Archive | October, 2010

Anthropology, Human Rights and the Ethics of the Ethnographer’s Lament

29 Oct

The CIGA Seminar Series and University Honors Program

Anthropology, Human Rights and the Ethics of the Ethnographer’s Lament


Mark Goodale
Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology

Mason University

This talk will examine the anthropology of human rights and justice processes, looking at the ethics of problematizing dominant ideas and practices of human rights.

Monday, November 15, 7:00 – 7:45 pm

1957 E Street NW, 6th floor, Lindner Family Commons

The Elliott School of International Affairs

Free and open to the public

Please RSVP at

CIGA is part of the Elliott School of International Affairs and its Institute of Global and International Studies

Meet Arturo Valenzuela, the US Department of State Assistant Secretary for Western Hemispheric Affairs [Impressive Titles and Events]

29 Oct

On Wednesday, November 3rd at 11am in the Jack Morton Auditorium, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemispheric Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela from the U.S. Department of State will be coming to GW to hold a “Digital Townhall Meeting” in which he will be taking policy questions from students from the hemisphere via Youtube videos, Facebook, Twitter as well as live.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register here.

The discussion with Assistant Secretary Valenzuela will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Following the Town Hall, join the Assistant Secretary and representatives from the State Department’s Career and Student Programs, who will be available to discuss opportunities at State.

This event will be televised, translated, and viewed in many different countries.

To submit a question via Youtube, you can go here.

[H/T to UHPer Andrea Devis for the tip]

Undergraduate Research Award for UHP Students

28 Oct

I’m writing to share wonderful news about a new program designed to promote research opportunities for University Honors Program students. Thanks to a very generous endowment from GWU professors Carol and Lee Sigelman, the honors program is the recipient of funding that will be allocated to UHP students through a program designated “The UHP/SURE Awards” (SURE standing for Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement). For this first cycle of support, funds will be available to support research activities conducted during the spring, summer, and/or fall semesters of 2011. Students can apply for grants in support of their research up to the amount of $500.

The attached announcement explains in more detail the intention and purpose of the awards, and I have also attached the proposal form to be used if you would like to apply for an award. In the meantime, please join me in thanking Professor Carol Sigelman for the generosity that she and her late husband, Professor Lee Sigelman, have shown in dedicating these funds to support research opportunities for University Honors Program students. We truly appreciate it!

-Maria Frawley

UHP SURE Application 2011

UHP Sure Award announcement

Pizza and Hold Removal [Free Food!]

28 Oct

Cowabunga Dudes


Walk-in hours start on Monday, and so does free pizza!

Look, you’ve got questions, you’ve got holds, and you’ve got mouths.  Satisfy all three at once.

Catherine and Liz can remove advising holds for CCAS students.  For non-CCAS students, you should still stop by for help with your schedule and to fill your hungry, hungry bellies.

Attend a hold removal party:

  • Monday, November 1st from 2 – 4 p.m. – drop-in pizza in the Club Room!
  • Wednesday, November 3rd from 12 – 2 p.m. – pizza in Thurston piano lounge!
  • Thursday, November 4th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – bagels in the Club Room!

Apply to be on the Diversity Affairs Commission!

28 Oct
The Diversity Affairs Commission (DAC) is a component of the executive branch of the Student Association.  The DAC will address issues that pertain to diversity.  All students are encouraged to apply and help promote our goal of embracing diversity on campus.  This body will consist of several director-level positions through which you can represent different constituencies or interests:

·         Director for Gender Affairs
·         Director for LGBT Affairs
·         Director for Race/Ethnicity Affairs
·         Director for Green (Environmental) Affairs
·         Director for Political Affairs
·         Director for Disability Affairs
·         Director for Religious Affairs
·         Other (i.e. Director for –fill in the blank–)

The application period closes on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 5:00 PM. Please e-mail this completed application and a current resume to Michael R. Komo – the Director of the Diversity Affairs Commission – via e-mail at  Please contact him with any questions or concerns regarding the application process.