March 4, 2014 4 Comments
Thanks to all the panelists, participants, and guests of tonight’s teach-in on South Sudan. I was delighted to hear Mangok’s voice from Juba, but also learned a lot about tensions within South Sudan and the United Nations’ response.
For those of you unfamiliar with the background, I strongly recommend this Boston Globe article. In short: Mangok is from South Sudan, a newly-independent country that has recently suffered from internal conflict. During the most recent violence, four of Mangok’s young relatives were abducted by armed gunman; the gunman also killed the children’s parents, Mangok’s brother and sister-in-law.
For those of you who would like to help cover the expenses of recovering and resettling Mangok’s young relatives, please see this site.
If you were able to attend the teach-in, I am wondering:
What did you make of the South Sudanese call for accountability for crimes such as child abduction? Why does the United Nations Mission in South Sudan strive to remain neutral on questions of inter-tribal disputes?
Did you think the rest of the world should intervene in South Sudan’s crisis? If so, what kind of intervention do you think would be most effective?
Any other thoughts?
February 24, 2014 8 Comments
Does being threatened with a war crimes trial actually prevent mass killings?
Can the International Criminal Court keep itself from being manipulated by players on the ground?
Come hear Alana Tiemessen, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, discuss her research on how the International Criminal Court affects ongoing conflicts in Africa. Dr. Tiemessen is an expert in the fields of transitional justice, conflict resolution and human rights.
February 4, 2014 Leave a Comment
This event was postponed: more as soon as we know when it will happen.
How can fighting corruption contribute to economic growth in Africa? What legal problems do firms run into when investing in Africa’s booming economies, and what can be changed?
Emily Strauss, Special Counsel, Lawyers Without Borders, will address these and other questions of development.
Emily Strauss is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and studied both English literature and economics at the College of William and Mary. She then joined the Peace Corps, and served as an education volunteer in northern Cameroon for two years. She subsequently worked in a law firm, and then left to teach for a year in Changsha, China. She received her J.D. and M.A. in International Relations from Boston University, and accepted a position with Ropes & Gray. She is currently doing a yearlong fellowship with Lawyers Without Borders before beginning work at the firm.
Refreshments served. To RSVP (optional), visit our Facebook page.
January 28, 2014 Leave a Comment
By Rachel Gordon
At the beginning of my internship at CBS News I was told to make use of every moment I was given. I needed to make as many contacts as possible, become to the go-to intern and secure a reference in one swift movement.
When I heard this advice I felt a wave a tension flow over me. In my first internship the summer before, I didn’t utilize myself nearly as much as I should have –I simply didn’t ask enough. I made excuses. I don’t want to bother this person, or that other person is too intimidating, or why would they even care to talk to me? But this past summer at CBS, I always asked.
Whether it was about an edit I wanted to make, a meeting with a producer at another show, or if I could help with the second part of a segment, I asked. I learned from my first internship before this summer that it was all too easy not to.
At one of our first workshops, CBS News President David Rhodes gave us a simple direction: do every job.
It seemed simple enough. Weren’t we here for that very purpose? To complete every task that we were assigned, with meaningful purpose, a bright smile, and a slight twinge of untainted intern bliss?
As I watched the twenty-somethings around me follow this advice closely, I continued in step, unremitting: I did every archival search, lexis-nexus research packet, tape logging, and scanned image I was assigned. Other tasks included AP image searches, and occasionally we could attend a shoot with a producer.
I realized within a short amount of time, however, that this was not how I was going to gain the tools needed to make me an indispensible entity – whatever that even means– but rather, I needed to be inquisitive. I needed to do every job, of course, but I also needed to ask.
Now, employees and producers could have every hour, second, and minute virtually accounted for. Everyone I met at CBS Sunday Morning was affable, brilliant, and visionary, and had about 65 million tasks that need to be completed by this or that deadline. Producers had no hesitation in asking interns for help with tasks, but this wasn’t when I acquired the skills and knowledge to expand my frame of reference.
There was a producer who I routinely approached for assignments, and she routinely responded that she was all set. One day, she emailed me asking for a transcription of an interview. She explained that she normally didn’t ask interns to do this, but she was in a time crunch.
She finally sent me back the rough script, and as I read through it, I toyed around with different wording and sound bites, changing a sentence here, moving the narration there. I went to her office door and my chest tightened. I gripped the parcel in my hands.
I lightly knocked and entered. I showed her my work. She asked, “Have you taken a class on this stuff?” I nodded. “This is really good. We should go through this together.”
Using this as the impetus for the rest of the summer, I continued to ask. During one commentary shoot that I sat in on, the script needed to be shortened. I saw an edit that I thought was feasible, and I asked—and they changed it accordingly.
Later on, I was set up with six other interns to make a three-minute news package. We were given equipment, a mentor, and six days to find, film, and make a story, with one day to edit. Each intern had to pitch a story, and our supervisor would help us with the final pick. I pitched my story to my group, about a college professor who founded an educational partnership with the jail on Rikers Island, and to my surprise, they chose it. Going on to produce this segment, everything I had learned in my college broadcast classes and over the last month felt surprisingly tangible—even if the final project was dissimilar to my first vision of the story.
Most college students at a given internship have the echoing sound in their ears of a ticking time bomb urging them to make a supreme impression, secure valuable connections and become the coveted intern. It’s the time to make mistakes, do every assignment with jubilation and work long hours for no pay. Internships are the time to explore the field and your future without next month’s rent hanging over your head. However, it’s much too easy to just be a passive player. Doing what’s asked of you is great – but it’s the interns who are hungry for more, who look for connections outside of their immediate circle, and who have just a touch of aggression who will succeed. There’s always going to be someone more assertive who’s going to get the project that every intern wants, or someone who drinks coffee—not “gets coffee” for the CEO you were too intimidated to email. And that audacious go-getter will get the job – so why not challenge them with your own vehement drive?
November 18, 2013 Leave a Comment
Retail analyst A.T. Kearney has discovered that the wealthiest top two percent of China alone account for one third of global spending on luxury brands. No wonder Louis Vitton plans to open dozens of new stores across China in the coming years.
Where does this money come from? Last year The New York Times estimated that relatives of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao had accumulated $2.7 billion in assets — most in hidden accounts.
Will corruption at the top of the Chinese Communist Party be its undoing? Come hear the thoughts of one of the world’s top experts on Chinese politics:
“The End of the Party? Wealth, Corruption, and Resentment in Contemporary China”
A Talk by Joseph Fewsmith
Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Tuesday, November 19
Mandel Center Reading Room (3rd floor)
Refreshments will be provided
Joseph Fewsmith is the author or editor of eight books, including, most recently, The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China (January 2013). Other works include China since Tiananmen (2nd edition, 2008) and China Today, China Tomorrow (2010). Other books include Elite Politics in Contemporary China (2001), The Dilemmas of Reform in China: Political Conflict and Economic Debate (1994), and Party, State, and Local Elites in Republican China: Merchant Organizations and Politics in Shanghai, 1890-1930 (1985). He is one of the seven regular contributors to the China Leadership Monitor, a quarterly web publication analyzing current developments in China.