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Announcements for Grad Students – 1/22

January 22, 2010


1. Stammtisch – German Conversation Club

2. German Singing Group

3. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Spring 2010

4. Norwegian and Swedish Coffee and Conversation

5. International Job/Internship Panel

6. GPSO Financial Support

7. Spring 2010 Italian Graduate Reading Proficiency Exam-Time Change

8. Study Swedish with ISU Programs 2010








1. Stammtisch – German Conversation Club

Please join us this Monday at 6:30pm at Bear’s Place for German conversation! Email Nikole Langjahr at for more information.


2. German Singing Group

This is a reminder that our singing group will meet for the first time on Monday at 3:30pm in Ballantine Hall 664. We still have about 5 extra spots, so let me know if you want to attend! We will practice German folk songs and towards the end of the semester prepare for a short
performance at the departmental end-of-year reception. Email Nikole Langjahr at for more information.


3. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Spring 2010

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!


JANUARY 25, 2010

 Co-sponsored by the Political Economy of Democratic Sustainability (PEDS)


Presented by Dr. Philip Keefer, Lead Research Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank, Washington, DC

Abstract: A large literature concludes that competition among ethnic groups causes policy failure, slow growth, and civil war. An alternative view is that features of political competition such as the lack of credibility of political promises give rise to both ethnic competition and adverse development outcomes. If political parties credibly represent the collective interests of ethnic groups, the first view is more likely to be true. Data from Afrobarometer surveys in 16 sub-Saharan African countries suggest, though, that parties’ ethnic appeals are not credible. Ethnic clustering of political support is less widespread than believed; members of clustered ethnic groups are no more likely to express a partisan preference than others; even when they are more likely, they exhibit high rates of partisan disinterest that are inconsistent with credible ethnic appeals; and, finally, partisan preferences are at least as affected by factors such as gift-giving. These findings emphasize the importance of looking beyond ethnicity in analyses of African economic development.

BIO: Philip Keefer is a Lead Research Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. The focus of his work, based on experience in countries ranging from Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic to Indonesia, México, Perú and Pakistan, is the determinants of political incentives to pursue economic development. His research, on issues such as the impact of insecure property rights on growth; the effects of political credibility on policy; and the sources of political credibility in democracies and autocracies, has appeared in journals ranging from the Quarterly Journal of Economics to the American Review of Political Science.

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January 27, 2010


Presented by Dr. Bryan Bruns, Visiting Scholar, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: Game theory models such as Samaritan’s dilemmas (Buchanan 1977, Wilson et al., 2005) clarify the need to carefully design aid programs so they will encourage rather than discourage local efforts. Better analysis and design of cost-sharing rules for irrigation system repair and improvement can align incentives and make commitments more credible. Shifting external investments from single-shot rehabilitation to progressive improvement aids adaptive problem-solving in irrigation co-management.

BIO: As a consulting sociologist, Bryan Bruns has specialized in improving participation in irrigation and water resources management, mostly in Southeast Asia. He co-edited Negotiating Water Rights and Water Rights Reform: Lessons for Institutional Design, and has written a variety of other publications, listed at He earned a Ph.D. at Cornell University in Development Sociology, with minors in Agricultural Economics and Southeast Asian Studies. This presentation is part of his current work on “Customizing Governance in Commons: Improving Institutional Design and Finding Better Ways to Share Water.”


4. Norwegian and Swedish Coffee and Conversation

Every Wednesday evening at the IMU Starbucks, 7-8 pm and

Monday, January 25

Monday, February 22

Monday, March 29

Monday, April 19

in Ballantine Hall 643, 3:30 – 4:45 PM

We now have a really fun Pan-Scandinavian group getting together. Don’t miss the fun – join us! Velkommen!

Contact Gergana May at for more information.


5. International Job/Internship Panel

Our next event will feature panelists with experience in International jobs and internships who will be sharing their search strategies with students.  The event will be held on January 27th from 6:30-8:30 at the Career Development Center.  The description of the event is:

It’s time to think about starting your international job/internship search! Join IU Alumni and career professionals working diverse global careers for an evening of information and networking. Panelists will share their experiences abroad; provide tips on how to maximize your time here at IU, and offer strategies for Americans seeking international work. There will be time set aside to network with the panelists and other students with similar goals and interests. This night should be especially useful for students in international studies, area studies, languages, journalism, and other majors focused on global careers.

6. GPSO Financial Support

Each year the GPSO provides academic support to IUB graduate and professional students in the form of financial awards.  The GPSO is now soliciting applications for Spring 2010 Awards.


The GPSO research award is offered through a competitive process for graduate and professional students at Indiana University-Bloomington.  It is given to help support research expenses incurred in connection with academic research, such as travel costs related to field, archival or laboratories research, payment for research related services, and purchase of research related supplies.  Expenses that are not supported are typing and duplicating of dissertations, normal living expenses, and travel costs for conferences or workshops.

For Spring 2010 the GPSO will award 6 Research Awards: two $1,000 awards and four $500.

Consideration for Spring 2010 Research Awards will be given for research conducted during the 2010-2011 academic year.

The application deadline is Friday, February 19th, 2010 @ midnight.

For more information and access to the application, please visit:

The GPSO Travel Award is given to help support travel expenses to conferences at which a student’s work will be presented (i.e speeches, posters or interactive design), or to help support travel to workshops, special trainings, competitions or auditions that will benefit the student professionally.  Funds may be used for registration fees, presentation materials, transportation, and lodging/food associated with the conference, workshop, training, competition or audition.

For Fall 2009 the GPSO is providing an estimated $5,000 in Travel Awards: 6 awards at $500 each and 8 awards at $250 each.

The application deadline is Friday, February 19th, 2010 @ midnight.

For more information and access to the application, please visit:


The GPSO Conference Award supports local events benefiting graduate and professional students on campus.  The purpose of this service is to provide academic support and professional development for graduate and professional students on the IUB campus.

The GPSO anticipates awarding a total of $1,000 in Fall Awards and $1,000 in Spring Awards.

The award amount per event is based on need (maximum of $250). 

GPSO Conference Funding is awarded on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Due to this, there is no application deadline.

We encourage all IUB academic departments to consider applying for this award when planning their next graduate-student oriented academic conference.

For more information and access to the application, please visit:

Information regarding each of these awards, as well as information about the GPSO, can be found at the GPSO website:

7. Spring 2010 Italian Graduate Reading Proficiency Exam-Time Change

The Italian Language Proficiency reading exam has been scheduled this semester for Friday, February 12, 2010, from 3pm-5pm, in Ballantine Hall Rm. 606. Please note the time has been changed from the previous announcement.

8. Study Swedish with ISU Programs 2010

ISU Programs has organized Swedish language courses for international students for over 30 years.

ISU Programs offer the following programs during 2010:

  • Summer Swedish Language Program: 2- and 3-week courses held in Lund and in Malmö from summer 2010 see website.
  • Academic Year/Semester Program in: Swedish as a foreign language in Lund
  • Distance course in: Swedish as a foreign language and Swedish for Medical Staff.

For more information about these programs and applications please visit our webpage:

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