May 1, 2009
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acquire quickly. Please send CV/resume and short letter of introduction
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  1. 1. Newsletter May 1, 2009 More information at: A publication presented by the Lang Center Interns Contents: Fall Semester Courses in Social Justice and Social Responsibility (3 entries) Jobs at the Lang Center (4 entries) Volunteer Opportunities (3 entries) Internship and Job Opportunities (2 entries) Scholarship Opportunities (2 entries) Lectures, Conferences, E-courses and Workshops (2 entries) Fall Semester 2009 Courses in Social Justice and Social Responsibility 1. "Law and Society," taught by Niklas Hultin, Sociology/Anthropology. The law permeates daily life. When we use a credit card, get married, or pay a parking ticket, the law hovers in the background by securing contracts, providing official recognition, and determining sanctions. It is also a staple of popular culture, providing fictional (e.g. Law and Orders, CSI) and non-fictional (e.g. the OJ Simpson trial) entertainment and diversion. This course aims to examine these varied ways we encounter the law in diverse settings. We will examine the culture and social structure of the law’s formal institutions courts, the police, legislature) but, more importantly, we will also address how the law exists beyond such institutions. We will thus consider how the law is mobilized, deployed, and resisted by lawyers, judges, activists and ordinary citizens, as well as develop an appreciation of the law as a social institution and of people’s understanding of “legality” as shaped by their ethnic and national background, gender, class, and sexual orientation. This is not a course in the US legal system as such, though we will include a discussion of the basics and you will do a limited amount of legal research. The course will also include a community- engagement component, perhaps, for example, with the Youth Court in Chester, PA. 2. "Social Justice in Theory and Practice," taught by Jennifer Morton, Philosophy. What is justice? To whom does it extend? What does justice require us to do? This course will have two essential components: a philosophical
  2. 2. component and a service learning component. Readings will be drawn from, but not limited to, Rawls, Dworkin, Cohen, and Singer. In addition, you will go outside the classroom to learn how concerns for social justice are shaping our communities. 3. "Socially Responsible Computing," taught by Doug Turnball, Computing Science. Main topics will include: *Technologies for the developing world *The open source software movement *Access technologies for people with disabilities *Computer literacy and the digital divide *Effective reuse and proper recycling of computers For each topic, we will read and present papers, interact with guest lecturers (in person and over the Internet), and complete labs, such as collecting technical requirements, designing computer systems, developing websites, building computers from scrap material. Community-Oriented Projects: In addition to in-class material, teams of students will work on community-oriented projects selected by personal interest. Example projects include: *Setting up wired computer labs for low-income housing communities *Teaching computer skills to children, working adults, and/or senior citizens at local community centers *Implementing a "loanable netbook" computer program to provide students with access to computer in the home *Designing software applications for handheld devices (iPhone, Google Android) to assist people with vision or hearing disabilities *Building up the technology infrastructure for a local non-profit organization *Exploring the technology needs of international projects and organizations *Creating a computer recycle/reuse program that puts computers in the home of low-income families or properly disposes of e-waste Jobs at the Lang Center 1. Research Assistant for Academic Year 2009-2010 Contact Ted Fernald ( 15 hours per week Pay Grade 2 Next year’s Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change, Ana-Celia Zentella, seeks up to three Spanish-English bilingual students to work up to 15 hours per week next year. Skills in SPSS or another statistical package, as well as Excel pie charts and Power Point will be necessary to have or to
  3. 3. acquire quickly. Please send CV/resume and short letter of introduction highlighting the relevant skills to: (Ted Fernald) and (Ana-Celia Zentella) 2. Lang Center Interns- Academic Year 2009-10 Contact Deb Kardon-Brown ( 5 – 15 hours per week, depending upon job description Pay Grade 2 The Lang Center is currently hiring intern trainees to lead the student activities at the Lang Center in the following capacities. Complete job descriptions are available upon request to : Transportation Coordinators (2, at least 10 hours per week each) requires a high level of logistical and organizational skills and personal flexibility, as well as College van certification and driving experience. This is a full year’s commitment; therefore, ideal candidates will not be planning a semester abroad in the 09-10 academic year Technology and Publicity Coordinator (10 hours per week) Ingeniux experience a must! Great communication skills required, as well as the ability to respond quickly to ad hoc requests from the Lang Center staff in posting timely information to the Lang Center web site. Saturdays of Service co-coordinator (5 hours per week) With two additional co-coordinators, will plan single-day service opportunities for student participation. College van certification is a must. Logistical skill and attention to detail are secondary only to an enthusiasm for engaging others in serving in local communities. N.B. The following opportunities have been presented to the Lang Center by organizations outside of the College. The Lang Center does not fund attendance for any of these events, but the Lang Center Interns are available to suggest other possible sources of funding. For a list of Lang Center Interns: Volunteer, Employment, Scholarship and Conference Opportunities Volunteer Opportunities 1. Volunteer Coordinator, Chester Bookmobile Project Contact: Jake Ban at The Chester BookMobile Project is looking for a qualified and socially minded individual to fulfill the position of Volunteer Coordinator. This would entail scheduling volunteers with times at project sites and orchestrating van schedules. Additionally, this individual would help recruit and train Swarthmore volunteers. If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity email as soon as possible.
  4. 4. 2. International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy Students from Penn are working to help organize a network of student groups from the Philadelphia region colleges and universities committed to democracy, social justice, and human rights. They want to build this network to inform each other about group activities and campus events, and to share research and project information. They hope to eventually host a conference of representatives from all of these groups. The Consortium seeks to explain and advance the contributions of higher education to democracy on college and university campuses, their local communities, and the wider society. The Consortium works in collaboration with the Council of Europe (CoE) through its Committee on Higher Education and Research with 47 member countries and is comprised of the United States (represented by a Steering Committee from the American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Campus Compact), South Africa, Australia, and South Korea. 3. The America Team for Freedom for Eritrea – founded by local (Wallingford) resident needs student volunteers to serve program to help the people of Eritrea – Eritrea, a Northeast African nation, has been under a repressive and violent regime since it declared independence from Ethiopia in the early 1990s. Local resident John Stauffer advocates for non-violent change of government, and seeks help to: raise awareness in Washington, help refugees being resettled in the U.S. this year, help to complete a Tigrinaya-English picture dictionary to aid in the resettlement (their alphabet is phonetic and is the only modern-used written alphabet indigenous to Africa. They are using it to provide pronunciation of the English world), support scholarships for Eritrean refugees living in Ethiopia. Most of the refugees settling locally will be living in Upper Darby. Please contact John at: Internship/Job Opportunities 1. City Year Open House – May 6, 2pm – 7 pm 23rd and Chestnut, 2nd floor of the Red Cross Building RSVP to or 267.386.7035 City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these leaders make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods across Philadelphia. 2. Services to the Aging: Spend a summer learning about DOROT and serving the elderly in the New York community. As a DOROT intern you will be exposed to the complex issues of aging, and gain experience in all aspects of DOROT's operations. DOROT internships, which put you at the forefront of our operations, are particularly rewarding learning
  5. 5. experiences. We will assist you in designing an individualized internship schedule with customized projects to match your interests, meet your professional goals, or fulfill requirements for class credit. To apply contact Shayna B. Finman, Coordinator of College Volunteers at or fill out the online application at or via the following link: < SURVEY_ID=1741&ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQU ESTS > Scholarship/Award/Grant Opportunities 1. Earth Island Institute Invites Applications for Brower Youth Awards Deadline: May 15 More information: The Earth Island Institute's annual Brower Youth Awards honor young people ages between the ages of 13 and 22 living in North America for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. Award winners will have demonstrated "outstanding leadership" by playing a major leadership role in creating, organizing, and implementing a project. The project should fall under one or more of the following categories: conservation -- work to eliminate or decrease the use of natural resources and the negative impacts on ecosystems and communities; preservation -- work to protect ecosystems, species, indigenous cultures, and other irreplaceable elements of the world's natural heritage; and restoration -- work to re-establish the healthy functioning of ecosystems, parts of ecosystems, and human communities that manage ecosystems. Six winners will each receive a $3,000 cash prize, a trip to California for the award ceremony and a wilderness camping trip, and ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at the Earth Island Institute. 2. Skoll Scholarship for the Oxford MBA 2009/10 Deadline: June 5 More information: Contact: The Skoll Scholarship for the Oxford MBA 2009/10* covers one-year full-time MBA programme at Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is committed to nurturing the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The Skoll Scholarship is designed to give social entrepreneurs the knowledge, skills and networks they need to turn ideas into reality. And deepen their conviction for doing so. Each year, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship awards five full scholarships to individuals working in the field who wish to enter the one-year full-time MBA programme. Skoll Scholars usually have a strong track record in social entrepreneurship and intend to return to work in this sector after their studies.
  6. 6. . Lectures, Conferences, E-Courses and Workshops 1. New Organizing Institute (NOA) Summer Campaign Boot Camp Final deadline: May 20, 2009 Training dates: July 4-11, 2009 Contact: email Mia Cambronero at with any questions. 2009 New Organizing Institute: | Powered by Democracy in Action NOI is running a special "early admission" blitz right now. Apply now and your application will receive special consideration. Don't miss this opportunity to receive an ALL-EXPENSE-PAID training in the nation's capital, from top experts in the field. If you want to join a nonprofit or political campaign and are serious about learning everything you need to know from some of the most innovative minds in the field, apply now for the NOI Summer Campaign Boot Camp. At NOI's Summer Campaign Boot Camp, you'll spend one intensive week learning the fundamentals of traditional political how to leverage technology to maximize a campaign's fundraising and organizing potential. As an NOI alum, you'll have instant access to dozens of exciting opportunities in this field, and a permanent network to lean on for career support and strategic advice. Admission is highly competitive. All expenses (including meals and accommodations) are paid. In the past, BootCamp alumni have gone on to run major online organizing campaigns for organizations and candidates and even work in the White House. 2. Sprout E-course for Young Social Entrepreneurs, Call for Applicants Deadline: May 22 2009 More Information: Sprout is an e-course designed for aspiring social innovators and environmental entrepreneurs who want to grow their project ideas and learn to create lasting changes in their communities. Sprout provides young people aged 16 to 30 with the project management and leadership skills they will need to build personalized project e-portfolios while learning alongside other aspiring youth leaders online. Sprout also teams course participants with experienced e-mentors to help guide and support them during their e-course experience. So this year make the change YOU want to see happen by sprouting your ideas, growing your projects, and cultivating leadership…all with the help of the SPROUT e-course! The application deadline is May 22, 2009. Feel free to contact our team by email at , and for more information please visit our website at