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Announcements for Grad Students – 10/30

October 30, 2009

1. Does Europe Have a Birthday? Roundtable on the Idea of Europe

2. NPR Spring and Summer 2010 Internships

3. “Inclusion, Isolation and National Identity in a Globalized World” Panel and “European Inclusion    and Exclusion Through Poetry” Session

4. GPSO Announcements

5. Lecture in French: La Francophonie

6. Horizons of Knowledge Lecture: “A Catalan Linguist on the Other Side of the World”

7. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 2009 

 8. European Green Building Trends Webinar



1. Does Europe Have a Birthday? Roundtable on the Idea of Europe

The Department of Germanic Studies and the Institute of German Studies invite you to attend:

November 9th, or 

Does Europe Have a Birthday?

Roundtable on the Idea of Europe on the 

Twentieth Anniversary of the Opening of the Berlin Wall

Wednesday, November 4, 4-5:30 PM, Ballantine Hall 004

Participants: Padraic Kenney (History), Bill Rasch (Germanic), Ben Robinson (Germanic), and Sandy Shapshay (Philosophy), and Michel Chaouli (Germanic)

This roundtable will start from three short (and highly contested) philosophical texts: an excerpt from Edmund Husserl’s The Crisis of European Sciences (which roots an ideal of humanity in the European philosophical tradition); Habermas and Derrida’s cosigned appeal for a Kantian globalism rooted in Europe’s core countries; and Peter Sloterdijk’s call for Europe to resume leadership of modernity’s mission. With these texts suggesting an idea of Europe in its broadest outlines, the roundtable will take the occasion of the symbolic date of November 9th to reflect on Europe’s genesis, future and potential meaning. If Europe is an idea, is it one that we are bound to cherish? Or one that we might fear? Or is Europe simply one particular area out of many that commands at most the respect that is paid to any province of humanity? The floor will be open after the presentations for discussion and debate.

The texts (16 pages total) are available for downloading at

For information please contact: Benjamin Robinson ( or Michel Chaouli (

2. NPR Spring and Summer 2010 Internships

Deadline for the Spring: November 15

Deadline for the Summer: February 15

See the website for specific internship availability.

NPR seeks talented interns!

NPR (National Public Radio) is an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. We seek talented students to work in challenging internship positions throughout the organization. Our internships offer hands-on opportunities to impact NPR and public radio. And, we work with our interns to help them develop skills in their chosen areas and network with staff and individuals in their professions.

The Fall 2009 semester is underway. We are now accepting applications for the Winter/Spring 2010 semester. The application deadline for the Winter/Spring 2010 semester is November 15, 2009.

To learn more about what interns do at NPR, visit the Intern Edition site produced by the most recent group.

Internship Program Information 

NPR offers internships at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at our NPR West office in Culver City, CA. The internship program is designed to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to learn about broadcasting and the supporting areas of NPR.

Eligibility:  A candidate must be a graduate student, an undergraduate student, or have graduated from college within twelve months of beginning the internship. Internship applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.  

General Information:  Interns are expected to work between 20 and 40 hours a week during an 8-to-10 week internship period. Internships are offered during the summer, fall, and winter/spring semesters. Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between the NPR Human Resources Division and the intern’s college or university. All interns are subject to the applicable NPR employee rules, including its Employment Dispute Resolution Policy.

Application Procedures:  Candidates must complete an internship application form (you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this file) and submit it with a cover letter and resume. Some internship positions require additional application items, such as a writing sample. All application items must be submitted as a complete package. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application Deadlines: For the summer program, applications must be postmarked by February 15; for the fall program, applications must be postmarked by July 15; and for the winter/spring program, applications must be postmarked by November 15.

Please note: Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to notify applicants who are not selected for internships.

Mail or fax applications to:

                         National Public Radio
                         Human Resources Department
                         635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 
                         Washington, DC  20001
                         Fax – (202) 513-3047

Please direct your questions and concerns to


3. “Inclusion, Isolation and National Identity in a Globalized World” Panel Discussion and “European Inclusion and Exclusion Through Poetry” Session

This coming Monday, November 2, 2009, the West European Studies Center will present a two-part panel discussion on “Inclusion, Isolation and National Identity in a Globalized World.” The discussions will take place in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. The first panel, “The Politics of European Inclusion and Exclusion in Scandinavia,” will begin at 2:00pm. Panelists for this session will include Dr. Toivo Raun (Central Eurasian Studies, IUB), Dr. Per Nordahl (International Studies, IUB), Dr. Timothy Hellwig (Political Science, IUB) and Dr. Ulf Bjork (Journalism, IUPUI).

The second session will start at 4:00pm in the Dogwood Room and will be looking at “European Inclusion and Exclusion Through Poetry.”  Rika Lesser, poet and translator, will talk about translating Göran Sonnevi’s work.  Her translation of his “Mozart’s Third Brain” in English came out in September.  She is also the winner of the Poetry Translation Prize of the Swedish Academy and twice awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Translation Prize.  She will be followed by Dr. Kevin Karlin, who will speak on “Do I have a share of the repulsive?: inclusion, exclusion, identity, and self in Mozart’s Third Brain.”

This event is sponsored by West European Studies, the Department of Germanic Studies, and the Creative Writing Program.  There will be a light reception between panels. 


4. GPSO Announcements

Annual Halloween Party hosted by Maurer Law School…

City Lights Underground Film Series

Native American Heritage Month at Perdue

Workshop in Methods: How can the Indiana Statisti…

ACC Roundtable: Protective Factors to Reduce At-Ri…

**These announcements and more can be found at the GPSO blog:



When:  Friday, November 6th, 5:30-9pm (Speed Dating 5:30-7/Social Hour 7-9pm)

Where:  Crazy Horse, 214 W. Kirkwood Ave (Back Room)

What: Get to know local singles in a casual and fun atmosphere!  Please RSVP to by Wed, Nov. 4th to confirm your reservation for the Speed Dating portion. There is a $3 fee for Speed Dating (not the Social Hour). All proceeds go to the GPSO Book Scholarship fund. 

**Information on these events and more can be found at the GPSO website:  www.



The GPSO heard from several students upset about the scheduled migration of IU accounts to Google, with some pointing out the potential legal issues of not having e-mail exchanges with students and e-mails related to research on IU servers. We took these concerns to UITS, which has decided to allow all graduate students to keep their IU accounts. If you receive any further notice of your account being switched to Google or have any additional questions, please contact us at If we cannot help you, we will put you in touch with the right person. Thanks also to UITS, which responded very quickly to these concerns.

Nick Clark

GPSO President

5. Lecture in French: La Francophonie

The Institute for Advanced Study presents a lecture by Robert Chaudenson:

La Francophonie: représentations, réalités et perspectives

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, 2009

University Club – President’s Room

Indiana Memorial Union

About the speaker: Robert Chaudenson, currently professor emeritus at the University of Provence (Aix-Marseille I), is the leading specialist of French-based creoles in the world; he also ranks among the leading international scholars in the field of Creole studies and language contact. He is a specialist in various education and language planning issues involving the relationship between French and local languages in officially francophone countries, especially Sub-Saharan Africa and areas where French –based creoles are spoken.

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study, the Department of French and Italian, and West European Studies.

Lecture will be in French, to be followed by a reception.

6. Horizons of Knowledge Lecture: “A Catalan Linguist on the Other Side of the World”

Horizons of Knowledge

Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

West European Studies

and Department of Linguistics


Philip Rasico

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Vanderbilt University

“A Catalan Linguist on the Other Side of the World: Joan Coromines’ Argentine Exile (1939-45)”

Friday, November 13,2009

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Indiana Memorial Union – Faculty Club

7. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 2009

 In addition to our traditional Monday colloquia, we will also hold Wednesday sessions. Announcements for next week’s sessions follow.

 Place: Workshop Tocqueville Room

513 North Park Avenue

Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.

You are welcome to bring your lunch. Coffee is provided free of charge and soft drinks are available. Copies of Workshop colloquia papers can be found on our website at If you have a question regarding assistance or our Colloquium Series, please contact Gayle Higgins (812-855-0441, We hope you will be able to join us!


November 2, 2009


Presented by Dr. Tom Evans, Associate Professor, Department of Geography; Director, Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change (CIPEC); and Affiliated Faculty, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: Local-level dynamics play an important role in human-environment interactions but sometimes are discounted as insignificant or simply “noise” that is lost in aggregation in a desire to emphasize coarser spatial scales of analysis (e.g., regional, continental or global). This presentation will discuss three applications of agent-based models that leverage the benefits of ABMs in distinct contexts while at the same time exploring their shortcomings. Specifically, agent-based approaches are powerful when agent-heterogeneity or agent-interactions are critical dynamics within social-ecological systems, but significant challenges exist in trying to scale up these dynamics or generalizing results to other geographic domains. These issues are examined within the context of three case studies including: (1) the transition from swidden to rubber plantations in northern Laos, (2) reforestation in south-central Indiana, and (3) spatial resilience of agriculturalists in Zambia to climate variability.

BIO: Tom Evans is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and director of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change (CIPEC) at Indiana University. His research focuses on land use/land cover change and the social and spatial dynamics inherent within human-environment interactions. His projects are (nearly) always multi-disciplinary in design and he has past and present collaborations with economists, decision scientists, political scientists, hydrologists, sociologists, ecologists, conservation biologists and anthropologists, among other kinds of ists.



Presented by Michael Cox, PhD Candidate in Public Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: This presentation is a practice job-talk. In it, I will summarize several findings from my dissertation work on community-based acequia irrigation systems in northern New Mexico. This dissertation is part of a larger research program that has several primary goals that I will discuss: first, how can we understand complex social-ecological systems at various scales in ways that can improve their management? Second, how can we develop diagnostic approaches to environmental policy and management to foster this understanding across a diversity of settings? I conclude with a discussion of how I plan to pursue these goals in an academic career.

BIO: Michael Cox is a PhD candidate in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. His research uses institutional analysis, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and complex systems theory in order to explore the dynamics of social-ecological systems. His fieldwork is based in the Taos valley of northern New Mexico.

8. European Green Building Trends Webinar


European Green Building Trends with Jerry Yudelson
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Jerry Yudelson is an expert in the LEED green building rating system, and provides Yudelson Associates’ clients with expert guidance on creating, developing, designing and marketing green building projects. He has more than 25 years of experience with renewable energy systems, green building design, site planning, environmental remediation, water conservation and solid waste management.

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