Sunday, April 27, 2008

Fellowship at Jewish Funds for Justice

Grantmaking Fellowship:

Working at the intersection of grantmaking, community organizing and Jewish tradition.

About JFSJ:

The Jewish Funds for Justice ( is a national public foundation guided by Jewish history and tradition. JFSJ helps people in the United States achieve social and economic security and opportunity by investing in healthy neighborhoods, vibrant Jewish communities and skillful leaders. Our holistic approach to social change includes grantmaking and loans, service learning, leadership development, organizing, education, and advocacy.

Fellowship Description:

The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position. JFSJ is offering two committed individuals the opportunity to participate fully as members of the grantmaking team overseeing our internal portfolios and managed projects. This is a working fellowship with a strong learning component. Responsibilities will include roughly one-third program coordination, one-third administrative work and one-third learning, reflecting, researching and writing. The Fellowship will train and develop emerging leaders exploring a career in economic justice and philanthropy who are enthusiastic about working at the intersection of Jewish values, community organizing, leadership and grantmaking. The fellowship start date is Monday, July 14, 2008, though some flexibility is available.


· Interest in a career in grantmaking with a commitment to justice work.

· Interest in exploring social justice work with a Jewish and faith lens.

· Extraordinary writing and communication skills.

· An attention to detail and a capacity to manage multiple projects.

· Ability to function comfortably in a fast-paced work environment.

· Common sense, ability to work well with others and a sense of humor.

Leadership Development Content of Fellowship (subject to change):

The Fellowship has a structured learning component that will include intensive leadership development training, study of Jewish text and tradition and engagement with community organizers, grantmakers and Jewish thought leaders. Examples of this may include:

· Monthly learning and reflection with prominent thought leaders.

· Attendance at national conferences and training on grantmaking, social justice and Judaism

· Weekly check-in and reflection and full participation in staff training, strategy and planning work.

· Field engagement with community organizers, grantmakers and Jewish thought leaders.


The salary is $38k for each of the first and second years with the opportunity for a cost of living increase for the second year; potential third year available upon mutual agreement of Fellow and JFSJ. Full benefits package includes vacation and healthcare benefits, as per JFSJ policy.


It is a policy of Jewish Funds for Justice to prohibit discrimination against any of its employees on the basis of, but not limited to, race, sex, age, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability or any other category protected by law.

Evaluation and Selection:

A selection committee of JFSJ board and staff will interview six finalists for the Fellowship. *All candidates must be available to be in New York on June 18-19 for interviews with the selection committee.

How to Apply:

Find the fellowship application at Email your application and resume with your name in the subject line to no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 1, 2008.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Summer Internship at Newberry Library

The Newberry Library
Center for Renaissance Studies
Undergraduate Summer Internship Opportunity

DEPARTMENT: Center for Renaissance Studies

RESPONSIBILITIES: Working with the Assistant Director ofthe Center for Renaissance Studies, interns will work on a project to create a complex Access database to manage the Center's events and publicity. The interns may also assist with Center summer programs.

QUALIFICIATIONS: Bachelor's degree in progress.Ability to work independently; strong written and verbal communication skills;keen eye for detail. Working knowledge of Access or other interactive databasesoftware desirable but not required.

SCHEDULE: Part-time: flexible 10-20 hours per week, Mondaythrough Friday, May through August.

SALARY: Unpaid internship; course credit may be availableat college's discretion.

Send cover letter and resumé to Karen Christianson, Center for RenaissanceStudies, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610; e-mail them to; or faxthem to 312-255.3502.


Karen Christianson
Interim Assistant Director
Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies 60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
phone: 312-255-3539
fax: 312-255-3502

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Summer Course in Hiroshima

Intensive Summer Course: HIROSHIMA and PEACE 2008
Hiroshima City University accepting applications

Students from different countries come together to study and discuss issues
related to world peace in English.
The content is timely and important in the current world situation.
(e.g., nuclear proliferation, threat of nuclear weapon use).
Home-stay housing for foreign participants will be provided for free.

Period: July 28 to August 7, 2008
Venue: Hiroshima City University
Credit: 3 credits
Tuition and Material Fee: 20,000 YEN

The Faculty of International Studies and Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima
City University, are sponsoring the Intensive Summer Course: HIROSHIMA and
PEACE, which is also accredited by the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Participants in the "HIROSHIMA and PEACE" class will be exploring current
peace-related issues, in English, under the guidance of researchers and
scholars from a variety of disciplines, ranging from international relations
(including issues related to Islam) and media studies to nuclear weapons and
the environment.

The class, intended mainly for second and third year university
undergraduates, aims to enroll equal number of Japanese and foreign
students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of peace and
how it can be achieved. For specific course offerings, please see the
attached brochure. Detailed information including course descriptions is
available at the Website: Applications are
being accepted for a limited number of places in this 3-credit class. The
deadline to apply is May 1, 2008. Tuition is very low (20,000 YEN), and
family home-stays are being offered, along with a full range of
extra-curricular activities, including participation in the August 6
ceremony commemorating the victims of the world's first atomic bomb

Contact Information:
Intensive Summer Course Office, Faculty of International Studies,
Hiroshima City University, Ozuka-higashi, Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima, 731-3194,
tel: 082-830-1505, fax: 082-830-1657, Email:

Yasuhiro Inoue, Ph.D.

Final Exam Schedule

From the Registrar:

For Term 2084, a copy of the final exam room assignments and final exam schedule (hourly and departmental) are available on the Registrar’s web site.

You will find the final exam room assignments at Final Exam Room Assignments.pdf

and the final exam schedule at

Final exam room assignments are accurate as of Friday, April 4th. Any changes after this date will be done at the request of the department involved. Notification of changes to the schedule will be the responsibility of the instructor if the request was initiated by the department. There are instances in which final exams could not be scheduled in the same room in which the class was held for the term. Instructors are encouraged to review their final exam room assignments to determine if there are room changes.

Students can view their finals through the Portal.

A new advanced composition course

If you are looking for a W course outside the major, this looks interesting:

NEW COURSE FOCUS FOR ENGCMP 1220: Advanced Composition: Writing the Past
Instructor: Prof. Jessica Enoch

History, for many people, is the accurate recording of the past, pure and
simple: historians take up their work by first consulting archival and secondary sources and then composing a text that represents the factual chronology of a person¹s life or a particular event. These historical texts find their way into our daily lives through a number of venues. We encounter ³history² when we visit museums, monuments, and libraries; when we watch programs on the History Channel; and, of course, when we take courses in the history department.

This semester, we will trouble this perception of how the past is written.
Our project will be to consider how any historical representation is
rhetorical: meaning, every history makes an argument and attempts to persuade readers of a text, students in a classroom, or visitors to a museum to ³see² the past from a certain perspective. When these texts persuade us to see a historical moment in a particular way, they move us both to remember and to forget, and they call us to think as much about the present and future as about the past. The focus of this class, then, will be on
historiography: the complicated process of writing the past, and our investigations will range from investigating the arguments that emerge from historical writings to analyzing the arguments we produce through our own historiographies.

Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to Meredith Hutchison, one of our graduating majors, on her election to Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest liberal arts honors society in the United States.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Apply to be an OIS Ambassador!

Applications are now being accepted for 2008 OIS Ambassador Program.

What is the OIS Ambassador Volunteer Program?
OIS Ambassadors are a corps of experienced international students, scholars, and spouses who serve in voluntary program implementation and advisory roles with the Office of International Services.

What do OIS Ambassadors Do?

OIS Ambassadors assist in the implementation of OIS programmatic efforts such as:

® New Student Check-In Program (July and August)

® Airport Pick-Up (July and August)

® New Student Orientation period (fall and spring semesters)

® OIS PASSPORT, an on-going orientation program (fall and spring semesters)

OIS Ambassadors also provide advice and consultation on matters of program planning and feasibility for the target audience of Pitt international population.

The OIS Ambassador Volunteers support one aspect of the overall mission of the OIS: to promote integration of internationals into the University of Pittsburgh, and city of Pittsburgh communities and the greater U.S. culture.

Learn more and apply here:


Janine Fisher

Assistant Director for International Programming and Public Relations

University of Pittsburgh

Office of International Services

717 William Pitt Union

412-624-7621 (P)


Upward Bound is seeking University of Pittsburgh students in at least their junior year to fill
tutor-counselor positions for our six-week summer residential program.
The Upward Bound Program at the University of Pittsburgh is a college readiness program for high school
students in Pittsburgh who meet prescribed guidelines for participation. These include being considered
low-income and/or being the first generation student to attend college in their family.
Tutor-Counselors will be required to:
• Live with and supervise students in the resident hall
• Monitor students during classroom activities and throughout the day
• Implement, facilitate and monitor social, recreational and educational group activities
• Tutor students during designated times and assist during classroom instruction
• Serve as a mentor and role model
• Have current experience with high school students (14-18 yrs)
For more information or to request an applications, contact:
Michelle Hoskey
Janelle Carter
Or, stop by the Upward Bound office, located in the Academic Resource Center,
Gardner Steel Conference Center, Room G-50.
Applicants will be required to submit:
• A Cover Letter (Please be specific when explaining strengths, experiences and talents)
• Current Resume
• Complete College Transcript
• Current Act 33 & 34 Clearances (Child Abuse & Criminal)
Application Deadline is May 2, 2008

East-West Center

East-West Center Opportunities for Study

The East-West Center in Honolulu, HI, is at the forefront of educating people of the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region to meet the evolving demands and interdependency of global change. Since its founding in 1960, the Center has promoted the development of a stable, prosperous, and peaceful Asia Pacific community through programs of cooperative study, training, and research.

The East-West Center offers a range of educational opportunities for students. Through its programs, scholarships and fellowships, the Center is committed to providing quality education for current and future leaders of the region. A distinctive aspect of Center program sis their emphasis on the value of international dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the U.S. For more information:

Essay Contest: Deadline May 14

DEADLINE: MAY 14, 2008

David Schenker Student Essay Competition- $1, 000.00 Prize Award

The purpose of this essay is to undertake an analysis of a particular policy issue, paying particular attention to how proposed solutions would impact society. The prize will be awarded to the eligible student who writes the paper that best explores the issue and the way it illustrates different dimensions of the concept of public interest. Papers must be submitted in Room 4701 Posvar Hall by May 14, 2008. Please email with questions..

April 14: Lecture: Dalia Mogahed


Lecture--Doing Business in the Middle East: Knowing your Client
12:00 p.m.
115 Mervis

Dalia Mogahed is Co-author with John L. Esposito of best seller WHO SPEAKS FOR ISLAM? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. She is a senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and leads the analysis of Gallup's unprecedented study of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide. Mogahed also directs the Muslim-West Facts Initiative (, through which Gallup, in collaboration with The Coexist Foundation, is disseminating the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West. She travels the globe engaging audiences on what Muslims around the world really think. Her analysis has appeared in a number of leading publications, including The Economist, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine, Harvard International Review, Middle East Policy, and many other academic and popular journals. She graduated from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business in 2004. For more information, contact Elaine Linn - 412-648-2113
Sponsored by: International Business Center, Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies, Global Studies Program, and Middle East Gulf Initiative Pittsburgh

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

New Yiddish course for Fall

This course is not cross-listed with Religious Studies, but I know many of you are interested in Jewish culture.

"To whom it may concern:
I am writing to inform you of my Yiddish Language and Culture course which
is slated to run in the Fall semester (2091) next academic year at the
University of Pittsburgh. It is an exciting opportunity for students to
engage with Yiddish culture and develop reading knowledge of Yiddish.
Please announce this to your students and spread the word to others.
Here is the course description:
Yiddish language, a Germanic-based fusion language derived from a dialect
spoken and written by German Jews (Ashkenazim) in the Rhineland and dating
back to before the Crusades, is one of the true miracles of cultural
history. After having undergone the demographic devastation of the
Holocaust and having experienced marginalization of all kinds, Yiddish
language and culture has survived as an authentic linguistic chain that
links modern diaspora Jewry to centuries of Judaic civilization and
culture. The revival of klezmer music on the world musical stage and the
upsurge of interest in the history and culture of Russia and Eastern
Europe have coalesced as defining factors in the recent comeback of
Yiddish. Waves of immigration from Eastern Europe and Russia to the West
have also contributed to this resurgence. In response to the Yiddish
revival, this course intends to offer students the basic reading
proficiency necessary for working with Yiddish texts and an overview of
Yiddish culture, including Soviet, secular-socialist, and orthodox
Here is the catologue information:
German Department Course #: GER 0033
Class #: 29796
I hope you are interested in the course and if you have any questions,
feel free to contact me via email at or I can be
reached at (412-)-624-5909.
Elliott Bergman
PhD Student and Teaching Fellow
German Department
University of Pittsburgh"

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