The Alexander Hamilton Society Is Hiring a Program Assistant!

 Check out the following job opportunity passed along by UHP alum Eamonn Bellin!

The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is seeking to hire a full-time Program Assistant to support career services for its students and alumni network.

AHS is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, national organization that seeks to identify, educate, and launch young men and women into foreign policy and national security careers imbued with the Hamiltonian perspective of strong and principled American leadership in global affairs. We have established student-run chapters at over 80 universities as well as professional chapters in NYC and Washington, D.C. Our alumni and affiliates have gone on to serve in the highest levels of government and industry. To learn more, please visit www.alexanderhamiltonsociety.org.

The Program Assistant will have an opportunity to influence the development of the organization, gain experience across a number of functions, and work with rising and established leaders in our network. Those committed to AHS’s mission, interested in our areas of focus, and who possess an entrepreneurial spirit will find working at AHS incredibly rewarding. An ideal candidate is a recent graduate, who is personable, professional, organized, and seeks a gateway into the Washington policy community. We offer competitive compensation commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with AHS’s Office of Career Services
    • Build relationships with recruiters at key organizations and offices;
    • Develop and manage career resources;
    • Correspond with students on career-related support;
    • Facilitate mentorship and networking opportunities within the AHS network;
    • Collect and track student information and application status.
  • Assist in planning AHS’s National Programs
  • Assist with alumni programming
    • Track information on their career whereabouts;
    • Produce and send a monthly alumni newsletter. 

Qualifications

  • 0-2 years professional experience (including internships);
  • A commitment to AHS’s mission and principles and an interest in U.S. foreign policy and national security. Being an AHS alumnus is a plus;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills, and a proactive personality;
  • Ability to manage a substantial number of projects and contacts at once;
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Powerpoint;

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please upload your cover letter, resume, and a list of references here. We expect a number of qualified applicants and only those selected for an interview will be contacted further.

The Hunt for Lost Nazi Uranium Colloquium

Check out the following colloquium event passed along by Professor Kung!

Title: The Hunt for Lost Nazi Uranium

Abstract: 1944 saw the height of the Manhattan Project efforts which was distributed between Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Hanford. Since the Manhattan Project was spurred by the fear that Germany was building nuclear weapons, Allied anxiety continuously pondered the Nazi atomic progress. As Germany began to fall, Gen. Groves commissioned the military and scientific intelligence mission code-named Alsos. It was to be at the forefront of the defeat so as to immediately assess the German advancement towards an atomic bomb. Alsos uncovered what the Manhattan Project had feared: the Germans had a two-year lead on the American nuclear program and being the birth place of nuclear fission, the Germans began with an incredible sprint of discovery. But then they found, just as the Americans were getting their feet wet, the German program miraculously had slowed. In April 1945 in the sleepy village of Haigerloch, Alsos found the culmination of the German nuclear program: a failed reactor experiment, named B-VIII. It was on the scale of Enrico Fermi’s successful Chicago Pile 1. This incomplete nuclear reactor, built of 664 uranium cubes had come very close to criticality. What had happened? How did Germany miss the mark? The answer is straightforward: unlike the U.S. efforts, spearheaded by Groves’ singular defining military force, the German atomic program was not administered by a competent manager. Their adequate resources were distributed and not gathered, their superb intellect was competitive and not collaborative. The failure of their atomic program can be pinned to a critical mass of German confidence moderated by ego and arrogance. Had they more humility and collaboration, history would have taken a different path. Instead, their reactor was scattered to history. What happened to the German B-VIII reactor? The United States acquired it; however, the question remains: what did they do with it?

When? Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4-5 PM

Where? In Corcoran 101

Islam in India and Pakistan: A Historical Look into Interreligious Dialogue

Check out the following event passed along by Professor Aviv!

Please join us on Thursday, February 20 at 5pm in the Marvin Center, Room 307 for the 2020 Berz Lecture: “Islam in India and Pakistan: From the First Conquests to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)”

Speaker: Dr. Shankar Nair, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Abstract: As the still young Islamic empire spread into the lands of India, Muslims encountered, for perhaps the first time, a grand-scale religious civilization entirely unmentioned in the Qur’an or in the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. With so little explicit guidance from their scriptural sources, how were Muslims to navigate this new land or make sense of the incredibly diverse Hindu populations of South Asia? Though one might have expected Muslims to reject Hindus outright as mere idolaters and unbelievers, the historical response was surprisingly nuanced and accommodating. As modern nationalist forces in the region threaten to overturn this legacy, this talk surveys the often forgotten history of Islam in South Asia, offering insights into how the region arrived at the crises it faces today.

Aisthesis: A Publication Opportunity for Honors Students

Dear Honors Students,

University of Minnesota Duluth’s Honors Program is currently seeking academic and creative submissions for the 2020 issue of Aisthesis, our undergraduate honors journal. As an interdisciplinary publication, we welcome academic work, including honors capstone projects, literature reviews, and research articles from all fields of research. Creative submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art (including but not limited to painting, sculpture, short film, multimedia, and photography) are also encouraged. If you are hoping to build your resume, share your work, and publish as an undergraduate, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

The submission deadline is March 20, 2020. Guidelines can be found at https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/aisthesis/submissionguidelines.

Please email questions to honorsaisthesis@d.umn.edu and follow the Aisthesis Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HonorsAisthesis/) for updates. We look forward to reading your work in the coming months.

Sincerely,
The Aisthesis Editorial Board

Paid RA position for Prof. Christov

I am looking for a research assistant to assist me in a research project on the idea of self-determination. The remuneration for this position is up to $1,500 and available immediately.

In asking “How did the self-determination of a people and nation building come to be seen as virtually synonymous?”, the project seeks to map out the political, legal, and historical literature on the subject. The RA job is to research articles, books, and historical data on the development of self-determination from the 18th century to the present.

All interviews will be conducted this Wednesday, Feb 5. Email Prof. Christov (christov@gwu.edu) if interested.

Published at 19, ft. Chris Zuniga

Join me for a Book Talk I am hosting on January 28th, 2020 in the basement of Gelman at 6:00 PM. There, I will talk about my journey in getting published and what it really is to sit down and write and know that your work will become part of the public discourse. The event doubles as a University Academic Workshop. While I will be speaking on the industry and how to navigate it, I will delve into the structure, teachings, purpose, and content of my book. How I Became a Traitor will publish in April 2020.

There will be time for Q&A. Ask questions about anything. I’ll answer.

If you’re looking to learn more about the book and my journey, follow me on Instagram (@AtChrisZuniga) and read the section below.

Enjoy your day. Thank you.

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Story of My Book

My name is Chris Zuniga, and I am the author of How I Became a Traitor. I wrote this book because I have had enough of the social isolation I and others experience for the “discrepancy” between our genetics and our ideas. The biggest obstacle in rebuilding our political and social arena in modern-America is the very social isolation I speak of. I believe the cause of it to be the same people who claim to understand the struggles of others and champion their causes as allies. Sympathy is not empathy. At the sight of my people’s brown skin, we are greatly “valued” by social advocates because we “matter and deserve a seat at the table”. But when we disagree, we are “traitors” and simply “not woke enough.”

Conservatism is not Republicanism, but the recent conflation of the two things has damaged our country. By conflating personal and social values to objective policy prescriptions that do not necessarily correspond with them, we force ourselves into a corner with our faces toward the wall. There’s no way we can begin to sympathize with something we corner ourselves into never understanding. At its core, my book is about the obvious truth no longer commonly practiced: politics is beyond appearance.

My hope is that, in reading this book, you will understand that conservative principles reach far below the surface of everyday liberal-conservative politics. I hope to instill in you the same passion and excitement that I have for understanding society’s facade of understanding the marginalized for its own social and political gain. Ultimately, I want you to see this book as a tool to help you gain special insight into the experiences of everyday people like me, who are assumed by outsiders to have specific ideas, characteristics, and experiences simply because of the way we look. More importantly, this book will help you grow closer to who you are as an individual and more confident in your control of the life you choose to lead.

How I Became a Traitor is a non-fiction book that speaks to everyone interested in the intersection between politics, values, and identity.

 

 

The Book – How I Became a Traitor

The book is written in 3 Parts….

Part 1: The Betrayal — Through stories like that of Antonia Okafor, Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo, and my own in the context of my family’s journey across the Southern Border, readers will understand identity politics beyond its definition, as well as how its adoption tears our social fabric.

Part 2: The Battle — Through stories of institutional and social suppression and outright racism, readers will learn how identity politics labels everyday minorities as either “tokens” or “traitors.”

Part 3: Our Truce — An exclusive conversation with writer and political commentator Steven V. Roberts will contrast today’s political arena with the recent past, demonstrating how a two-minute change in mindset is enough to restore political unity, promote social progress for all, and treat the country of its politics-by-appearance.

 

 

What I Need & What You’ll Get

This book will be published with New Degree Press. I set up the pre-order tiers to help cover the costs for publishing my book. Money raised will go towards the following:

  • The Editor I will work with to revise and publish my manuscript in April 2020
  • The Cover Design of my Book — the mockups you see currently are a placeholder!
  • The Layout Design for the interior of my book (Physical Copy, Ebook Formats)
  • The Copyediting for My Book — to help polish the grammar and spelling prior to publication
  • The Launch & Promotion Efforts for my book — when I ultimately publish this Spring

When I pre-sell 100 copies of my book, I will publish. When I pre-sell 150 copies of my book, I will also publish an audiobook. When I pre-sell 200 copies of my book, I will publish a hardcover edition. When I pre-sell 250, I will publish a translated version in Spanish.

I am also offering some exclusive rewards for people who pre-order my book now. When I publish, you will receive the following :

  • A personally signed copy of my book
  • A personal thank you note for pre-ordering my book
  • Your Name will appear in a Special, Acknowledgements Section of my book (“with Special Thanks to”)
  • Early access to the Introduction of my Book.
  • The opportunity to help give me feedback and be involved in selecting my cover
  • I will do a book topic/workshop seminar where I will share experience the experiences of writing my book
  • An Invitation to my Launch Party

 

 

About the Author

Chris Zuniga is an Honors student at The George Washington University, studying Political Communication and Sociology.

Born into an undocumented and poor family in inner city Passaic, Chris experienced crime, poverty, a struggling school system, and hopelessness. Yet, his ideology isn’t what you expect it to be. Having always been put on the spot for his in-the-minority beliefs, Chris learned to manipulate negative attention to his benefit at a young age. He owes this skill to those who try to isolate and discredit him, as he says they “cluelessly promote my success by giving me a platform. They make things like this book a reality”.

In 2017, Chris’s outspokenness earned him national press and an invitation to the Rose Garden for a formal address by the President of the United States. Chris wants a career supporting Black and Latino youth in navigating “toxic, but particularly toxic ‘liberal’ spaces” through imparting what he has learned in his journey from the fourth Most Miserable City in the United States (Business Insider) and into the pinnacle area of elitism, Foggy Bottom/Georgetown in Washington DC.

Chris speaks publicly at a variety of events and aspires to gain a platform where he can make social commentary that he believes will change mindsets, outlooks, and lives. In his free time, he dedicates himself to just that, having previously spoken at Universities, State Board meetings, Boards of Education, Tedx Conferences, and soon, his readers and podcast listeners.

For more information, you can connect with Chris via email at AtChrisZuniga@gmail.com, on Instagram @AtChrisZuniga, and on LinkedIn.

 

 

Risks & Challenges

The biggest challenge with publishing a book is delivering the finished book to the backer, specifically my mailing of the book to you. I have eliminated this risk by building into the campaign the mailing and shipping costs of your signed copies to you within each pre-order tier.

The risk of delivering the pre-sale copies of my book is contingent on the publisher we use. I will be working closely with New Degree Press to make sure we get the earliest possible ship date of the signed book copy to you. We will keep all pre-sale backers up-to-date as my book hits each key milestone and publishes. You will know when the copies of my book you pre-ordered are expected to ship.

 

 

Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

  • Please Share my Pre-sale Campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn with your friends, family and network. Please use #IAmATraitor and tag me as well as my publisher, New Degree Press, so we can help amplify your efforts.
  • You can easily share my Pre-Sale Campaign Page via Indiegogo at the top of the page
  • Please share my book with five friends, family members, or co-workers who you think would enjoy it. Please do this as a text message or direct message on social media.

Thank you so much for all your love and support!

Thanks again,
Chris Zuniga

Apply to be a Writing Center consultant

Do you love to write? Are you the person to whom friends always turn to say, “Hey, could you help me with this paper?” If so, please apply to be a peer undergraduate consultant!

The GW Writing Center is a lively, collaborative, learning environment with paid consultants (the pay rate in 2020-2021 will be $16.50/hour) who come from a diverse array of disciplines. All undergraduates are welcome to apply. Most of our applicants are currently first-year students or sophomores, who go on to work in the Writing Center for several years.

Application materials  are due February 19th, with letters of recommendation due Feb 26th.  Interviews will take place in March.

Note:  If you are accepted, you must take UW 2111W, “Pedagogy and Practice for Writing Consultants” in the fall.  More details about that are in the Application Materials.

Please contact Professor Hayes if you have any questions: hayesc@gwu.edu

Study Abroad in Argentina!

This summer the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is offering an exciting Honors study abroad program at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. This program is open to all current university level students (no need to apply to UHM to participate!) and offers the opportunity to earn up to 9 credits–6 in Spanish language and 3 in Honors through the course HON 330 Developing Intercultural Competence through Research.

This program runs from May 25 to July 3 and prices begin at $4,600, including a single room with an Argentinian host family and several excursions, such as an overnight trip to the Uspallata valley where we will see the tallest mountain outside of Asia, Aconcagua!

The Honors course is optional, but if you choose to take it be sure to talk with your Honors advisor to verify that you would be able to earn credit for it within your program. The faculty Resident Director of this program, who will be on-site throughout the summer, is happy to talk with you to work this out! We also have an opportunity for student work completed in this program to be published in our academic journal Mānoa Horizons.

Deadline to apply in February 18th! Please see our attached flyer for more information and check out the program website here: http://www.studyabroad.hawaii.edu/programs/summer/mendoza-argentina/

For any questions, planning, or academic approval (such as discussing requirements for the transfer of Honors credit back to your university Honors program) please contact faculty Resident Director, Dr Jayme Scally (jaymeas@hawaii.edu).

Win $500 with the SURE Award

Did you know that Honors students have the opportunity to win up to $500 for their research? Apply here for the UHP/Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Award for your chance.

“Undergraduate Research Enhancement” may not sound the most exciting (well, to most people at least, but you are UHPers), but the funds can contribute to incredible research. Previous SURE Award winners used their winnings to conduct 3D scanning of bones at the Smithsonian, study lasers and present their findings at a national conference, and research the influence of sports rhetoric on political campaigns,

The application, due Friday February 7th, includes:

  1. Student Application Form
  2. Faculty Statement of Support
  3. Unofficial GW Transcript

Please note that the UHP SURE award is different from the university-wide one. There is a SURE Research award that is available to all students, but this one is a specific fund that is set aside for UHP students. Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity!

Good Luck!

If you have any questions, reach out to Brianna at bcrayton@gwu.edu.

Chander Campaign Seeking Communications Intern

Chander for Council is seeking a resourceful, organized, and self-motivated Communications Assistant with strong writing, research, and social media skills to join our team. The primary focus will be on social media.

Chander Jayaraman is running for an At-Large seat on the Council of the District of Columbia. He is a progressive, independent candidate who has experience as an ANC Commissioner, business owner, and job training and social services program director. He is committed to re-focusing city government’s attention to its core responsibilities—public safety, education, and economic independence—and making city government work for its citizens.

Chander for Council is a fast-paced and collaborative environment. Candidates for the position must have the ability to work independently and remotely, meet tight deadlines, and balance multiple projects at once. This is an unpaid internship. Students who are from DC and attend school elsewhere may be considered for remote internship, depending on circumstances.

As a Communications Intern, you will:

  • Support the communications director with creation of social media content

  • Assist in drafting press releases, blog posts, emails, website content

  • Monitor media and social media

  • Suggest and execute paid social media activities

  • Attend events with Chander to generate written and visual content

  • Conduct research on an as-needed basis Possibly draft and help place op-eds

  • Help plan and execute events Help shape the digital media and other communication plans and activities

  • Post blogs and other content to the website

Requirements

  • Ability to commit 15+ hours per week starting in January 2020

  • Current bachelor’s degree candidate or recent graduate

  • Strong writing and research skills

  • Competence with Canva, MailChimp, google docs, Squarespace, Hootsuite, or similar platforms

  • Passionate about local electoral politics

  • Basic video-taking (smartphone) and video editing skills

  • Preferred: familiarity with District issues, neighborhoods, and politics

Application

To apply, please send an email that describes your interest and relevant skills and experience to David Connerty-Marin at campaign@chander2020.com. Please do not include a resume.

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