Friday, October 17, 2014

Themester 2014 - Upcoming events: October 17-24

Date, Time, Location
October 10-25
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
PERFORMANCE: The Birthday Feast, an original new musical for children by Scott Russell Sanders and Alex Crowley
Sunday, Oct 19
Fine Arts Auditorium, Room 015
7:00 pm
FILM & DISCUSSION: Connected by Coffee, introduction by Jonathan Rosenthal, executive director of Co-op Coffees
Part of the Fair Trade Film Series
Sunday, Oct 19

11:30 pm
TELEVISION: Eating Alabama
Monday, Oct 20
IMU Maple Room
4:30 pm
LECTURE: Feminist Food Studies: Food Allergies, Exclusion, and Disability, Heather Hewett (State University of New York at New Paltz)
Monday, Oct 20
IU Cinema
7:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 21
Finch's Brasserie
6:30 pm
LECTURE: Why don't Americans eat Eels and Carp? A Modern Mystery, Rick Wilk (IU Anthropology department)
Thursday, Oct 23
12:00 pm
Thursday, Oct 23
10:00 pm
Friday, Oct 24
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
LECTURE: Açaí From Local to Global, Eduardo Brondizio (Indiana University)
Friday, Oct 24
Tudor Room
1:00 pm
DISCUSSION: “Dessert and Discussion” with Professor Rick Wilk (IU Anthropology department); online registration required, undergraduates only
Friday, Oct 24
Collins Living Learning Center
4:00-5:30 pm
(reception at 3:30 pm)
Local-Sustainable Foods- Moving Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit, Brent Cunningham (Columbia Journalism Review)
Friday, Oct 24
Asian Culture Center
5:00 pm
DEMONSTRATION: Street Food Culture: Philippines, a cooking demonstration and tasting

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Labor Studies 2nd 8 wks sections still open

L104-Introduction to the Study of Labor History  3 cr. Class Numbers 13714 and 14565, meets October 22 – December 10. This course serves as an orientation for the study of labor history.  It explores both critical and historical methodologies based on primary and secondary sources, biases, and interpretations.  Discussions focus on selective questions and events.  


For more information, please contact the Department of Labor Studies, phone number: 812-855-9084

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Women's Support Group

Women’s Peer Support Group is a safe, welcoming space for all women. It’s a forum for self-expression where you are free to talk about anything you might be struggling with. Whether it’s sexual assault, body image, self-esteem, sexual harassment, relationships, feeling lonely, overwhelmed or anything else, Women’s Peer Support Group is a safe place for you to receive encouragement and support, and to know that you are not alone.


The first meeting will be Thursday, October 9 at 5 pm. We’ll be meeting at Canterbury House, which is at 719 E 7th Street, right across the street from the IMU, next to La Casa and the GLBT Center.  There will be drinks and some light snacks too. :)

For more information contact Megan Vinson at

Summer Int’l Development Internship

We are writing to you to share about Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI), and to ask that you do the same with your students.  As you may know, GESI is a unique, credit-bearing program that combines experiential-learning, study abroad, cultural immersion, and international work experience at dynamic, community-based organizations. 


We hope that you’ll help us spread the word about this program by forwarding the following information to students and student groups who may be interested.

Are you passionate about global change, committed to learning by doing, and ready to engage in hands-on global development?


GESI will equip students to

  • Work directly with local communities and community organizations in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, or Uganda 
  • Earn two Northwestern course credits (the equivalent to six semester credits)
  • Live with a host family and immerse yourself in another culture for eight weeks
  • Work in teams of undergraduates to design and implement a development project collaboratively in microfinance, social enterprise, education, environmental sustainability, global health, and more

Engage directly with local communities:


GESI 2014 - Uganda:

GESI participants worked with community members and a rural development group to assist a community with income generation.  The community’s sole source of income is selling fish they’ve caught and dried on the shore, though the drying process is long, unsanitary, and usually results in significant portions of soiled fish.  The GESI team used regional case studies to design a solar dryer for the community’s fish, using locally sourced materials, thereby saving time, effort, and ensuring a more sanitary product.  The team and community worked together to build the solar dryer, and materials that explain the building process for further replications.  They also assisted the community in creating a nutrition garden, as well as organic fertilizers and pesticides. 


GESI 2014 - Bolivia:

The team worked with a local NGO that serves families and their children with disabilities by providing therapy and information about legal rights access to opportunities.  Appointments with the NGO staff were often missed by parents, due to a lack of understanding about the importance of treatment.  The GESI team worked to dissolve the stigma surrounding disabilities by creating and providing materials for families to learn about the rights of their children under Bolivian law.  They also ensured videos educating families about their rights and the needs of their children, are shown throughout the NGO.


Ready to take the next step?


To learn more about GESI, and how to apply, go to

Be sure to fill out our survey here to receive more information.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Early deadlines are December 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015, for guaranteed first choice placement if accepted into the program. 

Final deadline is March 1, 2015, but please apply early, as spaces will fill.


If you have questions and want to speak to a member of the GESI staff, please contact us at or 847.491.5932.


We hope to hear from you soon,

The GESI Team

2nd 8-week class for International Students

SLST-T125 Academic Language and Culture (3 credits)

There is a section being offered Second Eight Weeks:

17688          04:00P-05:15P   MTWR   BH 333


This course was designed especially for international students who have established English proficiency (i.e. those who do not need any SLST-T101 English Improvement classes), but would benefit from knowing more specific language and terminology, as well as cultural nuances, to be more successful in their other classes. 

Course topics include:

·         Academic misconduct

·         Effective communication with professors and classmates (e.g. email, office hours, class participation)

·         Basic responsible research skills (e.g. how to find reliable sources and cite them appropriately)

·         Overview of American geography, history, and government

·         Ethnic, racial, and linguistic diversity in America


Major items of evaluation include:

·         Panel presentations in small groups on a current issue related to the American university

·         Writing a short research paper over the course of the semester, accompanied by ongoing in-class discussion of some of the common stages of the writing process (e.g. choosing a topic, locating and citing sources, making an outline, formatting citations and a bibliography, etc.)

·         Active class participation throughout the semester


Unlike SLST-T101, SLST-T125 DOES count towards total hours for graduation. 

If you have questions, please contact me ( or the instructor, Dr. Jeff Holliday (

Pathways Internships (IEP/ITEP) Open Now

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) and the Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP).

Visit USAJobs to start the online application process and search for the following vacancy announcement numbers. Please note the cutoff number for each position. Applications received after the cutoff number is reached will not reviewed.  Therefore, timely submission of applications is important.

Announcement Number
GS-399 Program Analyst
Washington, DC and New York and Arlington, VA
GS-599 Budget Analyst
Washington, DC and Arlington, VA
Announcement Number
GS-1099 Public Affairs
Washington, DC


The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions.

The Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP) places interns on temporary appointments not to exceed one year with the possibility of extensions in one-year increments. The temporary nature of ITEP allows for interns to work during seasonal and holiday breaks in academic programs. ITEP participants are ineligible for noncompetitive promotions. If an ITEP participant is qualified at a higher grade level, he/she must compete for the position via a USAJobs vacancy announcement.

Both programs allow for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies.

Pathways internship opportunities with the U.S. Department of State allow students to witness and participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, and work closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.


U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

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Last Chance: Apply for the 2015 Simon Award

The 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization nomination process is now open. Nominate your institution for a chance to have your outstanding international education efforts recognized.
NAFSA confers two different awards. The Simon Comprehensive Award recognizes overall excellence in international efforts as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies, and policies. The Simon Spotlight Award recognizes specific innovative international programs or initiatives.
Recipients of the 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award will be:
  • Recognized during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.;
  • Highlighted in the 2015 edition of Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, an annual NAFSA report showcasing exemplary practices, model approaches, and major trends in internationalization; and
  • Featured in International Educator magazine and on the NAFSA website.
Complete the online application, including demographics form, essay, and cover letter by October 15, 2014.
Questions? E-mail


Monday, October 6, 2014

Global Moral Panics Symposium: October 10-11

We are happy to announce that the Global Moral Panics Symposium website is live at  Please share with colleagues and students.  


We hope to see you there:  October 10-11, in Bloomington!



GER-E322 Berlin Course

This course is linked with a 4-week overseas study program that will count as the overseas experience for INTL majors. Register for this course in the spring and it leads into the topics you will study while abroad.

GER-E322 Course Description
Berlin is a symbol—a swastika, Stalin’s smile, a television tower—and it is a historical hub where people gather for the sake of commerce, power, love, and culture. It is an archeological site of tragic, criminal, revolutionary, and mistaken cities, a building site of comic, cool, prudent, and exuberant cities, and an imaginary city of espionage, decadence, cosmopolitanism and solidarity. During the semester we will try to plumb the bewildering layers of Berlin by asking one persistent question of different times and representations: what did chance feel like in Berlin? What did it mean to take a chance in the traffic of Berlin in the 1920s, what did in mean to take a chance in art and architecture? What did it mean to take a chance on political revolution? What chance did one take when one committed to an idea… or a prejudice? What did it feel like to risk trusting a stranger, a friend, or a lover during the Weimar Republic, Third Reich, or Cold War? Was it a risk to reunify Germany with Berlin as its capital—and who took it? What chances do people take living in Berlin’s global economy today? What chances does a refugee or a wanderer face? To answer our guiding question we will consider representations of uncertainty, risk, and novelty (and their opposites: identity, security, normality, predictability) over the last hundred years of ever-surprising Berlin. 



Jana Hensel, After the Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood (Public Affairs) ISBN-13: 978-1586485597

Philip Kerr, March Violets: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Penguin) ISBN-13: 978-0142004142

Irmgard Keun, The Artificial Silk Girl (The Other Press) ISBN-13: 978-1590514542

John le Carré, Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Penguin) ISBN-13: 978-0143121428

Christa Wolf, They Divided the Sky (University of Ottawa Press) ISBN-13: 978-0776607870



Winter Rwanda Program: Oct 15th Deadline

Winter Human Rights Delegation - Rwanda


Location:              Rwanda


Dates:                   Dec 28, 2014 – Jan 12, 2015


Level:                    Student/Professional (ages 18-35)


Program Tuition:                  $2250 (does not include airfare and some meals)


Scholarships: GYC will offer at least one $200 tuition reduction scholarship available to participants who have already enrolled in the program and paid their deposit.


Application Deadlines:

                Regular Decision Deadline: October 15


20 years after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the country has undergone a remarkable transformation. Yet critical human rights questions remain.


During this GYC delegation, International participants from around the world will join with Rwandan peers to explore the human rights situation in Rwanda (and the world) and to take concrete action steps together to support current and future efforts for human rights protection and promotion, both in Rwanda and abroad.


Through a combination of workshops, site visits, advocacy meetings, and volunteer service with grassroots NGOs, we will learn and act on numerous key human rights issues in Rwanda, including but not limited

to: gender and human rights, human rights of children, LGBTI populations, historically marginalized indigenous groups, refugees, domestic workers, poverty reduction, public health, juvenile justice, freedom of expression and the arts.


In advance of and during the delegation, all participants will examine the roots of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and see how its legacy has impacted the country and its people, particularly Rwandan youth, and also how the country is attempting to rebuild today.