April172014
9AM

What is to be Done about Gentrification in Manhattanville?

Greetings,

This Saturday the 19th of April in 602 Hamilton Hall between 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, the Columbia Coalition against Gentrification is holding a conference on the politics of the University’s recent expansion.

'What Is to Be Done about Gentrification in Manhattanville' will feature speakers from public housing, tenants' rights groups, criminal justice organizations, and the Columbia faculty. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

The primary aim of the conference is to understand what demands must be placed upon the Columbia Administration in order to help mitigate the displacement of lower-income residents in West Harlem from their homes, schools, and jobs.

If you share our commitment to the advancement of social justice in the city, please consider participating in the discussion on Saturday, and, in the interest of furthering our campaign please share with your listservs and contacts.Many thanks.

Truly,

the Coalition Against Gentrification

March312014

Krochet Kids

http://www.krochetkids.org/about-us/internships/

INTERNSHIPS


To get a taste of the internship experience straight from the source, check out the intern blog.

INTERNSHIPS
Our jobs & internships opportunities offer amazing hands-on experience in roles ranging from social media and photography to inventory management and events, and everything in between. Interns get a behind-the-scenes look at nonprofit/social enterprise work on every level, and are crucial to what we do. We love our interns!

We now accept internship applications on a rolling basis for positions in Costa Mesa, CA; Lima, Peru; and Gulu, Uganda.

Please click on the following titles to view details and role descriptions.

UGANDA & PERU – We are currently accepting applications for positions beginning June 2014. Applications due March 23rd, 2014.
Production Assistant Internship- Lima, Peru (6 months)
Production Assistant Internship- Gulu, Uganda (6 months)
International Photo Journalism Assistant – Uganda or Peru (3 months)

UNITED STATES – We have 3 internship terms per year: spring/summer/fall. Each term lasts 3-4 months.
We are currently accepting applications for Summer term, beginning June 10th, 2014. Applications due March 28th, 2014.
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NEW POSITION JUST ADDED!
Summer Festival Rep Internship (Costa Mesa, CA)
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Photo & Video Internship (Costa Mesa, CA)
Graphic Arts- Web & Print Internship (Costa Mesa, CA)
Social Media & Communication Internship (Costa Mesa, CA)
Events Assistant Internship (Costa Mesa, CA)
Retail Support Internship (Costa Mesa, CA)
Product Design Internship (Costa Mesa, CA)
Inventory & Customer Care Internship (Costa Mesa, CA)

Questions, comments, or rather email your application? Contact nic@krochetkids.org.

Internship Applications
Look over the role descriptions and application requirements and upload the necessary documents here. Please email video files or link url to: nic@krochetkids.org.
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March272014

Prison Divestment Forum

On Tuesday, April 1st, at 8:00 p.m., the Columbia Democrats are holding a panel on Mass Incarceration. Our expert panelists will discuss the War on Drugs, the role of race in our criminal justice system, and the causes and effects of mass incarceration, and the panel will be followed by a presentation by student activists from Columbia’s Prison Divestment movement and an audience Q&A.

Our speakers include Maddy deLone (Executive Director of the Innocence Project), Professor Samuel Kelton Roberts, Professor Paula Franzese, and Professor Brett Dignam. The panel will be held in Hamilton 304. Check out the FB event here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/206999522844510/

March242014

Internship: Sierra Club

Sierra Student Coalition Internship Program!

The SSC offers year-round internships in our national headquarters in Washington DC. Our internships provide a hands-on opportunity for youth to gain an in-depth understanding of the field of youth environmental organizing and the specific role that the SSC plays in this field and the broader youth progressive movement.

We’re seeking talented, energetic interns to work alongside our experienced national staff team on several priority projects:
· Event planning and recruitment for our Summer Trainings Programs - Sprog
· Event coordination for our National Leadership Gathering - Shindig
· Campaign Planning- Beyond Coal & Clean Energy
· Campus Group Affiliation
· Web design, development, and maintenance
· Grassroots and Grant Fundraising
· Media, communications, and on-line organizing
· Diversity and Outreach Program

Key Skills We’re Looking For:
· Strong communication, writing, event-planning and/or research skills.
· An organizer at heart. You should work well with others and be eager to empower and engage others in the democratic process.
· Passion for building grassroots power and a willingness to work your heart out to save the world.
· Leadership experience. You start projects, rally people, and inspire others.
· Strong self-starter and quick learner. You don’t need someone to tell you what to do, but you take advice when it’s given to you.
· Hard worker, can do flexible hours, and manage your time independently. You know that changing the country doesn’t always happen between 9am and 5pm (although we can work around your class schedule, too).
· In it to win it! The stakes are getting higher every day for this issue, and you should be ready to do everything you can to make sure climate change and energy is a top issue this year.

Don’t apply if you are just looking to make coffee and photocopies! We give our interns substantive projects and significant responsibilities. When you leave us, you are going to have new skills on your resume and impressive accomplishments to talk about in job interviews—plus a whole new network of friends and peers in the environment and social change in the non-profit world!

Interns are selected on the basis of their interests, education and experience in political science, environmental studies, natural resources, history, law, journalism, computer science or other related fields. We especially seek interns who have been directly involved in campus organizing work and have good communication and writing skills.

Our normal intern rotations are in the fall, winter/spring, and summer but we are flexible with other starting dates and weekly hours. We do this to accommodate candidates with different background and needs.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Internship Coordinator, Randy Downs, at randy.downs@sierraclub.org.
Please indicate your specific interest or experience, if any, in relevant environmental issues and your availability dates. Upon receipt of all the information by this office, your application will then be considered. Except in rare circumstances, DC internships are unpaid. Deadline to apply for summer internships is April 4th, 2014.

For any specific inquiries regarding the internship program, email the Internship Coordinator, Randy Downs, at randy.downs@sierraclub.org.

Thanks!
Randy


Represented by John Muir Local 100

Randy Downs
Program Assistant | Sierra Student Coalition
50 F Street, NW | 8th Floor | Washington, DC 20001
202-548-6592 (o) | 636-358-2739 (c) | 202-547-6009 (f)
randy.downs@sierraclub.org | www.SSC.org

March192014
2AM
2AM

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture

columbiascience:

Title: “Autism: Human Social Behavior and Communication”

Speaker: Catherine Lord, Ph.D., Founding Director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 6:30pm

Where: Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)

About: Catherine Lord, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist whose influential work has helped to shape worldwide standards for diagnosing autism. Her research seeks to identify effective treatments for autism by better understanding the behaviors associated with the disease and characterizing its course throughout the lifespan.

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2AM
March152014

PT Internship @ Religions for Peace

looking for new part time Intern (20hrs/week) for the Spring/Summer to work in our youth department of Religions for Peace. The Internship provides many benefits as listed below but also one weekly free lunch offered by myself. As an Alumni of the IS program, I strongly encourage students from IS to apply, especially candidates that are interested in social media and design.

Spring/ Summer 2014
Youth Internship

INTRODUCTION
Religions for Peace International is the largest and most representative global multi-religious coalition advancing common action among religious communities for peace. Headquartered and accredited to the United Nations, Religions for Peace works through more than 90 regional and national inter-religious councils and groups, global networks of religious youth and women of faith, and a World Council of senior religious leaders. Religions for Peace creates effective multi-religious partnerships to stop war, end poverty and protect the earth.

PURPOSE
The Internship Program provides important practical work experience to those interested in gaining experience in multi-faith conflict resolution. Internships are primarily for students at graduate level and those with undergraduate degrees but just beginning careers. The internship is intended to provide students with experience in an international and non-governmental organization setting. Our proximity to the United Nations Secretariat offer unparalleled opportunities for students to attend lectures, panels, and roundtables as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS
The Youth department is seeking a Graduate-level student or a current Junior/ Senior majoring in: Communications, International Studies, Public policy, Non-profit management or a related field. The intern has to be proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Illustrator, Publisher and preferably Dreamweaver. The intern should have a vast knowledge of and experience in social media apps and websites. Knowledge of Spanish or an additional language is preferred but not a requirement.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The intern will be expected to assist in the following areas:
· To update the youth social media platform ( Twitter, YouTube, Facebook)
· Strategize and implement a more active social media presence for the youth campaigns
· Contribute stories to the Global Youth Newsletter
· Coordinate youth events
· Prepare & plan for regional youth meeting
· Attend UN events and briefings (Specifically about Youth, Conflict resolution, Disarmament and Climate change)

BENEFITS
We are pleased to offer our interns a number of benefits:
$500 stipend per semester
30-day unlimited Metro Card throughout the internship
Our support receiving/applying for college credit
The opportunity to meet and learn from a diverse international staff


Please send a cover letter , resume and a short writing sample (3 – 4pgs) about a international relations issue to ejbeili@rfp.org by the 1st of April, put “Youth Intern” in your subject line to expedite processing, or mail to HR Department at Religions for Peace, 777 UN Plaza, 9th Floor, NY, NY 10017. No phone calls please. Fax to: 212.983.0098. Only suitable candidates will be contacted.


Much appreciated,
Elida Jbeili
Youth Program Officer
Religions for Peace

March142014

columbiascience:

CUriosity3 - Dance in Art and Science

In this, the fifth session of the CUriosity3 series, the topic of Dance is discussed via contributions from an historian, a chemical physicist and a research scientist. The speakers reflect on the various ways dance overlaps with spectroscopy, ecology, and eugenics.

5AM

Shooting near 123rd Street

Oh dear, what plague is wrecking havoc in Harlem!

March132014

Global University Forum

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

I am writing to announce the creation of a University-wide discussion, or forum, on the question of what is a global university, and, in particular, what is a “global Columbia.” Let me acknowledge at the outset that any attempt to engage an institution of Columbia’s breadth in a collective conversation about pretty much anything, let alone a subject of this magnitude and generality, can seem overly ambitious, maybe even quixotic. But there are a variety of questions concerning matters of extraordinary importance—the future direction of scholarship needed for the world ahead, the subjects and experiences we should be teaching and providing for our students, the ways in which we must be organized in order to meet our responsibilities and remain consistent with our own values—that deserve attention.

Columbia has been, and is today, the most international university in the United States, in terms of the character of our students, our faculty, and our basic work. And we have added, and now have in place, countless initiatives, projects, institutes, and infrastructure that make us even more engaged in the sphere of global problems. Yet many of us believe, or are eager to consider whether and how, a truly great university should address the transformations (for good and for ill) underway across the globe, not least the results of an emergent global economy and the first ever truly global communications system. This seems worthy of whatever conversations we can muster.

I am very grateful to Ken Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs and Special Advisor to the President, and Vishakha Desai, Special Advisor for Global Affairs and Professor of Professional Practice, along with a distinguished and committed group of faculty (listed below), for undertaking this effort. They will announce shortly the forums, questions, structure, timeline, and hoped-for end results of this venture. I will also participate as much as I possibly can, and hope you will too.

Sincerely,

Lee C. Bollinger

March82014

Reddit AMA on (r/IAmA)

On Monday from 12-3 pm, Prof. Faye McNeill of Columbia University will be doing a Reddit AMA on (r/IAmA). She does environmental research. Fun fact: she just became the first (ever) tenured female professor in Columbia’s ChemE department! A big reason for doing the AMA is to gain publicity for a crowdfunding project for research regarding a safer and more environmentally-friendly oil spill response.

Here is VFM’s Google Plus page advertising this:
https://plus.google.com/107078527622689822888/posts/JPtgyAEcpnV

And here is her Twitter account:
https://twitter.com/vfmcneill

And here is the crowdfunding project:
https://experiment.com/projects/can-naturally-occurring-soap-like-materials-be-used-for-oil-spill-response

Please join the discussion on Monday!

March32014
Arrested for a Clean Future

Today, 398 students locked themselves to the White House fence and remained there for over 5 hours, boldly singing and chanting as, one-by-one, the DC Park Police took them away.

Their message was clear: we are the generation that elected President Obama, and if he doesn’t stop the Keystone XL pipeline we will be the generation that holds him accountable.

Share the photo below to issue a call to arms to your friends and family:



The action was amazing, but what struck me most were the words from a Michigan activist named Chris Wahmhoff: “The power is not in that building, it’s out here, it’s us!”

Chris couldn’t be more right. While President Obama wields a lot of power, the true power comes from our movement’s persistence, dedication and organizing.

This action was completely youth-led; it was organized by students from campuses as far flung as Columbia, Tulane, Smith, University of Minnesota and on and on. This group of students had a vision and they went for it — and today’s action blew us all away.

This is your moment to lead. This is your moment to take this amazing energy and escalation back home. We are a generation of much dissent — and with hopes yet for our future.

Let’s keep this up. Keep us posted on how we can help, and we’ll do the same.

In solidarity,

Kendall Mackey
Tar Sands Organizer
Energy Action Coalition

Energy Action Coalition is a youth-led coalition of 50 organizations working together to fight for a clean, just and renewable energy future.

Arrested for a Clean Future

Today, 398 students locked themselves to the White House fence and remained there for over 5 hours, boldly singing and chanting as, one-by-one, the DC Park Police took them away.

Their message was clear: we are the generation that elected President Obama, and if he doesn’t stop the Keystone XL pipeline we will be the generation that holds him accountable.

Share the photo below to issue a call to arms to your friends and family:

The action was amazing, but what struck me most were the words from a Michigan activist named Chris Wahmhoff: “The power is not in that building, it’s out here, it’s us!”

Chris couldn’t be more right. While President Obama wields a lot of power, the true power comes from our movement’s persistence, dedication and organizing.

This action was completely youth-led; it was organized by students from campuses as far flung as Columbia, Tulane, Smith, University of Minnesota and on and on. This group of students had a vision and they went for it — and today’s action blew us all away.

This is your moment to lead. This is your moment to take this amazing energy and escalation back home. We are a generation of much dissent — and with hopes yet for our future.

Let’s keep this up. Keep us posted on how we can help, and we’ll do the same.

In solidarity,

Kendall Mackey
Tar Sands Organizer
Energy Action Coalition

Energy Action Coalition is a youth-led coalition of 50 organizations working together to fight for a clean, just and renewable energy future.

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