October 3, 2011

IR Newsletter

In This Issue

IR Program Announcements


Student Opportunities

Newsletter Submissions Deadline

Those wishing to submit information about events and opportunities to the newsletter must do so by 12:00 PM on the Friday the week prior to the dispersal of the newsletter. If you fail to meet this deadline, we cannot guarantee that your submission will be included in the following newsletter.

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Academic Deadline – Last Day to Add a Course or Change a Grade Option!

Tuesday, October 4 @ 5PM is the LAST day to add a course, change from audit to credit, or change a grade option declaration (ABC or S/NC). Make sure to update your preferences on Banner!



Conference – “Scholars, Practitioners and Inter-American Affairs” TODAY!

When: All day Monday, October 3 @ 10:30am-7:15pm
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute for International Studies

Opening keynote by Ricardo Lagos, Former President of Chile and Professor-At-Large, Brown University will be at 11am. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States will be speaking at 5:30pm. For more details on the conference schedule, speakers and topics, please check out the event here. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Watson Institute. 

Attend the BISP Information Session!

When: Friday, October 7 @ 12:00pm
Where: Watson Institute, South Common Room
More Information: http://www.brown.edu/about/administration/international-affairs/programs/brown-international-scholars-program-bisp

The Brown International Scholars Program (BISP) will be conducting an information session geared specifically towards IR concentrators. BISP provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to make international studies an integral part of their Brown curriculum through independently-designed research projects. Each year, a group of up to twenty International Scholars receive awards to pursue scholarly interests over the summer months. Upon returning to Brown, Fellows meet regularly to reflect upon their experiences and the public value of their work. The event will be hosted by the IR DUG.

Join the China Conversation!

Students are invited to join the China Conversation, a forum where the Brown Community is sharing ideas and images online during the University's 2011-2012 Year of China. Anyone with a Brown email address can start a blog reflecting on the themes of the Year of China. And if you simply want to post a comment on another student's blog, you can do that without even registering. Please visit yearofchina.globalconversation.org for more information. The Year of China series is sponsored by the Office of International Affairs.

Stay up-to-date with the Watson Institute!

Stay up-to-date with happenings at the Watson Institute for International Studies! Event calendars, alerts, new videos, faculty commentary, news reports, and more are available in several ways


  1. Visit the Institute's website
  2. Sign up for the email newsletter and e-calendar
  3. Subscribe to Watson’s RSS news feed
  4. Join the Watson’s Facebook group
  5. Follow the Institute on Twitter



Reading and Book Signing – “India: A Portrait” TODAY!

When: Monday, October 3 @ 5pm
Where: Smith-Buonanno 106
More Information: http://watson.brown.edu/events_detail.cfm?id=1748

Author Patrick French will discuss his book, India: A Portrait. A monumental biography of the subcontinent from the award-winning author of The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul. Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing one of the most momentous transformations the world has ever seen. In this dazzlingly panoramic book, the author chronicles that epic change, telling human stories to explain a larger national narrative. Patrick French was born in England in 1966 and studied literature at Edinburgh University. He is the winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Prize, and the Somerset Maugham Award. This event is sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies.

Lecture – “1821 Revisited. The Birth of a Nation-State and the Implications of a TV Series on Today’s Crisis in Greece” TODAY!

- with Professor Thanos Veremis (D. Phil, Oxon), University of Athens

When: Monday, October 3 @ 6:00pm
Where: Maddock Alumni Center, Brian Room
More Information: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Modern_Greek_Studies/documents/Veremis_flyer_Oct_2011.pdf


Thanos Veremis is Professor Emeritus of Political History at the University of Athens, Department of European and International Studies and Founding Member of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). His most recent publication (with John Koliopoulos) is: Modern Greece. A History since 1821, Wiley-Blackwell (2010). This lecture is co-sponsored by the Program of Modern Greek Studies at Brown & The Alexander S. Onassis Foundation University Seminars Program, U.S.A.

Lecture - "French Capitalism Under Stress"

- with Nicolas Jabko, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

When: Wednesday, October 5 @ 5:00pm
Where: McKinney Conference Room
More Information: http://watson.brown.edu/events_detail.cfm?id=1739


France’s 2008 bank rescue plan was in many ways similar to other national bailout schemes that were adopted in a context of global financial crisis. Yet the French plan also stands out by its remarkably collective and conflict-free nature. In order to account for this distinctiveness, we highlight the role of an informal consortium among public and private actors in the French financial establishment. We argue that the bank support plan should be viewed as a gift that members of the same elite group extended to each other in exchange for future, albeit still indeterminate, counter-gifts. This lecture is part of the Colloquium on Comparative Research program, based at the Watson Institute for International Studies (WIIS) and tied to the Graduate Program in Development at Brown University.

Lecture – “Coercion, Conformity, Complicity, Consent: Understanding Political Order Under Fascism”

-with Geoff Eley, Professor of History and German Studies, University of Michigan

When: Wednesday, October 5 @ 5pm
Where: Pembroke Hall 305
More Information: http://www.pembrokecenter.org

The search for a language adequate to the demands of analyzing German society´s complicity in the violence of Nazi rule continues to preoccupy German historians. That search has been marked by recurring tension between those arguments emphasizing the "limits on Hitler´s power" and those that see an unbounded and generalized societal responsibility for his crimes. Professor Eley considers whether or not the production of consent under fascism meant the securing of consent to fascism. This event is sponsored by the Starr Lectureship.

Conference - Ten Years in Afghanistan: Costs and Consequences 

When: Thursday, October 6 @ 12pm
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
More Information: http://watson.brown.edu/events_detail.cfm?id=1757


As the 10th anniversary of the US military engagement in Afghanistan approaches, the Brown Journal of World Affairs is jointly hosting an event with researchers involved in the Watson Institute-based Costs of War project. On Thursday, October 6 – the very eve of this 10-year milestone – Costs of War researchers will describe their findings on the human, economic, and social costs. 

The speakers at this event include Cost of War co-directors, Catherine Lutz, Watson Institute professor of anthropology and international studies and Neta Crawford, Boston University professor of political science. The event will be moderated by the co-editors of the Brown Journal of World Affairs, Sam Magaram ’12 and Mustafa Safdar ’12. Attendance is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Symposium – “Poetry and Resistance”

When: October 7 @ 3:00-7:00 PM (Friday) and October 8 @ 9:00 AM-5:00PM (Saturday)
Where: Smith Buonanno 106
More Information: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Portuguese_Brazilian_Studies/events/documents/Program_Lyra.pdf


The department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies in cooperation with the international research group yracompoetics presents the symposium, ‘Poetry and Resistance’. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

The 2nd Annual New England Festival of Ibero-American Cinema (NEFIAC)

When: Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 9
Where: Providence, RI
More Information: www.nefiac.com.

The 2nd Annual New England Festival of Ibero-American Cinema (NEFIAC) is a ground breaking film festival dedicated to the promotion of the Hispanic and Portuguese cultures through the exhibition of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, as well as through other artistic manifestations, which have been produced in Latin America, Spain and/or Portugal. NEFIAC seeks to link the rich academic knowledge available in the New England region to the community at large. 


Student Opportunities

Attend the spring UTRA info session!

When: Wednesday, October 5 @ 4pm
Where: Wilson Hall, Room 102
More Information: http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Dean_of_the_College/utra/


Attend the Brown Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards Program (UTRA) info session to find out more about UTRAs for the spring semester only. Instructions on how to apply, selection criteria, and deadlines will be discussed. Students interested in research and course development projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, please visit the UTRA website. A separate information session for summer UTRAs will follow in November.

considering law school? check out 2 info sessions!

When: Wednesday, October 5 @ 12:00pm
Where: CareerLAB Library
More Information: http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Dean_of_the_College/advising/law_school.php

Director Karen Buttenbaum at Harvard Law School, will present an information session about the school. Come find out more about the program, and the application procedure. Recommended Dress Code is Business Casual. This event is sponsored by the Dean of the College-Law School Advising and CareerLAB.


When: Thursday, October 6 @ 5:00pm
Where: Smith-Buonanno, Room 106
More Information: http://events.brown.edu/events/cal/CAL-00149399-323edc1e-0132-45162d96-000064cdevents@brown.edu/

Join Richard Montauk, author of the top How to Get into the Top Law Schools book for a comprehensive talk on all things Law School. All students interested in law school and legal careers are welcome. This presentation can be especially helpful for juniors and seniors. This event is sponsored by the Dean of the College-Law School Advising.

SUMBIT to the Journal of Asian Studies! 10/10

Deadline: October 10, 2011
Email: michiganjournalofasianstudies@umich.edu


The Journal of Asian Studies is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide undergraduate students around the world with a venue for submissions of original research and/or analytical papers on Asian Studies. We accept work from all disciplines relating to South, Southeast, and East Asia. All submissions must meet the following guidelines:


  1. Your subject line and document title should fit the following format: [author name] [paper title] [region (south/southeast/east)]
  2. Submissions have a lower limit of approximately 5000 words.
  3. All submissions must include a coversheet. The coversheet should include an abstract, your full name, academic institution, and e-mail address.
  4. Authors must provide a complete bibliography with their submissions, including page citations. Authors should follow the Chicago Manual of Style format for references and endnotes.
  5. The author must supply any additional figures and pictures as separate files in the highest resolution possible. It must be noted in the document as to where the figure belongs. (e.g. [Picture001 belongs here]

Deadline approaching! Apply for the Winter AT&T Media Fellowships! 10/14

Application Deadline: Friday, October 14
More information: http://www.globalconversation.org/2011/09/30/become-winter-fellow-global-conversation


Going overseas this winter break? Doing something culturally/politically/socially interesting? Apply to become an AT&T Winter Fellow and share your experiences, ideas, and media on the Global Conversation website. The Watson Institute announces AT&T New Media fellowships of up to $1,500 for the winter break during December 2010 and January 2011. The fellowships are intended for Brown University students to pursue innovative international projects during the break that address global policy issues or critical needs in society – and to document their experiences with new media on the Global Conversation website. The AT&T New Media Fellows Winter Program is intended to focus on international issues and global social change. By using new media, students 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.

Green Corps is looking for YOU! 10/15

Applications Deadline: Saturday, October 15
Apply online:


Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups. For more information, contact Ari Rubenstein, Green Corps Field Organizer and Brown '11, at ari@greencorps.org or (518) 258 5526.

Volunteer for the Brown University Simulation of United Nations, 2011 Conference!

When: Ongoing

Email: info@busun.net or sg@busun.net
More Information: www.busun.net

The Brown University Simulation of the United Nations (BUSUN) is Brown’s very own high school MUN conference organized and run solely by Brown students.  The conference this year will be held through November 11-13, 2011 on Brown University Campus. At BUSUN, 800 delegates every year participate in one of about 35 committees. Each committee and its topics are carefully chosen to provide an engaging and informative learning environment. BUSUN is looking for students interested in International Relations, the United Nations or Diplomacy Studies to volunteer to direct committees, work in operations and act as secretariat staff. There are multiple roles available for many different skill sets and interests, so please check out the committees online at http://www.busun.net/committee.php. Please email us if you'd like to sign up!