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March 26, 2014. The legacy of Fard Muhammad, founder of the Lost Found Nation of Islam, has perplexed scholars of the Nation of Islam and Islamic development in Twentieth Century America. Fatima Fanusie approached the understudied intellectual heritage and missionary activism of the Lahore heirs of Ghulam Ahmad’s Ahmadiyya movement as the critical link to understanding Fard Muhammad and the Nation of Islam in America. The dominant Islamic missionary group operating in America at the time of the development of the Nation of Islam was the Ahmadiyya movement.  Between 1888 and 1975 Ahmadiyya intellectuals conceived of and implemented multi pronged strategies for affecting American religious development and cultivating Islam in American society. Dr. Fanusie argued that the Nation of Islam was but one aspect of strategic Ahmadiyya efforts to cultivate Islam in America.

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The unhappy results of what was once known optimistically as the "Arab Spring" have led many analysts to suggest that the United States should stop supporting democracy in the Arab world. It doesn't work, the argument goes, and things end up worse rather than better. In this view, President Obama was right to dump the Bush "Freedom Agenda" because the end of the regimes in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia has resulted only in violence and instability. Moreover, our policies have offended many of our friends in the region.


But are these arguments correct? Can the United States be indifferent to the effort to build democracy in the Arab world? Are there ways for the United States to help those struggling for democracy, more effectively and at lower cost? The topic of the lecture is the current condition and future prospects of democracy in the Arab world, and the challenge this presents to American foreign policy.
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Come see Mel Duncan, co-founder and former executive director of theNonviolent Peaceforce, which is one of if not the most advanced unarmed civilian peacekeeping organization in the world! They've deployed teams to Sri Lanka, Philippines, S. Sudan, etc. and enjoy considerable recognition and partnership with the UN.
He'll be speaking at Georgetown University on Friday Mar. 21st from 3:30-5pm in White-Gravenor 213. Snacks provided and sponsored by the Justice and Peace Studies Program. Spaces limited, so please RSVP to Prof. Eli McCarthy at esm52.
Have you ever wondered how to transform institutions of war-making and habits of violence, especially in acute conflicts? The Nonviolent Peaceforce is one of the most advanced responses to this search.
Hear the latest on their incredible work in S. Sudan during the latest wave of violence...

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The Environment Initiative is pleased to announce two new support opportunities for students engaged in environment-related disciplines, research, and programs. Complete information on application materials, eligibility, submittal and announcement deadlines can be found under the "Students" tab on the Environment Initiative website (environment.georgetown.edu). 

Award amount: $5,000 stipend
Application deadline:   March 19, 2014

The Environment Initiative Summer Fellowship award provides summer funding to undergraduate students with an interest in academic work in areas of the environment. The summer fellowship award can be used for a variety of academic pursuits, including:

  • Research and scholarship in the laboratory or research group of a Georgetown faculty member in any part of the University
  • Internships and practicum experiences with government or non-governmental organizations that are centrally focused on environment
  • Community and public service projects with an explicit environmental dimension
*Please visit the website for information on eligibility and application materials.

For questions, please contact Rachel Yancey (ray6@georgetown.edu).


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For graduating seniors: hiring a paid, full-time research intern for a fixed six-month period.

Details available here:

http://csis.org/program/middle-east-program-internships

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Application available through HoyaLink via Net ID at https://hoyalink.georgetown.edu/form/start/37974


GU's School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar (SFS-Q), in partnership with GU's Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, invites applications from current first year students, sophomores, and juniors to apply for participation in a joint campus immersion experience in El Paso, Texas, May 15-25, 2014. Required on-campus preparation will be held Thursday, May 15-Sunday, May 18. Participants will depart from Washington, DC on Sunday, May 18 and will return to Washington, DC on Sunday, May 25.

Student/staff participants will be immersed in the realities of the migrant experience in a border region of the United States. Participants stay with the Annunciation House, which serves as the liaison to the border communities and facilitates exposure of the group to their realities. At the Annunciation House, participants live and share meals with migrants and refugees daily. Cultural and justice immersion are central to this experience which may include visiting a detention center, sitting in federal immigration court trials, and talking with Border Patrol while hearing the stories of the migrants themselves. This immersion experience aims to engender participants with a more comprehensive view of the complexities of border life and help them become a part of the immigration conversation nationwide and globally. 

SFS-Q will generously cover costs of the experience for five GU Main Campus students (lodging, transportation, food). This includes on-campus housing with SFS-Q participants Thursday, May 15-Sunday, May 18 for pre-trip preparation.

Students should be in good academic standing and available for the duration of the experience. Students should be open to immersive, social justice-based experiences and reflection in a group setting. While previous experience with or knowledge about immigration is not required, students should be interested in learning more about immigration from a social justice lens and acting upon their new knowledge. All participants commit to making this experience substance-free.

Questions about this application or the program can be emailed to Dr. Andria Wisler (akw28), Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service. Applications will be accepted through HoyaLink via Net ID until Tuesday, March 18th at 11:59pm. Students are encouraged to apply early and not wait for the deadline. Please note that CSJ will work with selected student partcipants on a case-by-case basis regarding housing in to cover the gap between final exams and on-campus preparation for this experience. 

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RUSSIAN ORAL PROFICIENCY EXAM
The Department of Slavic Languages will be offering the Russian Oral Proficiency exam on March 19 (W), March 25 (T) and March 27 (R).
The sign up sheet is on the door of Prof. Grenier's office, ICC 307 A 2
Student should arrive 30 minutes BEFORE their exam time in order to prepare the article.
If you have a conflict, please contact Prof. Mihaychuk, mihaychg@georgetown.edu indicating available days and times.

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