March 27, 2009

Letter from the Center
Upcoming CGS Events
Scholarship, Research & Travel Opportunities
Other Items of Interest
For Faculty
For Alumni

Letter from the Center

On the evening of Friday, March 13, the International Studies Program celebrated it's 26th annual task force dinner. Faculty, students, and expert evaluators toasted each other and their successful completion of their research, reports and evaluations. During the day, students presented their findings to an esteemed group of experts including Roberta Cohen from Brookings Institution, Robert Huebert from University of Calgary, and Megan Bowman from Initiative for Global Development, among others.  In return, the students received "real world" feedback that brought the research experience to life and added to the salience of their efforts. Soon, these reports will be posted online for the general viewing. For an account of this year's transnational task force, "Arctic Sovereignty" please see ( We'd like to thank the Jackson School, UW Provost, UW Dean of Arts & Sciences, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada for their support of this year's task forces.

In the category of other rewarding news, Professor Cabeiri Robinson has been awarded a fellowship at Stanford Humanities Center for the 2009-10 academic year.  This award will allow her to focus full time on her research and writing -- congratulations Cabeiri!  Professor Sanjeev Khagram was nominated as a Young Global Leader (YGL) 2009.  This honor is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognize the two hundred most distinguished young leaders below the age of 40 from around the world.

Also, Professor Joel Migdal has received a well-deserved, year-long sabbatical next year and was awarded a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ. Professor Migdal will be completing a book project on the re-making of social and political institutions since the late 19th century. In his words, "My work focuses on the integration of U.S. society once it had become, in the nineteenth century, an urbanized "society of strangers," in which immigrant groups were growing rapidly and people increasingly did not know each other personally, as they had in small-town America. I look at the rules for everyday interaction and ask how and why they became cross-cutting, who benefited from them, and who was disadvantaged by them. Finally, I analyze how and why those rules for interaction began to collapse in the post-World War II era, as new indigenous and immigrant groups pressed for social and political inclusion, as higher education became increasingly available, and as the state adopted policies opening social and political institutions to previously excluded groups."

Besides upcoming events, every e-news issue includes conference, scholarship, fellowship and employment announcements. Please scroll down to see what may be there for you. As always, please send us your news, announcements and ideas for e-news. Thanks!

Sara R. Curran
Associate Professor of International Studies & Public Affairs
Director, Center for Global Studies &
Chair, International Studies Program - Henry M. Jackson School
Associate Director, Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology

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Upcoming CGS Events

April 1, 2009
Russia, Europe and the Redefinition of Eurasian Security After the Georgian War
Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall 225, UW Seattle Campus, 7:00 PM. Speaker: Steve Hanson, Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Political Science, Vice Provost of Global Affairs. Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the the Center for West European Studies.

April 7, 2009
Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World
Kane Hall 210, UW Seattle Campus, 7:00 PM. Speaker: Mark Pendergrast. Writer Mark Pendergrast uses his unique brand of storytelling to provide a sweeping overview of coffee's impact on the world since its discovery on Ethiopian mountainsides. Pendergrast explores coffee's history through multiple lenses - environmental, social, business, medical, and economic. This is part of an 8 week lecture series of Tuesday evening lectures and panel discussions that highlight efforts being made to reduce poverty, improve lives of coffee workers, and increase environmental sustainability in coffee producing regions of the world. For more information, visit http://www.washington.nedu/burkemuseum/events/.

April 14, 2009
Direct Trade: Bringing the World Community Together Through Coffee
Kane Hall 210, UW Seattle Campus, 7:00 PM. Speaker: David Robinson, Founder of Sweet Unity Farms, Tanzania. Join coffee grower and social activist, David Robinson, founder of Sweet Unity Farms and co-founder of the Mshikamano Farmers Group in Tanzania, as he shares his commitment to challenging the contradiction of rural poverty within the multi-billion dollar coffee industry by developing a direct trade model wherein economic growth and human development move forward together. This is part of an 8 week lecture series of Tuesday evening lectures and panel discussions that highlight efforts being made to reduce poverty, improve lives of coffee workers, and increase environmental sustainability in coffee producing regions of the world. For more information, visit

April 21, 2009
The End of Food
Communications 120, UW Seattle campus, 4:00-7:30 PM. Speaker: Paul Roberts. Join us for this special interdisciplinary workshop as we grapple with the vulnerable miracle of the global modern food economy. Best-selling author Paul Roberts will illustrate how our system for making, marketing, and moving what we eat – is growing less and less compatible with the billions of consumers that system was built to serve: Our high-volume factory systems are creating new risks for food-borne illness – from E. coli to avian flu. Our high-yield crops and livestock generate grain, vegetables and meat of declining nutritional quality. Overproduction is so routine that nearly one billion people are now overweight or obese worldwide – and yet those extra calories are still so unevenly distributed that the same number of people – one billion, roughly one in every seven of us – can't get enough to eat. In some of the hardest-hit regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, the lack of a single nutrient – vitamin A – has left more than three million children permanently blind. After pondering Roberts' comprehensive global and local insights, we will discuss how to incorporate his research into our curriculum. We will look at these issues within the framework of the Earth Charter – and its declaration of principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Created in a ten-year process that included thousands of people in countries ranging from Argentina to Zambia, it is perhaps the closest thing there is to an international consensus on protecting the Earth and all its inhabitants. Cost: $30 includes a light buffet, presentations, classroom resources, and clock hours. Please register by April 10th online at

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Scholarship, Research & Travel Opportunities
The Center for Global Studies has recently put together a two page scholarship document for undergraduate students focused on funding for school. If you are curious and would like more information, please contact

South Asia Policy Analyst Position
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan, federal advisory body, is accepting applications for a Senior Policy Analyst focusing on religious freedom issues in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The position requires strong research skills, policy experience, a terminal degree (JD or PhD), and substantive knowledge in the area of foreign affairs and human rights including religious freedom. Knowledge of local languages a plus. Please send resumes to:

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship with the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future
The Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future invites applications for a post-doctoral research fellow to work on topics related to human development and Africa. The research fellow will help develop an Africa-focused research program at the Pardee Center, around the theme of Africa 2060.

Seattle International Foundation Announces Small Grants Program
Deadline: June 15, 2009
The Seattle International Foundation is now accepting applications for its Small Grants Program. The goal of the program is to support and foster organizations working internationally, with a focus on organizations working in Central America. Preference will be give to organizations based in the great Puget Sound region. The program is open to 501© 3 organizations with an annual organizational or project budget of less than $2 million. The program seeks to support organizations launching new projects, or working to establish or expand an international project or program. Organizations may request general operating support or project support, and grant awards will range from $5,000 - $15,000. Please use the Common Grant Application found at Applications should be sent to:
Seattle International Foundation
909 NE Boat Street, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
For more information, contact Mauricio Vivero at or 206-547-9336.

New Ideas Fund Request for Proposals: Grants for Foreign Policy Writing
The New Ideas Fund was begun by Guy Saperstein, Dan Berger, and David DesJardins – Democracy Alliance contributors - and it seeks to identify and support the ideas, approaches, and frames that will herald a shift to a new policy paradigm. The last eight years have demonstrated that new visions for dealing with both traditional and emerging international challenges are needed. To ensure that these visions to reach a wider audience and to work outside traditional venues for thought generation, we provide small grants (between roughly $5,000 and $25,000, depending on the proposal) so that policy makers, theorists, and\or writers can develop and promote their ideas independently. Our expectation is that, with our assistance, these projects will come to inform future foreign policy and national debates. If interested please contact Pat Barry at

The Global Engagement Summer Institute

  • Partner with real communities, learn by doing, have the experience of a lifetime
  • Leadership training in international community development
  • Earn Northwestern University credit this summer for designing projects with NGOs
  • Microfinance, community development, youth and education, hygiene education, environment, social enterprise

For more information, contact Ryan Pederson at Northwestern Center for Global Engagement at Application can be found at

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Other Items of Interest  

Resume Café
April 7, 2009
1:30 - 4:30 pm, MGH Commons (sign-ups begin at 1 pm)
Attend the UW Career Center's Resume Café where employers and UW Career Center staff will offer advice. During individual 20-minute appointments, these pro's will work with you on everything from formatting your resume to what you should include and/or omit. You'll even get pointers on how to target your resume to particular positions.

Spring Career Fair
April 15, 2009
3:00 - 7:00 pm, HUB Ballrooms
Looking for a career position, summer job or internship? Don't miss the UW Spring Career Fair, presented by the UW Career Center.  The year's largest career fair brings local and national employers to the Seattle campus to meet with students and alumni. Discuss career, part- and full-time jobs and internships at their organization. The Spring Career Fair is open to all majors and class levels from all three UW campuses as well as alumni.  For more information, please visit

Students can register for the WCYF 2009 via its official website at For more information, contact

International Travel Grant for US Teachers
April 27, 2009
Under the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) the U.S. Department of State and IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board) announce a competition for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a two-week professional exchange program in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Senegal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Secondary-level (middle or high school), teaching professionals with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including English as a Foreign Language, English Language or Literature, and social sciences (including social studies, civics, and history),
  • U.S. citizens, and
  • Able to travel in spring 2010.
The program is fully funded and provides: visa support; round-trip domestic airfare, lodging and meals to attend the TEA U.S. Conference; round-trip airfare from the U.S. to the assigned country; emergency medical insurance; as well as lodging and a daily stipend in host country. The TEA U.S. teacher application is available for download at our website: For more information, contact Anne MiIazzo at (202) 628-8188 ext 197 or

"The US Produces the Lion's Share of Top Producing Students"
Gerald Bracey

To access the full article, go to

According to statistics, the U.S. produces more than double the amount of high scoring students for the science assessment of the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA). However, the statistics don’t include that the U.S. produces more students than other countries. In a blog study by Lindsay Lowell and Hal Salzman comparisons are made that point out the inaccuracies of the statistical analysis PISA tests. They also view the assessment as an inaccurate measure of students’ scholastic abilities.

Getting Help With Technology
Visit the Technology Help Desk on the 2nd Floor of Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Mary Gates Hall 131 to learn more about the following services:

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For Faculty

Foreign Affairs Academic Update
As you begin preparing for your fall courses, I invite you to check out our custom book program, Among Nations. Our top-tier editorial board, headed by our own managing editor Gideon Rose, chooses the most influential articles in the field from a variety of sources including Foreign Affairs, International Security, Political Science Quarterly, World Policy Journal, and more. In addition to suggested reading lists from our editors, Among Nations goes beyond the usual course pack, providing content consultation, optional annotations, and suggested discussion questions.

In a special offer to all professors who build a book before April 1, we are also excited to offer you a complimentary one-year subscription to Foreign Affairs. Simply register for an account and select your reading list. Within 6 weeks, you will receive your custom book with a personalized cover. This offer applies to teaching professionals only.

For Alumni

Please join us for our monthly Pub Crawl events and be sure to check in with Melissa Martin, Director of Career Services/Alumni Relations if you have news, questions, or ideas to share!

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