October 11, 2011

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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.

Questions? Email us at irprogram@brown.edu

Brown IR DUG – Get involved! Get information!

The IR DUG meets every Sunday at 5 PM in JWW 201 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 IR DUG activities include peer advising sessions, brown-bags with IR-affiliated faculty, information sessions on internship/career opportunities, and surveys.

This semester, the DUG is premiering the IR Speaker Series - "Bombs, Ballots, and Bailouts," with support from the IR Program. SAVE THE DATE! October 26th - The next lecture in the series will feature Professor David Wyss, who is currently teaching macro economics and an IR seminar titled "Globalization and the Rise of Asia" at Brown University. Stay tuned for more information on the event!

Please contact the IR DUG at brownirdug@gmail.com to get involved.


Academic Deadline - 10/14!

Attention – This Friday is the last day to change from credit to audit in a course (5:00 p.m. deadline). It’s also the last day to request a Course Performance Report and the deadline for students on leave to confirm readmission for Semester II. Make sure you do all the paperwork!


Concentration Advising Hours - THIS WEEK ONLY!
Dr. Elliott will be holding additional office hours this week only.
Thursday                     2:00 pm - 4 pm (open, walk-in hours)
Friday                         11:00 am – 1 pm (open, walk-in hours)

Please email irprogram@brown.edu if you have any questions!


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:


The Human Security in the Middle East Seminar Series: “Conflict and the recent rise in Palestinian mortality: Evidence from recent surveys" TODAY!

When: Tuesday, October 11 @ 12:00 pm
Where: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street
More Information: http://www.middleeastbrown.org/upcoming-events/marwan-khawaja-phd-chief-social-statistics-section-statistics-division-un-escwa

This lecture will be delivered by Marwan Khawaja, PhD. – Chief, Social Statistics Section Statistics Division UN-ESCWA. Beirut, Lebanon as part of the Human Security in the Middle East Seminar Series. This event is sponsored by the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) and the Program of Middles East Studies.

Lecture: "Minority Voting Rights and the Gamble on LBJ's Presidential Leadership Style" TODAY!
When: Tuesday, October 11 @ 12:00 pm
Where: Taubman Center, Seminar Room
More Information: http://www.brown.edu/academics/taubman-center/events/taubman-luncheon-series-minority-voting-rights-and-gamble-lbjs-presidential-leadership-styl-0

This lecture will be delivered by Tyson King-Meadows, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. This event is sponosred by the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions.

CLACS Workshop: "Unexpected Participation in Latin America" 10/12!
When: Wednesday, October 12 @ 5:30 pm
Where: Mckinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
More Information: http://watson.brown.edu/clacs/calendar.cfm?id=159

Esther Hernandez-Medina will present "The Giant in Chains: Conflict, Clientelism, and Collaboration in Mexico City Today," and Erin Beck will present "Theorizing Participation: Women's Participation in NGOs in Rural Guatemala." Come join us for delicious Cuban food and what is sure to be an interesting discussion! This event is sponosored by the Center for Latin American Studies.

Lecture: “The Future Partnership Between Japan and the US" 10/13!
When: Thursday, October 13 @ 2:00 pm
Where: Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum
More Information: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/embassy/ambassador.htm

This lecture will be delivered by Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki. Mr. Ichiro Fujisaki previously served as the political minister of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, from 1995-99. His association with the United States goes back even further. It started in the early 1960’s with a year as a junior high school student in Seattle, Washington. He also studied for one year each at Brown University and Stanford University Graduate School in the early 1970’s. This event is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies and the Office of International Affairs.

Lecture: "Nuclear Power's Dirty Secret" 10/13!
When: Thursday, October 13 @ 4:00 pm
Where: Smith-Buonanno, Room 106
More Information: http://www.brown.edu/Faculty/COSTS/events/

This lecture will be delivered by Doug Brugge, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University. It is the first of the Science and Technology Program's lecture series "Nothing Can Go Wrong: Rethinking Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century." His lecture will examine the viability of nuclear power as a solution to our pending global warming crisis. This event is sponsored by Science and Technology Studies at Brown University.

Lecture: "Incumbents and Criminals in the Indian National Legislature", at MIT 10/14!
When: Friday, October 14 @ 2:00 pm
Where: MIT Center for International Studies, Pye Conference Room, E40-496
More information: http://southasianpolitics.net/

This lecture will be delivered by Miriam Golden, Professor of Political Science, University of California at Los Angeles and Visiting Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University. The event is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard and the MIT Center for International Studies.

Lecture: "The United States and Afghanistan: Ten Years On from 9/11" 10/14!
: Friday, October 14 @ 2:00 pm
Where:  Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street
More Information: http://watson.brown.edu/events_detail.cfm?id=1756

This lecture will be delivered by Ambassador Richard Olson '81, P'14, Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, US Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, effective June 2011. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the senior foreign service, class of minister counselor.

He graduated from Brown University in 1981, receiving an A.B. in Law and Society (Honors) and History and joined the U.S. Department of State in 1982. Mr. Olson has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (three times) and the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award for his service in Iraq. This event is sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies.

Student Opportunities

Information Session: Demystifying Nonprofits TODAY!
When: Tuesday, October 11 @ 7:00 pm
Where: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Room 229 (Memorial Room)
More Information and to register:  http://training.brown.edu/index.php?eventID=6412

Are you wondering how are non-profits organized? What are the best ways to get a job or internship with a non-profit? Can I make a decent living working with non-profits? What skills and experiences do I need to get hired? Sarah Pierson Beaulieu '99 - Vice President for Organizational Strategy and Development at Be the Change will address these questions and more and illuminate some of the pathways into non-profit work. Registration for the session is requested, but not required.

Info Session: GLobal Independent Study Project (GLISP) TODAY!
When: Tuesday, October 11 @ 12:00 pm
Where: J Walter Wilson, Room 440
More Information: http://www.brown.edu/Administration/OIP/programs/gis/

Thinking about studying abroad? Interested in doing research while abroad? Attend the GLISP (GLobal Independent Study Project) information session to find out more! This event is sponsored by the Office of International Programs.

LAST CHANCE to 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.

LAST CHANCE to apply for the Green Corps! 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.


Thinking about Graduate School, Law School or Business School? Take a free practice test with Kaplan! 10/23!
Sunday October 23 @ 11 am
Where: Wilson Hall
More Information and to register: http://bit.ly/Practice_Tests_at_Brown

If you’re thinking of taking one of the standardized tests to get into Graduate school after Brown, this event is a perfect opportunity for you! Kaplan will be administering and proctoring practice tests for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, & MCAT. Practice tests are a great tool to familiarize yourself with the content/question types on these exams in a simulated testing environment. Immediately after the exam, you will get your score and a Kaplan instructor will give a workshop on test-taking strategies.


Volunteer for the Brown University Simulation of United Nations, 2011 Conference! 11/11!
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. 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!


SAVE THE DATE! Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) 01/19!
When: January 19-21, 2012
Where: Northwestern University, Evanston campus 
More Information and to apply: www.nuchr.net and http://bit.ly/pqk59d

The ninth annual Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) is proud to present its 2012 Conference “From Famine to Food Deserts: Human Rights and the Global Food Crisis”. Throughout the three-day conference, delegates will explore the political, economic, and social forces behind global food distribution and agricultural policy in order to unearth the systemic causes of hunger and famine. Speakers and delegates will analyze the human rights implications of the current system's severe inequalities and potential solutions ranging from food aid to environmental action. The conference is now accepting delegate applications, open to all undergraduate students in the US. Apply today!