MS Office and Outlook; knowledge of Photoshop and/or website construction would be preferable, but not required.   
·         Have reliable transportation and the ability to travel out of state, if necessary.
·         Experience working with the state legislature is preferred, but not required.
·         Experience working with campaigns is preferred, but not required. 
We encourage applicants to visit our website at before applying.  Resumes and cover letters may be sent electronically to Noah Reandeau at  Submit by: April 12, 2013.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Internships!? Congressman Derek Kilmer's Tacoma Office Wants You....

The new local member of Congress, Derek Kilmer from Washington's Sixth District, is seeking interns to help staff the local office.  Nicholas Carr, the local internship coordinator, is seeking students with junior or senior status to commit to working in the local office.  The work will involve research and involvement in the grants process as well as standard data entry and constituency contacting.  He says that, where possible, he will bring interns along to meetings that might be of interest to the students involved.  The internships are unpaid, but you will gain invaluable experience and an all-important line on your resume'. This is a great opportunity to see how a district office operates and to learn about politics from the ground up.

If you are interested in an internship in Congressman Kilmer's office, you should send Mr. Carr an email expressing your interest at  Include a letter of interest (which should include a mention of your GPA and some reference to your research and writing skills) along with a resume'.  You should also ask for a letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows you and can speak to your strengths as a student and potential intern.

If you are interested in gaining credit for the internship, there are two options, one an independent study and the other enrollment in P&G 498, the Internship Tutorial.  Please contact Professor Sousa, Department Chair, about these options.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

CFR Conference Call on Transitions to Democracy and Market Economies

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Winter/Spring 2013 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, April 10, from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in WY 226. Isobel Coleman, CFR's senior fellow, will discuss transitions to democracy and market economies.

Dr. Coleman directs the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative at CFR. She also writes the CFR blog Democracy in Development. An expert on the Middle East, Dr. Coleman has testified before Congress on Iraq and Afghanistan. She is the author of numerous publications, including "Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East. " In 2011, "Newsweek" named Dr. Coleman as one of "150 Women Who Shake the World."

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Sebastian Mallaby, "Africa is Hooked on Growth," Op-Ed, Financial Times, January 2, 2013.
2) Terra Lawson-Remer, "Beating the Resource Curse: Global Governance Strategies for Democracy and Economic Development," Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 20, Council on Foreign Relations Press, April 2012.
3) Isobel Coleman, Democracy in Development, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.
4) Development Channel, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Please RSVP to me at if you would like to attend…I hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger

There will be prizes! Three P&G students receive summer research awards!

Congratulations to Henry Babbitt-Cook, Sean Moffitt, and Maddie Waddell, who have won awards to support their research this summer. 

Henry Babbitt-Cook will work with Professor Kessel on "Seeking a Re-founding: Occupations, Tea Parties, and the Origins of Managed Democracy."

Sean Moffitt will work with Professor O'Neil on "International Aid in the Syrian Civil War." 

Maddie Waddell will work with Professor O'Neil on "The Educational Map of Egypt." 

Each of these students will receive $3,250 to support them this summer while they conduct their research.  If you applied for a grant this year and didn't receive it, keep your head up and stay in the game.  If you didn't apply, you should seriously consider getting together an application next year for Summer 2014.  All of the faculty in P&G welcome working with students on their summer projects. 

Monday, April 08, 2013

Friday, April 05, 2013

Call for Applications: Summer University Prague 2013

We would like to inform you about our already traditional academic program "Summer University Prague 2013", taking place at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) during September 2013 (September 7 – 22). Its topic is "East goes west – West goes east?: Searching for a new European order after 1990”. This study program is internationally acknowledged and recognized, successful participants will be given 12 ECTS. For detailed information please see our official homepage or the attached file.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Francis Fukuyama to deliver two-part Brown and Haley Lecture Series, April 2 and 3

Francis Fukuyama, one of the major public intellectuals of our time, will give two lectures at Puget Sound examining the development of political order from the days of man’s early evolution to modern times. The series, “The Origins of Political Order,” will include two free public lectures. The first will be an overview of Fukuyama’s recent, thought-provoking book The Origins of Political Order. The second will look at his current work on the second volume. The lectures will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 3, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission to both events is complimentary and tickets are not required.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Semester in Northern Ireland for Visiting Undergraduates

Trinity College's Study Abroad Semester in Northern Ireland offers international students the opportunity to take specialist undergraduate modules in the fields of conflict, peace and reconciliation at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast. This programme is designed for students from the United States or Canada. It combines academic study and experiential learning through residence in Belfast. Students register in Dublin and then take classes in Belfast in:
  • Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • Social and Political Reconciliation
  • Lessons from the Peace Process in Northern Ireland 
For more information go to

Grassroots Campaigns Assistant Director position available

My name is Hillary Whitmore. I am the Canvass Director for the Grassroots Campaigns office in Seattle. Grassroots Campaigns is a national organization that works across the country to build support, increase membership, and raises funds for some of the top progressive issue–based organizations in the country.We are looking to hire graduating seniors from the University of Puget Sound for our Assistant Director position. We have positions available in several of our 30 offices located across the country. 

If you could send the attached job description out to your students or your department listserv and please BCC me on the email so I know when to expect applicants from your direction, I would really appreciate it. 

People can apply by contacting me directly at or by going online to our website ( – either way is great!
Also, if there are any particular students that you can think of who might be interested in these positions, I would love to send them a personal e-mail with more detailed information. Please let me know if this is the case.
Thank you.

Hillary Whitmore
Canvass Director
Grassroots Campaigns


Hello Politics and Government Department,

The Associated Students have begun our spring hiring process for various ASUPS positions. There is an executive opening that we think your students would find interesting; Director of Sustainability. This position requires dedication, experience, and time management. ASUPS is in search of individuals who are passionate about the University of Puget Sound and eager to work alongside the rest of the ASUPS executive team. This position is paid.  In addition, it is necessary to be able to live here in Tacoma during the summer as the ASUPS executives begin their work starting in late April. As stated on the application, the due date is April 3rd at 5:00pm and we request that the application is turned into the ASUPS office.

Thank you so much and we look forward to hearing from you!


The ASUPS Executive Team