Monday, December 07, 2015

Apply to 2016 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is accepting applications for the 2016 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI). The deadline is January 15, 2016. The RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University that is designed to introduce students to the world of doctoral study in political science. Students must be juniors; for additional information on eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit

Friday, December 04, 2015

US Teaching Assistantship Austria 2016-17 - application deadline January 15, 2016

Since 1962, the US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria has provided US college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants.

You can find more information about the program, including how to apply, on our new website Only online applications will be accepted. Please note that the application deadline for the program year 2016-17 is January 15, 2016.

The following link directs you to our website, where you can find the program description and download an informative flyer about the program for 2016-17:

The flyer can then which can be posted or distributed to interested students, either electronically or in paper copy.

US teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they are also important resources for first-hand information about the United States and the "American way of life." The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s affairs (BMBF) finances this program, which is administered by the Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission). While the participants in this program contribute to the Fulbright goal of promoting mutual understanding, this is not a Fulbright grant program. For information on the Fulbright student program in Austria, please consult the Institute for International Education at or the website of the Austrian-American Educational Commission at

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Competition 2016, Deadline 12/14

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Competition 2016 is now accepting essays! Prizes are up to $5,000. This year's suggested topic:

Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

Application Deadline is Monday, December 14th, 2015.

DC Internships Summer 2016, Early Deadline 12/10

We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2016 LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. Programs in Washington, DC. Each program includes:
· Undergraduate academic credit
· Guaranteed internship placement
· Fully furnished housing in the heart of Washington, DC

New Program
We are excited to announce a new program for this summer - Leadership and the American Presidency. This program will further develop students’ leadership skills by focusing on lessons and interactive simulations from the American Presidency. More information may be found at

Please share the announcement below with any undergraduate students who may be interested in spending their summer in Washington.


LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. Programs – the Ultimate DC Experience!
June 4 – July 29, 2016
Early Application Deadline: December 10, 2015 - 5% tuition discount

Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! Academic internship programs are offered in the following fields:
· Public Policy & Economics
· International Affairs
· Journalism & Communication
· Leadership & the American Presidency
· Business & Government Affairs
· Service & Community Leadership

You will live just blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive program.

Earn course credit while you intern! You can earn 3 to 9 academic credits this summer. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level government and economics courses. Academic courses are accredited by George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other prestigious universities.

An internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. As part of our program, you are guaranteed an internship placement. We have been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC.

Internship placements include:
· Federal agencies
· Congressional offices
· Policy groups and think tanks
· International affairs organizations and embassies
· Media outlets and public relations firms
· Fortune 500 companies and government relations offices
· Community-based nonprofit organizations

Who you know does matter - especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive programs are designed so you can make valuable professional connections and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting.

We offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:
· Mentor Program with DC Professionals
· Professional Development Seminars
· Roundtable Discussions & Networking Receptions
· Site Briefings at Key Washington Institutions

Make plans for your summer now! Visit to begin an online application today. Apply by the early deadline of December 10 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration as well as a 5% tuition discount.

We award more scholarship funding than any other DC program and strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.

Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384.

GAO Internship in DC

Find out more here:

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people. The GAO, commonly referred to as the investigative arm of Congress, or the congressional watchdog, is independent and nonpartisan. The GAO assists Congress in making informed decisions by providing information on policy and program issues, as well as by providing recommendations to make government more effective and responsive.

GAO seeks non-paid student volunteers to encourage interest in public service careers and provide valuable work experience. As a non-paid volunteer, a student will gain first-hand experience with GAO’s work environment, learn about the federal government and perform a variety of tasks related to supporting GAO activities.
Student volunteers may work during the school year and/or during summer or school vacation periods. The nature of the volunteer assignment as well as the work schedule will be established once on-board.

Please note that the specific duties and responsibilities associated with this position will vary based on the team or office assignments. The following list is intended to provide applicants with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities.
Plan and complete work assignments on time
Collect and analyze relevant information
Prepare quality draft documents
Communicate relevant and accurate information, clearly and concisely during formal or informal meetings
Collaborate with others to accomplish goals
Contribute to team efforts.
Use various enterprise tools and technology to prepare and share documents
Provide essential support such as arranging meetings, taking notes, responding to routine inquiries

Deadline to apply: December 31st

Friday, November 13, 2015

Assembly Capitol Fellows Program

The four Capitol Fellows programs are accepting applications and will be doing so until February.
Briefly, these programs known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs select 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows.
  • Assembly and Senate fellows are placed as legislative staff to elected officials.
  • Executives function as staff in executive offices in various state agencies.
  • Judicial Fellows work in various trial courts. 
Over the year Fellows earn graduate credit through a CSU Sacramento seminar, and receive a stipend and decent benefits. Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California.

The selection process is rigorous. Info can be found at:

Nathan Little

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Job opening at W.W. Norton

Norton has a sales representative position open in Spokane, WA. I know that’s a long way from Tacoma, but I thought if you know of any recent graduates who might be interested (or if there is some departmental alumni network) you could pass along the information:

If anyone is interested in applying, they can send their materials directly to Ashley Cain at

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Internship with Congressman Smith

Good morning,

I want to make sure you have seen our recent announcement for internships open for the winter. As you know, many of our current staffers started as interns so this is a great opportunity to get started with us! Unlike when I interned, we now have one paid internship position available.

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!

Matt Perry
District Director
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09)
101 Evergreen Building | 15 S. Grady Way | Renton, WA 98057
Mobile: 253.254.2346

Internship Opportunities for Congressman Adam Smith
Congressman Adam Smith’s District Office located in Renton, Washington, is currently seeking paid and unpaid interns for fall 2015 and winter 2016.
Qualifications and Job Responsibilities

Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process, civic service, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and work well in a team environment.

Interns in the District Office have an opportunity to work in community outreach, constituent services and drafting policy and issue updates. This includes working with caseworkers to help constituents with issues relating to immigration, military and federal agencies, among others. Depending on interests, interns also have an opportunity to participate in community outreach, attend meetings and events with staff and/or the Congressman, and assist with town hall meetings.

Other intern duties are administrative: assisting staff with answering phones, data entry, scanning and/or copying documents, writing correspondence, etc. The position requires approximately 20 (part-time) or 30-40 (full-time) scheduled hours per week during posted business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm). 

Current students will be given preference, but recent graduates are also welcome to apply. Interns may earn college credit, depending on the requirements of their institution. Strong preference will be given to applicants with ties to the 9th Congressional District.

Application Deadlines

Sessions are very flexible and can be moved or combined:

  • Fall (September – December): accepting applications now
  • Winter (January – April): Deadline November 20, 2015*
  • Summer (May – August): Deadline  April 1, 2016*
*Applications received after these dates will be accepted, but will not be guaranteed consideration.

Applicants for both the full-time and part-time internship program in the District Office must submit an application packet including a letter of interest, resume and two letters of recommendation to the following address:

ATTN: Christine Nhan
Office of Congressman Adam Smith
The Evergreen Building
15 South Grady Way, Suite 101
Renton, WA 98057
Phone number:  425- 793-5180

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Project Vote Smart Fellowship-Internships in Montana

Internship opportunities do not get any better than this. An extraordinary group of Americans frustrated by the abusive political tactics of candidates began an unprecedented effort to build a beacon of truth to which all Americans could turn.

Founded by Presidents Ford and Carter and over 40 other national leaders, it is what the U. S. News and World report calls a system “that would make the Founders weep with joy.” At a pristine wilderness paradise high in the Montana Rockies we need bright idealistic students to make a commitment to their country while having the experience of a lifetime.

Internships are available in:
Information Technology
Political Research
Media Relations

Working at an extraordinary place with extraordinary people, interns make friends that will last a life time. All interns accepted to the National Internship Program receive the Barry Goldwater General Scholarship, which provides interns with full room and board for the duration of their internships.

Vote Smart’s research retreat is located at its exclusive Great Divide Ranch locate high in the Montana Rockies with extraordinary recreational opportunities on its pristine lakes, streams and mountains or on our tennis/basketball/Volleyball courts and boat ramps all located right outside our door. For more information about internships or how to apply:

Green Corps class of 2017!

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

The Fund for American Studies DC Internships

Since 1967, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has been a leader in educating young people from around the world in the fundamental principles of American democracy and our free market system. TFAS has been the launching pad for over 13,000 students who have participated in our programs in Washington, DC and around the world in Asia, Europe and South America. Alumni of our program are leaders in government, business, the media and nonprofit sector.

Washington, DC Programs

  • Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems – for students wanting to pursue careers in public policy, economics and government service.
  • Institute on Economics and International Affairs – for students interested in a career in the foreign service, international affairs, or multi-national NGOs.
  • Institute on Political Journalism – for students interested in a career in journalism, communications and public relations.
  • Institute on Business and Government Affairs – for students interested in a career in lobbying, trade associations and government affairs offices.
  • Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service – for students interested in careers in the nonprofit sector, direct service and fundraising.
  • Capital Semester – for students who are interested in a spending a full semester in Washington, DC.
  • Legal Studies Institute – for first and second year law students looking to add a DC experience to their legal portfolio.

While participating in the undergraduate Washington, DC programs, students live in on-campus housing at George Washington University or in furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Each student takes 6-9 credit hours in courses at George Mason University in addition to interning 30-35 hours per week. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in our Mentor Program, attend site briefings, visit D.C. landmarks, sit in on professional development seminars, and meet top experts in their field.

International Programs

  • Asia – Asia Institute for Political Economy (Hong Kong)
  • Europe – American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (Czech Republic)
  • South America – Institute for Leadership in the Americas (Chile)

Our International Programs are cross-cultural academic experiences bringing together students from around the world.  More information can be found on these programs at

While TFAS is headquartered in Washington, DC, additional continuing education programs are available to alumni around the country in addition to regional conferences for donors, professors and other students throughout the year.

For additional information about The Fund for American Studies, please visit

2016 Critical Language Scholarship Program Application Is Open

We are pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the U.S. Department of State 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

The CLS Program is pleased to announce that, for the first time, Swahili will be offered at the beginning through advanced levels.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the fourteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is now live and available online at:
Applications will be due November 23, 2015 by 7:59 pm EST.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website:
CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact us at:

Green Fee Application, Deadline Friday 11/20

I am very pleased to announce the application for this year’s Green Fee. You may not know that the Green Fee was created in 2013 as a way for students to implement a sustainable project on campus. The money comes from the student government fee. Three dollars from every student is set aside for Green Fee projects.

To increase applications for this year, I’m reaching out to relevant departments whose students may have an interest in sustainable projects on campus.

Attached is the application; please distribute it to anyone interested.
Send Applications to or submit a project though the sustainability tab of the ASUPS [] website.

Brief summery of logistics:
Up to $10,000 to finance a sustainability project on campus (or several smaller projects!)
Application deadline: Nov 20th at 5pm
Applications reviewed by ASUPS Director of Student Interests, other students, and administrators
Application also available online or by emailing

Austin Brittenham

A Talk by Maru Mora Villalpando THU 11/19

Wednesday 11/18 Noon Brown Bag

Law Fair WED 11/11

Cc: Brad Reich <>
Subject: Law Fair 11/11 10am-2pm

See the attached flyer for a full list of the schools that will be at our law fair. We will be posting flyers around campus next week. If you have students who are interested in law school, this is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from various colleges and universities! Held in the Wheelock Student Center (Piano Lounge/in front of the Info Center)

Lecture by Professor Chris Kendall 11/11

TONIGHT at 6 !!! Republican Fourth Presidential Debate viewing

Time/Location: Tuesday, November 10th, 6:00 PM in the Rasmussen Rotunda

Description: The UPS Politics and Government Association will be hosting a viewing of the fourth GOP debate tonight in the Rasmussen Rotunda. Debate begins at 6:00 PM.

Lecture by Michael Barnett FRI 11/6

CFR Conference Call - Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan, November 4

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, November 4, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 326. Janine Davidson, senior fellow for defense policy at CFR, will discuss U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and offer recommendations for the future.

Dr. Janine Davidson is senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Before joining CFR, Davidson was an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, where she taught courses on national security, civil-military relations, counterinsurgency, and public policy. From 2009 to 2012, she served in the Obama administration as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans, where she oversaw the development of guidance for military campaign and contingency plans. She also led policy efforts for U.S. global defense posture, including the military's rebalance to Asia, and international agreements related to U.S. forces stationed overseas.

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

1) Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, “Eyes on the Prize in Afghanistan: What the U.S. Mission Should Be,”, October 21, 2015. 
2) Rick Brennan, “Withdrawal Symptoms: The Bungling of the Iraq Exit,” Foreign Affairs, November/December 2014. 
3) Janine Davidson, Defense in Depth, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations. 
4) “Global Conflict Tracker,” Interactive, Center for Preventative Action, Council on Foreign Relations.

If you'd like to attend this call, please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger ASAP.

Hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics & Government

Students Attend for Free: Health Care Policy Luncheon in SeaTac TUES 11/3

From: Katie Bulger <>
Subject: Students attend for free: WPC's Health Care Policy Luncheon in SeaTac

This is a friendly reminder that WPC’s upcoming Health Care Policy Luncheon will be held at the SeaTac Hilton hotel THIS Tuesday, November 3rd
The event will kick off at 11am with a bi-partisan review of the 2015 Legislative Session and preview of the health care policy issues that will be faced in the 2016 Session.  Our panelists include:
·           Senator Randi Becker, Senate Health Care Committee Chair
·           Representative Eileen Cody, House Health Care Committee Chair
·           Dr. Robert Crittenden, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Inslee
Following the 11am panel will be a keynote luncheon with Michael Tanner, author of the new book, Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt and the Entitlement Crisis.  Tanner leads research on a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform at The Cato Institute, one of the nation's largest think tanks.
Students are invited to attend this event for free by registering hereThis is a great opportunitycollege students to learn about health care public policy issues from Olympia’s top policymakers, as well as a respected national figure, and to network with the approximately 200 state legislators, elected officials, agency staff, business owners, health care professionals, and other students/young professionals that will be in attendance.

Washington Policy Center (WPC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent think tank in our state that works to improve the lives of citizens by providing accurate, high quality solutions for policymakers, the media and the public.  Our Young Professionals group engages and educates the next generation of leaders about sound policy through relationship building, events and outreach.
Thank you for your time. If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact me at kbulger@washingtonpolicy.orgor (206) 937-9691.  I am happy to discuss how your students’ attendance at this event will benefit them educationally and professionally.

10/28 Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Presentation by Matt Martinez

ASK Night 2015 10/29

Jump at the chance to connect with Politics & Government grads at Alumni Sharing Knowledge
Practice your networking skills, and make valuable connections with alumni at:
ASK Night 2015 (It’s the 30th Anniversary!!)

When: Thursday, Oct. 29: Drop by anytime between 7 and 8:30 p.m. 
Where: Event Lawn—Next to Commencement Hall in the BIG WHITE TENT!

ASK Night is an annual event designed to assist students in their career development. During the student-alumni reception, students and alumni share stories about career fields, classes, graduate school, internships, volunteer activities, study abroad, and other experiences during and beyond Puget Sound. Students benefit from your knowledge and get to practice their networking skills with a Logger-friendly audience. Register now! (Before 8am on 10/29)

Regardless of their major, alumni have advice to share about transitioning to life after college, the benefits of a liberal arts education, and more! Tell them what you’re interested in—they’re well-connected individuals, and may be able to refer you to someone in their network who’s a match for your interests.

See the list of Alumni that are Attending - About Ask Night - Networking tips - Pre-register to speed you entry

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Public Policy and International Affairs Program, Deadline 11/1

Fellowships for Undergraduate Juniors - Public Policy and International Affairs 


Calling college juniors: the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA) is accepting applications for its 2016 Junior Summer Institutes at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, & the University of Michigan!


Interested candidates can visit to learn more & apply by November 1st, 2015.

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.

Fellowships for Undergraduates  


The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Once a student has successfully completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in our Graduate School Consortium.

About the Graduate School Consortium 

PPIA’s Graduate School Consortium is comprised of over 30 public policy and international affairs programs from across the county. These institutions share PPIA’s commitment to increasing inclusion in public service and are committed to supporting our fellows in their pursuit of a graduate education. Fellows who apply to receive a graduate degree at these schools are able to waive the application fees and, if accepted, are guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000 from the school, although most programs are able to provide financial assistant well above this level.

PPIA Fellows are encouraged to gain work experience before applying to graduate school. Our Graduate School Consortium members guarantee benefits for at least five years after fellows complete their undergraduate degree.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Free concert, talk and Q&A: Rachel Lark, Musical Muse of the Sex-Positive Revolution

Free concert, talk, and Q&A:
Tuesday, October 27 - 8:00pm
Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

Musician Rachel Lark is on her on her one-woman mission to help the public think positively and fearlessly about sex.

Armed with her ukulele, Lark has been writing and performing songs about sex-positivity, healthy relationships, and sexual consent at San Francisco counterculture venues for the last few years. Her repertoire has garnered her attention and acclaim from alternative and traditional media such as The Savage Lovecast podcast series and Salon magazine.

The event will include a live performance of her songs, a brief talk about feminism and sex-positivity, and questions and answers with students and members of the community. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

The free event is organized and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, and co-sponsored by the Gender and Queer Studies program; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement; and Student Activities/Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Education (SIRGE).

To learn more about the campus event visit:
To learn more about Rachel Lark visit:

A New Paradigm of Anti-Racism: Why Discourse of White Privilege, Justice, and Equality Do Not Work

Lecture on a new way to think about racial oppression and anti-racism
Everyone is welcome to the free talk and Q&A
Thursday, Oct. 22. 5 p.m - 6:30pm in the Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center

How can we nudge American society toward racial justice and equality? Somewhat paradoxically, philosopher Naomi Zack argues that the best way to do so is to stop talking about justice and equality—at least in the way that standard liberal thinking often dictates. Instead, she argues, we need a new set of conceptual tools for anti-racism discourse.

Naomi Zack is professor of philosophy at University of Oregon. She received her doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University and is the author of numerous books on philosophy of race, political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of science. Some of her earlier works include Ethics for Disaster (2009); Inclusive Feminism: A Third Wave Theory of Women’s Commonality (2005); Race and Mixed Race (1993); Philosophy of Science and Race (2002); and the short textbook, Thinking About Race (2nd edition, 2006).

Zack is also chair of the Community Philosophy Institute Homelessness project, at University of Oregon, that aims to support creative, intellectual, and practical means to address the problems of homelessness.

The lecture will present a new way to think about racial oppression and other forms of current injustice. Consider what Zack says about the term “white privilege.” Although this concept is prominent in standard liberal thinking about anti-racism, Zack argues that it leads to misdescriptions of the ethical landscape.

“A privilege is special treatment that goes beyond a right. It’s not so much that being white confers privilege, but that not being white means being without rights in many cases,” she said in a New York Times interview with George Yancy. “Not fearing that the police will kill your child for no reason isn’t a privilege. It’s a right.”

For more information about the talk and Naomi Zack:

Contact: Shirley Skeel,
ph. 253.879.2611, cell. 510.684.6715

London Adventures: Political Theory Edition

Lisa Tucker (PG ’15) takes a break from her Watson Fellowship to do some essential research in London, which includes getting a selfie with utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s preserved body!  For more information on Lisa’s experience, visit her blog at:

For more information on Jeremy Bentham’s auto-icon, check this out:

Apply to be a Department of State Intern, Deadline 10/16

Announcing the U.S. Department of State 2016 Summer Student Unpaid Internship.  The program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in unpaid internships that provide professional experience and personal growth and learning within a foreign affairs environment.

The U.S. Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency responsible for advancing freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community. The Department’s employees, Foreign Service Officers and Specialists, Civil Service professionals and Foreign Service Nationals work at over 265 locations overseas, and throughout the United States. Together, they help to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship is an unpaid, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign and Civil Services.  The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.

For More Information

Apply online now!
Deadline is October 16th, 2015.

10/14 Wednesday Noon Brown Bag with prominent Cuban dissident, Dimas Castellanos

Ending Poverty Through a Two-Generation Approach - Tue 10/13, 7p in Trimble Forum

Democratic Primary Debate Viewing - Tuesday 10/13 at the Rotunda

From: Alex McNeil

Title: Democratic Primary Debate Viewing
Time/Location: Tuesday, October 13th, 5:30 PM in the Rasmussen Rotunda
Description: Come one, come all to a live stream of the first Democratic primary debate of the (almost) 2016 election cycle.
Bring your friends, settle in, and watch the field of Democratic presidential candidates scramble for limelight and glory. Come cheer for crowd favorites such as Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley--as well as for underdog candidates (so far under I had to google them) Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee!
The debate viewing will include pizza, and will be an excellent opportunity for interested students to discuss the debate.
If you have any questions, or need any more information, don't hesitate to email