February 13, 2012
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IMPORTANT: Concentration Advising Hours

Due to a family emergency, Dr. Elliott will not be holding any office hours from Monday, February 13 - Tuesday, February 21. If you had plans to come see her this week, we apologize for the inconvenience caused. However she will be holding extra office hours next week, and they include:

Wednesday, Feb 22 11:00am - 1:00pm (By appointment only)
Thursday, Feb 23 2:00pm - 4:00pm (By appointment only)


Attention SENIOR Double Concentrators – Commencement Ceremony Notice
If you are one of those overachievers who decided to double concentrate, you MUST notify the Office of the Registrar of which ceremony you plan on attending during commencement by 5 PM on Monday, February 27th. You can only attend one ceremony, and changes CANNOT be made after this date.  If this applies to you, the Registrar’s Office will have sent a notice to your campus mailbox, so if you’re one of those people who checks your mail infrequently, this week would be a good time to do it. Make sure your parents and your diploma show up at the same place!


Attention SOPHOMORES - Concentration Filing Deadline
If you've already decided to concentrate in International Relations, then DO NOT WAIT to file! We ask sophomores to file their concentration by these dates in order to be approved in time for the Registrar's Deadline:

Last Name A - L March 1
Last Name M - Z March 23

For more information on how to file, please visit our website.You can also email us at irprogram@brown.edu with your queries.


Following the launch of our new website, and our new look for the newsletter (yes, we hope you noticed), the IR Program is excited to now present personalized pins!
Come get them at our office at a small price of $1/each, and flaunt your IR pride with élan!


The Global Poverty Project presents 1.4 Billion Reasons, co-sponsored by the International Relations DUG! MARK YOUR CALENDAR – 02/22!
When: February 22 @ 7:00 pm
Where: Salomon 001
More Information: http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/pages/presentation

1.4 billion people on our planet live in extreme poverty. 
1 person can make a difference. 
That person is... You. 

1.4 Billion Reasons is a thought provoking presentation that moves audiences to make simple lifestyle changes. These changes will enable the world’s poorest to break the poverty cycle. A simple yet ground-breaking presentation is travelling the world, inspiring and empowering audiences in its path. Based on leading research, the 45 or 90 minute presentation clearly articulates the facts of extreme poverty and demonstrates that by making simple changes everyone can be a part of the solution. Compelling and challenging, the presentation moves audiences to take action and become a part of the movement to end extreme poverty. The Global Poverty Project has presented to 11,000 individuals in the US since 2011. Working in partnership with leading charities, community groups and organizations across the country, we deliver the presentation at conferences, schools, universities, churches, workplaces and festivals. This event is co-sponsored by Brown UNICEF, IR DUG, Watson Institute and BRIO.


APPLY NOW! Study Global Political Economy in Hong Kong, Summer 2012! 02/15!
Application deadline: February 15, 2012
More information:

Join us this summer to consider Global Political Economics in China and the US. You will have the advantage of taking courses taught by faculty from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Brown, while sitting beside students from Hong Kong. You will gain practical skills through group work, which will be complemented by lectures and excursions. In China, you will spend a week in Beijing, and in the US you will visit New York City and Washington, DC as part of the academic curriculum.

The purpose of the 4+4 (spend four weeks in Hong Kong and four weeks at Brown) Study Abroad Model is to maximize global learning through institutional and student collaboration.  Brown University developed this model with the awareness that students who study abroad often participate in programs where they interact primarily with peers from their home institution, and have little contact with students from the host country. 

SENIORS – APPLY for the 2012 Theories In Action Conference! 03/02!
Application Deadline:
March 2
More Information:

Theories in Action is a three-day conference (April 26-28, 2012) sponsored by the Curricular Resource Center and the Dean of the College spotlighting Brown seniors’ capstone work and creating a forum for students from vastly different disciplines to reflect on similar themes in their work and present them to the community at large. Capstone projects can include long-term leadership experiences, summer internships, grant projects, theses, fellowships, independent studies, final performances, or community service work. Participating in this unique conference provides you, as seniors, with the opportunity to:

* Present your work an engaging and accessible way
* Reflect on the social relevance of your scholarly or creative projects
* Engage with your peers in interdisciplinary panels and poster sessions
* Strengthen your public speaking skills

Applications for TIA 2012 are available online at http://browntia.wordpress.com to all members of the Class of ‘12 and ‘12.5.

In This Issue

Join the International Relations DUG!
The DUG meets every week to plan events, discuss ideas to strengthen the IR community, and help concentrators take full advantage of the excellent resources the concentration has to offer. Past activities include peer advising sessions, brown-bags with IR-affiliated faculty, and information sessions on internship/career opportunities.

For more information and to get involved, please email brownirdug@gmail.com.

Newsletter Submissions Deadline
Submissions for the Newsletter must be received by noon on Friday in order to be included in the following week's newsletter.

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Lecture: "My Experience as an Artist in Russia and in the West" TODAY!
When: February 13 @ 4:00 pm
Where: Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
More Information: http://watson.brown.edu/events_detail.cfm?id=1830

This lecture is presented by Vitaly Komar. He is one of the founders of the Sots Art movement (soviet Pop/Conceptual art) and a pioneer of multi-stylistic post-modernism (1972-73). Vitaly Komar worked in collaboration with Alex Melamid from 1973 to 2003. The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History; Bordas’ Petit Dictionnaire Des Artistes Contemporains; Art in the Modern Era; and Phaidon’s The 20th-Century Art Book. Their work is included in major art museums across the world. This event is sponsored by the Visual Art Department, Creative Arts Council and Department of Slavic Languages.

Lecture: “Anyuan - Mining China's Revolutionary Tradition" TODAY!
When: February 13 @ 5:30 pm
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
More Information:

This lecture is presented by Elizabeth Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute. How do we explain the unexpected longevity of the Chinese Communist political system? One answer, Elizabeth Perry suggests, lies in the Chinese Communists’ creative development and deployment of cultural resources – during their revolutionary rise to power and afterwards. Skillful “cultural positioning” and “cultural patronage,” on the part of Mao Zedong, his comrades and successors, helped construct a polity in which a once alien Communist system came to be accepted as familiarly “Chinese.” Illustrated with numerous colorful photographs, the talk will trace this process through a case study of the Anyuan coal mine, a place where Mao and other early leaders of the Chinese Communist Party mobilized an influential labor movement at the beginning of their revolution, and whose history later became a contested touchstone of “political correctness” in the People’s Republic of China. This event is sponsored by the East Asian Studies and History Departments, as well as the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Watson Institute for International Studies, and is part of the Year of China.

Lunchtime talk and discussion with co-founders of Janaagraha (Bangalore, India)
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
12:00-1:30- Talk
2:00-3:00 - Meeting with interested undergraduate students to discuss potential internship opportunities
Where: South Common Room, Watson Institute (for talk and meetings)
More information: RamanathanTalkFlyer.pdf
"Experiences in Urban Change in India: from grassroots to advocacy", with Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan, Co-founders of Janagraah, a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore, India

CLACS Workshop: "Managing the Market in Latin America" 02/15!
When: February 15 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room

This workshop will feature Nicolas Coleman (Economics) who will be presenting his paper, "Government Bank Ownership, Lending, and Local Economic Performance in Financial Crisis," and Elizabeth Bennett (Political Science) will be presenting "Producer Representation in Fair Trade Certification Organizations." This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Lecture: "Mutual Reassurance: How to Steer U.S.-China Relations Towards a New Golden Age" 2/16!
When: February 16 @
4 pm
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge
More Information:

This lecture is presented by John Chen'78, P'06, P'11, CEO of Silicon Valley software maker Sybase Inc. and a recognized expert on Asian foreign policy. He will discuss the evolution of modern U.S.-China relations. This event is sponsored by the Year of China and the C.V. Starr Program in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship.

Panel Discussion: "Alumni Entrepreneurship Panel on China"
February 16 @ 2:30 pm
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge
More Information:

This panel discussion on Entrepreneurship, Enterprise, and Technology in Modern China will feature John Chen'78, P'06, P'11, CEO of Sybase, and Alison Friedman '02 founder, Ping Pong Productions and Drew Mason'89 co-founder and Managing Partner of Jade Capital Management LLC. This event is sponsored by the Year of China and the C.V. Starr Program in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship.

Lecture: "Nothing Can Go Wrong: Rethinking Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century”
When: February 16 @ 4:30 pm
Where: Smith-Buonanno 106
More Information:

This lecture is presented by Gabrielle Hecht, Professor of History and Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Michigan. She is the author of the book, "Doing Nuclear Work: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade" and the forthcoming book, “Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade”. This event is part of the Science and Technology Studies’ 2011-2012 lecture series.

Lecture: "The Future of U.S.-China Relations: Cooperation or Competition?"
When: February 16 @ 5pm
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
More Information: http://watson.brown.edu/events_detail.cfm?id=1833

This lecture will be presented by Colonel Randy Lawrence, currently a student at the U.S. Naval War College from 2008 to 2011, has also previously served as the Executive Officer to the U.S. Defense Attaché in China. As the Obama Administration continues its “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region, one of the most important bilateral relationships for the future will be U.S.-China relations. Washington and Beijing have close economic ties and share many common interests. Yet, there are also important points of friction in the relationship. Colonel Randy Lawrence has spent years working in China in a number of roles and has a unique vantage point on U.S.-China relations. Colonel Lawrence will provide his personal perspective on the future direction of this important relationship. This lecture is cosponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies and the Year of China at Brown University, and the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the Naval War College.

Lecture: “Nation and Region in Brazil: The Peculiarities of Rio Grande do Sul” 02/16!
When: February 16 @ 5:00 pm
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute

This lecture is presented by Ruben Oliven, Cogut Visiting Professor, Brown University. This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University.

Student Opportunities


Information Session: Curious About Studying Abroad? 02/16!
When: February 16 @ 4:00 pm
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 440

If you are curious about studying abroad and find that the decision to study abroad is confusing and/or overwhelming with all the options available and are looking for some direction, please plan to attend this info session and get excited about studying abroad!! This event is sponsored by the Office of International Programs.

Volunteer for the
Brown University Simulation of United Nations (BUSUN), Nov 2012 Conference!
Conference Dates: November 9-11, 2012
Where: Brown University Campus
More Information: www.busun.net

BUSUN, a Model United Nations conference that welcomes over 800 high school students to Brown every fall, is currently accepting applications for committee chair positions. Chairs monitor debate over the course of the conference and guide delegates in their efforts to address the issues on which the committees focus. BUSUN committees address a variety of topics related to International Relations, and chairs are not required to have any previous Model UN experience. To receive an application form, please contact sg@busun.net.


International Summer Fellowship Showcase
! 02/14!
When: February 14 @ 12:00 noon
Where: Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room

Are you considering applying for an international fellowship? Come hear 2011 fellowship awardees talk about their experiences. For complete guidelines and application information for all Swearer Center and Watson summer fellowships, please visit www.watsoninstitute.org/fellowships.

APPLY for the 2012 AT&T New Media Fellows Summer Program! 02/27!
Application Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 5pm
More Information and to Apply:

The Watson Institute for International Studies announces up to $3,500 support for AT&T New Media fellowships for the summer 2012 break for Brown University undergraduates. The AT&T New Media Fellows Summer Program is intended to focus on international issues and global social change. By using new media, fellows will illustrate innovative ideas and approaches to critical challenges and produce highly visible results that will, in turn, help to promote and inspire international social entrepreneurship and citizen engagement on campus and beyond.

for the Swearer Center International Fellowships - Get paid for your Summer Internship! 03/02!
Application Deadline: March 2 @ 5pm.
More Information and to Apply: http://swearercenter.brown.edu/fellowships/

The Swearer Center offers fellowships that fund scholarly and service projects for Brown undergraduates. From public interest law to the intersection of sport and human rights, our fellowship opportunities can accommodate many diverse interests and types of projects.

APPLY for the 2012 Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Program! 03/02!

Application Deadline:
March 2 @ 5pm
More Information and to Apply: http://watson.brown.edu/fellowships/

The Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship, administered by the Watson Institute for International Studies, is made possible through the generosity of Jack Ringer '52 who served in Burma after graduating from Brown. The award provides Brown students with up to $3,500 to support summer travel to Southeast Asia to conduct research or work in an internship. Interested students are responsible for developing their own projects or finding their own internship opportunities.

APPLY for the 2012 Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship! 03/02!

Application Deadline: March 2 @ 5pm
More Information and to Apply: http://watson.brown.edu/fellowships/

The Watson Institute for International Studies announces support of up to $3,500 for the Marla Ruzicka International Fellowship. This is awarded annually to support the summer plans of one Brown University undergraduate who displays the characteristics of compassion, determination, and selflessness in the pursuit of international human rights, post-conflict rehabilitation or international public service in its most noble spirit, and whose summer plans reflect those traits. Interested students are responsible for developing their own projects or finding their own internship opportunities.


APPLY for a Summer Internship with the Environmental Non-Profit, blueEnergy!
More Information and to Apply:

Interested in becoming a leader for a more equitable, sustainable world? Interested in sustainable energy, clean water, and/or community development? blueEnergy is a non-profit organization that connects isolated communities to clean water, energy, and other basic services to give people the opportunity to improve their lives.

The Internship Program is designed for individuals interested in gaining hands-on implementation experience in at least one of the following program areas: water, energy, and community development. Individual work plans are developed by blueEnergy’s Nicaraguan project managers so that each intern has the opportunity to work on a project and develop skills within his/her area of interest. Interns are also encouraged and provided the necessary support to conduct research on areas of their interest and the interests of blueEnergy’s beneficiaries.

for a Summer Internship at USAID’s Africa Bureau! 02/15!
Application Deadline:
February 15
More Information and to Apply:


USAID's Africa Bureau is offering a limited number of Summer 2012 internships in a few of their overseas missions in sub-Saharan Africa as well as in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding students interested in pursuing careers in international development. Students desiring internships in Francophone Africa must be proficient in French while students desiring internships in Lusophone Africa must be proficient in Portuguese or Spanish. To support the USAID Africa Bureau's communication needs, all interns will also be encouraged to include an outreach component in their internship by taking digital photos and writing articles for their school or hometown newspapers.

for a Summer Internship at a California-based Public Policy Think-Tank! 02/15!
Application Deadline:
February 15, 2012
More Information:

Breakthrough Generation is the young leaders initiative of the Breakthrough Institute, a paradigm-shifting think tank committed to rejuvenating progressive thought for the 21st century. Breakthrough is best known for its climate and energy policy work, but fellows next summer will have the opportunity to work on either energy, conservation, or economic policy.

Each summer, Breakthrough offers highly competitive fellowships to top young analysts, writers, and thought leaders from around the world. Founded in 2007, Breakthrough Generation seeks to foster the development of a new generation of leaders capable of fully grappling with the scale and complexity of today's greatest challenges. To apply, please submit a statement of purpose; resume or CV; and three relevant writing samples to the email above.

for the Editorial Internship at Foreign Affairs! 02/17!
Application Deadline:
February 17
More Information: www.foreignaffairs.org

This internship is a full-time paid position offering an exceptional training in serious journalism. The length of the internship is one year, beginning in July or August.  The intern works as an assistant editor with substantial responsibility. Interns are involved in all aspects of the editorial process—editing, proofreading, evaluating manuscripts, research, fact-checking, and production work. Candidates should have a serious interest in international relations, a flair for writing, and a facility with the English language. Requirements for the application include a cover letter, résumé, three letters of recommendation, and three writing samples (5 pages or less per sample for a potential total of 15 pages). Please email ecoja@cfr.org for more details on how to apply.

APPLY for a Summer Internship in Gambia!
Application Deadline: March 1
For more information and to Apply: www.gambiainternships.com

Gambian Internships, Inc. offers professional internships for students from a variety of academic majors. Internships are normally a semester in length and can be done for academic credit. Gambian Internships will work closely with you in finding the right internship and making sure that your experience is productive and enjoyable. So, whether you are into public policy, journalism, non-profit organizations, government, business or the arts, you will get an internship that matches your interests.
Most programs operating in Africa place students in the largest, most well-known, countries such as South Africa, Kenya, or Nigeria. We like to think that The Gambia is a great alternative to those countries because it is poor and challenged in so many ways and therefore provides the perfect model for those students wanting to understand the developing world. As Gambia is a small country, students are able to see most of the country during their stay. For more information, please contact gambiainternships@yahoo.com.


LAST CHANCE TO APPLY for the 2012 Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation! TODAY!
June 16 - July 14, 2012
Where: Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Center
Application Deadline: February 13, 2012
More information: http://ipsinstitute.org/bologna2012/

The 2012 Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation will provide intensive training on international mediation, negotiation, and facilitation and transferable SAIS academic credit (M.A.). Students will also learn the nuts and bolts of strategic nonviolent action, trauma healing and reconciliation, peace building through social entrepreneurship, gender and conflict, program planning and design, etc. from the field’s leading academics and practitioners. 

for the 2012 Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice! TODAY!
July 21 - August 18, 2012
Where: Clingendael Institute of International Relations, The Hague
Application Deadline: February 13, 2012
More information: http://ipsinstitute.org/the-hague-2012/

The 2012 The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice will include modules on restorative and retributive justice, security and development as they relate to rule of law, as well as intensive case studies on the serious practical and moral dilemmas facing the field of transitional justice.  Through formal lectures, site visits to International Tribunals and Courts, and interactive simulations and workshops, participants will gain a broad understanding of this emerging field, including concepts, controversies, and institutions, as well as critically examine the historical and contemporary uses of different justice interventions through direct interactions with the actual decision makers.

for the Taiwan – United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Ambassador Summer Scholarship Program! 02/15!
Application Deadline: February 15
More Information and to Apply:

The TUSA Ambassador Summer Scholarship Program is offered to U.S. college and university students who are interested in studying the Mandarin Chinese language. The scholarship covers tuition, dormitory fees, four excursions and incidental insurance. Meals are not included and students must provide their own airfare to and from Taiwan. In addition to studying at a first-rate university, students learn about Taiwanese culture and will visit several interesting sites to become more familiar with Taiwan and her people.  The program has been created with special focus on students without Chinese/Taiwanese heritage, so prior knowledge or experience with the Mandarin language is not needed.  Each U.S. student is paired with a Taiwanese study partner to assist in the language and cultural study program.


SUBMIT to the Michigan Journal of Asian Studies! 02/21!
Submission Deadline:
February 21st
More Information:

The Michigan Journal of Asian Studies is a peer-reviewed, general interest, scholarly journal that aims to provide graduate and undergraduate students around the world with a venue for publication of research, analytical papers, and book reviews from all academic disciplines in the social sciences and humanities pertaining to South, Southeast, Inner, and East Asia. Their first call for submissions was an unqualified success, with two issues scheduled to be published this semester. Also, they have recently signed an agreement with EBSCO, which will allow the articles they publish to be searchable in library databases around the world.

SUBMIT to the Journal of Undergraduate International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison! 02/22!
Submission Deadline:
February 22nd
More Information:

The Journal of Undergraduate International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to publish the best undergraduate work across the country related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, history, comparative politics and economics, development and trade, global security and international health. They also welcome photos, both related to or independent of the content of submitted essays.  These photos could appear in the published issues themselves or on the website.


ATTEND International Conferences on Cultural Diplomacy!
: Multiple dates
Where: New York, Berlin and Rome

The Programs will bring together governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, young professionals, students and scholars, and other interested stakeholders from across the world for a program of lectures, workshops, panel and group discussions and social and cultural activities featuring leading figures from the fields of politics, academia, civil society, media, and business.

The International Conference on Cultural Diplomacy & the UN - “Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in an Interdependent World: The Opportunities of Global Governance” in New York! 02/21-02/24!
When: February 21st – 24th, 2012
Where: New York
More Information: www.un-culturaldiplomacy-conference.org

The Language of Art and Music - “Culture as an Emotion: Using Art to Express and Create Social Awareness”in Berlin! 02/16-02/19!
When: February 16th - 19th, 2012
Where: Berlin
More Information: www.icd-languageofartandmusic.org

The Rome International Freedom of Expression Forum - “Censorship and Freedom in Traditional and New Media: The Revolution of Media as a Tool of Freedom of Expression” in Rome! 02/28-03/02!
: February 28th – March 2nd, 2012
Where: Rome
More Information: www.rome-forum.org

The Berlin International Economics Congress 2012 (BIEC) - “Building Economic Bridges: Integrating Cultural Diplomacy into Nation Branding, Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Governance” in Berlin! 03/07-03/11!
When: March 7th – 11th, 2012
Where: Berlin
More Information: www.biec.de