Thursday, October 31, 2013

Research Assistant Position! Logger Jobs! Get Employed!

MEF Associates,  a small business offering a full range of evaluation, policy research, and technical assistance services in the areas of income security, employment, training and workforce development, and child and family policy recently posted a Research Assistant position in the University of Puget Sound’s online job posting system for students, LoggerJobs.

If you know of students who may be interested in this, please pass it along.

CES can help students draft a resume or cover letter for this position, prepare for an interview, or help them identify other positions to apply to. Please direct them to Howarth Hall, Room 101 or to call 253.879.3161.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Fellowships Forum 11/7/13

Center for Economic and Policy Research Winter-Spring 2014 Intern

Job Announcement:

Research and Outreach Intern (Domestic Program)

October 28, 2013

Job Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is currently looking for a full-time Winter-Spring 2014 Intern. The internship will start in January and end in May.

The intern will assist with a variety of research, outreach, and communications activities related to the U.S. economy and domestic policy. This may include outreach to the press, advocacy organizations and Congress, along with some research on upcoming papers and economic opinion pieces. Other tasks include communications duties such as generating website content and tracking CEPR’s appearances in the media.

The responsibilities of interns vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will have the opportunity to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.
Qualifications: We are looking for a recent college graduate or graduate student for this full-time position. Applicants should have a general understanding of economics and domestic policy, and an interest in economic justice. Excellent writing and communications skills are required. Previous research, outreach, or media experience is helpful. The intern will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment and should be a self-starter, independent learner, and will receive limited supervision.
Stipend:  At least $1,550 per month, plus up to $250 for health insurance reimbursement per month.
Closing Date of Position:  November 18, 2013.
To Apply:  Send cover letter, resume, and short (1 to 2 pp.) writing sample on the following topic via email to
“Though the recession officially ended in 2009, the United States continues to experience tepid growth. In order to bring about a more robust recovery, should economic policy focus on reining in our deficits or creating jobs?”
No telephone calls or faxes please.
Organization Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, it is necessary that they be informed about the problems and choices that they face. An informed public should then be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States, and around the world.
Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies, both domestically and globally. The public education portion of CEPR’s mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. As part of its public education initiative, CEPR utilizes research findings and analysis to challenge the myths, assumptions, policies and institutions that perpetuate economic and social inequality.
CEPR is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Law School Open Fair 11/12/13

Thinking about law school? 

Tip the scales in your favor. 
Meet with representatives of law schools and learn more about the admission and financial aid process. 

 Tuesday, November 12th 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Open Fair 

University of Puget Sound 
Wheelock Student Center 

Representatives from 34 law schools from every region of the country will be here to meet with you.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Model EU at UW in February

Interested? Let Professor O'Neil know-- 

 We are excited to officially invite you to our 10th West Coast Model European Union on February 7-8 at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA!

 Online registration for country and team requests is now open:

Please follow the link and register your team(s) by November 7, 2014.

 As usual we will upload short communications about the topics on our MEU website soon and an extensive agenda will follow in mid-November. We try to include all necessary information in your invitation, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions along the way.

 We are looking forward having you back in Seattle in February. Best wishes, Eva-Maria Maggi

11/8 Mock Interview Day

From CES: 
Friday November 8
Mock Interview Day will feature the World Trade Center Tacoma, Nordstrom, and Boeing, who’ll be on campus to conduct practice interviews and share tips about their organization's hiring process.

Space is limited. Sign up asap in CES (Howarth 101). Hour-long time slots available between 9 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Can’t make the mocks? Drop by afterwards from 4-5:00 p.m. for “Coffee and Questions” with the recruiters!

CIA Information Session October 23

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Documentary at the Grand; tickets for free--

Hello Tacoma-area Political Science, Economics & History Professors:

We just learned that due to a generous sponsorship we will be able to grant 500 students free admission to former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s new documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL which is about the country’s widening economic gap (trailer & film info here). The film starts tomorrow and will likely be screening it daily for two weeks. The screening times for this coming week are below. If you are interested in bringing a class in the morning on a weekday before we open we can easily arrange that.

Also I should note that following the 2:25 screening this Saturday Dr. Sid Olufs, chair of PLU’s Department of Political Science, will be leading a public post-film discussion. We can almost always find space for a post-film discussion should you like to have one with students. All students have to do to get free admission is mention the discount and show their student ID at our box office.

Also, while I’m writing all of you. This Tuesday we are screening the new documentary “Raising Ms. President” which is about the why across the country not nearly as many women as men are running for office (trailer and film info here). The 2:30 screening is just $7 and the 6:45 screening is free to the public due to a sponsorship from Annie Wright Schools.

Following the 2:30pm screening there will be a panel discussion with County Councilmember Connie Ladenburg, former State Senator Debbie Regala, Tacoma School Board Member Catherine Ushka, and Meadow Johnson (District Director for Congressman Derek Kilmer). Following the 6:45pm screening there will be a discussion with Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, State Senator Jeannie Darneille, State Representative Laurie Jinkins, and Tacoma City Councilmember Victoria Woodards.

Thank you for allowing me to share these educational film opportunities with you!

Zach Powers (Director of Marketing & Communications, The Grand Cinema)

Fri 10/18: 2:25, 4:40, 6:45, 8:50
Sat 10/19-Sun 10/20: 12:15, 2:25, 4:40, 6:45, 8:50
Mon 10/21: 2:25, 4:40, 6:45, 8:50
Tue 10/22: 2:25, 4:40, 8:50
Wed 10/23: 10:30am, 2:25, 4:40, 6:45, 8:50
Thu 10/24: 2:25, 4:40, 8:50

Zach Powers
Director of Marketing and Communications
The Grand Cinema / Tacoma Film Festival
253.572.6062 (office) 253.306.7956 (cell)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Alum visit recap

Ned Culhane '06 in PG 420
A big thank you to Ned Culhane for coming on to campus to speak about working in DC at the National Institutes of Health.  We had a great discussion about job searching, networking, and everything else to do with moving ahead after graduation.  Alums rule!

USC Price at the Seattle Idealist Graduate Fair


I am contacting you on behalf of the USC Price School of Public Policy. We would like to extend an invitation to join us at the Seattle Idealist Graduate Fair on October 28, 2013 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at 914 E. Jefferson Street, Seattle University Campion Tower Residence Hall, Ballroom, Seattle, Washington 98122. If you have students that are interested in public service, social justice, and solving real-world problems, we highly encourage them to attend! For more information, please visit the Idealist website.

If you have any questions, please contact Marisol Rios, Director of Recruitment and Admission, at or at (213) 740-0550

Monday, October 14, 2013

Conference: “Contending Perspectives on the Rule of Law in China” UW, November 15

The National Bureau of Asian Research, in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the University of Washington School of Law, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program, and the Severyns-Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics will host a conference on “Contending Perspectives on the Rule of Law in China” on Friday, November 15, 2013, on the campus of the University of Washington.

Beneath the surface of its remarkable rise to power, China continues to face profound challenges that could threaten economic growth, internal stability, and US-China relations. At the heart of many of these challenges is China’s ongoing inability to institute the rule of law and the continued use of extra-legal practices in all aspects of political, economic, and social life. From the abuse of power by corrupt officials, environmental disasters, illegal land takings, and violations of labor rights, to weak enforcement of intellectual property rights, questions about the rule of law are roiling throughout China.

Xi Jinping’s time in power has so far witnessed intense debate on political and legal reforms as well as detention and marginalization of dissenters. This conference will consider key aspects of the rule of law in China, assess the regime's ability to manage calls for greater adherence to rule of law, and ultimately address the question of whether the ruling party can be constrained by law.

The organizers have assembled an array of top scholars, practitioners, and advocates from the United States and China to assess these issues through two critical segments of China's population: the elite and the general public.

Find out more here:

Alum visit/talk Tuesday: Ned Culhane '06, National Institutes of Health

On Tuesday Ned Culhane '06 will be joining us in PG 420 at 930 am in Wyatt 204.  All are welcome.

Ned has been working at the National Institutes of Health since graduation, and is currently in the Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis, OLPA is "the principal point-of-contact and liaison with members of Congress and their staff, and performs legislative analysis and policy development in advancing the legislative priorities of the NIH Director and NIH."

 Ned did a two year internship rotation inside the NIH as well where "he completed rotational assignments in management and program analysis, financial management, communications, and planning and evaluation within the following offices:

  • Office of Management Analysis & Reporting, 
  • Clinical Center Office of Budget, 
  • Office of the Director Immediate Office of the Director, 
  • Office of the Director Office of Administrative Management, 
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis, 
  • Office of the Director Office of Budget, Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Financial Management Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute
  • Office of Communications, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 
  • Office of Science Policy and Planning, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 
 Let me know if you have any questions-- Professor O'Neil

Friday, October 11, 2013

Green Corps class of 2014-2015

The one-year Green Corps program intersperses intensive classroom instruction with multiple campaign efforts. Trainees gain hands-on experience running field campaigns to win environmental protections and public health initiatives. Throughout the year, each trainee receives specific individualized feedback on all aspects of his or her work, as well as local mentorship from environmental organizers throughout the nation. At the end of the training, the Green Corps program facilitates trainees' placement in permanent positions with leading environmental and social change groups.

Learn more and apply here!

Early application deadline is October 11th, 2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Join the Puget Sound Ethics Bowl Team!

Acclalimed Author and Journalist Hedrick Smith - Lecture in Tacoma

Council on Hemispheric Affairs Internshipos

For more than 30 years, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), a major tax-exempt, nonprofit, and nonpartisan national research and information organization, has offered internships in Washington in the fields of U.S., Latin American, and Canadian relations. These internships provide practical, entry level experience regarding a variety of political, economic, diplomatic, and trade issues. They also provide young scholars with excellent exposure to the policy making process. COHA seeks highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students as well as those who have already earned degrees. During its existence, nearly 1,000 successful candidates have interned in COHA’s Washington office.

COHA internships, which are available throughout the year, are entirely voluntary and are highly competitive (with summer positions being the most sought after). Schedules for the 18-week internships (14 weeks for the summer internships) can be arranged to meet the individual’s needs, although full-time and full-term applicants are given preference in the selection process. Interns play an integral role in COHA’s activities, which include the following: issuing statements and providing commentary to the print and electronic media; submitting articles on hemispheric issues to regional and national media; monitoring human rights and press freedom violations; promoting constructive U.S. policy initiatives; formulating viable alternatives that seek a diplomatic rather than a military solution to disputes; attending briefings by visiting Latin American dignitaries; and surveying legislation focused on social justice and the expansion of authentic democratic institutions.

Intern candidates should have some knowledge and/or interest in U.S.-Latin American affairs or international relations and should display impressive research and writing skills. Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese is desired, though experience in journalism, English, or one of the social sciences may be substituted for the normal background requirements. Ideal internship candidates should be highly motivated and will be expected to show initiative and a capacity for innovation.

To apply, go to

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Brown Bag with Professor Sousa, Noon on Oct 9

CFR Conference Call: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rights of Women

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2013 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, October 9, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in WY 326.  Rachel B. Vogelstein, CFR's fellow for women and foreign policy, will discuss U.S. foreign policy and the rights of women and girls.

Ms. Vogelstein's research focuses on the relationship between women's advancement and prosperity, stability, and security. She also directs a roundtable series on child marriage and U.S. foreign policy. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Vogelstein was director of policy and senior adviser in the Office of Global Women's Issues within the Office of the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, she advised Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ambassador Melanne Verveer, the first-ever U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, on a range of foreign policy issues related to the advancement of women. She is an attorney by training with expertise in women's issues. Ms. Vogelstein is a recipient of the Secretary of State's Superior Honor Award and a National Association of Women Lawyers Award.

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

1) Rachel B. Vogelstein, "Ending Child Marriage," Report, Council on Foreign Relations Press, May 2013.
2) Rachel B. Vogelstein, "Why Ending Child Marriage Abroad is Good for the United States," Op-Ed, Atlantic Monthly, May 22, 2013.
3) Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, "The Hillary Doctrine: Women's Rights Are a National Security Issue," Op-Ed, Atlantic Monthly, April 8, 2013.

if you would like to attend this conference call, please RSVP to me at

I hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger

Friday, October 04, 2013

Field School in Conservation and Development Botswana and Namibia Spring Semester 2014 May 19 – June 7 field trip

Field School in Conservation and Development
Botswana and Namibia
Spring Semester 2014
May 19 – June 7 field trip

Students selected to participate in this field school will have the opportunity to travel to rural Botswana and Namibia and learn about the complex relationships between people and conservation by visiting parks and conservation areas and interacting with local organizations and residents. 
Students selected for participation in the field school must enroll in Prof. DeMotts’ Field School in Conservation and Development course during the spring semester.  This course will meet regularly during the term, but not as often as a regular class, because the majority of the course will take place in the field once the semester is over, and the major seminar project to be completed by each student will be based on fieldwork.  Thus, each field course participant will receive an incomplete grade in the seminar until the end of the field school, at which time field projects will be graded and seminar coursework considered complete.
The prerequisite for the field school is:

ENVR/P&G 326:  People, Politics, and Parks
Spring 2014, Tuesdays 5-7:30pm
Course description:  The ways in which people understand and manage their relationship with nature are varied and contentious.  As concern for the natural environment has become a subject of regular and sometimes intense discussion in the political arena, it is more and more important that we critically consider the political processes through which environmental policy decisions are made.  Nowhere is this more clear than in examining the ways in which land and resources are conserved through parks.  This course examines the intersection of protected areas and political priorities in local, regional, and global context, grounding larger discussions of parks and conservation in the particular spaces in which they take place.  Complicating ideas of conservation brings insight into the complexity of environmental politics and policymaking as well as the ways in which those people most affected by conservation are able to participate in it.   The prerequisite for this course is one of the following:  ENVR 110; PG101, 102, or 103.

This course may be taken in the spring of 2014 concurrently with field school enrollment; students who took 326 in the spring of 2012 have also met the field school prerequisite
Application Process
Interested students must apply to Prof. Rachel DeMotts directly [, x2891] by October 15 with a brief (1-2 page) statement of interest addressing the student’s reasons for wanting to participate and Puget Sound transcripts (unofficial is acceptable).  Funding is available for student participation in this field school to cover most travel costs, with a strong preference for Environmental Policy and Decision-Making Program minors.  

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Professor DeMotts talk: The Elephants of our Imagination

Magee Address
Rachel DeMotts, Environmental Policy and Decision Making and Politics & Government
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 4:30-5:30 p.m. Trimble Forum

The Elephants of Our Imagination

They are the largest terrestrial animal on the planet, graceful, familial, protective, intelligent - and evocative. From halfway around the world, we consider their majesty and are shocked as stories of escalating ivory poaching percolate to the surface and indicate a clear threat. But we encounter elephants with the luxury of distance to protect us; they do not consume our food supply or snap off our water pipes or linger in the dusty road outside our homes and obstruct our paths to school and work. How might we see them differently if they did?

In Botswana, the population of elephants has nearly tripled in the last 30 years even as poaching is on the rise once again. China's insatiable demands for ivory fuel a black market that is becoming more and more dangerous for both wildlife and people in rural areas. At the same time, tourists seek out notions of pristine wilderness and chase the perfect photo of an elephant at the river illuminated by the setting sun. The view from the village is far less idyllic, and much harder to see. This talk will be an exploration of view - from both here and away - in an effort to complicate the elephants we imagine and the spaces they occupy.

Loggers at J Street

A dozen Puget Sound students (including plenty of PG majors) were out in DC last week for the big conference by J Street, an organization focused on a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.  Maddie Waddell '13 helped coordinate the trip and passed along this group picture :

Students with Husam Zomlot, executive deputy commissioner for Fatah’s Commission for International Affairs

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

DC Congressional Internship

The Office of Congressman Rick Larsen (D‑WA‑02) is seeking to hire a full-time intern in the Washington, DC office for the winter.

 Candidates should have an interest in and knowledge of the legislative process and American political system, possess excellent communication and writing skills, and be able to work independently. Interns play an important role in the congressional office, and perform tasks that make the legislative process work.

They will be responsible for projects such as researching and writing memos, assisting legislative staff in committee hearings, working with federal agencies, and fielding constituent phone calls and other requests. Other duties include leading Capitol tours and providing staff with general office support.

During their term, interns are encouraged to attend briefings and committee hearings of personal interest. 

Those with ties to Washington State or the 2nd Congressional District are strongly encouraged to apply. While the internship is unpaid, we are happy to work with schools that offer students’ academic credit for the internship.

 Rick is serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on which he serves as the Ranking Member of the Aviation Subcommittee. Rick also is the co-chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group, which educates members on U.S.-China issues.

If you would like to be considered for an internship, please email your resume, cover letter, and two references to Cara Sullivan at by November 15th, 2013.