TWC E-Bulletin Week of February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

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TWC Events and Announcements

Professor Osagie K. Obasogie, Professor of Law at University of California Hastings - "How Do Blind People Understand Race and What Can They Tell Us About Colorblindness?"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: MacMillan 117

Please join the Third World Center for a lecture (with a book signing to follow) entitled, "How Do Blind People Understand Race and What Can They Tell Us About Colorblindness?" Our invited guest will be Professor Osagie K. Obasogie, Professor of Law at University of California Hastings and author of "Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind."  

Professor Obasogie's research attempts to bridge the conceptual and methodological gaps between empirical and doctrinal scholarship on race. This effort can be seen in his recent work that asks: how do blind people understand race? By engaging in qualitative research with individuals who have been totally blind since birth, this project provides an empirical basis from which to rethink core assumptions embedded in social and legal understandings of race.  

In addition to his work at Hastings, Professor Obasogie has a joint appointment with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Genetics and Society. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program at UCSF and UC Berkeley. Obasogie serves on the Board of Trustees for the Law & Society Association and is on the Steering Committee for the University of California Center for New Racial Studies. 

Professor Obasogie's writings span both academic and public audiences, with journal articles in the Law & Society Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Stanford Technology Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethicsalong with commentaries in outlets such as Slate, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and New Scientist.

MPC Workshop: "___ In Love: Unpacking Intersections of Desire"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Petteruti Lounge


 

Brown Events and Announcements

GISP: Race and Gender in the Scientific Community

Design and take a course on how the scientific community interacts with issues of race and gender! Under the guidance of faculty sponsor Cornelia Dean, science writer and former Science Editor of the New York Times, a new GISP in Fall 2014 will study who does science, why that is the case, and how we can address these issues of representation here at Brown. The GISP curriculum will be determined this spring by the students who will take the class in the fall. We hope to have a group of students that includes members of the scientific community as well as interested students from other disciplines.

Please come to our info session on Monday, February 10th at 8pm in the Science Center to learn more and get involved!

Apply for the South Asian Studies Student Fellowship

South Asian Studies at Brown invites applications from students for the South Asian Studies Student Fellowship.

The Fellowship supports a graduate or undergraduate summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India (funding for India projects are available through the Brown-India Initiative.) The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship offers $4,000 and supports student research interests in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.

The 2013 South Asian Studies Student Fellowship was awarded to Abhilash Medhi to support language training in Pushto in preparation for a doctoral project that compares the Northeast and the Northwest frontiers of colonial India.

The deadline for applications is 11:45 PM on Friday, February 21, 2014. Learn more and apply online via UFunds at https://apps.college.brown.edu/ufunds/.

OBSIDIAN magazine is seeking submissions!

OBSIDIAN magazine is a new online literary and visual arts magazine based at Brown University. our mission is to showcase the creativity and experiences of people of the African diaspora at Brown. this includes: Black Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Latin@s, mixed-race individuals & continental Africans.

Submit to us any of your poetry, fiction, personal narratives, critical analyses of current events, academic essays/research, films, videos of performance art, audio music files, & photography as it pertains to our mission!

Please send submissions in .doc, .jpeg, .mov, or .mp3 format to obsidianatbrown@gmail.com with a short biography (up to three sentences in length) and the subject line “submission.” we ask that written submissions be no longer than 4,000 words in length each, and that audio/film submissions be no longer than 10 minutes in length each.  although this literary/visual arts collection focuses mainly on the experiences of people of the African diaspora, we accept the work of anyone not of the African diaspora who feels that they have positive work to contribute to the space!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for february 15th – the launch date of OBSIDIAN. also, please remember to look out for our facebook posts and tweets. we’ll be posting reminders and info about things to come.  we look forward to growing from your stories and pieces, and we hope that you will find a safe place to be yourself in OBSIDIAN.

Spring 2014 Academic Workshops

To look at the workshop schedule for this term, click on this link. Feel free to request an academic coach by emailing advising@brown.edu if you are interested in any of these topics but can't make the workshop.

LINK/SEW Application Now Available on UFUNDS!

LINK/SEW awards provide financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships and are administered by CareerLAB.  These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside the classroom.

For more information about student and internship eligibility go to:  http://brown.edu/campus-life/support/careerlab/link  Application is due by Friday, March 21 at 5pm and is available on UFUNDS. 

Contact Lauren D'Abrosca, Internship Programs Coordinator, with questions or stop by LINK Walk-In Hours:
Tuesday 2/4 from 1pm-3pm;
Wednesday 2/19 from 1pm-3pm;
Thursday 3/6 from 9am-11am;
Wednesday 3/19 from 2pm-4pm
Location: CareerLAB building, room 207

Watson Institute Summer 2014 Fellowships

For summer 2014, the Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia and the Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowships will offer an increased amount of $4,000 to fund eligible summer research or internship projects.

The Watson Institute is also be administering the South Asian Studies Student Fellowship in partnership South Asian Studies at Brown. The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship supports a graduate or undergraduate summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India (funding for India projects are available through the Brown-India Initiative.)

The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship offers $4,000 and supports student research interests in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.   The deadline for all three fellowships is 11:45 PM on Friday, February 21, 2014. Application is via UFunds (click here).

Professor Paja Faudree, Anthropology: "Postcards from the Land of Magic Plants: Psychedelic Tourism and Indigenous Commodities"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
4:00pm
Location: CSREA Conference Room, Room 303, Brown RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

In this presentation, Prof. Faudree talk about her new work on global trade in the psychedelic plant Salvia divinorum, one of the world's newest "drugs." Faudree will discuss the conflicting meanings people bring to their engagement with salvia, and suggest how the emergence of a global salvia trade might have implications for such issues as drug policy and race, the ethics of ethnic markets, and the politics of indigenous knowledge.

English Language Learner Seminars week of February 2nd

Looking to improve your skills in English? Sign up via ASK for this week's English Language Learner Seminars:
Monday, February 3rd: Quotations & Indirect Speech 3:30-5:00
Tuesday, February 4th: Verbs in Use/Past Time 12:00-1:30
Thursday, February 6th: Pronunciation Power 12:00-12:50

All seminars are at J. Walter Wilson 203.

Teach English in Olneyville!

Want to get involved in the Providence community, work with the immigrant community, or learn about participatory education and teaching English? English for Action is a non-profit adult education community organization in Olneyville offering English language classes.

EFA is currently recruiting Assistant ESOL Facilitators for the Spring semester. Please email ana_ramirez@brown.edu for more info!
Sponsored by the Swearer Center. More info at www.englishforaction.org/

FIRE-side Chats: Fellowship Check-In

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Room 229 (Memorial Room), Campus Center

Craig Steven Wilder: The War on Campus: Colleges and Slavery During the American Revolution

Thursday, February 13, 2014
5:30pm
Location: Petteruti Lounge (second floor). Steven Robert '62 Campus Center.75 Waterman Street

Author and historian Craig Steven Wilder returns to campus for a talk entitled The War on Campus: Colleges and Slavery During the American Revolution.

Professor Wilder will be available afterwards for purchases and signings of his latest book, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities.

Seniors, Apply to the Theories in Action Conference!

Seniors, how are you capping off your Brown experience? Do you want to share your work and engage with fellow seniors in an interdisciplinary dialogue?

Share your projects with the Brown community at Theories in Action 2014, April 25th-27th. TiA is an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the research, leadership activities, theses, artistic productions, and other capstone projects of Brown’s graduating senior class.

Visit our website at browntia.wordpress.com to learn more and apply today!

Call for workshops for Converge for Change

Converge for Change is a conference that brings together Brown University students to engage with social justice issues in Providence.

Our three-day conference (March 14-16) will provide students with panel discussions, workshops, and breakout sessions to critically engage with personal, interpersonal, and institutional facets of oppression. Rather than tackling oppression through a singular vision or strategy, Converge for Change will cultivate a space, community, and culture that supports multiple approaches to organizing and activism. This conference will provide students with the resources, skills, and connections to support a collective movement towards humanity and justice.

Do you have tools to challenge people to critically reflect on their experiences, goals and values as related to their structural identities?

Can you lead a workshop on:

  • Bridging Theories and Practices of Community Organizing    
  • Multiracial Coalition Building    
  • Mobilizing through Music and Art    
  • Respectability Politics    
  • Basic Native, Asian, Black, Latino Histories in the U.S.    
  • Comparative Transnational Organizing    
  • White Savior Complex    
  • Institutional Memory of activism in Providence and at Brown    
  • Student Privilege: Working as a Brown student in Providence   
  • Allyship    
  • Language Justice & Multilingual Justice    
  • Addressing Intergroup Authenticity    
  • Conflict Resolution through Transformative Justice    
  • Liberatory Education Models and/or Popular Education Model    
  • Adult Transformative Education    
  • Queer Movement History    
  • Knowing Your Rights    
  • Basic Community Organizing 101 Skills    
  • Maintaining Non-oppressive Environments While Organizing    
  • Self Care/ Doing Personally Sustainable Activism    
  • Micro-aggressions & Mental Health    
  • Nonviolent Communication

Can you lead a workshop that you think might be relevant to the conference that you DO NOT see listed? Please send us your ideas! 

Workshops should be 90 minutes. Please submit your proposal with a project description in this form: by February 21st.


 

Off-Campus Events

Summer Institute for Native Americans in Genomics

It is run by an all-star crew of Native scientists and academics as a "one-week workshop aimed at discussing the uses, misuses and limitations of genomics as a tool for Native American communities. The workshop will also assist in training Native Americans in the concepts and methods currently used in genomics. 

The goals of the workshop are to: 
1. facilitate discussion on indigenous cultural values and whether scientific methods can be beneficially incorporated with these values, 
2. provide awareness of how genomics is currently used as a tool to assist in projects focused on natural resources, history and health and
3. to increase the number of Native Americans in science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels."  The application process will be competitive with selected participants receiving funds to cover travel, housing and food expenses for the week of the workshop. 

The website is here: http://conferences.igb.illinois.edu/sing

Coordinating Interfaith Exchange

As an interfaith exchange coordinator, you will meet once a week with the three other coordinators (usually for an hour on Thursday) to plan the discussion for the upcoming Sunday. Then, on Sunday, you lead a group of Providence High Schoolers to a service organization or help them to develop their own community service project from 2-4, and then return to Brown for interfaith dialogue on a particular issue from 4-5:30 (e.g. interfaith relationships, faith and violence, gender roles in religion, etc.)   Here's some more info about Interfaith Exchange:  our website--http://interfaithexchange.wordpress.com/  

The Interfaith Exchange is a unique opportunity for high school students to engage with peers of different faiths in order to realize the beauty of interfaith exploration. Students of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other religious backgrounds will will embark on a year-long journey together to work across religious lines, answering a number of challenging questions: What is interfaith collaboration? How can we use what we learn about different faiths to benefit our communities? In the process of answering these questions, members will develop and implement a year-long service project in Providence. 

How it works:  As a member of the Interfaith Exchange, you’ll be a part of an exciting and innovative movement to shape the way we help others, through the way we understand different faiths.

You will:

  •  Meet every week with the group from September 2013 – May 2014
  • Develop in-depth understandings of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and other faiths through text study & visits to fellows homes/religious institutions
  • Participate in discussions about contentious issues from an interfaith perspectives
  • Be led by Brown University students (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu) who have a wealth of religious knowledge and extensive public-service experience
  • Design and implement a weekly service initiative
  •  Participate in leadership training workshops focusing on issues of social justice and inter-religious collaboration
  • Meet leaders in the local non-profit sector and in religious communities
  • Have lots of fun spending time with local teenagers from different religious backgrounds

 


 

Career and Internship Opportunities

Apply to the Match Corps today!

Accepting Applications through May 31st.

Match Education is a non-profit education foundation in Boston. We're all about closing the achievement gap and urban education reform. A couple of programs we have that address both of these big issues, our Match Corps and Match Teacher Residency programs.
Match Corps is a one year urban education fellowship where recent college grads serve as tutors and mentors either in Boston or Chicago.
To find out more about our Match Corps: Boston opportunity, click here: http://www.matcheducation.org/match-corps.
To find our more about our teacher prep program for those who want to teach in high performing public charter schools click here: http://www.matcheducation.org/mtr.
Questions or would you like to speak with someone directly? Email Lynn at Lynn.Ahumada@matcheducation.org

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund 2014 Summer Internship Program

 Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all. 

LEGAL INTERNSHIPS
Internships for the summer of 2014 are available in the following program areas:      Anti-Trafficking Initiative - legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.    
Community Health Care Initiative - legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;    
Economic Justice for Workers - legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.       
Educational Equity - legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment;    
Housing Justice Project - community outreach/education, community planning, research, and litigation on housing and land use issues affecting low-income Asian immigrant communities;    
Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by 9-11, including special interest detainees, special registration, voluntary interviews by the government, the 9-11 absconder initiative, and local and state enforcement of immigration laws.    
Voting Rights - legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings. 

Description of Summer Internship Program:  The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 2 through August 8.  Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged. 

To Apply:  Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Friday, January 31, 2014 at the address below.  Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas.  Only law students qualify for AALDEF’s legal internships.  Applications may be faxed or emailed.    
Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required.  Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.    
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 31, 2014 deadline.  Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis.  Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.

Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303  Email: info@aaldef.org 
For more information, contact: Ken Kimerling at 212-966-5932 x203 or kkimerling@aaldef.org

* * *Please do NOT email applications to kkimerling@aaldef.org* * *  * * * 

UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS
Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The summer program is ten (10) weeks, beginning approximately June 2nd through August 8th.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding and work-study funds may also be available.  Academic credit can be arranged.     
Communications Intern: research news coverage of pending policy issues or legal challenges; update a reporter database encompassing print, TV, radio, and online media; track and archive AALDEF media appearances; research strategic possibilities for targeting new audiences; assist with press outreach for press conferences or public events (briefings, town hall meetings, rallies, etc.); draft press advisories and press releases and other outreach materials.   
Community Health Care Initiative Intern:  community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;   Educational Equity Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and presentations with Asian American youth groups, public education policy research, assistance with client intakes and general support for projects on educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.   
Housing & Environmental Justice Project Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and research on land use, community planning, and anti-displacement issues.    
Office Assistant: Responsibilities include data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties.  Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator.  Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs is helpful.      
Social Media Intern: follow civil rights and racial justice issues daily in the news; introduce broader audiences to social justice issues and AALDEF’s work through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr; create graphics and shareable content. Interested applicants should send any Twitter account(s) you use; any Facebook pages you’ve had the opportunity to run for schools, publications, companies, etc., and/or any Tumblr(s) or blogs. NOTE: This position can be carried out remotely. Both NYC and non-NYC applicants welcome.      
Voting Rights Intern: research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings; help prepare for election monitoring of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections; conduct voter registration drives. 
Requirements:   Candidates must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills.  Spoken and written knowledge of Korean, Bangla, Chinese, or another Asian language is a plus.  Qualified applicants should indicate which internship they are applying for and send a resume and cover letter by Monday, February 10, 2014 to:

Summer Undergraduate Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013
fax: 212.966.4303 or email: info@aaldef.org   

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or jweng@aaldef.org.

Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship

Through a partnership between Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, 1-2 slots are available for Brown undergraduates to participate in the Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship Program. Through this partnership, 1-2 Penn students are invited to participate in summer programs through the Swearer Center as well.

The Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program is a 12-week multi-faceted summer program that immerses approximately 15 undergraduates in real-world problem solving in the West Philadelphia-Penn community. At the core of the internship is an action-oriented, Academically Based Community Service seminar, "Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in University-Community-School Partnerships and Healthy Urban Communities," led by the director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at Penn, Dr. Ira Harkavy. Each undergraduate in the seminar works collaboratively to help solve a strategic "ill-structured" problem of his or her choosing by:

  • Actively participating in the seminar
  • Conducting individual and group research centered on pressing problems affecting Penn and the West Philadelphia community [or Brown and the Providence community]
  • Working 20 hours a week as an intern in a summer institute at a local school or a community of faith in West Philadelphia
  • Living together in a University residence

The Public Service Internship program is a key component of the University of Pennsylvania's ongoing efforts to develop courses and programs that involve undergraduates, faculty, and community members in partnerships to advance learning and improve West Philadelphia. Students participating in the Public Service Internship have played leading roles in creating a variety of the programs and projects that currently involve Penn students, faculty, and staff with West Philadelphia schools, hospitals, and other community organizations.

The Public Service Internship Program is considered equivalent to a full-time job and students will not be permitted to take additional classes or work outside of the internship. Interns will receive:
A stipend of $2,500 (taxable)
Free housing in a University residence

Applications are due February 17, 2014. Please contact Janet Isserlis before applying. Applications are available at: https://www.nettercenter.upenn.edu/ppps

Interning In New York City this summer? Where Are You Going To Live?

Educational Housing Services is a great option. EHS provides safe and convenient housing to students and interns in NYC.

The EHS signature lifestyle includes:
• Fully furnished rooms with private bathroom
• Free: TVs, high-speed internet, cable and national calling
• Free: on-site fitness center, lounges, and kitchens
• 24 hour security, laundry facility, plus MUCH more
If you will be living in NYC this summer, but can’t make a year-long commitment, this may be an easy solution. To find out more about EHS and the properties that are available this summer, visit: http://studenthousing.org/and/university or call 1-800-297-4694.