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Mar. 28th, 2009 @ 06:42 pm MPSA hotel room
Does anyone going to MPSA next weekend need a hotel room for THURSDAY NIGHT?  Long story short, I booked a room for Thursday-Sunday, anticipating sharing with someone from my department, but now he can't go.  I'm not arriving until Friday morning, but since I booked through Priceline, I can't get a refund for Thursday.  The room is at the Club Quarters, which is a 6 min. walk from the Palmer House, and would cost $90.  If you're interested, comment or email me at my LJ name at gmail. 
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brooklynmili:
Dec. 8th, 2008 @ 09:38 pm IR/Security or Security Studies
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Hi all,

I'll make this quick. I'm applying to MA International Relations programs. The big IR powerhouses [at Columbia (SIPA), Hopkins (SAIS), G-Town (SFS), GWU (Elliot), Tufts (Fletcher)] really appeal to me because of their strengths in security/defense policy/strategic studies programs, but I ultimately do want my PhD so I want to consider some of the more "academic", research-intensive programs.

Can anyone please direct me to some solid, Northeast or Middle Atlantic academic IR programs with strong security/defense policy/strategic studies programs? I am really having trouble finding anything outside the aforementioned.
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eyots:
Jun. 19th, 2008 @ 12:37 pm editing software
does anyone use an additional editing software? i'm looking into getting one at work, and maybe for myself as well.

http://writing-enhancement-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

there's a review and comparison, but i wanted to see if anyone used one and had any recommendations.

between this and endnote...
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brennakimi:
Jun. 11th, 2008 @ 01:30 pm Summer Academic Working Group 2008 - reminder
We are happy to announce the 2008 Summer Academic Working Group. This peer accountability and feedback system allows users from anywhere in the world to share documents and feedback. Working group participants participate in "clusters" around a common discipline, theme, or type of work. Clusters exchange work on a regular basis - normally every two weeks - by posting it to a secure course and project management site at the University of Michigan. Participants then provide and receive feedback for members of their cluster. Having a deadline helps everyone get more done, and having feedback makes what's done better.

For more information, or for sign-up instructions, go to http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lpowner/workgroup.htm . The registration deadline is JUNE 14.

Last year some 20 people participated. It's a really nice opportunity to get feedback from people you don't already hear from regularly or who might bring very different perspectives to your work. There are usually a fair number of political scientists, so you've got a good chance of getting someone who knows something about your field. My last two clusters have gone really well; we ended up meeting for lunch at APSA.

(Crossposted to a bunch of academic communities; please feel free to post to other discipline-specific or personal groups, blogs, or lists via LJ or email.)
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Tea
drenilop:
Jun. 2nd, 2008 @ 10:19 pm 2008 Summer Academic Working Group
Hey, all--

If you're looking for a way to force yourself to work over the summer, consider joining the Summer Academic Working Group. It's a great way to get feedback, have false deadlines that force you to actually write your sh*t, and stay motivated over the big summer lag. I participated last year, and am helping with some of the organizing last year, so if you have any questions you can post as a comment. 


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We are happy to announce the 2008 Summer Academic Working Group. This peer accountability and feedback system allows users from anywhere in the world to share documents and feedback. Working group participants participate in "clusters" around a common discipline, theme, or type of work. Clusters exchange work on a regular basis - normally every two weeks - by posting it to a secure course and project management site at the University of Michigan. Participants then provide and receive feedback for members of their cluster. Having a deadline helps everyone get more done, and having feedback makes what's done better.

For more information, or for sign-up instructions, go to http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lpowner/workgroup.htm .

Any questions can be posted to here as a comment to share with everyone, or emailed via the webpage.

Last year some 20 people participated. It's a really nice opportunity to get feedback from people you don't already hear from regularly or who might bring very different perspectives to your work.

(Crossposted to a bunch of academic communities; please feel free to post to other discipline-specific or personal groups, blogs, or lists via LJ or email.)

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theory
brooklynmili:
May. 27th, 2008 @ 11:23 am Hej då! До свидания! Adios!
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
I am officially no longer a polisci grad!

I've been really unhappy for a very long time, and this semester, I finally decided to leave my program. I got my MA in December, so I'm at least not leaving empty-handed. Even though my future is uncertain, I'm happy for the first time in ages, so I think I'm making the right decision. I've even managed to find a job in real politics through the election. The faculty in my department for the most part don't know what to make of that; we're very much an academic track sort of place. (A fellow grad student commented, "It's like scientists who study a certain kind of animal. When they see it, it's kind of weird because they know so much about it, but they're really detached.")

It's not as if this community is so active that anyone would notice if I just disappeared, but I thought I'd pop my head in to say good-bye. Good luck to everyone else, and have a fun productive great summer. :)
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baseball
baseballchica03:
Apr. 11th, 2008 @ 11:06 am Calll for Reviewers
Call for Reviewers

cross-posted to a couple of places - sorry if it crosses your path more than once!

We are in urgent need of graduate or post-grad students, recent graduates and post-docs. I'm hoping that this is ok, but moderators, please delete this if you believe it is inappropriate.


eSharp is an award-winning interdisciplinary and international electronic academic journal based at the University of Glasgow with an average of 7,300 pages viewed per month. 

CALL FOR REVIEWERS


The eleventh issue of eSharp ocnsiders themes of social engagement, empowerment, and change.






Please note: while we always need reviewers in all fields, at the moment I could really use people with interests and background in or related to:

1. Grassroots Latin American film/cinema

2. Indigenous peoples, globalization, ethnocide, environmental justice

3. Development, NGOs, Soka Gakkai (engaged Buddhism), mission, Brazil

4. International development/ social empowerment, conflict resolution, Afghanistan

5. Manipulation in translation, performativity, genderlessness


Please contact me directly at:
issue11@googlegroups.com if you can help with any of the above topics.
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esharp_editor:
Apr. 5th, 2008 @ 11:02 pm Good books on research methods?
Current Location: home
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Classical FM on iTunes
I'm in an MA program that does not require me to take a research methods course - foolishly, I did not optionally take one in the fall, and now I'm being asked to write a paper using rigorous methodology. I did research as an undergraduate, but not like this. My professor hasn't helped me much, so now I'm looking to try to learn it on my own if possible, so do any of you have any recommendations on good books on research methods? Thank you!
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orange lineart lotus
lotuslion:
Apr. 1st, 2008 @ 05:25 pm Depends on what your definition of the word "actor" is.
I assigned my intro students an essay about civil rights or liberties. They had to pick an issue and address it on a number of different points. One of these points was the question: "Who are the primary actors offering support to either side of the issue? (Presidents, influential members of Congress, interest groups, etc.)" I had a number of students come up to me before it was due, asking whether they had to talk about celebrities in their papers. I couldn't figure out why so many of them were fixated on the celebrity endorsement point, but I guess there really are quite a few famous non-political people who take an interest in certain issues.

While grading this afternoon, I finally realized why. One of my students, in an attempt to address all of the parts of the assignment, wrote in his paper: "I couldn't find any actors or actresses who support either side, but George Bush is a big proponent of X." Oh. Right. That kind of actor. Silly me, I thought the context and the fact that this is a political science class might give away that I didn't mean stars of the stage and screen. :-p
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baseball
baseballchica03:
Feb. 15th, 2008 @ 01:36 am (no subject)
Just joined the group. Pleasantly surprised (like it seems many before me have been) about finding something as wonderfully specific to my life as this. So, a random question to start:

Does anyone have any opinions about the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Ph.D. program? Is it a relatively collegial, pleasant place? Would one have good job prospects after completing it? Etc...
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camus
bluewhenitsgray: