11-11-2008 - Princeton University - Welcome by Levone


									Black Graduate Caucus Weekly Bulletin
November 11, 2008 bgc@princeton.edu

Black Gradvity
EVERY THURSDAY! Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm Location: Frist Campus Center Lower Level Enjoy Good Conversation and a Subsidized Lunch! $3 Coupon Provided for Use Towards Meal

BGC Winter Formal – An Evening of Island Elegance Date: December 6, 2008 Time: 7:00pm to 12:00am Location: Frist Multi Purpose Room
Please RSVP via the evite invitation. If you have not received an evite, please email bgc@princeton.edu.

BGC Event Opportunity
Do you have a unique idea for a BGC event? Do you want to get more involved with the BGC community on campus? The BGC Central Committee is looking for YOU! Send an email to bgc@princeton.edu if you’d like to get involved! Possible Events: Brown Bag Research Seminars Community Service Project

Other Princeton Events: Call for Help: Princeton University Graduate School Preview Day November 14, 2008

Dear BGC members, This Friday we are hosting our 2nd Annual Preview Day program and we need your support. We are seeking talented prospective students to attend our Preview Day program who have a serious interest in Princeton's Graduate School. We invite you to nominate students who you believe are promising candidates for Princeton's graduate programs, and we especially welcome students with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Prospective students should register at: http://princetonpreviewday2008.eventbrite.com/ to secure their participation. Secondly, we need volunteers to attend our luncheon to speak with prospective students. We also need volunteers to attend the reception on Friday evening. The luncheon will be held at 11:45am in the Chancellor Green Rotunda and the reception will be held at 4pm at Prospect House in the Drawing Room. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Dean Weaver at kjweaver@princeton.edu by Wednesday, November 12th at 5pm. Below is a copy of the Preview Day agenda. An important goal of the Preview Day is to identify students of great promise who plan to enroll in graduate school in the Fall of 2009 and provide them with information on graduate education at Princeton University. Participants will attend an information session, take a campus tour and meet with faculty and current graduate students. The Preview Day program is open to any interested students however we highly encourage women with an interest in engineering and the sciences and historically underrepresented groups (which include African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans) to attend given the disparity in graduate education across the country.

The agenda for the program is as follows: 9-9:30am- Breakfast/Registration 9:30-10:30am- Application Information Session 10:30-11:30am-Student Panel 11:45am-12:45pm- Lunch 1:00-2:00pm- Campus Tour 2:30-3:30pm- Faculty Panel 3:30-4:00pm- Wrap-Up / Q & A 4:00-5:00pm-Closing Reception Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided so they will be able to indicate any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Registration is free and available on a first-come, first serve basis. However, registration will close on Wednesday, November 12th so please tell any interested prospective students to register ASAP!! Many, many thanks in advance and I hope this message finds you doing well. Sincerely, Dean Weaver Karen Jackson-Weaver, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Diversity The Graduate School Princeton University 112 Clio Hall Princeton, NJ 08544 kjweaver@princeton.edu

Dissertation Research Funding Center for African American Studies Princeton University Deadline: November 21, 2008
Hello Everyone, On behalf of the Center for African American Studies, I am writing to announce that CAAS will offer dissertation research grants of up to $1,500 for the 2008-2009 academic year. These funds are to support research in the area of race broadly defined and relevant to African American Studies. In order to apply, please e-mail a 1-2 page project description, along with a budget to Noliwe Rooks (nrooks@) no later than November 21, 2008. Research funds may be used to fund travel for research, to present at a conference, and/or to purchase equipment, books and supplies. Though you will receive the grant in the form of a check, you must provide receipts to verify the expenditures associated with the grant no later than June 15, 2008. If you have an outstanding balance from previous years you are not eligible to apply. All Best, Noliwe Rooks Associate Director

A Southern Evening in New Brunswick
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Time: 7:30 pm
Join your fellow graduate students at Delta's Restaurant in New Brunswick for a taste of the American South and live music. Menu includes sweet potato pie and other southern favorites. Drivers needed. Spaces are limited. Cost is $20 per person. Email elishas@princeton.edu to sign up.

Modern America Workshop U.S. Presidential Elections Series
Dates: November 19th and 20th Wednesday, November 19th 12:00pm - 1:20pm, Dickinson Hall Room 210 The Historical Significance of the 1964, 1968 and 1972 U.S. Presidential Elections (Works-In-Progress) Leah Wright, “The Aftermath of the 1964 Presidential Election on the Republican Party” Dov Weinryb Grohsgal, “Richard Nixon and Strom Thurmond during the 1968/1972 Elections” Commentator, Thomas Bender, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies Fellow, and University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History, New York University Lunch provided; pre-circulated papers available by emailed request. ************************************************************************************************** Thursday, November 20th 4:30pm – 6:00pm, McCosh 28 2008 Post-Election Discussion Panel The format will consist of brief (15-20 minute) presentations by each of the three panelists on the theme of the historical significance of the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Panelists: Mae Ngai, Lung Professor of Asian American Studies, Columbia University Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of History, Columbia University David Farber, Professor of U.S. History, Temple University. Commentator, Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University Please direct further questions on the Modern America Workshop U.S. Presidential Elections Series to the Modern America Workshop Committee: Ben Gross (bhgross@princeton.edu), Chris McDonald (cmcdonal@princeton.edu), and Maribel Morey (mmorey@princeton.edu).

2007 Grammy Award Winner Soweto Gospel Choir
Date: Monday, November 17, 2008 Time: 8:00pm Location: McCarter Theatre “Rarely have I ever seen a performing group take an audience by storm the way this one did at McCarter two seasons ago – and will do so again. Talk about charisma! Wow is the only word for the most exciting vocal group to emerge from South Africa since the days of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The Soweto Gospel Choir’s 25 members, augmented by live musicians and dancers, perform a program of tribal, traditional and popular African gospel - plus modern Western spirituals and international pop. And they do it in no less than 8 different languages, including Zulu, Sotho and Xhosa, as well as English – everything from Amazing Grace and The Lion Sleeps Tonight to Otis Redding and the reggae of Jimmy Cliff. Need your soul uplifted? Here’s a heaven-sent opportunity (pun intended).”

Tiger Tickets Eligible!
http://www.mccarter.org/ticketoffice/eventdetail.aspx?page_id=7&event_id=4343 http://www.sowetogospelchoir.com/

Karaoke Bowling at Colonial Lanes
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008 Time: 8:30pm
Join your fellow graduate students for an evening of bowling and karaoke. No bowling or karaoke experience is necessary. Drivers needed. Spaces are limited. Cost is $10 per person. Email elishas@princeton.edu to sign up.

AKWAABA Events: Indaba: Grand Challenges for African Development
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm Location: 216 Aaron Burr Hall Join us for a discussion on African Development led by Winston O. Soboyejo, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Akwaaba African Dance Troupe at BAC Show
Dates: Thursday, November 13th at 8:00pm Friday, November 14th at 8:00pm Saturday, November 15th at 6:00pm and 9:00pm The Akwaaba African Dance Troupe will be performing during the BAC Show. Times are as follows: Thursday at 8:00, Friday at 8:00, and Saturday at 6:00 and 9:00. Tickets are on sale now and this show is tiger tickets eligible.

Other Events of Interest:
HEART OF THE CITY: BLACK URBAN LIFE ON 'THE WIRE' January 29-30, 2009 University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan CALL FOR PAPERS **Please distribute widely** The Black Humanities Collective (BHC) and The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) of the University of Michigan invite individual paper and panel proposals for our 2009 symposium, "Heart of the City: Black Urban Life on The Wire."

Critically acclaimed and nationally syndicated, HBO's series The Wire depicts a racialized postindustrial cityscape, marred by the brutal provenance of the drug economy. In its five seasons, the series is as much a dramatic achievement as it is a complex portrait of a black urban experience. Featuring a predominantly black cast, The Wire is an exceptional cultural text from which to examine a wide range of urban issues, to be approached from literary, historical, political, and sociological perspectives. This symposium proposes a critical consideration of The Wire, which treats the show as both a topic and a model of critique. Our aim is to create a space that is open and interdisciplinary. Graduate students, professors, and independent scholars working in the Humanities, the Arts, Social Sciences, Public Policy, and elsewhere are encouraged to join this collective discussion. In this sense, The Wire can serve as a common point of discussion, as a viable vehicle of social engagement in its own right and a text worthy of careful and extended investigation. Potential paper/panel topics include:            Urban Renewal and Decline Race, Place, and Visual Culture The Black Family The City as a Transnational Conduit Critical Masculinities and Femininities Media Ethics and Issues of Representation Sex and Sexualities in the City (Counter-)Public and (Counter-)Private Spheres Pedagogy and Educational Practice City and Regional Planning Performance and Performativity in Urban Space

To submit a paper or panel proposal, please send a 250 word abstract via email to heartofthecityconference@gmail.com. Abstracts and proposals are due Monday, December 1, 2008. Acceptance notifications will be emailed by Monday, December 15, 2008. The Black Humanities Collective is an interdisciplinary graduate student and faculty organization at the University of Michigan dedicated to the intellectual and professional development of those studying Africa and its diaspora.

National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) Northeast Regional Conference November 14-16, 2008 Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania On behalf of the Northeast Region of the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA), I would like to invite you to the Northeast Regional Conference at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, on November 14-16 2008. The theme of the conference is "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Black Scholars in a Rapidly Changing World," learning from the experiences and lessons of the past, in order to build a brighter future. NBGSA is a student-run organization that was established to cater to the needs and concerns of black graduate and professional students, and to encourage black undergraduate students to pursue graduate and professional degrees. The NBGSA strives to provide resources for enhancing the likelihood of academic and career success in students, as well as to develop a powerful network of emerging black scholars. The conference will feature:  Opportunities to learn more about the NBGSA and its membership  Informative workshops focusing on the academic, professional, and personal grow of students  Research poster presentation sessions  Networking with other black students in the northeast region The conference is also open to undergraduate students, faculty/staff, alumni, and other interested parties. For additional information regarding the conference such as registration, deadline for poster presentation proposals, and agenda, please visit http://www.nbgsa.org/neregion.htm. For questions, comments, and/ or concerns, please contact Eddie Summers at nerep02@nbgsa.org.

Fellowship Opportunities The Villers Fellowship
The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice was created in 2005 by Philippe Villers, Founder and President of Families USA. Villers Fellows work in our health policy department and assist our organization's efforts to improve access to health coverage for all Americans, especially for low-income and other vulnerable communities. Specifically, Villers Fellows will conduct research on a range of health care policy issues, and write and contribute to publications that are relevant to current health policy debates. In creating the fellowship, Mr. Villers aspired to develop a network of young leaders who share a passion for health care justice. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to health care justice work following their year as a fellow. Additionally, in order to encourage the development of future leaders, Villers Fellows must commit to mentoring at least one person over the course of their careers. The application deadline for the Villers Fellowship is January 15, 2009. This fellowship is a year-long, full-time, salaried position at our office in Washington, DC. Each year, one candidate will be selected for each fellowship. Selected fellows will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of $35,000 and excellent health care benefits. You can find more information, including a downloadable application form, on the following website: http://www.familiesusa.org/about/the-villers-fellowship.html If you have any questions about the Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice or would like to request hard copies of the application brochure, please contact Melissa Rosenblatt at villersfellowship@familiesusa.org.

The Wellstone Fellowship
The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice aims to advance social justice through health care advocacy by focusing particularly on the unique challenges facing communities of color. Through this fellowship, established to honor the memory of the late Senator Paul D. Wellstone, we hope to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate an interest in health care policy and racial/ethnic health disparities. Additionally, we are looking for an individual who displays the potential to contribute to social justice work after their year of hands-on experience as a fellow. You can find more information, including a downloadable application form, on the following website: http://www.familiesusa.org/about/wellstone-fellowship.html This fellowship is a year-long, full-time, salaried position at our office in Washington, DC. Each year, one candidate will be selected for each fellowship. Selected fellows will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of $35,000 and excellent health care benefits. The application deadline for the Wellstone Fellowship is February 6, 2009. If you have any questions about the Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice or would like to request hard copies of the application brochure, please contact Melissa Rosenblatt at wellstonefellowship@familiesusa.org.


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