TWC E-Bulletin Week of January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014

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TWC Events and Announcements

TWTP Remix 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014
9:00am - 8:00pm
Location: TWC

This year, we are happy announce that the Third World Center is hosting a TWTP Remix on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 9:00am to 8:00pm (with breaks for meals). The Remix is designed to bring together participants to engage in fun, transformative, and critical dialogues about the intersections of various social identities including: race, gender, class, ability, religion and sexual orientation. The event will feature an opening presentation on Power, Privilege, and Oppression by Dean Mary Grace. In the afternoon, participants can pick from an assortment of workshops hosted by the current MPCs and TWTP 2013 workshop facilitators and the event will close with an intergenerational dialogue.

Qwo-Li Driskill Talk "Two-Spirit Imaginings of Decolonized Futures"

Monday, February 3, 2014
Location: Smith Buonano 106

Save the Date: Professor Osagie K. Obasogie, Professor of Law at University of California Hastings - "How Do Blind People Understand Race and What Can They Tell Us About Colorblindness?"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: MacMillan 117

Please join the Third World Center for a lecture (with a book signing to follow) entitled, "How Do Blind People Understand Race and What Can They Tell Us About Colorblindness?" Our invited guest will be Professor Osagie K. Obasogie, Professor of Law at University of California Hastings and author of "Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind."  

Professor Obasogie's research attempts to bridge the conceptual and methodological gaps between empirical and doctrinal scholarship on race. This effort can be seen in his recent work that asks: how do blind people understand race? By engaging in qualitative research with individuals who have been totally blind since birth, this project provides an empirical basis from which to rethink core assumptions embedded in social and legal understandings of race.  

In addition to his work at Hastings, Professor Obasogie has a joint appointment with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Genetics and Society. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program at UCSF and UC Berkeley. Obasogie serves on the Board of Trustees for the Law & Society Association and is on the Steering Committee for the University of California Center for New Racial Studies. 

Professor Obasogie's writings span both academic and public audiences, with journal articles in the Law & Society Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Stanford Technology Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethicsalong with commentaries in outlets such as Slate, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and New Scientist.


Brown Events and Announcements

Native Americans and Media Course Offering Spring Semester 2014

Native Americans and Media: An Exploration of the Indigenous Story through Film ( ETHN1890G-S02 )
Visiting Instructor: Angelo Baca 
Spring Semester 2014
Mondays: 3:00pm-5:20pm 

Through various popular films and media, this course explores the construction and depiction of Indian identity, stereotypes, movie myths, and some of the major issues facing contemporary indigenous peoples of America.  We will also view award-winning films through the development of indigenous media productions, including documentaries, films and television programs that explore issues important to Native communities including the preservation of oral tradition, environmental issues, health problems, issues of sex and gender, community activism, and religious conversion.

Apply for the South Asian Studies Student Fellowship

South Asian Studies at Brown invites applications from students for the South Asian Studies Student Fellowship.

The Fellowship supports a graduate or undergraduate summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India (funding for India projects are available through the Brown-India Initiative.) The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship offers $4,000 and supports student research interests in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.

The 2013 South Asian Studies Student Fellowship was awarded to Abhilash Medhi to support language training in Pushto in preparation for a doctoral project that compares the Northeast and the Northwest frontiers of colonial India.

The deadline for applications is 11:45 PM on Friday, February 21, 2014. Learn more and apply online via UFunds at

New course offered this spring! (AMST 1900C - Narratives of Slavery)

3:00pm - 5:20pm
Location: 101 Thayer St, VGQ 1st Floor, 116E
Professor Patricia Plott (American Studies & Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice)

This course analyzes circum-Atlantic accounts of racial slavery in various forms, including the slave narrative, iconography, historiography, film, and performance. In so doing, it interrogates how factors such as form and/or genre, race, gender, power, and geography influence narrative and knowledge production regarding slavery. Key themes the course addresses include racial slavery as civil and social death, ancient and modern/colonial genealogies of slavery, gendered experiences of bondage, regionalism in U.S. historiography of slavery, and the un/speakable and un/representable nature of atrocity. The course also examines contemporary narratives that underscore the significance that racial slavery brings to bear upon the present.


Created Equal film series begins tonight!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Location: Smith Buonanno 106, 95 Cushing St

To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and to introduce four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America, the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown will offer a series of screenings and discussion forums.

Tonight begins with The Abolitionists, moderated by Holly Snyder, PhD. This event is free and open to the public.

The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement—or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

Mellon Mays Info Session

Tuesday, February 6, 2014
Location: Faculty Club, 1 Magee Street

Interested in research? Considering graduate school? Join us for an info session & reception to learn more about the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. MMUF aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who earn PhDs in certain fields. Sophomores with an interest in pursuing graduate study in a Mellon-designated field and a commitment to eradicating racial disparities in higher ed are eligible to apply.

English Language Learner Seminars week of January 26th

Location: J. Walter Wilson 203

Need to perfect your English? Sign up on ASK for this week's English Language Seminars.
Tuesday, 1/28 12-1:30 - Verbs in Use/Present Time
Thursday, 1/30 12-12:50 - Writing a Viable Thesis Statement
Friday, 1/31 12:30-2 - The Art of Debate

Incarceration, Disparities, and Health in America in the Age of Healthcare Reform

Friday, January 31, 2014
1:20pm-3:00pm (reception after)
Location: Granoff Center Studio 1

The lack of community-based care for mental illness and addiction for the poor feeds the US’ epidemic of incarceration; medicaid expansion means former prisoners now have greater access to needed treatment in the community. This symposium explores other barriers to care and reintegration. Prof. Emily Wang (Yale) and Sol Rodriguez (OpenDoors) will present; a cross-disciplinary panel of Brown faculty and activists will respond.

Health Leads Info Session

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
6:00pm and 8:00pm
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Location: Smith-Buonanno, 206

Interested in the relationship between urban poverty and poor health? Health Leads advocates work at Hasbro Children’s Hospital connecting low-income families to the resources that are critical to health but typically lie outside the scope of typical medical care.

To learn more and receive an application, come to one of our upcoming info sessions. If you have any questions before then, also feel free to e-mail us at

Meiklejohn Application Info Sessions

Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday (January 28 - 30, 2014)
Location: Wilson Hall 101

Think advising is an important part of the Open Curriculum? Passionate about helping first-years navigate Brown? Want to give back to the Brown community? Join the Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program, one of the largest undergraduate organizations at Brown! Applications are available at and are due February 11 at noon.

Please attend one our info sessions on Jan. 28, 29, or 30, at 7 and 7:30 in Wilson 101. We will be serving free Kabob and Curry! Please e-mail if you have further questions!

Teach English in Olneyville!

Want to get involved in the Providence community, work with the immigrant community, or learn about participatory education and teaching English? English for Action is a non-profit adult education community organization in Olneyville offering English language classes.

EFA is currently recruiting Assistant ESOL Facilitators for the Spring semester. Please email for more info!
Sponsored by the Swearer Center. More info at


Off-Campus Events

Summer Institute for Native Americans in Genomics

It is run by an all-star crew of Native scientists and academics as a "one-week workshop aimed at discussing the uses, misuses and limitations of genomics as a tool for Native American communities. The workshop will also assist in training Native Americans in the concepts and methods currently used in genomics. 

The goals of the workshop are to: 
1. facilitate discussion on indigenous cultural values and whether scientific methods can be beneficially incorporated with these values, 
2. provide awareness of how genomics is currently used as a tool to assist in projects focused on natural resources, history and health and
3. to increase the number of Native Americans in science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels."  The application process will be competitive with selected participants receiving funds to cover travel, housing and food expenses for the week of the workshop. 

The website is here:


Career and Internship Opportunities

Paid Summer Research Opportunity - MURAP

Due February 7, 2013

MURAP brings a cohort of 18-22 rising juniors and seniors to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus for an intensive, 10-week research experience (May 25-July 31, 2014). The goal of the program is to introduce students of color with an interest in graduate school in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. See the website for the online app and more info.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund 2014 Summer Internship Program

 Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all. 

Internships for the summer of 2014 are available in the following program areas:      Anti-Trafficking Initiative - legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.    
Community Health Care Initiative - legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;    
Economic Justice for Workers - legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.       
Educational Equity - legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment;    
Housing Justice Project - community outreach/education, community planning, research, and litigation on housing and land use issues affecting low-income Asian immigrant communities;    
Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by 9-11, including special interest detainees, special registration, voluntary interviews by the government, the 9-11 absconder initiative, and local and state enforcement of immigration laws.    
Voting Rights - legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings. 

Description of Summer Internship Program:  The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 2 through August 8.  Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged. 

To Apply:      Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Friday, January 31, 2014 at the address below.  Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas.  Only law students qualify for AALDEF’s legal internships.  Applications may be faxed or emailed.    
Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required.  Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.    
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 31, 2014 deadline.  Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis.  Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.

Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303  Email: 
For more information, contact: Ken Kimerling at 212-966-5932 x203 or

* * *Please do NOT email applications to* * *  * * * 

Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The summer program is ten (10) weeks, beginning approximately June 2nd through August 8th.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding and work-study funds may also be available.  Academic credit can be arranged.     
Communications Intern: research news coverage of pending policy issues or legal challenges; update a reporter database encompassing print, TV, radio, and online media; track and archive AALDEF media appearances; research strategic possibilities for targeting new audiences; assist with press outreach for press conferences or public events (briefings, town hall meetings, rallies, etc.); draft press advisories and press releases and other outreach materials.   
Community Health Care Initiative Intern:  community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;   Educational Equity Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and presentations with Asian American youth groups, public education policy research, assistance with client intakes and general support for projects on educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.   
Housing & Environmental Justice Project Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and research on land use, community planning, and anti-displacement issues.    
Office Assistant: Responsibilities include data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties.  Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator.  Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs is helpful.      
Social Media Intern: follow civil rights and racial justice issues daily in the news; introduce broader audiences to social justice issues and AALDEF’s work through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr; create graphics and shareable content. Interested applicants should send any Twitter account(s) you use; any Facebook pages you’ve had the opportunity to run for schools, publications, companies, etc., and/or any Tumblr(s) or blogs. NOTE: This position can be carried out remotely. Both NYC and non-NYC applicants welcome.      
Voting Rights Intern: research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings; help prepare for election monitoring of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections; conduct voter registration drives. 
Requirements:   Candidates must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills.  Spoken and written knowledge of Korean, Bangla, Chinese, or another Asian language is a plus.  Qualified applicants should indicate which internship they are applying for and send a resume and cover letter by Monday, February 10, 2014 to:

Summer Undergraduate Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013
fax: 212.966.4303 or email:   

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or

Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship

Through a partnership between Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, 1-2 slots are available for Brown undergraduates to participate in the Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship Program. Through this partnership, 1-2 Penn students are invited to participate in summer programs through the Swearer Center as well.

The Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program is a 12-week multi-faceted summer program that immerses approximately 15 undergraduates in real-world problem solving in the West Philadelphia-Penn community. At the core of the internship is an action-oriented, Academically Based Community Service seminar, "Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in University-Community-School Partnerships and Healthy Urban Communities," led by the director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at Penn, Dr. Ira Harkavy. Each undergraduate in the seminar works collaboratively to help solve a strategic "ill-structured" problem of his or her choosing by:

  • Actively participating in the seminar
  • Conducting individual and group research centered on pressing problems affecting Penn and the West Philadelphia community [or Brown and the Providence community]
  • Working 20 hours a week as an intern in a summer institute at a local school or a community of faith in West Philadelphia
  • Living together in a University residence

The Public Service Internship program is a key component of the University of Pennsylvania's ongoing efforts to develop courses and programs that involve undergraduates, faculty, and community members in partnerships to advance learning and improve West Philadelphia. Students participating in the Public Service Internship have played leading roles in creating a variety of the programs and projects that currently involve Penn students, faculty, and staff with West Philadelphia schools, hospitals, and other community organizations.

The Public Service Internship Program is considered equivalent to a full-time job and students will not be permitted to take additional classes or work outside of the internship. Interns will receive:
A stipend of $2,500 (taxable)
Free housing in a University residence

Applications are due February 17, 2014. Please contact Janet Isserlis before applying. Applications are available at:

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