Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lecture: SECRETS: From the Pentagon Papers to Snowden and Beyond, Thursday, 10/5

Daniel Ellsberg, activist and military analyst
Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Does the President have an unlimited right to lie? What should a government official do when their oath to support the Constitution conflicts with an agreement to keep secrets?

Daniel Ellsberg was the first person in America to be arrested for leaking top secret documents which became known as "The Pentagon Papers." In so doing, he set in motion actions that led to the end of the Vietnam War and the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In this compelling lecture, Ellsberg shares what brought him to commit this historic act of truth telling, how he came to release the Pentagon Papers and the meaning of patriotism under a government intoxicated with secret-keeping. Yes, there are secrets that deserve being kept; but there are many that must be told, even at great personal risk. Ellsberg discusses the future, necessity, ethics, and perils of whistle-blowing.

According to, Ellsberg is "arguably the greatest whistle-blower in American history." He is the author of four books: Papers on the War (1971), Risk, Ambiguity and Decision (2001), Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002) and his forthcoming book The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner (on sale Dec. 5, 2017). He is also the subject of the 2010 Academy Award nominated feature length documentary film The Most Dangerous Man in the World. Ellsberg is also a key figure portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film “The Post,” about the Pentagon Papers, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, to be released in December 2017.

Tickets required: $7 general admission; free with Puget Sound ID. Get tickets at or at the Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Lecture by Dr. Maria Chavez, Wed 10/4 at 5p in Trimble Forum

Now Accepting Applications: U.S. Department of State Summer 2018 Student Internship Program

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Summer 2018 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

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WA Secretary of State Visit to Campus, Tue 9/26

2018 Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program. Deadline: Thursday, 9/21


The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program at!

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need. Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

Program Benefits
  •  An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in late spring 2018 
  • Two summer internships, one on Capitol Hill in summer 2018 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate in summer 2019.
  • Up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution. 
  •  Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship. 
  •  Employment in the State Department Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, with each Rangel Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.
 Eligibility Requirements
  • U.S. citizenship 
  • Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2018 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution 
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application
About the U.S. Foreign Service
Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State are responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy. Their work includes analyzing political and economic events around the world; negotiating with foreign governments; assisting U.S. citizens abroad; educating foreign audiences about American culture and values; and managing an embassy’s operations. They are engaged in foreign policy issues such as conflict resolution, human rights, environmental and health issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and educational exchange. A Foreign Service career is much more than just a job; it is a uniquely demanding and rewarding way of life. Foreign Service Officers work in Washington and in more than 250 diplomatic posts worldwide. As representatives of the United States, Foreign Service Officers have a direct impact on people’s lives, witness history in the making, and help create and implement U.S. policy.

Patricia Hanigan Scroggs
Rangel International Affairs Program

Application Deadline
September 21, 2017


Program Contact
202-806-4367 or 877-633-0002