Spring 2015 Graduation: Filing Deadline is February 15

The deadline to file for students who will fulfill their degree requirements in Spring ’15 (June 1, 2015 graduates) is FEBRUARY 15, 2015.  If students miss the deadline, they will be unable to file for June 1ST graduation. Failure to file by the deadline may delay graduation and may also impact their ability to participate in the Commencement Exercises.  All graduate students currently in attendance are eligible to file online.  If students filed for graduation in a previous semester but did not meet all degree requirements at that point, they will need to re-file for graduation.

Filing deadlines for the rest of the academic year are as follows:
-Students who will fulfill their degree requirements in Summer ’15 (September 1, 2015 graduates) should file by May 15, 2015.

Information about the Commencement Exercises in May can be found at www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/commencement

Human Rights Clinic

Mini-Clinic with the Human Rights in Iran Unit:  Twenty-First Century Tricks of the Trade for Running a Human Rights Campaign

Please join us for an invaluable opportunity to learn about international human rights in practice.  Brooklyn College’s Human Rights in Iran Unit (HRIU), which provides support for the United Nations, will be providing invaluable insight for anyone interested in a career in international politics and human rights.  Tuesday, February 24, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  City University of New York – 25 Broadway, New York, 7th Floor Auditorium

Almost everyone these days seems to be behind the idea of human rights.  But how can advocates move human rights issues to the front and center of policy debates?  How can advocates get states and international organizations to promote and enforce rights?

This three-hour mini-clinic–by human rights professionals with years of experience working for the United Nations, governments, and top human rights NGOs–is a practicum on how advocates can set their goals, frame their messages, and spread the word, especially through online campaigning using diaspora communities.  At the practicum, you will help craft and translate policy ideas for different target audiences, from journalists to lawmakers to the general public. And then you will walk through the process of structuring a human rights campaign.

By the end of the clinic, you will be able to:  Formulate a policy objective for any human rights issue; Locate stakeholders and points of influence; Choose your advocacy strategy and activities to further your objectives; Use media and social media to amplify your message.  This practicum will provide you with the practical aspects of human rights work that major human rights and international organizations value.  If you are studying international affairs or are planning a career that promotes human rights, this clinic is for you.

The event will be conducted by the Human Rights in Iran unit, which provides research support for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran.  The unit is affiliated with the International Affairs Masters Program at the Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College.  The clinic is open to advanced undergraduates, MA, and PhD students or professionals at any NYC-metro areas institutions or organization.   Registration is required by February 23 by emailing your name to politicalscience@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

International Affairs Events in New York

November 19:
The United Nations Association Brooklyn Chapter is hosting a reading by Jessica Alexander, author of Chasing Chaos. Jessica has extensive experience as a humanitarian aid worker in the world’s most troubled countries and worst humanitarian disasters, such as in Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Haiti.  In the words of Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, Chasing Chaos is “A no-holds-barred description of what it is like to travel to world disaster sites and engage in the complex, challenging, nitty-gritty work of making a difference across lines of culture, class, age, gender, and perspective.” November 19, 5:45 – 7:45, Pacific Library, 25 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

October 23: Panel: United Nations peacekeeping. UNDay advisory 10-23-14.  Speakers: Christopher O’Donnell, UN Department of Peacekeeping; Joseph Stephanides, Office of the UN Secretary General; and Mark Ungar, Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College.  October 23, 6:30-8:30  Location: Long Island University, Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues

October 10: Council on Foreign Relations: On October 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., CFR will hold a special event at its New York headquarters for college and university professors and students teaching and studying international relations and related fields. Attendees will explore CFR’s most recent InfoGuide “The Sunni-Shia Divide,” and participate in a discussion on the Sunni-Shia sectarian rift, featuring Deborah Amos, foreign correspondent at National Public Radio, and Vali R. Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, in conversation with CFR.org editor Robert McMahon. A networking reception where students can speak with department representatives about career and internship opportunities at CFR will follow.  Please register here. You may also watch the panel discussion in real time from 1:15 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. at cfr.org/live.