Penumbra, Issue 2 Now Live!


I am happy to announce the publication of the second issue of Penumbra, the journal of the PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies program at the Union Institute & University. Visit to read critical and creative works aligned with our mission to publish socially engaged innovative, creative, and critical scholarship, with a focus on ethical, political, and aesthetic issues in the humanities, public policy, and leadership.


Penumbra is currently accepting Reviewers and Submitters of scholarly and creative works. If you are interested in getting involved, please register yourself with the journal’s management system located here:


Our regards,


Gariot P. Louima (Cohort 12)


Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical and Creative Inquiry

Help Finding Outside Scholarships

Scholarship Tips

Tip #1— Apply for financial aid.

Many students make the mistake of not applying for aid because they assume they won’t qualify. Plenty of scholarships and free grants are available regardless of income, but you will need to complete the Free Applica­tion for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible. File your FAFSA beginning January 1 of each year at UI&U’s federal school code is 010923.

Tip #2— Apply for as many outside scholarships as possible.

Do your research. In addition to the UI&U’s website, look for scholarships at religious organizations, local and national groups such as Rotary Clubs, profes­sional unions, and labor organizations. Several small scholar­ships can pay off just as well as one large one.


Tip # 3— Beat the crowd early application is suggested.

Deadlines for scholarships will vary greatly. We suggest trying to submit your scholarship application six months before you plan on enrolling. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application. Scholar­ship committees receive hundreds of applications from students who meet the stated requirements. In those cases, scholarship awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis.


Tip #4— Magnify your chance of success.

Carefully read the requirements for each scholarship. Apply for all scholarships if you meet the eligibility re­quirements. Your application will likely be discarded if it is incomplete. Whenever possible, supplement your application with personal letters of recommendation.

Beware of Scholarship Scams.




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How Class Works – 2016 Conference June 9-11, 2016 @ SUNY Stony Brook


A Conference at SUNY Stony Brook

June 9-11, 2016


The Center for Study of Working Class Life is pleased to announce the How Class Works

– 2016 Conference, to be held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, June

9-11, 2016. Proposals for papers, presentations, and sessions are welcome until

December 9, 2015, according to the guidelines below. For more information, visit our

Web site at <>.

Purpose and orientation: This conference explores ways in which an explicit

recognition of class helps to understand the social world in which we live, and the variety

of ways in which analysis of societies can deepen our understanding of class as a social

relationship across the globe. Theoretical and historical presentations should take as their

point of reference the lived experience of class in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries,

within nations and internationally. Presentations are welcome from people outside

academic life when they sum up and reflect upon social experience in ways that

contribute to conference themes and discussion. Formal papers are welcome but are not

required. All presentations should be accessible to an interdisciplinary audience.

Conference themes: The conference welcomes proposals for sessions and presentations

that advance our understanding of any of the following themes:

The mosaic of class, race, and gender: To explore how class shapes racial, gender, and

ethnic experience, and how different racial, gender, and ethnic experiences within various

classes shape the meaning of class.

Class, power, and social structure: To explore how the social lives of working, middle,

and capitalist classes are structured by various forms of power; to explore ways in which

class dynamics shape power structures in workplaces and across broader societies.

Class in an age of income inequality: To explore the implications and consequences

of the growing income gap between top earners and the rest for the lived experience in

class in different corners of the world.

Class, Community, and the Environment: To explore ways in which class informs

communities and environmental conditions where people work as well as where they

live; also to consider questions of “home,” community formation and sustenance, and

environmental justice.

Class in a global economy: To explore how class identity and class dynamics are

influenced by globalization, including the transnational movements of industry, capital,

and capitalist elites; the experience of cross-border labor migration and organizing; and

international labor and environmental standards.

Middle class? Working class? What’s the difference and why does it matter? To

explore the claim that the U.S. and other developed nations have become middle class

societies, contrasting with the notion that the working class is the majority; to unpack the

relationships between the middle class and capitalist, working and other subordinate

classes both in the developed and the developing world.

Class, public policy, and electoral politics: To explore how class affects public

deliberations and policy in a variety of nations around the world, with special attention to

health care, the criminal justice system, labor law, poverty, tax and other economic

policy, housing, and education; to explore the place of electoral politics in the

arrangement of class forces on policy matters.

Class and culture: To explore ways in which cultures and subcultures transmit, sustain,

and transform class dynamics around the world.

Pedagogy of class: To explore techniques and materials useful for teaching about class,

at K-12 levels, in college and university courses, and in labor studies and adult education


How to submit proposals for How Class Works – 2016 Conference: We encourage

proposals for panel sessions (three or four papers) and roundtables that bring diverse

perspectives and experiences into dialogue: scholars with activists; those working on

similar themes in different disciplines; as well as those working on similar issues in

different parts of the world. Proposals for individual presentations are also welcome.

Proposals for presentations must include the following information [for session

proposals this information must be included for all proposed presentations, as well as

indication of presenters’ willingness to participate]: a) short descriptive title; b) which of

the conference themes will be addressed; c) a maximum 250 word summary of the main

subject matter, points, and methodology; d) relevant personal information indicating

institutional affiliation (if any) and what training or experience the presenter brings to the

proposal; e) presenter’s name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address. A person may

present in at most two conference sessions. To allow time for discussion, sessions will be

limited to three twenty-minute or four fifteen-minute principal presentations. Sessions

will not include official discussants.

Submit proposals as an e-mail attachment to or as hard

copy by mail to the How Class Works – 2016 Conference, Center for Study of Working

Class Life, Department of Economics, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384.

Timetable: Proposals must be received by December 9, 2015. After review by the

program committee, notifications will be mailed by the end of January 2016. The

conference will be at SUNY Stony Brook June 9-11, 2016. Conference registration and

housing reservations will be possible after March 7, 2016. Details and updates will be

posted at

Conference coordinator:

Michael Zweig

Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life

Department of Economics

State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384


How Class Works – 2016 Conference



Registration will open on March 7, 2016

Blais Barnard Library & Information Services honors UI&U’s Aiesha Turman

Library Research Award Winners 2015/16

NEW YORK, April 30, 2015 –
The Barnard Library is in its second year of a program funding research with its Archives and Zines, as well as holdings from the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Upon the program’s launch then-Library Dean Lisa Norberg stated that the awards would “shape broader dialogues in women’s, gender and sexuality studies and intersectional feminisms.”

Magdalena Olszanowski, Aiesha Turman

The winners have been granted $2,500 each to support their onsite use of Barnard materials during the 2015/16 academic year. This year’s awardees are:

Magdalena Olszanowski

Magdalena Olszanowski is a Polish-Canadian artist and PhD student in Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She intends to use the Zine Library, as well as the Center for Research on Women (BCRW) and the Barnard Archive collections to help frame and historicize her Ph.D. dissertation. These archives will assist her in figuring out how to most appropriately analyze, define, and display these early web practices (including: images, text, web links, what is left of websites on the Way Back Machine, etc.). With the research she will be able to conduct at the Barnard Archives, her dissertation will provide a more comprehensive feminist methodology in researching feminist DIWO-production practices, which is vital in a time where we are constantly facing erasure.

Aiesha Turman

Aiesha Turman is scholar-practioner whose intellectual work focuses race and gender, historical trauma and grief, inter-generational transfer, and cultural production, with broad specialties in Critical Race, Gender and Cultural Theory and the epistemological implications of Afrofuturism via a Black Feminist lens. She will be using the zine collection to investigate alternative art-making and literary production through this lens and will be utilizing the third wave feminist resources in order to gather primary sources about multi-cultural, intersectional feminist activities, coalition, and movement building.

Honorable Mention: Agatha Beins

Beins, an assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University also had a notable proposal, in which she would “reinterpret the interconnections and distinctions between the second wave and the third wave by comparing/contrasting feminist zines with feminist periodicals published in the 1970s.”
The award jury was comprised of BCRW Community Archivist Che Gossett, Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman, and College Archivist Shannon O’Neill.

Award FAQ


Jenna Freedman
Associate Director of Communications
Barnard Library
Librarians at Barnard were inspired to create this program by similar awards at Columbia University and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture.

4/30/15 BLAIS

Announcing the Second Edition of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition: On the relation between unlawful use of force and the war crime of disproportionate force not justified by military necessity

Announcing the Second Edition of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition: On the relation between unlawful use of force and the war crime of disproportionate force not justified by military necessity
$10,000 Prize for first place; $2,500 for second and third place! 
** Please pass this on to a colleague or student who you think may be interested **

At the Nuremberg trial, the British Prosecutor, Sir Hartley Shawcross, famously said: “The killing of combatants in war is justifiable, both in international and in municipal law, only where the war itself is legal. But where the war is illegal … there is nothing to justify the killing, and these murders are not to be distinguished from those of any other lawless robber bands.”

In the years since Nuremberg, however, jus ad bellum (the legality of launching a war) and jus in bello (the legality of the conduct of the war) have largely been viewed as distinct and unrelated.  The conventional view is that the crime of aggression (jus ad bellum) cannot now be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC), whose jurisdiction is currently limited to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.  But some commentators and jurists have suggested that the law of war proportionality and necessity principles may be judged in part based on the legality of the war and its military objective, thereby enabling the ICC to consider the question of jus ad bellum in a war crimes trial.

Individuals interested in addressing the relationship between jus ad bellum and jus in bello in the context of modern war crimes trials are invited to participate in the second edition of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition, hosted by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  The contest is named in honor of famed Nuremberg Prosecutor, Ben Ferencz, who has devoted his life to achieving peace through justice. 


The first-place winner will receive an award of $10,000 (USD) and a plaque commemorating the achievement. Second- and third-place runners-up each will receive an honorable mention and a plaque as well as runner-up awards in the amount of $2,500 (USD).  All three top essays will be published in the spring 2016 volume of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law.

Contest Rules
Scholars, students, and practitioners are all encouraged to participate.  Co-written entries are permitted (with the prize split between co-authors).

If you are interested in entering the contest, you must register your intent to participate by emailing by May 15, 2015.  Please include your contact information and affiliation.

The deadline for submission of completed essays is Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at 5 P.M. (EST).  Completed essays must be emailed as a word attachment by that date.


Essays should be approximately 25-40 pages in length (single spaced, 12 point font with between 100-300 footnotes).  They should be in the form of a balanced scholarly treatment of the issue, fully analyzing/critiquing both sides and considering a range of possible scenarios.  Submissions will be judged by an international panel of experts, chaired by Dean Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

The winners will be notified by email and publicly announced at the opening of International Law Weekend Midwest, “The International Law Legacy of the Obama Administration,” held at Case Western Reserve University on September 18, 2015, which will be webcast live at:

*The sponsors/organizers reserve the right not to award one or more of the prizes in the event of insufficient participation at a sufficiently high quality of scholarship.


Call for Papers – African Studies at the 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA)

Call for Papers – African Studies at the 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA)

Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 October 2015

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202

Submission Deadline Extended to May 15, 2015

African Studies

The African Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2015 conference in Cincinnati, OH. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of African studies relevant to culture, from any time period, using any scholarly method.

Topics of particularly interest for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

• Impact of Western news and/or entertainment media representations of Africa and/or African responses to Western media representation

• Comparative approaches to African and other cultures

• Technology use in Africa

• Impact of social media on life in Africa, especially in establishing connections between those in Africa and those on other continents

• Impact of (popular) culture on politics in Africa and politics of Africa in other places

• Approaches to tourism and/or urbanization and culture in Africa

To submit a paper to the African Studies area, register on the submission website and submit a paper abstract of 250 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper. Include in your submission the name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address of each author/participant. You must specify any special AV or scheduling needs when submitting your proposal. MPCA/ACA can provide an LCD projector for presentations. Please do not submit the same item to more than one Area.

Graduate student travel grants may be available. Visit for more information.

If you have any questions about submissions to the African Studies area, please contact area chair Amy Harth at

Amy E. Harth African Studies Area Chair Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies Union Institute & University Email: the website at


Veterans Recruitment Initiative

We wanted to extend an invitation to any of you in the Cincinnati area interested in attending this workshop in person, April 9, 1:00-3:00 PM EST.

On Thursday April 9th UI&U will host a training seminar about working with student Veterans.

You must register to participate – please click on the invitation below!

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Terri Henderson and Geri Maples (our new Veterans Services Coordinator), we are moving forward with active recruiting initiatives to grow UI&U’s new Veterans in Union program.

Dr. Jessica Thiede from the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center will provide the training. Dr. Thiede is now serving as the Cincinnati VA’s Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Consultant and Liaison to eight universities in the greater Cincinnati area.

Please check out the website for more information about VITAL:

In this workshop, Dr. Thiede will discuss how many Veterans are enrolling in higher education in order to:

  • Gain career opportunities
  • Develop new skills
  • Use military skills in civilian life
  • Improve the quality of life for themselves and their families
  • Transition and integrate into communities

Some Veterans, however, may enter colleges and universities with transitional issues or a need for physical or mental health assistance.

The VITAL initiative strives to enhance academic retention and success through:

  • On-campus clinical care and coordination
  • Improving understanding of Veterans’ unique strengths and challenges through education and training
  • Collaborating with your local VA Medical Center, Veterans Benefits Administration, campus faculty and staff, and community resources

Again, we will record the meeting so that those who cannot attend are able to view the workshop later.