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Announcements for Grad Students – 1/29

January 29, 2010

 1. Study Abroad with SPEA in Pamplona, Spain

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

3. Finnish Coffee Hour

4. Berlin Study Abroad Information Session

5. Department of French & Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series: Of Angles and Beasts

6. Passionate Convictions at the IU Art Museum

7. Wrapped in Paisley: The Story of the Kashmir Shawl – Mathers Museum Exhibit

8. GPSO Announcements

9. International Ibsen Scholarships

10. Call for Papers: University of Chicago Italian Studies Graduate Student Conference

11. Job Listings

12. Postdoctoral fellowships at the Research College in Berlin 

13. Study in Europe – Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)









1. Study Abroad with SPEA in Pamplona, Spain

 Please join Dean John Graham for an information session in the Atrium on Friday, January 29 from 3:00-4:15.

 Study economic evaluation of health, safety, and environmental issues in Pamplona, Spain from May 23-June 18:

·       Six credit hours of SPEA V450 (two, 3 credit hour courses)

·        Excellent value at a low cost, which includes tuition, meals, books, and excursions

·       $2,000 scholarships for eligible students; scholarship applications available in rooms 201 and 204

·       Three planned excursions

·       Optional field trips, fantastic shopping, restaurants, and sightseeing

·       Opportunities for travel in Spain, Europe, and Morocco 

Program applications due February 15 at

For more information, go to and

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

Place: Workshop Tocqueville Room

513 North Park Avenue

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!

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February 1, 2010


Presented by Professor Barbara Cherry, Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: This presentation discusses the challenges for institutional governance posed by deregulatory policies, particularly in the financial and telecommunications sectors, in a world of rapid technological change. It stresses that a complexity theory perspective is critical for understanding the evolution – both historical and in the future – of policymaking processes and specific policies. From this perspective, the recent wave of deregulatory policies is another phase in the further evolution of policymaking systems in response to technological changes, but its occurrence in a high-speed world is forcing us to the brink of a new phase transition in policymaking systems.

BIO: Barbara A. Cherry is Professor of Telecommunications at Indiana University (IU). Dr. Cherry’s research reflects an interdisciplinary academic background integrated with telecommunications industry and government experience.  Prior to joining IU, Barbara worked at the FCC, initially as Deputy Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and later as Senior Counsel in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.  Prior to the FCC, Barbara was Associate Professor and Associate Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University.  Also, prior to entering academia, Barbara also worked on public policy issues while employed with Ameritech and AT&T.  Dr. Cherry holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Economics and Law from Harvard University while recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Economics, and a B.S. in Economics summa cum laude from the University of Michigan.

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February 5, 2010

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


Presented by Professor Arthur Lupia, Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor, Department of Political Science; and Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Abstract: Looking forward, for whom will Barack Obama continue to be black? In other words, will voters who saw him as black during his 2008 presidential campaign continue to see him as such? At one extreme, race could have no effect on how they see the president. At the other extreme, race can be all that they see. So, if people change the racial lenses through which they view Obama, who will change and why?

In the paper, I focus on how common variations in the kind of information to which people are exposed will affect how people evaluate President Obama into the future. The variations pertain to whether or not the information is true and whether or not people can recognize the costs associated with basing political judgments on mistaken views about race. A key point of the analysis is to clarify how a person’s ability to recognize their mistakes depends on how critical attributes of their psychological makeup interact with the context in which they encounter information-providing entrepreneurs.

BIO: Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Research Professor at its Institute for Social Research. He studies how information and institutions affect policy and politics with a focus on how people make decisions when they lack information. He draws from multiple scientific and philosophical disciplines and he integrates many research methods. His work provides insights on voting, civic competence, legislative-bureaucratic relations, parliamentary governance, and political communication.

His articles have appeared a wide range of academic journals. His books include The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know?; Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Reacts to Direct Democracy; Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice, and the Bounds of Rationality; Positive Changes in Political Science: The Legacy of Richard D. McKelvey’s Most Influential Writings; and The Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science (forthcoming).

He is active in developing new opportunities for social scientists. As a founder of TESS (Time-shared Experiments for the Social Sciences), he has helped hundreds of researchers run innovative experiments using nationally-distributed subject pools. As an original and regular contributor to NSF’s EITM (Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models) program, he has helped to develop curricula that show young scholars how to better integrate advanced empirical and theoretical methods into effective research agendas. As a Principal Investigator of the ANES (American National Election Studies), he introduced many procedural, methodological, and content innovations to one of the world’s best-known scientific studies of elections.

His awards include the 2007 Innovators Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research and 1998 Award for Initiatives in Research from the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and had a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He has held numerous scholarly leadership positions at universities and a range of professional organizations. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He is on the Board of Directors of Climate Central, an entity that strives to make climate science accessible to the public. He has held elective office in several professional associations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Political Science Association. He is currently APSA’s Treasurer.


3. Finnish Coffee Hour

Tuesday, February 2: Finnish Coffee Hour

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Ballantine Hall 106

Finnish Coffee Hour meets biweekly on Tuesdays


4. Berlin Study Abroad Information Session

4:00 pm February 3, 2010

SPEA 204 (IDS Conference Room) 

IU SPEA will offer a 3-credit course on globalization and public policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin from May 17 to May 28, 2010.  The course is designed as an intense graduate level course to be taught by faculty from Indiana University-Bloomington and the Hertie School of Governance.  The purpose of the program is to provide students with a first-hand learning experience concerning public policy towards contemporary European issues.  Contact Megan Starnes at to answer questions about applications and general program details.


5. Department of French & Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series: Of Angles and Beasts

Hall Bjørnstad

Of Angels and Beasts:

Rhetoric and Anthropology in Montaigne and Pascal

Friday, February 5

2:30-3:30 pm

Ballantine Hall 208

Talk followed by discussion and refreshments.

About the talk: Pascal’s indebtedness to Montaigne is undeniable; in fact at times it is so great that critics, such as the theorist of the anxiety of influence, Harold Bloom, have condemned Pascal for outright plagiarism. Focusing on the only textual evidence provided by Bloom, Pascal’s famous aphorism “L’homme n’est ni ange ni bête et le malheur veut que qui veut faire l’ange fait la bête” and its equally famous source on the very last page of Montaigne’s Essais, this paper will show that in spite of the proximity of the two passages, a close reading of them allows for the formulation of some of the major differences between the projects of the two writers. This will be done by first situating this concrete textual transfer from Montaigne to Pascal in relation to their writing practices inside a rhetoric of imitation, and then by analyzing the function of the commonplace of angels and beasts inside their anthropology (in terms of world view, living and dying, moral duty, and exemplarity).

About the speaker: Hall Bjørnstad is Assistant Professor of French in the Department of French and Italian. He received his PhD from the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2006, where he defended his dissertation entitled Créature sans créateur: Pour une anthropologie baroque dans les “Pensées” de Pascal, which he is currently developing into a book for the Presses de l’Université Laval (Quebec). This semester he is completing the third year of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Research Council of Norway on the topic “The Mirror of the Sun King: Literature, Politics and the Seventeenth-Century Crisis of Exemplarity.”

6. Passionate Convictions at the IU Art Museum

Indiana University Art Museum

Friday & Saturday, February 26-27, 2010

Passionate Convictions pushes classic music to extremes with a rock-music-influences and multi-level-staged production of J.S. Bach’s “St. John (St. Johannes) Passion”. The production will explore the depths of fear, love idolization, and betrayal experienced by Peter, Pilate, Jesus, and the disciples in the Passion story. The production is framed as a trial where the Judge (evangelist) holds each character responsible for their actions and asks the audience the question, What would you do in this situation? Save yourself for fear of death? Stand behind the heroic and tragic figure of Jesus? Would you condemn an innocent person in the face of intense political and social pressures to do so?

Passionate Convictions breathes new life into the traditional Passion story by excavating the raw grief, pain, horror, and hope that Bach infused into his dramatization of the Passion. The production is conceived and will be directed by Mark Doerries, doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music. The performers will be students from the JSOM.

 For more information, contact Hannah Carmichael at or Laura Block at


7. Wrapped in Paisley: The Story of the Kashmir Shawl – Mathers Museum Exhibit

Curated by collector Joan Hart, this exhibit examines the history of the paisley shawl, from its origins in India to its place in European high fashion. The exhibit will be on display January 26-May 9, 2010, at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. A special curator’s talk and reception will be held Friday, February 5. The event will begin at 5 p.m., and feature a presentation by Joan Hart at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception. The presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

416 North Indiana Avenue, Bloomington

For more information: 812-855-6873 or e-mail


8. GPSO Announcements

–  GPSO Elections – Next Friday, Feb 5, 2010

–  NAGS Announcements and Events

–  Job Opportunities with the OWA

–  Call for Papers: Herman C. Hudson Symposium

–  BGSA Events and Announcements

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

9. International Ibsen Scholarships

A total of $150,000 will be awarded to individuals or institutions which organize projects related to Henrik Ibsen. The International Ibsen Scholarships were initiated by the Norwegian government and will be handed out for the third time in 2010. Applications are accepted for projects initiated throughout the world. The scholarships are meant to act as incentives for critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen. Scholarships are applicable to individuals, organizations and institutions within the artistic and cultural communities.

The International Ibsen Scholarships are awarded annually and the applications are subject to scrutiny by an appointed jury. Previous years, projects from Asia, North-America, Europe, Africa and Australia have received scholarships. The presentation of the scholarships is staged in Ibsen’s birth town, Skien in Norway in September 2010 and coincides with Skien International Ibsen Conference.

The application deadline for The International Ibsen Scholarships is April 15th, 2010.

For more information, visit


10. Call for Papers: University of Chicago Italian Studies Graduate Student Conference


– The University of Chicago Italian Studies Collective Graduate Student Conference
– “Let everyday life become a work of art”: The quotidiano in Italian Studies
– Keynote Speaker  Noa Steimatsky, University of Chicago: “Lowly Objects, Elemental Housing, Neorealism”
– April 17, 2010

Only recently has the ‘everyday’ emerged as a significant  analytical concept in academia, thanks to groundbreaking studies on the everyday transformations wrought by the sociopolitical, artistic and technological productions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

What is perhaps most fascinating about these studies is that the quotidian has proven to be both ordinary and not ordinary when put to the analytical lens. Rita Felski writes, “The everyday is the essential, taken-for-granted continuum of mundane activities that frames our forays into more esoteric or exotic worlds.” What voice is the everyday given, deliberately or accidentally, in literature, cinema, history, and the visual arts?  More specifically, how can analyzing the “everyday” be re-imagined as a new kind of critical practice for Italianists and Italian writers of all periods?

In our conference, the Italian graduate students in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago seek to problematize the concept of the everyday in the cultural and historical context of Italy. Rather than give one definition of the quotidiano within Italian literature, cinema, and art, let us explore the means by which the everyday is present in cultural productions; and how and why our daily use of these productions may be seen as both conventional and innovative.

We invite abstracts from all disciplines that study the everyday in any period of Italy’s history from the Middle Ages to the present.  Papers may be written in either English or Italian. 

We offer the following topics as suggestions or general guidelines; other topics relating to the everyday are also welcome.

-Representations of the ‘domestic’ in art, film, literature (family, gender, etc.)
-Gendered and feminist (or women writers’) attitudes toward the everyday
-The urban everyday: flanerie, consumerism, entertainment, cuisine, hygiene, etc.
-Painting, visual art, or cinema depicting scenes of daily life (e.g. the Macchiaioli of the Ottocento;  Italian Neorealism and its emphases on space, ‘real time’, etc.)
-Transformations of the everyday in avant-garde projects
-The lowering of the poetic voice among the crepuscolari, ‘poeti borghesi’, etc.
-Food, hunger, famine, feasting; disease, health and body;scatology
-Comportment or advice books from the Middle Ages onward
-Conceptions of “civility”; crime and punishment; the legal system; prison life
-Realism in Italian theater from Ruzzante onward
-Oral traditions and storytelling; growth of mass literacy, consumerism, etc.
-Representations of time: linear, cyclical, diurnal, nocturnal

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length (7-8 typed pages, double-spaced). Abstracts of no more than 300 words are due to by February 15, 2010.

For information and updates, visit our conference blog:

11. Job Listings

WISP/OWA Graduate Assistant:

2010-211 academic year.  Coordinator duties: plant/host professional development and community building for faculty, undergrad/grad students, mentoring programs; WISP spring conference; outreach activities campus/community; assist in securing external funding, website, campus-wide survey; provide direction to new women and the Academy Programs.

MUST POSSESS: sincerity of purpose, creativity, ability to work independently, meet deadlines, comfortable/interested in gender equity, commitment to racial as well as ethnic diversity, excellent public speaking, writing/analytical skills, organized, be a team player. Work Study eligibility required, 20 hr per week, some evenings. $16,000 yr, tuition waiver, health insurance. Applications due February 19, 2010; submit brief letter of interest, resume, school transcript, all contact information, two letters of recommendation to

Grant/Report Writer:

The Office for Women’s Affairs (OWA), seeks experienced professional to join its staff team as a Grant and Report Writer. The individual selected will help the Dean of OWA to identify, define, and develop funding sources to support existing/planned program activities as well as coordinate development, writing, and submission of grant proposals and reports on gender-related issues to earmarked third-party entities.

QUALIFICATIONS: a master’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum of three years of related experience and a proven track record in grant/report writing. The successful applicant must have excellent writing and verbal communication skills, proficient in research, interpreting, and analyzing diverse data from diverse backgrounds as well as independently. The application deadline is February 19, 2010, but the position will remain open until filled. Interested persons should send a resume, two letters of recommendation, including one that attests specifically to an applicant’s grant writing abilities, academic transcript, a copy of a successful grant submission as well as a letter of interest, which describes credentials, salary requirements and relevant evidence of funded grant activity; the application materials should be sent to: the Office for Women’s Affairs, (OWA, ATTENTION: Grant Writer Position, Indiana University, Memorial Hall East Room 122), Bloomington, IN 478405.

12. Postdoctoral fellowships at the Research College in Berlin

“The Transformative Power of Europe”

Fellowships: 6 postdoctoral fellowships
Date/duration: 10 months fellowships starting October 2010
Deadline for Applications: 1 April 2010 (Successful candidates will be informed by end April 2010)

The Research College (Kolleg-Forschergruppe) “The Transfomative Power of Europe. External and Internal Diffusion of Ideas in the European Union”, directed by Profs. Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse, advertises up to 6 post-doctoral fellows. We particularly encourage applications on projects located in the field of comparative regionalism

The fellows should have their PhD in hand by the fall of 2010. The duration of the fellowship is 10 months (October 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011) with the possibility to reapply. The stipend amounts to € 30.000 annually (including travelling expenses).

The following materials should be submitted:
– CV and list of publications;
– Proposal for a post-doctoral project;
– Transcripts of degrees and other relevant material;
– Two letters of reference.

Please send your application to the following address:

Freie Universität Berlin
Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science
Research College „Transformative Power of Europe“
Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel and Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse
Ihnestr. 26
D-14195 Berlin

Or via email to:

Further information can be found at or obtained at

13. Study in Europe – Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)

We are pleased that we’re able to present our European Studies and E-Media program 2010.

With any questions about our summer offerings please feel free to:

International students around the world are encouraged to apply.

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