Colorado College News: Political Science, Seniors Eva McKinsey, Lucy Marshall Named Projects for Peace Winners Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 MDT <p><strong>Eva McKinsey &rsquo;17</strong> and <strong>Lucy Marshall &rsquo;17</strong> have received a $10,000 <a href="">Davis Projects for Peace</a> award for their proposal to support education through coffee development in a small Peruvian mountain town.</p> <p>McKinsey, a political science major from Asheville, North Carolina, and Marshall, a history and political science major from Ithaca, New York, also worked extensively with <strong>Tessa Allen de Oliveira &rsquo;16</strong> in developing their project. De Oliveira, who graduated from Colorado College <em>magna cum laude</em> with a degree in English and Spanish, will be traveling with McKinsey and Marshall to Peru this summer to work on the project.</p> <p>&ldquo;<a href="">Chaupimonte Community Mill: Supporting Education Through Coffee Development in Oxapampa</a>&rdquo; has two goals. The first is to provide immediate assistance to the local school in Oxapampa, a town of about 10,000, by installing Internet and purchasing two computers. Longer-term goals include the development of a community mill to help promote economic growth and partnership between the coffee economy and the town&rsquo;s education system.<br /><br />&ldquo;We propose to work with the immediate community to develop a mill for the coffee farmers in Oxapampa. This project will empower members of the coffee industry, promote community growth and conflict resolution, and serve as a center for sustainability education both for farmers and local youth,&rdquo; McKinsey and Marshall write in their proposal.</p> <p>They plan to build a roof on an existing structure at Chaupimonte Farm, a farm owned by a woman who served as Marshall&rsquo;s host mother while she studied aboard in Peru. Additionally, they will construct solar drying beds and install washing wells.<br /><br />&ldquo;A community-based mill will allow production and processing activity to stay in the local economy and make the coffee more viable for direct trade partnerships, which will increase the value of the product and improve workers&rsquo; conditions according to direct trade standards,&rdquo; they write. &ldquo;In collaboration with the local school, the mill will also serve as a center for sustainability education and community building. We will hold workshops on sustainable growing practices, direct trade coffee standards, smallholder farm collectives, and workers&rsquo; rights and safety.&rdquo;</p> <p>The students&rsquo; long-term vision holds that improvements to the coffee operation will not only strengthen community relations but also provide a steadier and flourishing source of economic opportunity that will allow money to be reinvested in the community.</p> Oliver Ward ’17 Selected for JET Program Wed, 10 May 2017 17:30:00 MDT <p><strong>Oliver Ward &rsquo;17</strong> has been named an assistant language teacher by the <a href="">Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program</a>.</p> <p>In his role, Ward, an international political economy major from Boston, will work alongside his Japanese counterparts to teach English to children of all ages in schools. &ldquo;I am half-Japanese, which is undoubtedly a factor in my interest in Japan,&rdquo; says Ward, whose middle name is Mitsuhashi. &ldquo;I specifically want to work in Japan to learn more about my own cultural heritage.&rdquo; He also hopes to improve his Japanese, which, he says, &ldquo;admittedly, is very elementary. I&rsquo;m going to have to work very hard in the upcoming months to get where I want to be.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ward hopes to foster a positive and engaging learning environment in the classroom. &ldquo;From my time as a swim coach, assistant project manager in Boston, volunteer in Nicaragua, and student in Spain, I am well prepared for the assistant language teacher position,&rdquo; he wrote in his application. &ldquo;These valuable experiences taught me how to work well with children, adapt to become comfortable outside of my comfort zone, and be flexible in difficult situations.&rdquo;<br /><br />For the past several summers Ward has interned with a consulting company in Boston, and now wants to transition to a job that is focused on community. &ldquo;The only &lsquo;teaching&rsquo; experience I have is as a youth&nbsp;swim coach throughout high school, so I&rsquo;m aware that there&rsquo;s going to be a steep learning curve, something that the JET program takes into account,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Teaching through JET is a perfect transition job.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely proud&nbsp;that two of our 2017&nbsp;graduates have been chosen for the&nbsp;internationally competitive JET&nbsp;program,&rdquo; says Colorado College Professor of Japanese Joan Ericson. &ldquo;Oliver's past&nbsp;experience as a youth swim coach will definitely&nbsp;come in handy as he assists English language classes in a Japanese middle or high school. &nbsp;Someone with this kind of dedication and patience is highly valued in Japan, especially as a role model for youth trying to learn English, which is a compulsory subject starting in 7th grade.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ward joins <strong>Andrew Scherffius &rsquo;17</strong> in the JET Program this year. Last year, <strong>Amanda Barnstien &rsquo;16</strong>, <strong>Carlo Sangalang &rsquo;16</strong>, and <strong>Emma Schulman &rsquo;16</strong> were selected, bringing the total to five Colorado College students selected for the highly competitive program in the last two years.<br /><br />Founded in 1987, the JET Program is the only teaching exchange program managed by the Japanese government. Between 4,000 and 5,000 applications are received each year from U.S. applicants. Of these, 1,000-1,100 will be selected for participation in the JET Program.</p> Dorsa Djalilzadeh ('18) Elected CCSGA President Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:15:00 MDT <p>On April 18, Dorsa Djalilzadeh (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies and Political Science '18) was elected to serve as President of the <a href="" target="_blank">Colorado College Student Government Association</a> (CCSGA).</p> <p>According to the CCSGA website, the organization "is comprised of members democratically elected by the Colorado College student body. CCSGA gives students a crucial role in the campus-wide development of an enriching college experience. CCSGA strives to make life at Colorado College not only intellectual, but also enjoyable and meaningful. In addition to being a source of support for student organizations and events, CCSGA is also a forum for cooperative action and provides a voice calling for progress. CCSGA is dedicated to the improvement of Colorado College and is driven by the passion and determination of its students."</p> <p>Congratulations, Dorsa!</p> Jared Russell ’18 Named Humanity in Action Fellow Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:00 MDT <p><strong>Jared Russell &rsquo;18</strong> has been awarded a <a href="">Humanity in Action</a> fellowship and will study in Copenhagen, Denmark, this summer.<br /><br />The selection of Russell, a Boettcher Scholar and political science and philosophy major, marks the third consecutive year a Colorado College student has been named a Humanity in Action fellow.</p> <p>The 2017 <a href="">Humanity in Action Copenhagen Fellowship</a> &mdash; the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen program &mdash; will explore how to bridge historical, cultural, and political divides in pursuit of an inclusive society.&nbsp;This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Towards an inclusive society,&rdquo; will set the stage for the next three Copenhagen Fellowships. The program notes that creating and maintaining an inclusive society is both a complex and demanding process in which historical, cultural, and political conditions play a pivotal role. Russell and his colleagues will study these conditions and explore methods to bridge societal divides.</p> <p>The Colorado College rising senior already has been involved in several related issues. Last summer he worked in an immigration clinic in his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, helping low-income families achieve citizenship. In the course of the summer, he assisted 17 individuals obtain legal status within the United States. &ldquo;I found it to be an eye-opening experience, as it made me realize the fundamental aspects of life that I have started to take for granted,&rdquo; says Russell. &ldquo;After assisting people in the fight for these&nbsp;fundamental rights, I knew that I wanted to pursue the issue further to not only obtain a greater understanding, but to also make a larger impact. As such,&nbsp;I became increasingly interested in assisting with matters of human rights and the implementation of&nbsp;social justice programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the conclusion of his time in Copenhagen, Russell will attend a capstone conference in Berlin that incorporates all the Fellows from the various participating programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw). This year&rsquo;s conference will explore the rise in nationalist sentiment, xenophobic rhetoric, and political extremism across Europe and the United States, and the resultant challenges to transatlantic relations and domestic policies on both sides of the Atlantic.<br /><br />Following the Humanity in Action program, Russell will serve as a <a href="">Public Interest Fellowship Program</a> summer fellow&nbsp;at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, where most likely he will be conducting research on how the Medicare and Medicaid program can be better tailored to the low-income and immigrant populations in Colorado.&nbsp;When the eight-week fellowship ends, he will head to&nbsp;Oxford for the fall semester to study the politics of the European Union and philosophy of law.</p> Gregg Easterbrook ’76 Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:45:00 MDT <p>Colorado College alumnus <strong>Gregg Easterbrook &rsquo;76</strong> has been elected a member of the <a href="">American Academy of Arts and Sciences</a>, the esteemed society of scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders from around the world.</p> <p>Easterbrook, who graduated from CC with a degree in political science, is a contributing editor of <em>The Atlantic</em> and <em>The Washington Monthly</em>.</p> <p>He is the fourth Colorado College graduate to be elected a member the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the first in the humanities. Easterbrook, who will be teaching a course at CC during Block 2 in the fall, was elected in the Journalism and Communications category, one of only five new members elected in that category.</p> <p>Easterbrook has authored 10 books &mdash; six nonfiction, three literary novels, and one of humor &mdash;&nbsp; and writes for op-ed pages, magazines, and journals. He has written a total of 33 cover stories for <em>The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, Time, Newsweek,</em> and <em>Wired</em>. He has been a politics columnist for Reuters and a sports columnist for ESPN and<em> The</em> <em>New York Times</em>. He also has been a distinguished fellow of the Fulbright Foundation, a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution, a bartender, a bus driver and a used-car salesman. His next book, scheduled for publication in 2018, is titled &ldquo;The Arrow of History: Why a Better World Is Closer Than It Looks.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Colorado College taught me how to think in a rigorous manner,&rdquo; says Easterbrook, who received an honorary degree from Colorado College in 1992. &ldquo;A thousand times in my writing life I have felt gratitude for what I learned at a wonderful college by the foothills of a local peak.&rdquo;</p> <p>He joins CC alumni James <strong>Heckman &rsquo;65, Jane Lubchenco &rsquo;69</strong>, and <strong>Marcia McNutt &rsquo;74</strong> as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.</p> U.S. News Cites Research by Dana Wittmer Wolfe Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:15:00 MST <p>Research conducted by Colorado College Assistant Professor of Political Science Dana Wittmer Wolfe continues to be cited in a wide range of news articles. Most recently, <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em> includes research conducted by Wolfe and her colleagues in an article titled <a href="">&ldquo;&lsquo;Women&rsquo;s Issues&rsquo; Won&rsquo;t Pass.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>A key conclusion of the article: &ldquo;Congress sidelines women and the issues they advance. Public pressure could change that.&rdquo; Areas traditionally deemed women&rsquo;s issues include health, education, family, and housing. Wolfe&rsquo;s research, along with colleagues Craig Volden of the University of Virginia and Alan Wiseman of Vanderbilt University, shows that:</p> <ul> <li>Since the 1970s women in Congress have sponsored women's issues bills at a significantly greater rate than have men</li> <li>Bills featuring women&rsquo;s issues are significantly more gridlocked than other issues in Congress</li> <li>Only 1 percent of women&rsquo;s issue bills sponsored by women themselves become law</li> </ul> <p>The author asks, &ldquo;Would more women elected to Congress change these biases?&rdquo; and concludes that the answer is &ldquo;not immediately.&rdquo; This is because norms of seniority keep newly elected women from assuming the chair positions of subcommittees and committees, and without such say in what bills move forward and which die in committee, existing patterns are likely to continue.</p> <p>The article concludes by saying, &ldquo;The best hope for changing this situation is awareness of the bias and pressure to change. Whether that pressure will come from women in Congress or from a larger effort remains to be seen. One might object to some policy areas being labeled as women&rsquo;s issues or men&rsquo;s issues. Health, education and welfare are important for the future of all Americans. The bias against thoughtful policy proposals in these areas should be troubling to men and women alike.&rdquo;</p> NYT’s Article on Women Governing Cites Professor Wolfe’s Research Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:00:00 MST <p><em>The New York Times</em> cited research conducted by Colorado College Assistant Political Science Professor Dana Wittmer Wolfe in an article headlined <a href="">&ldquo;Women Actually Do Govern Differently.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>The article, published Wednesday, Nov. 10, states that &ldquo;Women&rsquo;s representation in government is stalled, and in some cases moving backward. Does that make a difference to the work of governing? Yes, according to decades of data from around the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Among the studies it cites is Wolfe&rsquo;s research, titled &ldquo;Women&rsquo;s Issues and Their Fates in the U.S. Congress,&rdquo; in which she and her co-researchers contend that female legislators focus their attention on &ldquo;women&rsquo;s issues&rdquo; to a greater extent than do male lawmakers.</p> <p>The <em>Times</em> notes, &ldquo;In <a href="">a new analysis</a> of the 151,824 public bills introduced in the House between 1973 and 2014, to be published in print in <em>Political Science Research and Methods</em>, researchers found that women were significantly more likely than men to sponsor bills in areas like civil rights, health and education. Men were more likely to sponsor bills in agriculture, energy and macroeconomics.&rdquo;</p> <p>Analysis by Wolfe and her co-researchers reveals that most of the traditionally considered women&rsquo;s issues are raised at a higher rate by congresswomen. When tracking the fate of those issues, they found that while 4 percent of all bills become law, the rate drops to 2 percent for women&rsquo;s issues and to only 1 percent for women&rsquo;s issue bills sponsored by women themselves. They note that the pattern persists over time, from the early 1970s through today, and link the bias against women&rsquo;s issues to the committee process.</p> <p>Wolfe studies American politics, with specific interests in gender, public opinion, public policy, and Congress. Her work looks at how women perform once elected to political office, what types of bills they introduce, and how successful they are at getting those bills passed. She also is involved in research concerning gender and legislative effectiveness in Congress, and public opinion about Congress as a gendered institution. Wolfe&rsquo;s recent publications include an article in the <em>American Journal of Political Science</em> titled <a href="">&ldquo;When Are Women More Effective Lawmakers Than Men?&rdquo;</a> That same research recently was cited in an article in <em>The Atlantic</em> titled <a href="">&ldquo;Would Electing More Women Fix Congress?&rdquo;</a></p> Two CC Professors Participate in Fulbright Scholar Program Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:00 MDT <p>By <strong>Madeline Pillari &rsquo;17<br />&nbsp;<br /></strong>Two Colorado College professors, John Gould and Dan Johnson, were recent participants in the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program. The Fulbright Scholar Program awards teaching and/or research opportunities to college and university faculty and administrators, as well as to other professions, in more than 125 countries.</p> <p>John Gould, professor of political science, did a research project titled &ldquo;LGBTQ Politics in Slovakia,&rdquo; where he was from November 2015 to June 2016. After traveling to the country in 2014 and conducting 15 preliminary interviews, Gould&rsquo;s Fulbright research continued his work on the LGBTQ communities in Slovakia, Russia, Serbia, and Bosnia. The idea for his research came from teaching a course at Colorado College, &ldquo;Waging Nonviolent Conflict,&rdquo; which focused on the nature of revolutions. The class featured two of Gould&rsquo;s friends who live in Serbia, and students had the opportunity to learn about the democratic movements in Eastern Europe and how the politics of these revolutions are often socially conservative.</p> <p>Gould says that in order to get any kind of political traction in regards to democracy, revolutionaries must &ldquo;go to the ideological center.&rdquo; By learning more about the politics of revolution in Serbia, Gould found a major issue in the way that the LGBTQ community was and is being treated in these countries.</p> <p>&ldquo;While there has been some local research in the topic,&rdquo; Gould says, &ldquo;currently there is very little English-language academic literature in LGBTQ studies on Slovakia.&rdquo; The Fulbright helped shape his research and enabled Gould to &ldquo;cast new light on a poorly investigated chapter in the struggle for human rights in post-communist Europe.&rdquo;</p> <p>Providing context, Gould explains that the communist regime in Slovakia was overthrown by a movement influenced by Catholic activists. After the revolution occurred, this same group formed their own party, which became a mixed group of Catholic conservatives, moderates, and other Christians. The new party in Slovakia focused on &ldquo;family values,&rdquo; which included limitations of women&rsquo;s reproductive choices and the promotion of more &ldquo;family friendly&rdquo; public policy, where heterosexual families were rewarded for having children and staying married. Today, Gould recognizes the continued discrimination against the LGBTQ community in Slovakia, and identifies the &ldquo;politics of fear in Slovak policy,&rdquo; which he defines as the naming of enemies, whether it is women asserting their reproductive rights, or a push for same-sex partnerships and equal rights. Gould views the discrimination of the LGBTQ community in Slovakia as an ongoing issue, saying &ldquo;mainstream parties are still using enemies, now tying them in with the Muslim immigrants, who are seen as potential terrorists.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gould plans to publish on the politics of sexual minorities and identity in Slovakia, and possibly utilize his research and articles in a book he&rsquo;s working on. The book focuses on &ldquo;the politicized use of homophobia,&rdquo; particularly in post-communist Europe. In Gould&rsquo;s final report for the Fulbright fellowship, he notes that the proudest moment of his time in Slovakia was after the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting. The LGBTQ community of the town he was staying in, Bratislava, organized a candlelight vigil where U.S., Slovak, and rainbow flags were displayed. However, according to Gould, out of the 50-75 people who attended the vigil, there was no official political or mainstream print/media presence. Gould emphasized that he has &ldquo;never been more proud of the U.S. Embassy and career foreign service officers as I was then&rdquo; for their participation and support in the vigil. In his report, Gould states that his academic political science lecture on sexual identity was most likely the first given on the topic in the university&rsquo;s political science department.&nbsp;He credits the success&nbsp;of his research to his &ldquo;fantastic&rdquo; access to local resources in the human rights/LGBTQ communities.<br /><br />Dan Johnson, associate professor of economics and business, participated in the Fulbright Specialist Program, which differs slightly from the Core Fulbright Scholar Program in which Gould participated. In the Specialist Program, recipients join a roster of specialists for a three-year term, and are then invited by a host country to serve as an expert consultant for two to six weeks, serving a variety of institutions. Johnson&rsquo;s host country was Myanmar, also known as Burma.</p> <p>Johnson describes Myanmar and his experience there in great detail in the report he gave at the end of his time in the country. Myanmar has been under strict military rule for 40 years, and as a result has been closed to the outside world for much of that time. Citizens have limited access to educational materials and technology. The Internet and social media, both commonplace in the West, have only been available for four and two years, respectively. Textbooks and educational materials are available only in print and are an extremely valuable commodity, often locked behind glass, sufficiently stagnating education. As a grantee, Johnson was asked &ldquo;to focus on looking into the benefits of an open market economy, the freedom of choice (as consumers and entrepreneurs), global connectivity, the role of SMEs [small, micro, and medium-sized enterprises] in an economy, leveraging economic growth for personal growth, economic freedoms, competition and growth, education and economic development, industrial policy, and micro-enterprise/micro-finance.&rdquo;</p> <p>In his project report, Johnson prioritized education, and used the American Center in Yangon to organize dozens of opportunities for engagement. These engagements varied greatly, from lectures, presentations, and workshops at multiple universities with economic focuses, to meeting with students, and holding multi-session workshops for former political prisoners. He also met with leaders and developers of Mandalay&rsquo;s industrial zone, and staff of the Ministry of Commerce&rsquo;s Trade Training Institute and Export Promotion Center. Along the way, the contacts that Johnson made proved invaluable to his work. In his report, Johnson summarized his goal during his sessions, workshops, and educational ventures, &ldquo;to outline the benefits of trade, of a market-based economy, of consumer sovereignty, of SMEs and economic growth, of education, of inclusivity and social diversity, of collaboration and international connectivity, of micro-enterprise and micro-finance.&rdquo; Presenting these themes and topics through real-life examples and stories, Johnson&rsquo;s report goes into extensive detail, taken from both history and what is culturally relevant today.</p> <p>Citing Silicon Valley&rsquo;s development, as well as his own experience starting a small business, Johnson says he &ldquo;answered every question as thoughtfully as I could, with an emphasis on empathy, collaboration to find solutions, and honesty and integrity and enthusiasm in every message.&rdquo; Additionally, Johnson helped Burmese professionals network with American businesspeople and entrepreneurs to help develop ideas and products, as well as relationships. Johnson describes Myanmar as a nation &ldquo;on the brink of enormous socioeconomic change,&rdquo; and his passion for the nation and its people is clear in his report.</p> <p>The experiences that both Gould and Johnson bring to CC&rsquo;s classrooms will prove incredibly valuable. Having taken full advantage of their Fulbright awards, Gould and Johnson aim to promote wider and more open conversations within the Colorado College community.</p> ‘Washington Week with Gwen Ifill’ Filmed at CC Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:15:00 MDT ]]> <p>Colorado College hosted the taping of &ldquo;Washington Week with Gwen Ifill: Colorado Edition&rdquo; on Friday, Sept. 9 in the Celeste Theatre in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. The crew also taped a second session, &ldquo;Washington Week EXTRA: Colorado Edition&rdquo;; both programs air this evening on&nbsp;Rocky Mountain PBS.</p> <p>Tune in at 7 p.m. to watch &ldquo;Washington Week with Gwen Ifill: Colorado Edition&rdquo; and at 7:30 p.m. for &ldquo;Washington Week EXTRA: Colorado Edition.&rdquo; The second show features questions from members of the local community; questions ranged from the worthiness of the presidential candidates to serve as commander in chief to the role of a moderator in a debate. The audience for the taping featured Colorado College students, faculty, and staff, as well as many members of the Colorado Springs community.</p> <p>Panelists joining Ifill on stage included Molly Ball, national political correspondent for&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic;</em> Michael Scherer, Washington bureau chief for <em>Time </em>magazine; Dan Balz, chief political correspondent for&nbsp;<em>The Washington Post;</em> and Jackie Calmes, national correspondent for&nbsp;<em>The New York Times.</em></p> <p>The day before the taping session, Ifill spoke to a combined political science class, featuring the students of Elizabeth Coggins and Dana Wittmer Wolfe, both assistant professors of political science.</p> KRCC Airs Interview with David Axelrod Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:00:00 MDT <p>David Axelrod P '09, a veteran of American politics and journalism and former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama, was on campus this week to talk about the presidential election as part of CC's Sondermann Presidential Symposium. <strong>Jake Brownell '12,</strong> a reporter with KRCC, Colorado College's NPR-member station, sat down with Axelrod for an interview, which aired during "All Things Considered" on Sept. 8, and "Morning Edition" on Sept. 9. <a href="">Catch the interview here</a>.</p>