Friday, December 2, 2016

BA/MPP Information Session on December 8th

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Interested in World War II Aircraft? Identifying MIAs? Archeology? Summer in Austria? Come to Woods at 4 on Tuesday!




































The Forensic Aviation Archaeology: Recovery of a World War II Aircraft Crash Site program is an archaeological field school to survey and investigate previously located aircraft crash sites from the Second World War. The mission is to identify and recover the wreckage of the aircraft and the human remains of the missing-in-action (MIA) flight crew member(s) of this aircraft. The Department of Defense (DOD) is tasked by the U.S. Congress through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to provide the fullest possible accounting of missing personnel to their families and the nation. The DPAA recognizes the valuable experience and training that can be gained in these recovery missions and has requested a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park to carry out a part of their mission.

Please come to Woods Hall 1102 on Tuesday, December 6 from 4 to 5 pm to learn more about this Study Abroad tip that will take place in the 2017 Summer Session II from Marilyn London, the forensic anthropologist who will be leading the trip. 

Program Assistant, MENA with the National Democratic Institute for Recent or December Grad

NDI’s Middle East and North Africa team seeks a Program Assistant or Senior Program Assistant to support NDI’s democratic development programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Program Assistant/Senior Program Assistant will work with members of the MENA team to assist in the management, planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of democracy support programs with political parties, civic organizations and government entities. The position will be based in Washington, DC, and may require occasional travel overseas.

In an effort to assist countries in MENA develop and sustain democratic forms of governance, NDI conducts programs throughout the region to support electoral processes, strengthen political parties, increase citizen involvement in political processes and build governing capacity at the local and national levels. The Institute also conducts activities to promote the political participation of women, youth and other marginalized sectors of society.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Under close supervision of a program officer, senior program manager or other individuals in authority within the team, provides administrative and logistical support.
  • Under close supervision and direction, contributes to writing and reporting of various documents specific to the team and/or region such as quarterly progress reports, proposals, workplans, and political updates.
  • Under close supervision, creates initial drafts of budgets; and monitors program budgets.
  • Participates in program support and conducts research on programs.
  • Trains interns on tasks and helps to coordinate their activities.
  • Provides administrative support for proposal production and work plan formulation; takes part in strategic and work plan discussions.
  • Attends internal meetings and external events to keep up to date on the latest information on team, region, or partners.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Public Policy, Public Administration, International Relations, Political Science or a related field. Demonstrated coursework and/or internships in project management, nonprofit administration, international development, community organizing, political campaigning, legislative affairs or related subject.
  •  (For Senior Program Assistant): Minimum two (2) years experience in international development, community organizing, political campaign, organizational development, legislative affairs, or other relevant field. 
  •  Experience living/working/traveling overseas preferred but not required.
  •  Good interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel and NGO community.
  •  Good oral and written communication skills to effectively present information and respond to questions.
  •  Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  •  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  •  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs.
  •  Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired.
  •  Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures.
  •  Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach.
  •  Interest in and knowledge of regional political environments and people.
  •  Political analysis skills.
  •  French language proficiency strongly preferred; Arabic language proficiency desired.
  •  Ability to effectively articulate NDI mission statements and program/project initiatives.
  •  Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  •  Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  •  Ability to apply discretion and maintain confidential information.

Read more and apply here.

Forensic Aviation Archaeology in Austria, Study Abroad Info Session

The Forensic Aviation Archaeology: Recovery of a World War II Aircraft Crash Site program is an archaeological field school to survey and investigate previously located aircraft crash sites from the Second World War. The mission is to identify and recover the wreckage of the aircraft and the human remains of the missing-in-action (MIA) flight crew member(s) of this aircraft. The Department of Defense (DOD) is tasked by the U.S. Congress through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to provide the fullest possible accounting of missing personnel to their families and the nation. The DPAA recognizes the valuable experience and training that can be gained in these recovery missions and has requested a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park to carry out a part of their mission.


Please come to Woods Hall 1102 on Tuesday, December 6 from 4 to 5 pm to learn more about this Study Abroad tip that will take place in the 2017 Summer Session II from Marilyn London, the forensic anthropologist who will be leading the trip.


Final Exam Resources


The Rise of Donald Trump in Historical Perspective: A Roundtable Discussion

A roundtable discussion hosted by the Miller Center for Historical Studies and the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity

Special Events Room (room 6137), McKeldin Library, University of Maryland
Monday, December 5, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

One of the failures of the news media over the last several months was inadequate consultation with scholars about the historical precedents, parallels and contexts informing the popular phenomenon of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy. Now that Trump has secured the presidency, this roundtable will put University of Maryland scholars in conversation to contextualize Trumpism within history. Topics may include the histories of democracy, of race, of gender, of populism, of immigration, of mass communication, of class, etc.

After the initial round of short statements from the panelists, the event will be devoted to discussion. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff are all warmly welcome to attend.

Panelists:
  • Christopher Bonner, Assistant Professor, History 
  • Jeffrey C. Herf, Distinguished University Professor, History 
  • Robyn Muncy, Professor, History; Interim Chair, Women’s Studies 
  • Sangeeta Ray, Professor, English 
  • Ana Patricia Rodrigeuz, Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese 
  • Moderated by Joshua Shannon, Art History and the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity

Learn More About the BA/MPP Program at UMD!

Thinking about applying for the Joint Bachelors/Master of Public Policy Program?

Attend the BA/MPP Prospective Student Information Session Fall 2016!
  • Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: 1303 Van Munching Hall
Click here to register

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Schedule of Speakers at Wednesday's "Contributions of Arab Women Toward a Lasting Peace"

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: (All day)
Location: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Juan Ramon Jimenez Room
Host: Gibran Chair in collaboration with UC Davis


Order of Proceedings
10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:20 Welcoming and Opening Remarks
Ms. May A. Rihani Director, Kahlil Gibran Chair, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Gregory Ball Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park

10:35 Keynote Speaker 
Dr. Suad Joseph Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis
Neither Warrior Woman nor Maternal Thinking: Strategic Feminist Interventions for Peace-making 

11:00 First Panel 

Moderator Ms. May A. Rihani Director, Kahlil Gibran Chair, University of Maryland, College Park

1 - Dr. Ali Alhakami (Saudi Arabia) President, Inma Education
Arab Women’s Role in Preventing Radicalization and Violence: A Positive Youth Development Approach 

2 - Dr. Souleyma Haddaoui (Morocco) Visiting Researcher, Georgetown University
Teaching Moderation: Morocco's Murshidat in Countering Violent Extremism 

3 - Dr. Sahar Mohamed Khamis (Egypt) Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Maryland, College Park Women's
Leadership in Peace-Building: An Interfaith Perspective 

Q & A

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Second Panel

Moderator Dr. Michael Paolisso Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park

1 - Dr. Malek Ben Salem (Tunisia) Research Manager, Accenture Technology Labs
The Contributions of Tunisian Women towards Social Peace and Democracy Consolidation in the Wake of the Tunisian Revolution 

2 - Ms. Marah Bukai (Syria) Coordinator General, Women’s Advisory Council (WAC) of the High Negotiations Committee for the Syrian Opposition Factions
Syrian Women’s Struggle for Freedom and Peace 

Q & A

3:00 Third Panel 

Moderator Dr. Hoda Mahmoudi Research Professor and Chair, The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace, University of Maryland, College Park

1 - Ms. Patricia Flederman International Education Consultant
The Transformative Power of Girls’ Education 

2 - Dr. Cory Heyman Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Room to Read Accelerator Making Girls’ Education Even More Strategic in Promoting World Peace 

Q & A

4:00 Closing Remarks Ms. May A. Rihani Director, Kahlil Gibran Chair, University of Maryland, College Park

4:15 Reception

GIS Center Winter Skill-Set Course: GIS & Hadoop

GEOG788C GIS & Hadoop For Big Data (1 cr.) will be offered January 3-6, 2017!

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Scoville Peace Fellowship for Fall 2017

May 2017 graduates: This is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with one of more than two dozen participating institutions in Washington, DC, including leading think tanks and advocacy groups focusing on international security issues.

Application Deadlines:
Fall 2017 Fellowship: January 6, 2017
Spring 2018 Fellowship: October 2, 2017

Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Benefits include a $3,000 monthly salary, health insurance, board and alumni mentoring, travel to Washington, DC to begin the fellowship, and a small stipend to attend meetings or take a course. 


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