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Grad Student Announcements – 9/20

September 20, 2010


1. Lecture: Public Service Motivation

2. Lecture: The Semiotics of Military Deception

3. German Reunification Brownbag

4. Bloomington Multicultural Fair

5. FRIT Lecture: Civility, Honor, Familiarity

6. Minority Language Conference

7. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

8. Lecture: Europeanism

9. Library Government Information Workshops



1. State Department 2011 Summer Student Internship Program

2. Graduate Student Exchange Program

3. Call for Papers: A Changing Europe

4. Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship 

5. European Union Specialist Position



1. GPSO Vice Presidential Nominations

2. Mental Health Working Group



1. Lecture: Public Service Motivation

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2:30 – 3:45 pm

SPEA 278

Speaker: Adrian Ritz, Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Centre of Competence for Public Management, University of Bern

Topic: Professor Ritz will speak about his research about public service motivation and the extent to which American theories about motivation apply to other countries. His research interests include New Public Management, public service motivation, and managerial performance.   

2. Lecture: The Semiotics of Military Deception

Thursday, September 23, 2010

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Ballantine Hall 003

Speaker: Colonel J. Mark Mattox

Dean, Defense Threat Reduction University

Commandant, Defense Nuclear Weapons School

“The Semiotics of Military Deception:  A Moral Evaluation  

3. German Reunification Brownbag

Thursday, September 30, 2010

12:30 – 2 p.m.

Maple Room, IMU

“20th Anniversary of German Reunification”

Discussion and Brown Bag Lunch with Stefanie Sigrid Rehm, Liaison for the Brussels Office of the State Chancellery of Saxony

4. Bloomington Multicultural Fair

We are looking for people to help us out with some of the many different outreach programs that we will be doing this semester. Our first event will be a table at the Bloomington Multicultural Festival! This will take place on Saturday October 2, from 11:00-4:00pm at Bryan Park. The Festival will celebrate the diverse populations living in Bloomington through entertainment, food and activities. For more information about the festival here is a link to the official website: Bloomington Multicultural Festival. 

We need volunteers from all WEST-related backgrounds! You will be sharing your interest in Western Europe with kids, students, parents and other members of the community through displays, games and activities. Feel free to share any other ideas you may have for the booth. Each person will sign up for a shift of approximately 2 hours, depending on the number of volunteers.

All interested in volunteering should contact us at

5. FRIT Lecture: Civility, Honor, Familiarity

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

5:30 pm

Walnut Room, IMU

The Department of French & Italian presents a lecture by

Hélène Merlin-Kajman

Université de Paris 3 – Sorbonne nouvelle

Civility, Honor, Familiarity:
The Case of the French Seventeenth Century and Beyond

Lecture will be in English.

About the talk: Is civility always opposed to barbarism? Norbert Elias famously analysed the “civilizing process,” the unfolding of internal self-restraints and its contribution to the decrease in social violence in the centuries following the Middle Ages. However, this self-discipline has been mobilized by thinkers such as Zygmunt Bauman to explain the uncritical obedience to Nazi rule. Today often understood as a synonym of hypocrisy, civility is nonetheless called to combat the new barbarism of Western societies. 

In this talk Hélène Merlin-Kajman goes back to the 17th century to explore how different modes of coexistence (“vivre-ensemble”) oppose not only civility to barbarism or rusticity, but to two other modes of relation based on familiarity and honor. She argues that the focus on the opposition barbarism/civility, as the basis of our conception of social bonds, blinds us to more important distinctions that are foundational to grasp what is really at stake in the appeal to civility.

About the speaker: Hélène Merlin-Kajman (Professor at Paris 3-Sorbonne nouvelle, senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France) is a leading scholar of French 17th-century studies. Her research brings a rigorous and sensitive philological engagement with literary texts to bear on wider philosophical, historical and political questions. Among her books are La langue est-elle fasciste? Langue, pouvoir, enseignement (2003), L’absolutisme dans les lettres et la théorie des deux corps: Passions et politique (2000) and Public et littérature en France au XVIIe siècle (1994).

Also join us for: “Always Already: Conservation and Innovation in the Humanities, a roundtable,” featuring Hélène Merlin-Kajman and Victoria Kahn (UC Berkeley), October 4, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

Sponsored by the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian.

6. Minority Language Conference

On October 7- 9, 2010, West European Studies will host the conference, “Minority Languages in Europe: Successes and Challenges,” on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Online registration is now open and can be accessed through the conference website:
The conference features presentations by invited speakers:

  • José Ignacio Hualde, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Does language revitalization work? Lessons from Basque
  • Bernat Joan i Marí, Secretary of Language Policy of the Government of Catalonia
    Language policies for social cohesion
  • Jean-Luc Vigneux, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ch’Lanchron, author, singer, composer, translator
    Ch’Lanchron, a weed planted 30 years ago in Picardie
  • Colin Williams, Cardiff University
    The Mask of Piety: Reflections on Promotion and Regulation

In addition, competitively selected presentations will cover a wide range of topics and issues for minority languages and cultures, including attitudes, standardization, maintenance and revitalization, language policy, theoretical linguistics. The preliminary schedule is posted on the website ( For more information, contact

Reduce registration fees are available for IU affiliates Contact for IU registration information.

7. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2010 will be held in Bloomington at Indiana University on October 14-17, 2010.
Conference Theme: Variation and Linguistic Theory

Workshops: Thursday, October 15

For more information, please visit the symposium website at

8. Lecture: Europeanism

Thursday, October 28, 2010

12 – 1:30 pm

Woodburn 218

Speaker: Professor John McCormick, IUPUI Political Science Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of EU Politics

Topic: Europeanism – What Europeans Have in Common and Why It Matters

9. Library Government Information Workshops

Over the next week, the Wells Library Government Information & Kent Cooper Services department will offer several workshops exploring the many diverse resources available through the IUB Libraries for researching government information.  Sessions include:

Getting the Goods on Congress: Where to Find All You Want to Know

The World According to Congress: An Invitation to Research

Government Secrets Revealed: How and Where to Find Declassified  Documents

LexisNexis Congressional Digital Collections

The Reference Services Department also continues to offer workshops on a variety of topics.  This week’s sessions include:

Overview of the IUScholar Works Program and the Open Access Movement

Advanced Googling: Finding Scholarly Information on the Web

Teaching the Research Process: Timing, Outcomes, and Results

Zotero: Easily Managing Your Citations Online

To see the complete schedule, workshop descriptions, and to sign up, go to and click on the Faculty & Graduate Student Workshops button.  More workshops will be offered throughout October; watch for additional email announcements, monitor the website, and check out our online calendar of events:




1. State Department 2011 Summer Student Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for its 2011 Summer Student Internship Program.

Click here ( for more information and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 01, 2010.

You must be a U.S. Citizen and a student (a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student – including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school) to be eligible. Please read the program description and vacancy announcement for more information.

An information session will be held October 6 from 12-1pm in the Sassafras Room of the IMU.

2. Graduate Student Exchange Program

The Office of the Vice President for International Affairs has opportunities for Graduate Students to participate in its Graduate Student Exchange Programs. Five of the 10 programs are in Europe. This is a great opportunity to work on dissertation research, brush up on a foreign language, and meet exceptional faculty. These opportunities are for anywhere from one semester to an academic year.    

Free University of Berlin, Germany

University of Debrecen, Hungary 

Jagiellonian University, Poland 

Warsaw University, Poland 

University of Seville, Spain 

Application deadline: October 28, 2010

For more information see our website at:

3. Call for Papers: A Changing Europe

BMW Center for German and European Studies

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Georgetown University


15th Annual Graduate Student Conference

A Changing Europe: Looking Back and Moving Forward

February 4 – 5, 2011

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Understanding today’s Europe requires thoughtful investigation into both the subtle and sweeping changes that have brought the continent into its modern context. Developments ranging from the formation and expansion of the European Union to the reunification of Germany or the passage of the Lisbon Treaty continue to shape European politics and its role in the globalized world. The challenges of the global economic crisis have raised new questions about the viability of Europe’s institutional structures and spurred discussion about where the latest changes are leading the continent. As we grapple with the array of changes that have shaped contemporary Europe, the BMW Center for German and European Studies is submitting a call for papers, inviting scholars to complement this historical and contemporary conversation by looking back over the causes and consequences of change in Europe and joining the debate over the continent’s future.

In order to address the broad nature and consequences of European change, the conference is multidisciplinary in nature. Paper topics are open to all relevant fields and scholarly approaches. Abstracts might consider, but are not limited to historical, political, legal, economic, cultural, and social perspectives. Possible topics and subjects areas could include:

– The future of transatlantic relations

– Leadership in environmental protection and global development

– Europe’s evolving role in international security

– Uncertainties in cultural identity

Abstracts Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2010 via e-mail

Abstracts should be 300-500 words (1-1.5 pages) in length and will be accepted only via email; please include a CV with your submission. Participation is limited to Master’s and Doctoral students currently enrolled in degree-granting programs. The BMW Center will be able to contribute to travel expenses for elected panelists.

Please send submissions and questions to:

Please visit our website for more information:

4. Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship 

The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce a new annual grant competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history.

The fellowship’s objective is to support the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of fieldwork, archival research, and language training.  In evaluating applications, the Foundation will accord preference to those projects that could directly inform U.S. policy debates and thinking, rather than dissertations that are principally focused on abstract theory or debates within a scholarly discipline. The Foundation will award up to twenty grants of $7,500 each.

For more information, visit

5. European Union Specialist Position
The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor whose major research interest is European integration and/or the EU’s external relations. The ideal candidate would also be able to teach courses in International Political Economy and contribute to the mission of the European Union Center of Excellence at Georgia Tech. Applicants should show promise or evidence of outstanding scholarly achievement. The Sam Nunn School is multidisciplinary and has growing undergraduate, graduate, and overseas programs, including joint undergraduate degrees with Modern Languages and Economics. The School’s programs focus on understanding the global context of advances in science and technology. The Sam Nunn School has 21 faculty members; more than 400 undergraduate majors and 75 Master’s degree students; and a newly launched selective Ph.D. program in International Affairs, Science, and Technology. Georgia Tech enrolls over 20,000 students and is consistently ranked as one of the top seven public universities in the country. Georgia Tech is located in midtown Atlanta. A unit of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Tech is an AA/EO employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. To receive full consideration, application materials should be received by October 15, 2010 (or until the position has been filled) and should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and examples of scholarly work. Applicants should also send a graduate transcript and three current letters of recommendation. Materials should be sent to: Chair of EU Specialist Search Committee, The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, 781 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. Position is subject to budgetary developments.


1. GPSO Vice Presidential Nominations

The GPSO is seeking nominations for the Vice President of its Executive Committee. If you are interested in serving in this position or nominating another individual, please contact After nominations have been collected, each candidate will be provided an opportunity to craft a statement that will be circulated among the assembly, prior to the election.

Nominations open now and will close in one week, on Monday, Sept. 20. Candidates will then be given one week to craft statements, with those due within another week, on Sept. 27. The election will then take place at our next GPSO assembly meeting, on Oct. 1. Candidates are encouraged to attend this meeting and will be given the opportunity to make a public statement and answer questions, or to have prepared comments read if they are unable to attend.

Also, the GPSO Grants Officer has recently resigned. If you are interested in this position, also contact Please send along a resume and short statement of interest in the position. These applications are due by Sept. 27.

Descriptions of both of these candidates and their job duties are copied from the constitution below. There is a small stipend for both of these positions.

Article IV Section 7: Vice President.

The Vice President shall have the following powers and duties:

1) to fulfill the duties of the President when s/he is temporarily unable to perform them;

2) to represent the GPSO to the university at large as required;

3) to oversee and receive reports from delegates to GPSO and campus committees and to regularly summarize these reports to the Assembly;

4) to serve as representative to the All University Student Association and provide regular reports to the Executive Committee and Assembly;

5) to perform other duties requested by the Executive Committee.

Article IV Section 14: Grants Officer

1) to recruit members for the Grants Committee and to chair the Grants Committee;

2) to identify and apply for additional financial support for the GPSO and its initiatives from academic and non-academic units on the IUB campus, the IU Foundation, private actors in the surrounding communities and the local, state and federal governments;

3) to update the Assembly on efforts to secure additional financial support, when requested;

4) to perform other duties requested by the Executive Body.

2. Mental Health Working Group

Greetings IU Graduate Students,

I hope each of you is well rested from the summer break as the new semester is in full swing. I want to bring to your attention an opportunity to join a working group that addresses mental health issues amongst our graduate student population at IU.  Although still in the early stages of its development, the Mental Health Working Group has a well-rounded agenda aimed at:

– Cataloguing current mental health resources that target graduate students’ needs at IU and in Bloomington as a whole
– Identifying limitations and brainstorming solutions/strategies for rectifying these deficiencies
– Polling graduate students about what mental health needs are most pressing at IU

We hope you are enthusiastic about improving graduate student mental health at Indiana University and encourage all interested students to respond.  If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please email me at A group meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 23, 2010 from 5:00-6:00 p.m; in SISR (Schuessler Institute for Social Research) 100.


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